Associate Director of Grants

Job Description

Associate Director of Grants

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $60,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year

Full Job Description

DEPARTMENT: Philanthropy/Development

REPORTS TO: Director – Philanthropy

COMPENSATION: $60,000 - $65,000

*Please include a cover letter with your application


The Associate Director of Grants supports the Philanthropy Department and is responsible for researching, preparing, submitting, and managing grant proposals/reports that support organizational goals and meet funder guidelines and criteria. This person serves as the primary grant writer, manages funder relationships, leads reporting, and supports special project initiatives. This position requires strong writing, research and data analysis, program budgeting, project management skills, and emphasis on outcome measurement. This position will also be involved in special event support and community outreach.


The following describes representative responsibilities of this job, but it is not intended to be a complete or all-inclusive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of this position:

  • Researches and identifies new government, corporate, foundation and private funding prospects to match Space Foundation priorities
  • Generates and submits high-quality proposals, narratives, applications, and supporting documents in response to solicitations consistent with all policies and procedures and the requirements and guidelines of the funding agencies or source
  • Develop, maintain, and build relationships with funders and other strategic partners on local, state, and national levels
  • Furnish prospective funders with supporting documents
  • Maintain thorough and accurate database records and creating monthly fundraising reports and other database reports and queries, as needed
  • Maintain grant compliance and reporting, including outcomes measurement and grant budgets, taking responsibility for meeting high standards of effectiveness, timeliness, and completeness
  • Provide support for all grant-related activities, including data analysis and project evaluation, impacting the achievement of project goals and objectives
  • Maintain a master calendar of grants and prospects and all associated files and correspondence
  • Maintain a library of grant support documents including resumes, bios, IRS forms, Board/staff diversity lists, etc
  • Execute thank you letters and facilitate grant contracts/agreements
  • Display adherence to the organization’s mission
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of the organization’s history and programs
  • Develop positive relationships internally to work cross-functionally with other departments to ensure integrated approach to achieving objectives and ensuring successful grant submission and compliance
  • Represent Space Foundation by attending functions with or on behalf of Philanthropy Department; requires flexibility in work schedule with weekday, weekends, evenings, and occasional late nights as necessary to fulfill job duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned to contribute to overall growth and learning of the organization


The following briefly describes knowledge, skills, abilities, and characteristics associated with this position, including any required experience, education, licensure, certification, or combination thereof:

  • Bachelor's degree, or relevant equivalent experience can be substituted for a degree
  • Minimum five years recent and related experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Ability to successfully manage different projects concurrently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly detail-oriented and exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively either independently and as part of a team
  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality
  • Apply initiative, creativity, and sound judgment to appropriate situations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Prior experience working with a nonprofit CRM required (HubSpot a plus)
  • Experience in prospecting research tools such as RelSci and Foundation Directory Online
  • Confident in corresponding, interacting, receiving detailed instructions and/or communicating via email, telephone and in person
  • Ability to take initiative, ask clarifying questions when needed, and carry out responsibilities of position independently


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Individuals in this position will generally work indoors and will have a workspace designated solely for him/her. Necessary office furnishings, equipment and supplies will be provided by the Foundation. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may periodically be required to work outdoors and would be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee may periodically be required to work in an offsite environment or at special events, and from time-to-time may be asked to travel on Foundation business, at the Foundation’s expense. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


  • FLSA Classification: This position is exempt per guidelines of the Fair Labor Standards Act and, as such, an individual in this position is not eligible to receive overtime pay.
  • Full- or Part-Time: This position is full-time in nature. An individual in this position will regularly work a schedule consisting of 40 hours per week.
  • Work Location: This position’s primary work site is the headquarters location in Colorado Springs, CO. The nature and responsibilities of this position are such that it is eligible for Space Foundations hybrid work policy (3 days in office, 2 days from home per week).
  • Regular Schedule: Usual business days are Monday through Friday, holidays excepted, and usual business hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. in the time zone in which the position is located.


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Colorado Springs, CO 80907: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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