Program Development & Grants Manager

Job Purpose

Lead the charge in securing vital funding for Penfield Children’s Center, ensuring we can continue to empower children and families through our life-changing programs. Spearhead a comprehensive grant management program, leveraging your expertise to cultivate relationships and secure funding from diverse sources like local foundations, government agencies, corporations, and more.

Prime functions for Grant Manager

  • Strategically cultivate funding opportunities:
    • Secure and cultivate strategic funding partnerships. Establish relationships with potential funders, ensuring alignment with Penfield’s mission and impact.
    • Actively research and identify promising government and federal grant opportunities.
    • Proactively research and secure grants. Analyze the funding landscape and identify new opportunities that strengthen Penfield’s strategic goals.
    • Develop compelling grant proposals. Write persuasive proposals that resonate with funders, showcasing program effectiveness and compelling outcomes.
    • Collaborate on innovative funding initiatives. Partner with program staff to conceptualize and secure funding for promising new initiatives.
  • Become the champion of relationships:
    • Nurture strong connections with grant makers, fostering open communication and collaboration.
    • Build long-term partnerships that translate into sustained financial support for our programs.
    • Represent Penfield with confidence and professionalism at grant meetings and events, articulating our vision and impact.
  • Steward grant resources with excellence:
    • Oversee the implementation of awarded grants, guaranteeing adherence to all requirements and deadlines.
    • Meticulously manage budgets and track expenditures, maximizing the impact of each grant dollar.
    • Prepare detailed and transparent reports, demonstrating the positive outcomes achieved through each grant.
  • Develop, write and submit letters of intent, grant proposals and reports to foundations, corporations, government and other public and private grant making organizations 
  • Collaborate with colleagues across Penfield Children’s Center to transform ideas into successful grant submissions.
  • Provide leadership for reporting and relationship management with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.
  • In partnership with finance and program departments, monitor grant/contract budget process and reporting process.
  • Provide leadership of grant management process across organization.


  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Communications, or Public Relations.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of 3 years of successful grant writing and/or development experience in a non-profit or public service setting.
    • Demonstrated track record of securing funding from diverse sources, including foundations, government agencies, corporations, and individual donors.
  • Writing and Communication:
    • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with the ability to craft clear, concise, persuasive proposals tailored to specific funding opportunities and donor interests.
    • Strong verbal communication skills, with the ability to articulate the mission and impact of Penfield Children’s Center with passion and clarity.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with funders and other stakeholders.
  • Technical Skills:
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, with advanced skills in Word, Excel, and Access.
    • Experience with database management software (Raiser’s Edge preferred, but not required).
    • Comfortable working with online grant management systems.
  • Organizational Skills:
    • Highly organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines consistently.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and overcome challenges proactively.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle during work hours.
  • Ability to work at a computer station for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift or move objects up to 25 pounds.
  • Compliance with Penfield Children’s Center’s vaccine policy and Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • Actively demonstrates a commitment to understanding and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within the organization and in the community served.
  • Penfield Children’s Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Core Values
Lead with Love – We welcome everyone with compassion and empathy; patience and kindness.
To lead with love, we look for the best in our co-workers, our families, and ourselves.

Grow with Us – We celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes. We believe there is always a better way asking questions that challenge the status quo, improve our process and make our work easier. Grow with us allows us to focus on how we can improve ourselves and, in the process, better serve the children and families in our care.

Better Together – Together, we can do amazing things. Children and families trust us and depend on us to work as a team to meet their needs. We are better together when we maximize our strengths, the gifts of our colleagues and the commitment of our amazing partners.

Do What it Takes – We are determined, motivated and adaptable. We solve problems. We own our work, our actions and our behaviors. We step up to help our co-workers, partners and our families. We do what it takes to get the job done right and done well.

Be Present – We bring our best genuine self to everything we do. Being present allows us to bring our passion and commitment to our work to ensure the best possible outcomes for Penfield.

Penfield Children’s Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Reports to: Vice President of Development and Communications
Fair Labor Standards Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $55,657-$83,486

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Penfield Children's Center

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