Grants and Communications Officer (CF)


Founded in 2015, the Crimsonbridge Foundation is an entrepreneurial private foundation dedicated to promoting education, developing leadership, and investing in nonprofit capacity to affect positive, lasting social change.  It is committed to collaboration with other philanthropic organizations and seeks to develop innovative, transformative ways to address social problems, and to work across sectors to maximize social impact.  The Crimsonbridge Foundation and its affiliate, Crimsonbridge Group, award approximately $1 million in grants annually, primarily in the Greater Washington Region. 

The Foundation seeks a skilled individual interested in communications, grants management, and philanthropy for the role of communications and grants officer (GCO).  The GCO role is a uniquely designed position that requires significant and consistent attention to detail.  The GCO position will be an integral member of our dynamic team of five, contributing to both the programs and communications work of the Crimsonbridge Foundation and the Crimsonbridge Group. 

As the primary grants officer, the GCO will provide grants management and be responsible for administering all grant processes in compliance with the Foundation’s grantmaking policies and IRS regulations.  As a communications officer, the GCO will provide support in maintaining the foundation’s WordPress website and social media presence, and will help write and develop online content. In addition, the program officer will actively participate in the Foundation’s planning, strategy development, and learning processes. 


Include the following and other duties, which may be assigned as the foundation’s work develops: 

Grants Management

  • Conduct thorough, consistent, and meticulous grantmaking and related administrative duties.
  • Process grant requests completing and submitting grant recommendation forms, completing due diligence, developing and printing grant letters, and tracking and disseminating grant reports.
  • Enter grantee data and manage and update grant application processes through Foundant grant management software in collaboration with program officers.
  • Manage Donor-Advised fund grant request processing and recording in Foundant.
  • Manage all grant processing and related due diligence to assure compliance with IRS and State of Maryland regulations and requirements.
  • Ensure grant proposal applications are updated and prepared for dissemination.
  • Work with team to ensure programs are executed within program guidelines, on-time, and with relevant grant reporting.
  • Nurture relationships and serve as liaison with grantees to provide them with relevant information about the grant process.
  • Seek grant making best practices to improve Crimsonbridge’s grant making processes.
  • Participate in community partner meetings as relevant or requested by the ED.
  • Compose, edit and proofread correspondence, emails, and other documents required for grant processing and distribution and process all award and decline letters.
  • Provide management and support services to certain funds as stipulated in fund agreements.


  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and team to create, edit, review and publish fresh and relevant grant making content to the Crimsonbridge website, blog and Twitter profile.
  • Provide support in maintaining the foundation’s WordPress website and social media presence.
  • Effectively communicate and promote the Foundation’s goals, strategies, and funding priorities through public speaking and online activities (writing articles, blog posts, etc.).
  • Use Foundation data to develop charts and visuals.


All team members share the following responsibilities as needed.

  • Support for President, Executive Director, and board at meetings, public speaking presentations, and events.
  • Help maintain a well-organized donor management system, both electronic and hard copy.
  • Answer phone and assist with other administrative tasks.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  

  • Bachelor’s degree (in Education, Community Development, Nonprofit Management, Communications, preferred) and minimum of three - five years of experience working and volunteering with nonprofits, funders, grant making and/or grant writing roles/organizations preferably in the Greater Washington region.
  • Experience with Foundant or other grant or database management software.
  • Experience with Wordpress or other website design software.
  • Extensive knowledge of social media platforms such as Twitter and experience with Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Experience reviewing grant applications for content and completion, budgets, nonprofit financial statements.
  • Knowledge of IRS compliance for nonprofit organizations, form 990, and related tax forms.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with an understanding of nonprofit budget and finance and an ability to interpret and communicate data and statistics.
  • Significant and consistent attention to detail.
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills and an ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to quickly embrace and incorporate direct feedback.
  • Resourceful, curious, confident and results-oriented.
  • Superior writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communications skills in English are required (Spanish is highly desirable).
  • Must have a deep commitment to philanthropy and the social sector and a knowledge of the Greater Washington region’s local nonprofit community is desirable.
  • Ability to successfully work independently and within a team in an open workspace atmosphere and a desire to work in a collaborative team environment as a member of a dynamic, motivated and energetic team.
  • Interest and flexibility to attend occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Positive attitude and self-motivated with ability to work flexibly with competing demands and exercise discretion, tact, and diplomacy in both internal and external settings.
  • The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Located at the Foundation’s Chevy Chase office, this position is full time (40 hours per week) with generous benefits, parking at main office, and a competitive salary commensurate with experience ($50,000-$60,000).


Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position and a resume to [email protected]  Please refer to “GCO position” in the subject line.  No phone inquiries please.

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