Grants Manager Associate

Organization Summary 

The Center for Rural Affairs is a dynamic, energetic non-profit organization working to build a better rural future for all people and helps to ensure access to genuine opportunity no matter where you live. We’ve done this work for more than 45 years, and we do it from rural places. Our work creates opportunities for beginning farmers, new business owners, and first-time advocates. The Center’s work is fueled by our compassionate, mission-driven staff who work for the betterment of rural communities, stewardship, and the next generation. Additional information can be found at 

Position Description 

The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring a Grants Manager Associate. The Grants Manager Associate will drive the grant application process and  partner with program staff for grant management.  The Grants Manager Associate will oversee the preparation, development, submission, and monitoring of grant applications in coordination with  program staff.  The Grants Manager Associate reports to the Development Director. 

Position Details 

This is a full-time non-exempt position based in Lyons, Nebraska. The Grants Manager Associate will be required to spend two to three days a week in the office but may work the remainder of the week from a home office. This position has a salary range of $40,000-$49,000, commensurate with experience, with a top-notch benefit package that has a cash value ranging from $10,000 to $29,500, depending on family status and tenure with the Center.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Coordinates the planning and preparation of grant proposals.
  • Provides guidance and assistance to program staff in the packaging and submission of grant proposals in accordance with granting agency requirements.
  • Performs grant research, grant writing, and supports grant reporting processes. 
  • Develops a budget in partnership with program staff for each grant that aligns with funder requirements and the grant work proposed.
  • Keep all internal grant files up to date with collateral pieces associated with each grant. 
  • Serve as a liaison between Center Program Directors, Center staff, and granting agencies.
  • Assign and monitor  grant tasks, related responsibilities, and deadlines to ensure timely submission of all grants.   
  • Develop and maintain a grant calendar to track the upcoming grant application pipeline and ensure grant progress reports are completed and sent on time to the funding agency.
  • Use Salesforce to track grant proposals, awards, related statistical information, and stewardship activities for all Center grants submitted.
  • Monitor monthly expense records related to each grant received so they are spent down appropriately and within grant required time frames.
  • Stay up to date with grant funding policies, regulations, procedures, and industry standards.
  • Assist Program Directors and the Chief Administrative Officer with paperwork and record keeping for contractors associated with fulfilling the scope of work for all grants.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Relevant experience in public administration, communication, non-profit management, accounting or related field preferred.
  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising administrative projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Can work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and values differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and social-economic circumstances.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills; excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work within a team, provide support to staff, and perform in cross-functional situations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). 
  • Willingness to travel to various sites across the state of Nebraska as needed.

Position Classification


Application Instructions 

Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter, two samples of past work and three professional references to Initial applicant review will begin on February 25, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.