Grants Manager

Grants Manager

Grants Manager

Angola, Indiana


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, the Grants Manager is responsible for maximizing philanthropic support from corporations and foundations as well as appropriate government sources through grants and contracts. Through close collaboration with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, School Deans, and program leaders, the Manager is to follow through on academic priorities appropriate for external funding; determine potential corporate or foundation sources for funding these priorities; and lead the written solicitation of these prospects.

The Grants Manager is expected to build upon the University's existing established relationships with a number of national and regional foundations and corporations in order to continue and increase their support of University priorities. In addition, the Director will identify, cultivate and solicit new funding prospects to increase the level of support for these priorities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage relationships with a portfolio of corporate and foundation funders.
  • Identify and cultivate new relationships with prospective corporate, foundation and government funding sources.
  • Coordinate priorities for University proposals with the Assistant Vice President for University Advancement and the Vice President for University Advancement.
  • Solicit philanthropic support from prospective funders through the preparation and submission of written proposals; assist the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Deans and faculty with proposals; and shepherd the application process to timely and successful completion.
  • Develop and maintain a Grants Calendar to track cultivation activities, grant submissions, deadlines, follow-up reporting, and program evaluation.
  • Oversee stewardship of corporate, foundation and government funders and their grants to the University and ensure the submission of timely and accurate reports.
  • Oversee faculty proposal/award processing for adherence to University budgeting policies. Coordinate with the Business Office on proposal and pre-award issues. Oversee the documentation of all activity with corporate and foundation funders and prospective funders within the Raiser's Edge database.
  • Maintain up-to-date reports on all proposal submissions including documentation of dollars requested vs. awarded.
  • Establish benchmarks and standards for reporting on corporate, foundation and grant relations' activities and results.
  • Manage office workflow and priorities.
  • Additional related duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience

The successful candidate will have a minimum of two years of relevant experience, preferably in a higher education setting. A Bachelor's degree is required.


  • S/He will be a passionate, high-energy individual with outstanding skills in management, communication and collaboration with academic leaders, faculty and development colleagues.
  • The successful candidate will have excellent writing and proof-reading skills, experience with navigating online submission portals and proven record of managing complex project management deadlines.

Outstanding Benefits

Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Some benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, flex spending, HSA accounts
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with an employer paid employee life policy valued at 1½ times annual salary
  • Financial Insurance – employer paid Long Term Disability and voluntary Short-Term Disability, Accident, Hospital Indemnity, and Critical Illness options are available
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for an employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service, undergraduate education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification. Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.