Grants Manager – Minnesota

Posted on: September 27, 2021

Position Status:

Full Time


Remote, Based in Minnesota

Reports To:

Minnesota Director

Anticipated Start Date:

Open until filled

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position is $75,000. 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.
Mission and Organizational Background

The mission of First Children’s Finance (FCF) is to grow the supply and business sustainability of excellent child care. Founded in 1991, FCF provides business and financial assistance to business owners and leaders in the field of Early Care and Education (ECE). To achieve our goals, FCF works on three levels: Individual Business Level, Community Level and Systems Level. FCF is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Minneapolis that provides business development programs and/or financing to ECE providers in multiple states, with regional offices in three: Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan. For more information, see the First Children’s website at:


FCF is seeking a Grants Manager to join its growing team in Minnesota, which is expanding to serve more child care providers and more communities statewide. The Grants Manager will oversee administration of a newly established Facility Revitalization Grants Fund for child care businesses. The Grants Manager will work closely with the Minnesota Director to oversee the implementation of an equitable Grants Administration Plan, supervise the Grants Administration Team, and lead the application review and award process. The Grants Manager will ensure grants administration compliance and is responsible for grant program reporting.

This position is a remote work opportunity, working from home with some in-person meetings required. Candidates may be based anywhere in Minnesota. This position may require regular travel within Minnesota. Some evening hours may be required. This position is funded for a period of three years with the opportunity for continuation, contingent on future funding and program development needs.

  • Works closely with the Minnesota Director to implement Facility Revitalization Grant program; Responsible for ensuring grant program compliance with relevant contractual and statutory requirements
  • Coordinates and maintains grant cycle calendar; responsible for marketing/outreach efforts to potential applicants
  • Responsible for supervision of Grants Administrators
  • Provides technical assistance to applicants on eligibility requirements, application and reporting processes
  • Maintains grants management software; ensures software responsiveness and functionality, including applicant portal and reporting templates; maintains relationship with grants management software vendor
  • Responsible for collection and retention of grant award data from grants management software and any physical grant files to ensure the accuracy and integrity of data as well as grantee relationship history
  • Responsible for grant program data monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Participate in relevant local/regional stakeholder meetings and events
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Desired Experience
  • 8+ years of progressively responsible experience in program administration or project management
  • 3+ years of relevant grants management experience
  • Direct experience with grantmaking software
  • Experience working with small business, especially child care, preferred
  • Familiarity with grantmaking best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with communities of color and low-resourced communities
  • Strong organizational and project management skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly, with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to think strategically and implement plans on the ground
  • Ability to be flexible and work collaboratively with a diverse group of FCF staff, customers, partners, and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision yet be a part of a team
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Minnesota when it is safe and advisable to do so
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
  • A systems thinker that can maintain a big-picture focus while attending to detail
  • Open to learning, accepting positive and constructive feedback
  • 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 “MN Grants Manager” in the subject line. Questions may be emailed to