Heartland Fund Grants and Operations Manager

Heartland Fund is a funding collaborative built to support and connect local leaders and organizations working for progress across diverse communities in rural areas, towns and small cities. Heartland's grantmaking supports rural people working to transform their lives and communities to advance shared prosperity and democracy. We invest in issue advocacy, community organizing infrastructure, civic engagement, and sustainable urban-rural coalitions, and we prioritize racial equity in all aspects of our work. In addition to grantmaking, Heartland also supports rural leaders and organizations through convening, research, and communications.

Heartland Fund is launching Resource Rural (RR), a new program which focuses on effective federal funding implementation to ensure historic climate and infrastructure investments land for maximum impact in rural communities. Heartland is also home to the Rural Climate Partnership (RCP), which supports hometowns across America to accelerate climate solutions and build healthy local economies. Our RR and RCP programs help remove barriers to federal funding for rural communities – through place-based technical assistance, local organizing, and a large-scale communications and narrative effort – to make a tangible difference in rural people’s lives and advance climate mitigation and resilience.



Heartland Fund is seeking an experienced grants and operations manager to support its growing programs, including Resource Rural and the Rural Climate Partnership. The position requires a talented project manager who is adept at working with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop and manage grant agreements and contracts and ensure effective operations to advance program goals. They will work both to optimize existing systems and to identify and develop new tools, processes, and approaches that efficiently advance program goals. The Grants & Operations Manager will also interact directly with grantee organizations from across rural America and support logistics and operations to enable learning and relationship-building across grantees and partners.

We are looking for a collaborative team player that excels at keeping track of both the big picture strategy and the small but important details, working with a mix of stakeholders, and bringing problem-solving and creative thinking to operations. The successful candidate will be service-oriented project manager and skilled at systems development and relationship-building.   

This is a rewarding and exciting opportunity to use your talents and skills to advance equitable economic development and energy and climate goals in rural and tribal communities. You will have an opportunity to help develop and implement a brand new initiative with a diverse range of partners. We are actively building a small but mighty team to enable historic, equitable investment in rural America.       


Applications will be reviewed and considered on a rolling basis, with interviews anticipated to start in October 2023. The desired start date is November 2023.

This is a remote position with a salary range of $75,000 - $85,000 and includes a generous benefits package.



$75,000 - $85,000



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