Grants Manager



  1. Degree from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's (Master's preferred) in education, business administration, communications, or a related field;
  2. Minimum of four (4) years of successful experience in educational research or proposal development;
  3. Demonstrated experience and expertise in writing competitive grant proposals or research and/or evaluation reports;
  4. Grants Professional Certification (GPC) - or similar credential is preferred; however, deference will be given to candidates with a body of work of securing significant funds for organizations/foundations;
  5. Knowledge of federal and state granting agency requirements and grant criteria;
  6. Knowledge of evaluation and research methodology;
  7. Knowledge of trends in federal, state, local, and foundation funding;
  8. Familiarity with relevant state legislation;
  9. Ability to effectively analyze a variety of school system data and correctly determine the implications of such data on system operations;
  10. Working knowledge of standard Microsoft Office applications (especially MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint);
  11. Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  12. Excellent interpersonal and group communication skills;
  13. Ability to work effectively with limited supervision and oversight.

Responsible to

Superintendent (with select reporting obligations to the Business Administrator)

Job Goal

Under the leadership of the Superintendent, the Grants Manager will use a focused grant acquisition agenda to seek grant opportunities (federal, state, local, and other) to support district priorities and initiatives; develops, reviews and edits content for the district’s Master/Strategic Plan; supports systemic grant development activities, and supports other strategic planning efforts of the district. In addition to developing and submitting competitive grant proposals, the Grants Manager provides guidance and consultation to district grant development teams and other staff; provides leadership, training; performs accurate data analyses and effectively develops intuitive, robust content in support of strategic planning; supports grant development and applications for grants exceeding $20,000. It is the expectation that the grant manager will secure, minimally, $500,000 annually. In year one, the expectation will be $250,000 giving the need to transition into the position and the work. Evaluation and performance will, in part, be aligned with this expectation.

Performance Responsibilities

  1. Using a focused grant acquisition agenda, conducts grant searches to identify competitive local, state, federal, and private funding sources;
  2. Develops grant applications according to Request for Proposal and funder requirements;
  3. Collaborates with external agencies, community individuals and community groups that may participate in partnership grant applications;
  4. Provides technical assistance to district personnel in seeking funding opportunities and proposal development;
  5. Plans, develops, and delivers training in grant-seeking for district personnel;
  6. Leads and manages work groups in the development of grant proposals;
  7. Seeks donations from individuals and foundations directly focused on the work Montclair and/or the northeast region of the United States;
  8. Researches best practices and evidence-based programs to support development of grant program designs;
  9. Reviews grant proposals developed by internal or external stakeholders and provides feedback, as appropriate;
  10. Provides ongoing technical assistance and training to district personnel in preparation for district’s strategic plan development;
  11. Collaborates with program staff to develop comprehensive responses to district’s strategic plan;
  12. Provides oral and written reports on grant acquisition efforts;
  13. Develops program design documents for the district’s Portfolio of Initiatives; and
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.


12 month as contracted, salary and benefits as determined by the Board.


Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with the Board’s policy on evaluation of non-certified staff.

Created: July 2018

The Montclair Public School District encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category.

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