Grants Manager

June 2024 | Hybrid / Boston, MA
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FamilyAid seeks a Grants Manager to collaborate with and support the Director of Foundation Relations in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding institutional funders.

About FamilyAid

FamilyAID Boston young girl playing with toysFamilyAid is the leading provider of solutions to family homelessness in the region. Its mission is to empower parents and caregivers facing homelessness to secure and sustain housing and build strong foundations for their children’s futures.

FamilyAid prevents homelessness whenever possible by carrying out a nationally ranked eviction-prevention program; reducing harm through effective emergency shelter if homelessness cannot be avoided; getting families stably housed as quickly as possible when they are in shelter; mitigating trauma, especially for children; and providing wraparound supports for children and parents that foster long-term stability. This approach works: families in their care make significant progress towards self-sufficiency within months; with a 99% retention rate for those placed in housing – far outperforming national averages. Most importantly, parents report that they and their children move from in crisis to empowered along measures such as economic assets, healthcare and education during their time at FamilyAid.

Under new executive leadership over the last five years, the hundred-plus year-old agency has quadrupled in size and experienced significant growth in fundraising revenue. The organization has launched bold new strategies to reduce two-generation homelessness by deepening prevention programs, housing placement, and supportive services for children and parents. FamilyAid is on the verge of opening a new, innovative Family Navigation Center (FNC) to provide education, training and services along with temporary housing all under one roof for 42 homeless families. The FNC Center is a response to the current family homelessness crisis and realization of the agency’s strategic vision. It also attracted $4M in support additional to the annual fund in a one-year capital fundraising campaign. Significant new funding powers FamilyAid’s ambitious goals of serving more families through a deepened two-generation approach that reduces homelessness’s cause, scope, and impact.

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About Philanthropy at FamilyAid                                                            

Philanthropy is a critical, integral and increasing facet of the organization’s operations and success. With a strong donor base, robust relationships with organizational funders, and a growing list of promising new prospects to engage and cultivate, FamilyAid is committed to expanding its private philanthropy program and has made a significant investment to expand fundraising resources, with support from the Board and executive leadership.

FamilyAID Boston mom and child playing with toysFamilyAid is committed to and proud of its strong relationships with donors and funders and is supported by numerous leading foundations and a core group of dedicated individual and corporate donors. The agency received a surprise $5M gift from Jeff Bezos’ Day One Fund in 2019 and giving from foundations regularly includes several six-figure gifts. This is an opportunity to lead and grow a high-performing foundation program, introduce new funders to the organization, and benefit from a vibrant culture of philanthropy where fundraising is highly valued and supported by the board, executive team, and program staff.

About the Position

The Grants Manager reports to and collaborates with the Director of Foundation Relations to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward existing and new institutional supporters toward the philanthropic goal of the Advancement team.  Key duties include research on new and existing funders; writing proposals, acknowledgements, and reports; and maintaining accurate and current contact information in the donor database.  The Grants Manager will have a portfolio of grants and provide support to the Director toward a revenue goal exceeding $2.5 million.

Key Responsibilities


  • Collaborate with Director of Foundation Relations to track ongoing corporation and foundation fundraising progress toward annual revenue goals.
  • Develop, write, and edit grant proposals/funding requests, acknowledgements, meeting briefing materials, reports, and budgets.
  • Review and prepare proposal and report packages for formal submission.
  • Oversee tracking proposal and reporting deadlines using grant tracking system.
  • FamilyAID Boston two young girls drawingServe as liaison between development and program, IT, and finance teams to ensure agreement on, understanding of, and compliance with all grant outcomes, metrics, restrictions and reconciliation/reporting requirements.
  • Prepare detailed reports and briefings for President, CAO, COO and Director as needed.
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with corporate/foundation donors as assigned.
  • Work with program staff in a planful way to vet, communicate and gather information for reporting on grant outcomes to ensure that grant requirements are agreed upon and achievable.
  • Research and identify funding opportunities for new funding opportunities.


  • Possess strong core ethics, integrity, and accountability consistent with FamilyAid’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Align and lead self and staff towards achievement of FamilyAid’s strategic plan and annual operational and financial goals.
  • Identify internal and external expectations and exceed them
  • Work in a manner that is diplomatic, inclusive, transparent, communicative, open and fair.
  • Ability to manage oneself and others to meet deadlines in a planful, methodical way.
  • Promote a culture of high-performance.
  • Develop and model positive, trusting, supportive, safe, and nurturing relationships.
  • FamilyAID Boston mother and infantExhibit an emotionally warm, developmentally appropriate, listening, and engaging approach.
  • Serve as a reliable and upbeat colleague in collaborative efforts to achieve the agency’s annual goals and objectives.
  • Work in sync with program leadership and staff to ensure client satisfaction and safety.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Director of Foundation Relations, Chief Advancement Officer and/or President.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years of fundraising experience, some or all in grant writing or transferrable experience.
  • Superior writing skills.
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills.
  • Organized and deadline driven and must possess the ability to prioritize work and manage multiple projects.
  • Familiarity with the tools and techniques of prospect research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, and donor database software.
  • Must thrive working independently, and collaborating with staff, donors, and vendors.

FamilyAid is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.

If you are interested in being considered for this search, please use the form below to submit your cover letter and resume in confidence.

Mary Plum

Senior Consultant

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