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Grants Manager
Title:Grants Manager
Organization:Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
Location:Crest Hill, IL



Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet


Grants Manager

Opportunity Guide


Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet is a faith-based organization providing service to people in need and calling others of good will to do the same.

Today the agency employs more than 250 people and operates on a budget a little over $21 million. Catholic Charities is a diocesan agency that maintains close contact with the Bishop of Joliet and is governed by a Board of Directors. The dedication of serving needy and vulnerable members of the community that was present in its early days is still present today and can be witnessed in any of the programs and services offered to those in need.

Catholic Charities serves seven Chicagoland counties through more than 60 programs. Programs are organized into five broad designations: Counseling, Aging and Disability Services, Social Services, Early Childhood (including Head Start education), and Community Services. In 2019, Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet served nearly 60,000 clients.


The Opportunity: Grants Manager

Catholic Charities currently raises nearly $1 million annually in grants. Believing that there is much more opportunity, Catholic Charities has decided to add an additional Grants Manager to the team to help discover new funding opportunities, develop relationships, write additional grants and reports, and increase engagement and funding from current grantors. Currently more than 60 grants are submitted each year to potential funders. This role will focus on potential grants of $50,000 or more, including four United Way grant proposals. The successful candidate will lead all aspects of foundation/grant identification, cultivation, proposal and grant writing, stewardship, financial tracking, reporting/compliance and record-keeping for funders within the assigned portfolio.

In addition, the Grants Manager will focus on a strategic vision to identify opportunities for more multi-year, big picture project funding, including government opportunities as well as those presented by private, family and corporate foundations. The ability to establish and build solid, long-lasting relationships with high capacity funders is essential. Success in this role will require integration beyond the development team, especially with program staff and other key agency and community stakeholders.

This position reports directly to the Director of Development & Communications and will work at the office on-site at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill, IL.


Performance Objectives

Leadership and Management

- Visualize, promote and package Catholic Charities’ programs creatively into funding opportunities that match grant guidelines and grantor interests.
- Translate operational complexities into clear, concise and visionary proposals and other communications.
- Lead proposal design and development for grant-funded programming and work with program directors to report goals, outcomes and measurement methods.
- Communicate with program leadership and staff regarding program progress and funding needs.
- Research and monitor new funding opportunities and vet them through appropriate organizational stakeholders.
- Develop and implement strategies to cultivate new relationships and secure support from new funders.
- Maintain and seek knowledge of all organizational activity, as well as rapidly changing social services issues within the community, nonprofit sector and government to most effectively communicate with funders, potential funders or other stakeholders.
- Develop and grow strong relationships with current and potential funders based on a keen awareness of funders’ goals and capacity to give.
- Develop and conduct training for agency Directors on the grants management process.


Grants Management

- Manage or serve as a key partner to program leaders on all application efforts for United Way and government (i.e. Federal, state, local) opportunities as well as proposals and budgets to private foundation donors, with a focus on opportunities of $50,000 and higher.
- Proactively collaborate with appropriate administrative, program and other stakeholders to gather all necessary information for written grant proposals.
- Submit all grant proposals, attachments and renewal materials by deadlines to ensure continued support from funders. Ensure efficient project management and allow for collection of grant support materials and required data, editing, printing (as needed) and submission review and feedback from - - Development and Program leadership.
- Partner with Program leadership on producing and submitting meaningful grant updates to funders, including both required materials and general stewardship reporting.
- Successfully manage a detailed grants calendar and plan including information on current funder and prospect guidelines, deadlines and deliverables.
- Organize and keep electronic copies of all submissions on a shared server.


Financial Management, Compliance and Oversight

Compliance and Oversight

- Manage grant compliance efforts for all funders in portfolio including grant contract and regulatory reviews and management of site visits.
- Develop systems to assess progress towards program and grant goals for all assigned grants.
- Collaborate with Finance for implementation and tracking of grant required goals.
- Monitor all budgets for grant allocation and expenditures.
- Work with the Finance Department to ensure financial tracking aligns with grant budgets, is timely and accurate, and reflects efficient spending and responsible stewardship of contributed dollars.


The Qualified Candidate

Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet seeks a high achieving and driven professional with a minimum of five years of grant, proposal or professional writing experience. Preference will be given to those with success in securing government and United Way funding. The Grants Manager will be creative, dynamic and driven to succeed in a highly productive, complex, fast-paced agency with many programs and services.


Specific Requirements Include:

  • Demonstrated passion for Catholic Charities’ mission.
  • Proven success in securing multiple grants of $50,000 or above.
  • A minimum of five years of progressive experience in grant writing, proposal production, or other professional/technical writing. Previous experience with government grant writing including HUD grants for the social service sector is highly preferred.
  • Exceptional written communication skills, with the ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive correspondence, proposals and reports. Superb conversational and presentational skills are required.
  • Proven success in building and sustaining solid relationships with funders, partners and other stakeholders of all kinds.
  • Proven ability to work with internal and external stakeholders to match programmatic plans that meet grant opportunity requirements.
  • Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to create, implement and monitor complex plans, and translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies.
  • Ability to work in an extremely fast-paced, changing environment that values personal responsibility and a strong work ethic.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Prior experience writing grants for social service and/or faith-based programs is preferred.
  • Candidates who bring an understanding of the communities and populations Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet serves are preferred.
  • Experience in using online grant software such as Apricot and Zoom is preferred.


How To Apply

Candidates may apply by clicking the APPLY NOW button below.


To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

This position offers a competitive salary with strong benefits. Catholic Charities is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This search is being managed by Laura Weinman, Vice President of KEES. Questions may be addressed to

KEES is a retained executive search and consulting firm that builds transformative teams and leaders. Founded in 2013 as an expansion of Alford Executive Search, KEES partners specifically with nonprofit organizations to provide an array of search, leadership, interim staffing and human resources support. For more information, please visit


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