Manager, Grants and Foundation Partnerships

The Arc of the United States
March 5, 2021
Washington, DC, DC
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Michelle Boling


Position Summary:

The Arc of the United States seeks an experienced Grant Writer to manage national foundation, corporate and federal government grant proposals for the organization. This role will manage the full grant function beginning with research and prospecting, organizing deadlines with program staff to writing and submission and grant reporting. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer who pays close attention to details and is forward thinking, with an ability to communicate with teams across the organization to create a streamlined and successful grant management program. The Manager is ultimately responsible for achieving deadlines and assuring the quality and accuracy of all proposals submitted on behalf of The Arc.


Reporting to the Senior Director and Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relationships, the Manager will spend the majority of time managing the grant application process and reporting requirements. The Manager will also lead on foundation prospect research and managing the sponsorships portfolio. The ideal candidate will highly organized and demonstrate strong skills in teamwork and a commitment to improving the lives of those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. This is a newly created position, located in the national office in Washington, DC.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of proposals to corporations, foundations, and government agencies in support of The Arc’s initiatives, for both program funds and general operating funds.
  • Manage RFP development process from early strategy and creative thinking meetings, to coordinating the proposal process across the organization, to ensuring successful budget development, letter of interest development, development of supplemental materials, the creation of the final proposal product, and its delivery to the funder.
  • Conduct prospect research, develop proposal concepts and proposal products, and stewarding relationships with funders during and beyond the proposal process.
  • Ensure a successful review of the final draft of all proposals and related products and oversees their delivery to funders.
  • Collaborate with Senior Director and Team Leads on grant management and stewardship activities, including reporting for general operating support grants, meetings with funders, and continuation applications.
  • Manage proactive foundation research and pipeline development process.
  • Manage sponsorship portfolio to include ensuring benefits and sponsorships are well balanced.
  • Write artfully and tactfully, with a particular flair for communicating clearly about complex and often misunderstood programs and needs of the disability community.
  • Learn about many facets of serving and supporting the I/DD community in order to write thoughtful and insightful proposals on a multitude of subjects (and often with limited time to learn about areas of academic and regulatory complexity).
  • Provide technical assistance on prospect identification and proposal development to chapters of The Arc and to engage chapters in the development and implementation of grant-funded projects.
  • Serve as an internal partner and resource to teams around the office, especially program teams.
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with key stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree required. Specific educational background in writing or a graduate degree are strongly preferred.
  • 3+ years of grant writing experience.
  • Track record of successfully writing, submitting and winning federal, corporate and foundation grants.
  • Exceptional writing skills with an eye for adjusting and editing language and tone for consistency.
  • Proficient with Microsoft and Google products.
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising and grant making information resources.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Extremely detail-oriented and well organized.
  • Ability to multi-task in an ever changing environment while adjusting priorities and still meeting deadlines.
  • Experienced in developing and interpreting budgets.
  • Must be able to work in a collaborative team environment as well as autonomously to meet fundraising goals.
  • Must be based in Washington, DC area and have the ability and willingness to travel nationally when required.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to and a passion for the work of The Arc.


How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only. To apply to this position visit


The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.


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About The Arc:

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating with and for, and serving, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We work on behalf of people with disabilities of all ages and varying support needs, including individuals with autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and various other developmental disabilities.  With more than  600 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc promotes and protects and protects the human rights of people with  intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.   Our Vision is for people with IDD to be valued members of their communities, with the opportunity to fulfill their full potential and a future that is secure.


State and local chapters of The Arc are engaged in both public policy advocacy and individual advocacy to assist people with IDD to get the services and supports they need.  Our chapters also provide a wide array of services and supports for people with IDD and their families. This varies by chapter and includes but is not limited to: residential, educational, and employment services, personal care, peer support, self-advocacy training, person-centered and future planning, day programs, recreational activities, and other supports that meet the unique needs of people with IDD in each community.

How To Apply

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