Grants Manager

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Grants Manager

The Forward is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented Grants Manager to join our growing development team.

The Grants Manager will report to the VP of Development and will be responsible for all components of the Institutional Grants program including research and identification of a robust list of prospective funders, writing of all reports and proposals and maintenance of the calendar to meet deadlines. Additionally, the Grants Manager will be an excellent writer and will have responsibility for the stewardship of all foundation relationships and hold those relationships with program officers and foundation staff, when appropriate.

This individual will join a legacy organization with a strong brand and deep loyalties that is undergoing an incredible transformation to an all-digital media outlet serving the Jewish community in a variety of ways. Founded in 1897, the Forward is the leading voice in American Jewish journalism and a platform for civil discourse on issues that divide us. We are an independent, reader-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) that sees journalism as a public service and pillar of our democracy. While we began as a socialist Yiddish newspaper, our only ideology now is that of inquiry, and we aim to serve the full Jewish community.

With the increased relevancy and need of independent, high-quality Jewish journalism in this time, combined with the Forward’s ability to pivot and engage readers in timely content and issues, our individual donor base has doubled in the past year, and our foundation income has nearly quadrupled since 2018. We believe that there is significant funding available from aligned institutional funders and we are seeking a motivated self-starter with the expertise to do the necessary research and compelling communications skills to access this funding.

Position Responsibilities:

Planning and Strategy (35%)

  • Develop and execute the Forward’s annual and long-term institutional fundraising plan, which includes a robust moves management program to achieve and maintain foundation support and advance relationships.
  • Understand the Forward’s mission, programs, and goals to effectively explore and pursue new funding opportunities from a broad range of institutional prospects;
  • Perform relevant research to identify grant opportunities and cultivation plans for prospective funders;
  • Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process and streamline cultivation and stewardship of institutional funders;
  • Build relationships with all internal departments to gather information and translate data and facts into compelling stories for stakeholders

Writing and Project Management (65%)

  • Manage the grants’ calendar and ensure the timely submission of all proposals and reports;
  • Lead the drafting of compelling letters of inquiry, concept papers, grant proposals, and other requests for institutional funding;
  • Work with program staff to synthesize achievements and capture the Forward’s impact for inclusion in reports to funders and other communications;
  • Coordinate with the finance team to prepare for funders all necessary budgets and financial statements;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills with meticulous attention to detail;
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to work under pressure and manage concurrent deadlines;
  • The ability to quickly understand the unique mission of the Forward, balancing journalistic integrity and a commitment to the Jewish people, and to thoughtfully translate the work for a variety of audiences in accessible, persuasive, and inspiring ways;
  • Effective organizational, time, and project management skills with a nimbleness to shift between projects as needs evolve;
  • Able to work collaboratively with colleagues, and actively listen and willing to brainstorm and generate ideas with the team.
  • Passion for the Forward’s mission, committed to teamwork, and achieving results;
  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising and proven track record of successful grant awards preferred;
  • Experience with basic financial management including the development and monitoring of budgets and financial reporting preferred;
  • Proficient knowledge of computers and office related systems, including donor management databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge.


Salary for this position is $47,033 – $65,000 depending on experience. All employees are offered a full benefits package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; paid time off, including Jewish holidays; 401k with a matching after one year of service; Pre-tax commuter benefits, flexible spending account, short and long-term disability and life insurance.


The position is based in our New York office. However, we are currently working primarily remotely until June 2021.

To apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in this position and relevant experience to

The Forward is an independent, reader-supported nonprofit committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our coverage, staffing and culture.

The Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other status protected by law.


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