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Grants Manager

  • 19 May 2020 12:14 AM
    Message # 8978510
    Maeven Sipes (Administrator)

    Western DuPage Special Recreation Assocation (WDSRA) is currently seeking candidates for a Grants Manager to join the team.  We are an organization providing social, recreational and inclusive programs for Children, Teens and Adults with Special Needs in Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton and Winfield.  This role will be a replacement for the current incumbent who is retiring and leaving a well-established program for our next Grants Manager.  The position is part-time (10-15 hours per week, flexible schedule) and will be located in the Carol Stream office. 


    • Communicate with the Superintendent of Communications and Development on issues and activities related to the Development Department in an effort to ensure effective operations of the agency.

    • Prepare reports and manage follow-up as deemed necessary by manager or grantors. 
    • Work with key staff to obtain data requested from grantors.
    • Research/prospect and write applications for grant opportunities.
    • Comply with all requirements per grantor guidelines for grants received to include reporting and timeframes.
    • Establish and deepen relationships with Foundation and or corporate donor contacts on an as-needed basis by attending community/service club meetings to gather grant information or establish grantor relationships.
    • Ability to establish rapport with all agency departments to address needs for funding
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Knowledge in fund raising and solicitation of sponsorships, donors and grantors
    • Effectively manage time for self and others when collaborating
    • Meet essential deadlines while relying on others for information
    • Understanding of the basic philosophy of a sound community special recreation program and the ability to interpret that philosophy and its benefits to staff and the public
    • Ability to “think outside of the box” and think creatively to pursue grant funding preferred
    • Strong ability to communicate professionally with various audiences, both orally and written
    • Ability to solve problems comprehensively and effectively in addition to prioritizing options
    • Performs well under stressful situations
    • Effectively transition through multiple tasks and/or interruptions
    • Prolonged use of computer. Must possess solid computer skills in order to create and maintain documents, budgets and files in various office software programs
    • Daily use of phone
    • Routine use of office equipment (i.e. copier, postage machine, shredder, etc.)
    • Ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds – over 40 pounds requires a two person lift or mechanical assistance


    • Exhibit effective customer service to participants, parents, co-workers and community contacts.
    • Ability to accommodate evening and weekend programs, presentations or meetings
    • Adhere to personnel, safety, fiscal and department policies and procedures.
    • Produce accurate, quality work on a consistent basis.
    • Control and prioritize workload effectively through strong time management, organization skills, and regular attendance. Meet all defined deadlines.
    • Exercise independent judgment and make sound decisions based on appropriate research and analysis.
    • Adapt to changes in all aspects of job including assigned tasks, scheduling and new or unforeseen circumstances.
    • Initiate new, creative ideas for improved programming, procedures, projects and opportunities.
    • Set appropriate professional goals by seeking growth opportunities through workshops, seminars, conferences, in-house trainings and professional organizations directly related to the position or the agency.
    • Coach, mentor, guide and lead co-workers through positive attitude and approach.
    • Project a professional image by demonstrating integrity, honesty and accountability.
    • Respect and assist others by actively participating in programs and events from across the agency including required meetings.
    • Handle confidential information discreetly and professionally.
    • Participate in the creation, assessment and completion of agency and team goals.


    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
    • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in in-house sales or grant writing
    • Financial background preferred

    Apply here -


    Last modified: 20 May 2020 6:21 AM | Maeven Sipes (Administrator)

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