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Grants Manager
Asheville, NC
Posted Jul 19, 2013 by University of North Carolina Asheville
Category: Development and Fund Raising


University of North Carolina Asheville

Grants Manager

Corporate and Foundation Relations

University Advancement

Classification Title:
University Program Specialist - Advanced

Working Title:
Grants Manager

Classification Type:

Equivalent to Salary Grade:
74 (For employment/re-employment RIF priority purposes)

Position Number:

Minimum of Salary Range:

Maximum of Salary Range:

Starting salary:
$60,000-$65,000 (budgeted hiring salary)

Work Hours:
Normal office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional hours in the evening or weekend may be needed to meet the needs of the department.

Terms of Employment:

Other Terms of Employment:
Position Contingent Upon Funding

Number of Months:
12 Months

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

UNC Asheville is the designated liberal arts institution in the UNC public university system and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. We encourage applications from traditionally under-represented minorities. UNC Asheville is committed to increasing and sustaining the diversity of its faculty, staff, and student body as a part of its mission and its commitment to excellence in the liberal arts.

Position Summary
The Grants Manager will be responsible for laying the foundation and building out the university's fledgling corporate and private foundation grant writing and procurement capabilities.

This position will be responsible for developing relationships with local, regional, and national foundations and matching these sources with university objectives and programs resulting in successful funding.

The Grants Manager should be comfortable and have experience coordinating and executing the entire funding lifecycle including, but not limited to, identification of sources, cultivation, writing letters of intent, writing persuasive and clear proposals and applications, and stewardship efforts.

Grants Manager will also have responsibility for helping develop grant and proposal writing abilities of other Corporate and Foundation Relations staff.

This position will be responsible for creating and giving presentations in front of large groups of internal and external constituents and should be comfortable defending funding proposals in an open setting.

This position should be detailed oriented and have experience creating and following funding calendars, setting and successfully meeting deadlines to ensure grant timetables are met.

As with all Advancement officers this position will be responsible for identifying, cultivating relationships with, and direct solicitation of external partners including corporations, foundations, and individuals in order to meet fundraising goals.


OA Category
Professional (30)

Required Education/Experience/Skills (Minimum Qualifications)
Bachelor's degree and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred education/experience/skills:
The ideal candidate will have a Master's degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Non-profit management, or related field.

Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record of successfully applying for and receiving funding from corporate and private foundations

Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in statistical and data analysis.

The ideal candidate should have experience in Higher Education or Non-profit industries. Strong candidates will have experience working in both.

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 3 years experience in grant writing and management; the preferred candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of grant writing and management experience with a proven track record of securing grants from both corporate and private foundations

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in community engagement, and experience with relationship building and cultivation.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required:
Professional Knowledge:
Knowledge of program policies, procedures, technology, best practices and their theoretical bases, demonstrated by the ability to relate programs to strategic plan to address complex or sensitive issues affecting clients. Knowledge of the inter-relationship of all program areas. Ability to focus management on more strategic programs. Ability to serve as the program/project expert. Ability to revise and approve programs, services, policies, and/or procedures collaboratively. Ability to develop and implement new or revised systems, policies, and/or procedures, related to the business needs of the organization.

Program/Project Administration:
Ability to manage several and/or multi-faceted program(s) or project(s) in their entirety. Ability to lead and facilitate teams, workgroups or assigned staff. Ability to conduct research and development. Ability to take initiative in strategic planning and change management efforts. Ability to develop, implement and evaluate program(s)/project(s). Ability to establish goals and objectives of program(s)/project(s). Ability to set appropriate deadlines. Ability to plan and assign work of others. Ability to identify organizational needs and relevant business improvement processes. Ability to ensure compliance with program standards. Ability to make final technical decisions. Ability to oversee grant and contract pre- and post-award agreements, reporting and compliance with standards. Ability to advocate/represent the university in negotiations.

Ability to advise and negotiate with clients to address issues which require an in-depth understanding of the program/organizational culture, issues and work relationships. Ability to resolve complicated, sensitive, or unusual problems of an individual or systemic nature. Ability to guide and coach clients, co-workers, and/or subordinates in evaluating and resolving the most complex operational issues, often in overlapping program areas. Ability to coach and lead others in providing effective, responsive and timely consultation services. Ability to enhance collaboration among individuals and groups. Ability to build consensus when dealing with opposing points of view and resolving competing or complex issues.

Information Analysis and Decision-Making:
Ability to prepare and analyze overall business operations and matters pertaining to the program area. Ability to develop long ranges objectives for the strategic planning process. Ability to analyze and resolve unprecedented issues and problems independently using input from and collaboration of external sources. Ability to anticipate problems, project probable outcomes and potential impact on policy or program. Ability to develop resolution strategies.

Communication and Marketing:
Ability to cultivate professional relationships with all levels of the program/organization, internal and external. Ability to take the initiative in difficult situations. Ability to encourage others in complex and sensitive situations to reach a mutually agreeable resolution that achieves business goals and maintains positive work relationships. Ability to coordinate and manage communication efforts conveying difficult, crucial, and/or controversial decisions. Ability to oversee marketing and public relations strategies and functions. Ability to coordinate staff development and training/education programs including core training, specialized one-time training events, continuing education, and related programs.

Ability to provide program/project leadership in planning and organizing the work of others. Ability to work collaboratively to manage issues. Ability to evaluate and recommend resource needs. Ability to consult with senior level decision-makers on an on-going basis.

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Special Instructions to the Applicant:
Official transcripts are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the educational institution(s) by Human Resources. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees required must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

The following link will provide information that is required to be reported to the U.S. Department of Education as part of The Jeanne Clery Act. http://publicsafety.unca.edu/sites/publicsafety.unca.edu/files/2012AnnualSecurityandFireReport.pdf

To apply, visit http://careers.unca.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51363




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