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Title: Grants Manager
Reports to: President/CEO
Status: full-time, exempt

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, founded in 1984, is a $115 million Foundation that serves as the grant-making and capacity building ministry of 81 Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod congregations in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The vision of the Foundation is to see the Church brought in to the lives of hurting people and people included in the healing life of the Church. The Foundation currently focuses its efforts in six funding focus areas: Christian Faith in Action, Congregation Community Engagement, Lutheran Schools and Organizations, Foreign-Born Populations, Justice-Involved Individuals and their Families, and Older Adults Maintaining Independence.

Job Summary
The Grants Manager is responsible for overseeing the grants management process to ensure a streamlined workflow in an increasingly paperless environment - from applicant’s inquiries through grant closure - and for communicating grant information to grantees and appropriate Foundation staff. The Grants Manager will assist in the management of the current grantmaking database (Blackbaud).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Foundation’s program staff to ensure an accurate, timely, efficient, and transparent process for the entire grant cycle, from proposal to closure including:
    • pre-award management
    • maintain current grant files that meet legal, accounting and Foundation requirements
    • assure compliance with IRS and Foundation due diligence regulations
    • payments: schedule, monitor, and generate related correspondence
    • requirements: schedule, monitor, and generate related correspondence
    • coordinate with program staff to respond verbally and in writing to inquiries from grantees regarding contractual issues such as financial reporting, budget reallocation, project extension, etc.
    • work closely with financial staff to ensure payments, returned funds, and canceled grants are accurate and processed properly
    • grants management
  • Use current Blackbaud database
    • enter, update, and maintain the accuracy and integrity of the database records
    • categorize and process information
    • create and maintain templates
    • create and maintain coding
    • generate reports
  • Document and maintain grant management policies and procedures
  • Work with program staff to develop, monitor, and produce reports related to the Foundation’s outcomes and learnings
  • Perform general Foundation support activities and carry out special projects as assigned

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree plus three years of relevant experience
    Excellent attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to design and implement effective workflow processes and procedures
  • Exceptional database management skills
  • Experience with Blackbaud software preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with basic accounting principles
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and in teams
  • Good judgement and Christian character
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s vision
  • Familiarity with The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod preferred

Physical Qualifications

  • Ability to sit at a desk for extended periods of time
  • Sufficient mobility to move to various locations in and out of the office
  • Sufficient vocalization to answer the telephone
  • Sufficient visual ability to focus attention during extended use of electronic documents and
    internet web-sites
  • Ability to occasionally lift 25-pound item and move item ten feet

Application Process

Interested applicants should email the following to Ann L. Vazquez, President/CEO, by Friday, January 28, 2022:

  • Cover letter, including:
    • interest in the position
    • specific qualifications
    • experience working with congregations and/or faith-based organizations, either in a professional or volunteer capacity
  • Resume