Grants Manager

Aspire Living & Learning
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About the Job

Job Posting: Grants Manager

Position: Grants Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Remote, hybrid, or in-person (within VT, CT, NH, MD or MA) options available
Reports To: Director of Philanthropy

Company Overview:
Aspire Living & Learning is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of neurodiverse children and adults. We are seeking a motivated Grants Manager to lead our grant fundraising efforts, securing resources that drive our vision forward and directly benefit our community.

Job Purpose:
The Grants Manager will oversee all aspects of grant fundraising, collaborating with internal stakeholders to develop compelling proposals and steward relationships with funders. This role involves managing the grant application process, from research and proposal writing to post-award reporting, while aligning efforts with organizational goals and values.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Write persuasive grant proposals, demonstrating strong writing skills and a clear articulation of Aspire’s mission and impact.
  • Prepare and submit funding requests, cultivate relationships with funders, and meet with them as necessary.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to gather program information and develop accurate budgets for proposals.
  • Partner with finance staff to ensure compliance with donor guidelines and accurate grant documentation.
  • Develop and execute a strategic plan to increase grant revenue, in collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy.
  • Maintain a grants calendar, track activity, and conduct ongoing prospect research.
  • Input and maintain grant data in Salesforce, producing reports and tracking performance metrics.
  • Stay informed about philanthropic trends and community needs that may impact grant opportunities.


  • Minimum of five years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising, with a focus on grant writing.
  • Proven track record of securing grants ranging from $5,000 to $500,000+.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and familiarity with CRM databases (preferably Salesforce).
  • Knowledge of fundraising best practices and nonprofit financials.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with keen attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational and time management abilities, capable of managing multiple deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously while also contributing to a collaborative team environment.
  • Creative thinker with the ability to synthesize complex information.
  • Commitment to ethical fundraising practices.

Working Conditions:
This position operates primarily in a typical office environment, with frequent communication via video calls, phone, and in-person meetings. Some regional and overnight travel may be required for site visits or professional development opportunities. Occasional night and weekend work may also be necessary.

If you are passionate about making a difference and have a proven track record in grant fundraising, we invite you to apply for this rewarding opportunity to join our team at Aspire Living & Learning.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.


Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Aspire Living & Learning serves people who are neurodiverse; indeed, a diverse community. These individuals present with a range of abilities, including, but not limited to autism, emotional disturbance, ADHD and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). In addition, the individuals-supported identities span economic, racial, religious, family, country of origin, and LGBTQ spectrums.

For our organization as a whole, Aspire believes diversity and inclusion improve our services to the I/DD community. I/DD support is challenging work; requiring creativity, compassion, problem-solving, and risk-taking. Discrimination and racism are abhorred organizationally, and are counterproductive to providing effective, humane services to our clients.

Aspire has strong relationships with immigrant communities and others of diverse backgrounds. By employing diverse staff members with different lived experiences, they bring their differences to these critical roles, resulting in more culturally sensitive, well-matched services that can address each person’s unique needs.

Aspire believes we must play an active role in creating a community that is diverse, inclusive and equitable in order to successfully fulfill our mission to serve neurodiverse children and adults who are discovering their passions, unlocking potential, and thriving. Our work benefits greatly from the contributions of people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ people, and individuals with disabilities. That’s why we actively seek potential employees, board members and partners with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities

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