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National Manager – Foundation Grant Writing

Tahirih Justice Center

The National Manager – Foundation Grant Writing leads Tahirih’s foundation and corporate grant cultivation and stewardship program. S/he is responsible for sustaining and growing foundation grant revenue stream through compelling proposals, accurate and timely reporting to grant funders and targeted prospecting of new funders.  Through careful grant calendar management combined with close coordination with program, finance and sub-grantees, the Grants Manager ensures that all aspects of proposals and reports are drafted, reviewed, are of a high quality and the consolidated package is delivered on time.

Manage Grant Processes

  • Own and maintain organizational grant calendar of proposal and report deliverables;
  • Create project plans/timelines to co-ordinate receipt of program narratives, metrics and financial data from designated staff in support of timely proposal submissions and grant reports.
  • Keep staff abreast of upcoming deadlines through regular all-staff updates and ongoing one-on-one meetings with directors/program owners
  • Maintain accurate data regarding grants submitted, and monitor success against fundraising goals on an on-going basis
  • Lead evaluation of grant management processes and streamline them to reflect growth. Will be led by Development Director, with significant input from National Manager – Foundation Grant Writing

Manage Tahirih’s Existing Grant Portfolio

  • Partner with Directors on the development of grants strategy, and provide guidance on cultivation and renewal strategy options and topics of special interest
  • Lead the development of grant reports and renewal proposals with known funders
  • Work with program and finance staff to ensure consistency of report narrative, program metrics and grant revenue utilization; trouble-shoot and lead resolution of issues.
  • Work with finance staff to inform creation of non-restricted and restricted grant budgets for proposals and reporting purposes, as well as budget modification requests, as required
  • Provide final quality assurance review on each complete package.
  • Ensure grant awards are processed, accepted, and acknowledged in a timely manner
  • Orient program and finance staff to new awards either through grant kick-off process (restricted grants) or via email with award documents (unrestricted); communicate committed deliverables under the grant; communicate allowable activities and costs which may be incurred and restrictions/conditions which must be met under terms of the grant.
  • Support program staff’s preparations for grantor site visits, monitoring visits, or grant program audits
  • Partner with Directors to maintain relationships with funders through periodic communications and meetings


Grow and Further Diversify Tahirih’s Grant Portfolio

  • Research and evaluate foundation and corporate grant making prospects for opportunities to grow our current and our expansion funding sources
  • Cultivate prospective opportunities vigorously and prepare compelling proposals in support of our work
  • Enhance our processes for prospecting new sources and developing institutional relationships, particularly as Tahirih continues to grow nationally



  • Renew Tahirih’s applications with charitable ratings agencies and troubleshoot any issues related to ratings
  • Renew Tahirih’s applications to participate in federated giving campaigns
  • Record non-government grant donations
  • Send personalized thank you letters to non-government grants donors and develop and oversee implementation of stewardship strategies
  • Assist in drafting the annual grants budget in consultation with finance staff and local directors
  • Participate in departmental retreat and assist in establishment of goals and objectives, and monitor progress against established grants goals
  • Assist in organizing occasional special events to cultivate donors
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested



  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Three years (minimum) to five or more years (ideal) track record of success in proposal writing and institutional cultivation
  • Interest in and knowledge of women’s rights and human rights issues
  • Outstanding attention to detail with respect to calendar management and grant writing
  • Successful experience in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies for foundation donors
  • Self-starter and problem-solver able to interact with a diverse group of funders
  • Highly energetic and strategic-thinking professional with a track record of supporting and building donor relationships
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of timely completion of assignments
  • Team player with an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising
  • Outstanding ability to partner with Tahirih program and finance stakeholders in the development of strategies and the execution and revision of proposals

Annual salary and benefits:  Compensation is competitive and dependent on experience. Generous benefits include 15 days of vacation leave in the first year and 20 days thereafter with an additional week of paid vacation between Christmas and New Year’s, additional sick leave, fully-paid employee health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, and professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities.

About the Tahirih Justice Center: The Tahirih Justice Center is a growing national non-profit organization that supports the courage of immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, Congress, and communities.  Through pro bono holistic legal services, community outreach and education and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih protects women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Tahirih’s 70 employees work from offices in the DC metro area, Baltimore, Houston, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Submissions:  Please email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

The Tahirih Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability or veteran’s status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations. Tahirih’s policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. Men are particularly encouraged to apply.