Grantwriting Manager (NNAF)

The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and reproductive justice. Together with our members, we advocate for cultural and political change to ensure access for people who face the greatest obstacles to abortion access: women with lower incomes, women of color, young women, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. This is an exciting time for NNAF as we grow and nurture new funds emerging in underserved areas, deepen our support for funds working within the reproductive justice framework, and co-lead a bold national coalition campaign to increase abortion access by restoring Medicaid coverage for abortion. We are working to make access to abortion a reality for everyone, no matter their resources. We are building a movement, mentoring young leaders, and working toward a world in which everyone can shape their own futures and families. We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team.

NNAF is comprised of a multi-racial, multi-religious, gender expansive staff of 35, located across the United States. We know how important it is to support our remote staff to maintain connection and cohesiveness as a team. To this end, we ensure weekly one-on-one supervision, face-to-face virtual staff meetings, quarterly in-person meetings, and more.

Position Description

The successful candidate for Grantwriting Manager will be responsible for the coordination and management of institutional funding sources for NNAF, specifically in the area of foundation support as aligned with the mission, vision, values, and strategies of NNAF. Currently, foundation support comprises approximately three-quarters of NNAF’s $8.5 million, and growing, budget.

As the Grantwriting Manager, you have a passion and skill for writing, are excited by the prospect of interpreting big picture concepts into compelling stories of impact and change, and you have a deep appreciation for the importance of thoughtful process as well as effective outcomes. You are a systems thinker who excels at both project management and strategy development, and are energized by curiosity and innovation. You also have a healthy appreciation for deadlines and documentation, and are as comfortable working independently as you are in a team. Like the vibrant fund development team you will be joining, you approach fundraising from a place of abundance, emergence, and as a political act. An abiding commitment to racial, economic, and reproductive justice guides your work as a fundraiser.

Status: The position is Full-time, Exempt, Salaried

Compensation: Starting salary $65,000 - $71,500, commensurate with experience

Benefits: Competitive benefits package currently including 100% employer paid health insurance/50% for dependents/families, a 5% employer retirement match, 3 weeks vacation, 14 holidays, generous sick time, and a commitment to professional development.

Supervised by: Associate Director of Institutional Giving

Supervises: N/A

Essential Job Functions

Foundation Submissions (approximately 65% of the position)

  • Craft at least 15 coherent, compelling funding proposals and reports aligned to funding specifications and comprehensively reflective of the strategy, vision, and mission of NNAF, particularly within the framework of growing multi-year unrestricted funding support.
  • Manage grant proposal and reporting submissions at both front and back end of funding process, including tracking internal creation and compilation of application components (e.g. supporting documents), with support from Associate Director of Institutional Giving as appropriate.
  • In coordination with Associate Director of Institutional Giving, finance team, and other key staff, prepare accurate, timely reports for funders and donors reflecting impact of funds awarded.

Foundation Cultivation (approximately 15% of the position)

  • Prospect new institutional funding sources aligned with NNAF’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Prepare compelling and updated letters of interest and/or introductory packets, draft initial correspondence upon request.

Departmental Leadership and Collaboration (approximately 10% of the position)

  • Collaborate with and support the Associate Director of Institutional Giving and Development Director in effectively implementing department work plans, as well as systems that perform the work and fulfill the mission and goals of the institutional fundraising strategy efficiently and effectively.
  • Coordinate with Associate DIrector of Institutional Giving to support cross-departmental teams to ensure that emergent strategy, programming and strategic communications are integrated effectively in all fundraising materials submitted; and, that funding deliverables are shaped collaboratively and shared appropriately.
  • Work with team members to develop internal systems and mechanisms for input throughout the institutional fundraising process, including scope and strategy.

Other (approximately 10% of the position)

  • Actively participate in required convenings, summits, retreats, and staff meetings, and participate in required virtual staff communications.
  • Protect the organization by keeping information confidential.
  • Update professional knowledge by participating in educational opportunities approved by NNAF, maintaining networks, and participating in professional organizations as relevant to your role.
  • Perform duties required of all staff to support smooth internal operations such as submitting timely expense reports, reimbursement requests, and timesheets.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Protect the organization by keeping information confidential.

Travel Expectations

Ability to travel as job requires, approximately 3-4 times minimum per year. Travel will primarily be overnight, for approximately 2-5 days, and national. Regardless of where employee lives, and barring travel delays outside of an individual’s control, employee must be able to arrive at destination on-time.


Job experience requirements

  • Four or more years relevant experience within an institutional fundraising or grant-making capacity. Familiarity with foundations preferred.
  • Facility and familiarity with institutional fundraising processes and foundation practices, including prospect identification, cultivation, and retention strategies.
  • Demonstrated capacity for technical writing and translating conceptual framework and strategy into compelling, successful funding applications.

Specific skill sets

  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive and willingness to develop literacy in new technology to support collaborative, remote work as needed, such as Salesforce, Trello, Slack etc.
  • Excellent analysis and synthesis skills, integrated into work products such as letters of intent, case studies, general and purpose- or project-specific narratives, as well as impact reports.
  • Established research and editing skills, including accessing online funding directories and other databases to support institutional fundraising.


  • Committed to abortion access and full reproductive health care for all.
  • Committed to an intersectional framework that includes but is not limited to gender, economic, and racial justice.
  • Ability to enjoy collaboration and be a part of a dynamic, highly productive and integrated team; maintain flexibility and effectively manage ambiguity in a responsive work environment.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, creative, and able to work without significant day-to-day supervision.
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback and committed to practicing this regularly.
  • Belief in bucking the trend through progressive policies to create a new vision for our future.
  • Appreciation of working with diverse staff and board in an organization committed to racial justice.

Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Depending on location, a combination of in-office and virtual office at this time. Must be able to participate in online virtual communications including email, video conferencing, and other online tools used to facilitate virtual office culture and work sharing.
  • This position is full time, with employee’s regular full time schedule to be approved by supervisor. Regular hours must include attendance during core business hours from 12:00pm – 5:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Occasional work on evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to conduct business in English; however, fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
  • Smoke- and drug (illegal or recreational)-free environment.
  • Some work at off-site locations may be required; NNAF aims for accessibility in any off-site location that we have control of, but some of them may not be fully accessible.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to communicate effectively via computer, via phone, and in person.
  • This role requires frequent sitting.

To Apply

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Application Deadline: May 15th, 2019 11:59PM PT for full consideration (open until filled)

Estimated Date to Hire: July 29, 2019 (orientation will be in-person at our Boston office)

NNAF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual based on any non-merit factor, and is committed to an equitable workplace where everyone is treated as a respected and valued member of the team. In fact, NNAF actively seeks to build and maintain a diverse staff with regard to race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, physical ability, age, gender, and sexual orientation. As an organization working in solidarity with the reproductive justice movement, NNAF is committed to fostering the leadership and elevating the voices of women, young people, people of color, Native people, immigrant and refugees, low-income people, LGBQ+, and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people, people who have had abortions, people with disabilities, young parents, people who were formerly imprisoned, people who have received funding for abortions, and people living in the many intersections of these experiences. We encourage people from these communities to apply.

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