Grants Manager (NFI)

NextFifty Initiative is a Colorado-based private foundation dedicated to funding mission-driven initiatives that improve the lives of the older adult population and their caregivers. We seek to fund game-changing efforts to improve and sustain quality of life for people in their second 50 years. NextFifty Initiative educates about proven initiatives and advocates for transformational change. We consider ourselves an engine for innovation that transforms aging. Our work will impact life for generations to come.

Our mission is to promote independence and dignity for the aging population, to include the needs of low and moderate income persons, encompassing individuals with physical, cognitive and/or behavioral disability, by encouraging and supporting innovative, affordable and coordinated services and initiatives.

NextFifty Initiative is currently seeking candidates for the position of Grants Manager to join our team.

Grants Manager

The Grants Manager will be responsible for the grant processes and procedures of NextFifty Initiative. The Grants Manager will work closely and proactively with colleagues across the Foundation to manage grant workflows and ensure efficient, equitable, and effective practices. The Grants Manager will provide the production and maintenance of grant information, documentation, and may also participate in strategic discussions with program staff around the Foundation’s grantmaking. This is a hands-on position and will require flexibility, adaptability, and a desire to learn as NextFifty Initiative continues to grow and evolve.

All roles within the organization are subject to modification without a change in the written position description. The responsibilities written below express the major accountabilities of the position but may not include all activities that will be coordinated or executed by the role.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Foundation’s grantmaking software (Blackbaud Grantmaking) and the intake of applications and reports, and maintain accurate database records of grant schedules, amounts, payments, site visits, reporting, and closeout information.
  • Respond to e-mails and telephone calls requesting information about the Foundation’s grantmaking and/or the status of a proposal’s review.
  • Contact applicants to request missing documents or information from grant proposals or reports and provide technical assistance with application and report submissions.
  • Incorporate an equity lens within the Foundation’s grantmaking processes.
  • Ensure accuracy and integrity of the Foundation’s grants management system, and proactively identify areas to increase efficiency and improve processes.
  • Manage grant review meeting note-taking.
  • Responsible for the preparation of award letters, declination letters, and grant agreements.
  • Oversee the grant requirement reminder, submission, and review processes.
  • Collaborate with the program team on topical research, data collection, and reporting related to grantmaking.
  • Prepare grant-related materials for the Board of Trustees.
  • Participate in team discussions regarding grantmaking strategies and evaluation. 
  • Keep current on aging-related topics and issues, grants management best practices, establish and maintain ongoing interaction with professional networks, and participate in relevant conferences.
  • Provide support, when requested, for all Foundation activities.
  • Complete special projects and assignments as needed.

A Qualified Candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a Bachelors’ degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with design, implementation, and maintenance of a complex process.
  • Experience with database management and skilled in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Experience with Blackbaud Grantmaking (preferred)
  • Knowledge of, or desire to learn, best practices of grants management processes and approaches.
  • Demonstrated skills in organizing, managing, and maintaining data.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people.
  • Proactive and able to self-manage, prioritize work assignments across departments, manage multiple deadlines, and to represent the Foundation in any given environment.
  • Demonstrated ability and understanding of centering equity in their approach to and the execution of their work.
  • Experience working with or living within historically underserved or marginalized populations.


To Apply

People are what make NextFifty Initiative thrive. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive organization that promotes equity and recognizes diversity as critical to our mission and impact.

Diversity Statement:

In 300 words or less, please include in your application a statement telling us (1) What Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) means to you. (2) What have you done to exhibit it in your personal and/or professional life? (3) Why is DEI important to you and why is it worth the challenges and obstacles it presents in doing the work? Please do not provide information in your Diversity Statement that reveals your race, gender, age, or other protected class.


Starting salary is a minimum of $60,000 DOE


If you are interested in applying to the Grants Manager position, please submit your cover letter, resume and Diversity Statement (ALL THREE ARE REQUIRED to be considered) to:


                        Ann Levine

                        Human Resources

                        [email protected]



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  • Reed Young
    published this page in Job Board 2020-11-09 14:27:23 -0500