Grants Associate

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Carole Robertson Center for Learning (the Center) seeks to hire a Grants Associate. The Center has grown significantly over the last three years and we are seeking a capable, creative, and passionate nonprofit professional to take our fundraising activities to new heights. The Grants Associate supports the Center’s fundraising goals by assisting with grant procurement activities such as conducting research, compiling relevant reports, and composing effective communications, including proposals. In addition to handling a high volume of proposals and reports, the Grants Associate also assists with other developmental activities as needed and has the opportunity to learn and help shape Carole Robertson Center’s programs.


  • Work with the Grant Writer & Communications Specialist and program teams to write and assemble compelling grant applications for private foundations, corporations, and public grant makers;
  • Assist with the preparation of progress and final reports including information compilation, drafting, and timely submission;
  • Research and compile information, such as statistics and developments within the community, needed to support proposals and reports;
  • Conduct grant prospect research using Grantstation and online sources;
  • Create research profiles; enter research information into GrantHub and donor database;
  • Conduct research on grant requests by verifying the public charity status of organizations and ensuring that all grant purposes align with the Center’s initiatives and programs;
  • Process grants efficiently and accurately according to stated service levels;
  • Communicate with funders and partners via phone and email as needed;
  • Communicate with other departments at Carole Robertson Center as needed;
  • Navigate multiple software systems;
  • Maintain accurate, detailed, and organized documentation of grants research;
  • Maintain an awareness of processing volumes and prioritize work accordingly, proactively seeking ways to improve workflow;
  • Achieve and maintain a high level of efficiency with functional skills, desktop applications, and appropriate equipment and applications;
  • Maintain effective work relationships by handling peer and management interactions in a positive and cooperative manner;
  • Serve as a copy editor on materials, communications, and proposals as needed;
  • Serve as Grants department representative in cross-departmental initiatives;
  • Serve as a back-up for primary responsibilities managed by other team members; and
  • Other duties and project work as assigned.


  • Values — ability to demonstrate in word and action the Center’s core values and deep commitment to the mission, vision, priorities, and needs of the organization and the diverse communities it serves.
  • Inclusion — values all people for their unique talents and perspectives and promotes practices that promote and provide equal access to opportunities and resources that enable employees to contribute fully to the organization’s success.
  • Relationships — ability to build authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performances to support the Center’s work.
  • Change Capacity — leads self and others by demonstrating the ability to pivot and respond to unpredictable, disruptive, and ambiguous situations. Develop processes, tools, and techniques used to advance desired organizational outcomes and manage change effectively.
  • Results-Proven Track Record — demonstrable ability to exceed goals with a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen including successful P&L management; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem-solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness.
  • Strategic Vision and Agility — ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.
  • Innovation — ability to form ideas that are new and enhanced, while introducing constructive ways of looking at problems that foster creativity interdisciplinary/cross-functional work.


  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training and experience may be considered;
  • One to three years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, communications, or related field preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including excellent phone and email etiquette;
  • Nonprofit engagement and interest;
  • Ability to interact effectively with potential grant makers, management, and coworkers and ability and willingness to participate in a team environment;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Ability to build positive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse set of partners and stakeholders;
  • Excellent project management skills that foster positive collaboration and stellar execution;
  • Customer focus;
  • High energy and passion for the Center’s mission;
  • Expertise in technology, including Microsoft Office Suite; and
  • Unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Fostering a safe environment for the children, families, and communities we serve and our employees is of the utmost importance.  In this spirit, please note that upon accepting an offer of employment, you will be required to share proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status on or before October 15, 2021. To be considered fully vaccinated, it must be at least two weeks since you received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or the only dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Accommodation requests will be considered in compliance with applicable laws.

Carole Robertson Center for Learning is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. Carole Robertson Center for Learning evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally protected characteristics.


Carole Robertson Center for Learning (the Center) seeks to hire a Grants Associate. The Center has grown significantly over the last three years and we are seeking a capable, creative, and passionate nonprofit professional…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Chicago, IL, USA

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