Grants Manager

Does spending your days working for a cause bigger than yourself make your heart beat fast? Are you passionate about creating a more just, sustainable and compassionate world? Do you get excited about your workdays directly impacting the lives of thousands? Are you motivated by the intersection of writing, project management, leadership and justice?

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) is a 48-year-old nonprofit built on a unique upstream/downstream approach. Downstream we have eight direct service programs focused on refugees, immigrants, the houseless, chronically ill, hungry and abused. Our downstream programs meet the immediate and pressing needs of our clients, while upstream we work to address the systemic issues that create these needs. Our upstream work involves public policy, climate justice advocacy, education, and coalition building.

We are seeking a dynamic and talented individual to manage our $2.5 million+ grants portfolio and to help it grow into the future. This person will be responsible for overseeing every aspect of EMO’s grants program including grant writing, networking, reporting, research, project management and more.

POSITION TITLE: Grants Manager

REPORTS TO: Director of Development


LOCATION: Portland, Oregon (EMO’s central office and other sites as needed); ability to work remotely during COVID-19.

CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt, full time.

BENEFITS: Salary range $22.45 to $26.45 per hour; medical, dental, disability and life insurance; vacation, holidays and sick leave; and 401(k).

TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter by 5 p.m. on March 26, 2021, by email to, fax to (503) 223-7007, or mail to EMO, 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, 97239.


    1. Develop and manage strategies for the successful funding of EMO programs and administrative office through grants, including:
      • Criminal Justice Ministries, Food Services, HIV Services, Metro HomeShare, Northeast Emergency Food Program, Russian Oregon Social Services, Second Home for Homeless Youth, SOAR Immigration Legal Services, SOAR Refugee Resettlement, Creation Justice, Public Policy, Common Table Interfaith Dialogue.
    2. Manage a portfolio of 50 to 60 active foundation, corporate, and government grants.
    3. Track and meet deadlines for grant proposals, quarterly, interim and final reports.
    4. Work closely with Program Managers and leadership staff in research, writing and reporting.
    5. Research and maintain data needed for grants: including program quarterly reports, volunteer statistics and budgets.
    6. Collaborate with financial department regarding budgets, reports and grant awards.
    7. Research, develop, and monitor new funding opportunities through foundations, corporations, and government entities.
    8. Initiate and develop organizational relationships with foundation managers and trustees.
    9. Help to lead other grants writers and/or grants staff.
    10. Supervise grant and government contracts.
    11. Be a contributing member of the EMO Development team.



    • Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO.
    • Maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO.
    • Exhibit a spirit of joy and helpfulness.
    • Flexible and adaptable in a dynamic environment.
    • Self-motivated: requires minimal direction of important tasks.
    • Has an ability to anticipate potential needs and challenges.
    • Humble and willing to learn.
    • Ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, culture, gender identity and sexual orientation.


    • Bachelor’s degree.
    • At least three years’ experience in grants management: writing, budgeting, research, and reporting.
    • Knowledge of Oregon’s foundation and corporate funding environment.
    • Knowledge of government grants preferred.
    • Familiarity with Oregon non-profits and other funding organizations preferred.
    • Experienced in a variety of technologies (Office, Google, online project management systems, online grants platforms).


    • Excellent writing ability.
    • High level oral communication and presentation skill.
    • Top tier project management aptitude.
    • Highly organized.
    • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
    • Good interpersonal skills.
    • Works well under pressure.
    • Can manage a complex deadline schedule.
    • Detail oriented.
    • High capacity in managing a variety of tasks.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.