Grants Manager

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Organization Summary

The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) is a growing nonprofit organization in Minnesota with offices in Saint Paul and Duluth dedicated to protecting Minnesota's environment and natural resources through legal action, policy advocacy, and community engagement.

For 50 years, MCEA has been a leading voice for environmental protection in Minnesota, working alongside community leaders, scientists, policy makers and community members to preserve the state's natural beauty, promote sustainable development, and ensure that all communities have access to clean water and clean air regardless of race, color, ethnicity, income, or zip code.

At MCEA, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and strive to create a workplace culture, policy and practice that reflects these values. We respect the individual strengths, views, and experiences of all employees and understand that we thrive in our differences. We acknowledge that fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion is an ongoing process, and we are dedicated to continuous learning, active listening, and growth, striving to become a more inclusive community than we are today.

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Salary & Benefits

MCEA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies which prioritize the well-being and success of employees. Our comprehensive and competitive benefits package includes medical and dental insurance for employees and their dependents, paid family leave, monthly phone stipend, 401k and an annual professional development allowance. We believe in fostering a healthy work-life balance, and offer a hybrid work arrangement. Additionally, we have recently adopted a 32-hour work week to promote flexibility and well-being and are committed to supporting employees in all aspects of their professional life. The starting salary for this position is $52,000-$60,000. We look forward to welcoming a new team member who shares our values and passion environmental advocacy.

MCEA is an equal opportunity employer and committed to ensure equal employment practices to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

Primary Duties

Position Summary

The Manager of Grants and Institutional Giving will collaborate closely with the Chief Advancement Officer, Development Director, and Chief Executive Officer to achieve and surpass revenue goals from institutional partners. We seek a skilled writer and communicator who can distill complex ideas into compelling narratives, with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment, working effectively with teams and stakeholders. They will join a development team which values hard work, creativity, and laughter, and we're looking for someone who shares these values and is passionate about advancing our mission. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

 Job Responsibilities

Portfolio Management

  • Maintain a robust schedule of proposals, reports and potential funding sources.
  • Serve as lead writer for all proposals and reports.
  • Create and manage processes with colleagues to generate content.
  • Coordinate with finance staff to meet financial reporting requirements.
  • Assist with annual financial forecasting related to foundation support.

Grow Institutional Support 

  • Prospect and pursue new funding opportunities.
  • Manage CEO, CAO, and Program Directors in building relationships with potential funding sources.
  • Produce concept papers and emails to cultivate relationships with prospective funders.

Manage Reports and Institutional Relationships. 

  • Prep CEO, CAO, and Program Directors for funder meetings.
  • Serve as the primary contact for some institutional relationships.
  • Coordinate with CAO to prepare staff and leadership for site visits and presentations.
  • Manage donor recognition and fundraising stewardship by identifying and including key individuals from institutional funders.

Manage sponsorship and law firm community strategies.

  • Support Development Director to execute sponsorship strategy.
  • Co-design and launch law firm and faith community strategies.

Other Duties as requested. 

  • Support Development and organization staff during periods of high activity or as requested.


Project Management Skills: Proven ability to lead and manage projects effectively including prioritizing tasks, holding others accountable and meeting deadlines.

Information Analysis and Communication: Ability to identify and gather relevant information, analyze data, and create clear and concise written materials. We encourage applicants with strong research and communication skills.

Attention to Detail and Initiative: Strong focus on accuracy, organization, and proactivity. We value candidates who demonstrate attention to detail, take initiative, and are committed to continuous learning and improvement.

Collaborative Mindset: Ability to work effectively with diverse teams, build strong relationships, and foster an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who are collaborators, open to feedback, and passionate about working together to achieve shared goals.


  • At least three years of professional experience with writing as part of your job description.
  • Track record of successfully engaging colleagues to meet your goals.  Proven ability to build strong relationships and work effectively with colleagues including those from diverse backgrounds and departments to achieve shared goals.
  •  Familiarity with the environmental movement, including climate action and environmental justice. We value candidates with experience working with diverse communities, advocating for environmental equity, and promoting inclusive environmental practices.
How to Apply

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by June 12, 2024, for priority consideration. In your cover letter, we invite you to share your writing style and how your skills and experiences align with our desired candidate profile. Additionally, please indicate where you found this job posting. To ensure an inclusive and accessible application process, please submit all materials directly to this email address. We do not accept applications via third-party websites (such as Indeed) to ensure equal opportunities for all candidates. We actively encourage applicants from underrepresented communities, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, people with disability, and veterans.

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