Manager, Member Grants (Chicago or Washington, DC)

Network Engagement Chicago, Illinois


Work. Serve. Thrive.

Imagine a place where your talent can make a meaningful difference in peoples' lives. Working at Feeding America is a uniquely rewarding experience in which our employees work together as vital parts of a much larger mission. We are innovative, mission-focused, diverse, collaborative, values-driven and focused on results.

We are a national, nonprofit organization and the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

The Opportunity

Manage grant opportunities to provide capacity building to the Feeding America Network in alignment with strategic priorities and donor intent.  Work collaboratively with internal staff, network members, and other partners to design and execute funding opportunities that integrate equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles across all stages of the grant lifecycle, putting the people we serve at the center of all we do. 

Salary Range: $66,000 to $85,000+ Based on Experience

  • Manage a high-volume portfolio of grant opportunities with varying levels of complexity and scope, both directed and competitive, across the entire grant-making lifecycle (grant development, application review, award, reporting, and grantee support) – with support of the Manager as needed.  
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships across departments and build and leverage programmatic/subject area knowledge to inform effective and efficient grant-making, serving as convener and/or project manager as needed.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with the Network to deepen engagement with the Member Grants function and the Feeding America National Organization.
  • Advocate for EDI by incorporating data and grantmaking best practices that support equitable allocation of Feeding America resources to network members serving communities most disproportionately affected by food insecurity. 
  • Ensure data integrity, consistency, and documentation of grant-making with close attention to detail, through learning and daily use of the Grants Management System (GMS) and other related tools/processes.
  • Build and refine grant-making processes, policies, and procedures that incorporate new ideas, innovative solutions, and best practices with a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Educate internal staff, donors, and the network about the Feeding America grant-making process.
  • Lead or engage in special projects/initiatives as needed.
Foundational Requirement
  • Mission Focused – Demonstrates a commitment to Feeding America’s mission through work and action. Is committed to people keep people facing hunger at the center of our work and strives to translate this commitment into action on a daily basis. Willing to advocate for people facing hunger and serve as an ambassador for Feeding America inside and outside of work.
  • Embraces Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Demonstrates a personal commitment to valuing different background and life experiences through word and action. Takes personal actions to build an inclusive culture that ensures everyone can fully contribute based on their unique talents, skills and perspectives and feels welcomed and valued. Commits to driving equitable solutions to address root cause issues by incorporating an equity framework in their daily work.  Committed to continuous personal EDI development.
Required Leadership Competencies
  • Collaborates internally & ExternallyActively supports collaboration within and between departments and with key stakeholders.   Seeks input and resolves issues with a focus on mission and what’s best for the people we serve.
  • Communicates Effectively: Effectively communicates project and operating priorities to key stakeholder audiences that may include staff, network food bank members, donors and other audiences.  Adjusts message and content based on feedback provided.  Communicates clearly and effectively through verbal and written communication across individual, small group and formal presentation settings.
  • Understands Our Business: Understands operation of own team within the broader context of department strategy and priorities. Actively develops a knowledge of, and relationships with, key stakeholders external to the department.
  • Leverages Functional Expertise: Leverages advanced functional knowledge to shape decisions and plans.  Uses professional experience to fix processes and make improvements to practices, policies, and procedures.  Tracks latest practices and innovations and ways these could improve processes within the organization.
  • Operates with integrity: Listens deeply to understand stakeholder needs and views and seeks to resolve issues and solve problems in a manner that builds trust and keeps the focus on client needs and shared mission. Anchors actions and decisions in our mission and values. 
Required Technical Competencies, Experience & Certifications
  • Professional experience and/or education in grants management required.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proficiency in grants management software; experience with SmartSimple platform preferred.
  • Experience with HTML, API processes, and/or software systems configuration preferred.
  • Fundraising and/or other experience directly related to grants management a plus.
  • Lived experience of food insecurity a plus.

Feeding America embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity.  Our goal is to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.