Grantmaking and Communication Specialist

Posted on: January 3, 2022

Position Status:

Full Time


Remote, Based in Minnesota

Reports To:

Grants Manager

Anticipated Start Date:

Open until filled

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position is $55,000. Benefits include medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, holidays, and paid time off. First Children’s Finance honors candidates’ time and effort in job-seeking by providing transparency regarding compensation. Creating transparency regarding salary information reduces the gender pay gap, and eliminates salary negotiation, which rarely benefits people of color or women. It is a value of our organization to support equitable hiring practices.

FCF is seeking a Grantmaking and Communication Specialist to join its growing team in Minnesota, which is expanding to serve more child care providers and communities statewide. The Grants Specialist will help administer the Child Care Facility Revitalization grants, with particular focus on outreach and communications. Reporting to the Grants Manager, the Grants Specialist is an important member of the grantmaking team as a connector between people and process in grantmaking activities.  Talented, collaborative and can-do candidates from across Minnesota are encouraged to apply, as this is a remote work opportunity, working from home with some in-person meetings required as pandemic conditions allow.  Some in-state travel and some evening hours may be required.

This is a grant funded position up to FY 2024 with the opportunity for continuation, contingent on future funding.

  • Work with grants administration team to plan, promote and implement child care facility revitalization grant program.
  • Implement grantmaking activities and approval processes from grant request to check payment
  • Provide advice, guidance and technical assistance to applicants/grantees.
  • Process grant applications, ensuring proper documentations and important regulatory compliance checks.
  • Ensure timely and accurate generation of grant notification letters, grant distributions, and grant agreements.
  • Maintain electronic grant files, documenting review and grant decisions.
  • Track and evaluate grants and ensure timely submission of follow-up reporting by grantees.
  • Provide assistance in the creation of grant reports.
  • Maintain knowledge of grant funding policies, regulations, and procedures; disseminate and present changes to applicants/grantees.
  • Proactively and creatively communicate grant opportunities with existing and potential Child Care providers and partner organizations.
  • Support program outreach and communications efforts via applicant recruitment.
  • Support content development for print, online and social media platforms.
  • Assist in developing and facilitating training opportunities for applicants and grantees.
  • Manage updates and distribution of handouts, toolkits and other program-related materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Desired Experience and Qualifications
  • 3+ years of experience working in a foundation, nonprofit, social service or small business setting.
  • Experience with grantmaking, program administration and/or communications and content development preferred.
  • Experience working collaboratively with communities of color and low-resourced communities.
  • Experience and working with little direct supervision.
  • Experience with child care helpful.
  • Ability to promote a positive image of FCF and position FCF as a key resource in the field of early care and education
  • Ability to be flexible and work collaboratively with a diverse group of FCF staff, customers, partners, and stakeholders
  • Ability to take initiative, work with minimum supervision and complete projects independently, yet be a part of a team
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Minnesota as needed
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks within tight timelines and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with current office technology, including advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to creatively present complex data in written and oral formats.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and active listening
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Somali or Hmong is a plus;
Personal Attributes

This position requires an individual who is:

  • Creative and collaborative
  • Culturally competent
  • A team player, partner, and networker
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, with a can-do attitude
  • Genuinely desiring to help others.
  • Open to learning, accepting positive and constructive feedback
  • Patient and adaptable to changing systems, processes and templates in a growing environment
  • A person of integrity and trust, able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality
  • Organized, a self-starter, and a multi-tasker
  • A strategic thinker and planner as well as an effective implementer
To Apply

Please send a cover letter and a résumé by email to with “Grantmaking and Communication Specialist” in the subject line. Questions may be emailed to