Grants Manager

SFC is seeking a full-time Grants Manager


Founded in 1993, with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) is involved in every step of the local food system. Our mission is to transform the food system to nourish our health, land and livelihood.

Why work at SFC?

At SFC, we are passionate about our work and share a commitment to expanding access to locally grown food raised with integrity and care, for all members of our community. Join us if you are driven to build and create lasting change that supports people and the planet.

We’re on a journey

SFC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity on our staff and in our community. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels comfortable bringing their full, authentic selves to work. To that end, we have organized multiple all-staff trainings, created internal working groups that celebrate our diverse community, and integrated equity principles into every aspect of our work.

We uphold the following Core Values.

Connectedness: We are community-focused and believe that relationships are powerful tools for building community.

Equity: We support the right of all people to grow, access, sell, and consume healthy and culturally-appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and regenerative methods.

Sustainability: We know humans have a profound responsibility to treat our planet with care and respect, and we are committed to ensuring that diverse species may thrive on Earth for generations to come.

Job Description:

This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week. This position may be remote with some work onsite. Candidate does NOT need to live in Central Texas.

The Grants Manager will report to the Executive Director. The Manager is responsible for identifying, defining, and developing funding sources, specifically through foundation, corporate, and government grants to support existing and planned program activities and special projects. The Manager is responsible for coordinating the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals and necessary reports to external partners, working closely with the Director of Programs and Finance Director on foundation, government, and corporate funding proposals. The Grant Manager will oversee any grant writing consultants supporting their work.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare timeline and tracking system for proposals, ens­uring that the grant pipeline is full for future proposals, staying 6-8 months ahead of the need to account for declines.
  • Develop, create, and submit timely, well-researched, well-written proposals for program activities and special projects.
  • Write two Impact Reports per year for funders and Board.
  • Manage reporting system for grant awards with Finance Director; prepare and distribute ongoing status reports.
  • Proactively coordinate staff efforts to collect, analyze, and report data on the performance of grant funded activities.
  • Coordinate with staff and attend occasional presentations and meetings for ongoing activity awareness and fluency.
  • Track dollar amount of proposals against dollar amount of awards received to determine return on investment in staff time, and to determine what total dollar amount in proposals need to be submitted in order to meet budget for foundation, government, and corporate grants.

About you:

You are a skilled written communicator that can bring a program to life on the page. You’re a problem solver who leverages strategic thinking and analytical skills to resolve complex issues. You are a highly organized project manager who knows how to keep a team on track and meeting (or exceeding) deadlines. And you know your way around of a budget and have the financial acumen to help steer the organization’s financial success. You do not shy away from a budget, in fact, you have some experience with accounting, budgeting, and auditing.

You will also bring expertise and demonstrated capacity in:

  • Strong experience with writing $1M plus federal grant and contract proposals, with substantial knowledge of the federal process
  • Strong experience with writing $500K plus proposals for private foundations
  • 5-8 years of experience writing grant and contract proposals in a $3M plus nonprofit environment; proven track record over a 4-5 year period of a 40% - 50% return rate on dollar amount of proposals submitted
  • Proven skills in prospecting potential funders and ability to bring funders to the table for conversations and relationship-building that results in funding for the organization; working knowledge of public and private philanthropic foundations
  • Advanced skills in Excel and ability to manage complex spreadsheets that track data pertinent to managing grants and contracts
  • Experience working with different communication styles and ability to articulate ideas into proposals.
  • Demonstrated grammar, creative writing, and editorial skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to set expectations and deadlines and lead a team to accomplishing them.
  • Proficiency and experience in Microsoft Office and Every Action or other donor management software
  • Ability to effectively work under pressure and produce quality work within a tight timeframe
  • Business or communications-related degree or equivalent professional qualification

Sustainable Food Center offers an excellent work environment, competitive salaries, full coverage health insurance, 403b matching after first year of employment, generous time off and a flexible schedule. The starting salary band for this position is $55,000 to $65,000. Starting salary will be influenced by applicant’s qualifications and budget considerations. The position is available starting July 5, 2022.

The position may be remote. Candidate does NOT need to live in Central Texas.

To Apply:

Please submit your résumé, cover letter, writing sample and three references to Use subject title: Grants Manager. In your cover letter, tell us about your lived experience working with diverse communities.