Join a dynamic and innovative team and put your excellent writing skills to work as the Vermont Foodbank grants manager. The grants manager works closely with Foodbank program, operations, and finance staff to write compelling and accurate funding proposals, craft concise program budgets, and manage post-award communication and reporting. The grants manager is responsible for maintaining an annual grants calendar, including submission and reporting schedules; identifying and researching funding opportunities; and stewarding potential and existing relationships with private and corporate foundation and government agency representatives, meeting with funders when necessary. The grants manager collaborates with program and operations staff to stay abreast of their departmental and programmatic outcomes and funding needs and to clarify expected deliverables.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Write proposals that exhibit strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
  • Work with appropriate staff to garner sufficient knowledge base regarding each program or activity for which funding is being requested and for reporting purposes.
  • Ensure that all grants are completed in a timely manner; maintain and update grant schedule; and ensure that all follow-up reports are completed by deadlines.
  • Inform appropriate staff of any responsibility, expectation, or requirement mandated in the grant award letter.
  • Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation, corporate, and government sources.
  • Compile all grant proposal materials in strict compliance with funder guidelines.
  • Maintain current grants program records in electronic and paper files.
  • Steward relationships with existing funders.
  • Research and identify new funders—private and corporate foundations and government funding opportunities—compatible with Foodbank mission and programs.
  • Work cooperatively and be able to communicate effectively with staff and volunteers to meet and sustain Foodbank goals.
  • Positively contribute to an organizational culture of safe and secure food handling, warehousing, and distribution.
  • The Foodbank relies on volunteers every day to fulfill our mission. All Foodbank employees must support our culture of philanthropy by treating every volunteer with appreciation and respect.
  • Perform other duties as assigned including assisting with sort-a-thons and special events.
  • Participate in department and full staff meetings.
  • Some nights and weekends required.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum education requirement: Bachelor’s degree.
  • Prior grant writing experience preferred.


Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Highly organized.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment.
  • Positive attitude, good sense of humor.
  • Ability to adapt well to change.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Possess solid understanding of budget and financial statements.
  • Self-disciplined in time management.
  • Ability to adhere to simultaneous deadlines.


Language Skills:

Possess excellent expository writing skills.


Technical/Computer Skills:

Must have strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and familiarity with database management.



  • A valid Vermont Driver’s License.
  • 3-year motor vehicle report (MVR) showing a clean driving record.

A complete job description is available upon request.

Please submit application on-line at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/employment; be sure to include a cover letter & resume Attention: Human Resources Department, Francine Chittenden. The Vermont Foodbank is an EEO.

Job Details

  • Position Type: Development
  • Location: Washington County
  • Employment Type/ Status: Full Time