Vice President of Grants Opportunity at the Executive Service Corps (Updated)

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Responsibilities and Tasks (in alphabetical order)

  • Be an industry ambassador for the organization. Maintain professionalism in interactions with all stakeholders.

  • Identify and build relationships with potential grant funders and donors. Develop grant relationships and marketing strategies.

  • Maintain strict confidentiality regarding donor relationships and contributions. Show integrity in all things.

  • Prepare proposal documents. Secure commitments of participation or donation from foundations, corporate donors, and other grant funders.

  • Remain dependable and successful while working independently, taking direction, and working in a team setting.

  • Solicit sponsorships and partnerships from foundations and other grant funders.

  • Track performance against grants and report on success to funders.

  • Update donor databases and track grants. Maintain data in information systems or databases.

  • Write and maintain the grant portion of the organization’s annual fundraising strategy.

  • Write and send letters of thanks to grant funders.

  • Other tasks, most often fundraising tasks, as assigned.


Technology (in alphabetical order)

  • Communicate via electronic mail software.

  • Maintain confidential records in the organization’s customer relationship management (CRM) software.

  • Receive training in the organization’s internal software systems.

  • Work effectively in Microsoft Suite, including PowerPoint.


Knowledge Mastery (in alphabetical order)

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative methods for informing and entertaining audiences via written, oral, and visual media.

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the meanings and spellings of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Persuasion - Convincing others to change their minds or behavior.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstrations, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Expertise and Abilities (in alphabetical order)

  • Communicating with People Outside the Organization - Representing the organization to customers, the public, the government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  • Developing Objectives and Strategies - Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions necessary to achieve them.

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintaining them over time.

  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solutions and solve problems.

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speech so others will understand.

  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of others.

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


Education and Experience

  • MUST have a proven and documented track record of successfully securing new grant funds.

  • Four-year bachelor's degree required.

  • Exceptional writing and proofreading skills required.

  • CFRE and/or fundraising certificates are a plus.



  • Applicants should be able to meet in the Chicagoland area on a bi-monthly basis.

  • Telecommuting is available. Home office support such as an organization-issued laptop and printer will be provided and maintained. ADA adaptive equipment are available at no cost upon request.

  • The Executive Service Corps maintains a co-working office space in the loop of downtown Chicago. Staff members are encouraged to work from home or the office at their discretion.



  • The Vice President of Grants should be available for work during normal business hours and for additional evening and weekend hours as needed.

  • This is a full-time time, exempt role.

  • This role is not subject to overtime pay.

  • Office is closed for the Federal and Illinois state holidays.


  • Annual salary of $110,000 - $115,000 depending on experience. 

  • Health (BCBSIL PPO), Dental, and Vision insurance.

  • Internet and Phone Stipend.

  • 10 Paid Vacation Days. 5 Health/Mental Heath Paid Days. 

How to Apply: Resumes and CVs are welcome at in PDF format.


About the Executive Service Corps

Mission Statement: "The Executive Service Corps engages highly trained professionals who use their time and expertise to provide nonprofits with the consulting services they need to be successful." To achieve our mission, we provide consulting, coaching, and professional services to approximately 150 nonprofit organizations, impacting 1.2 million people each year.

Vision Statement: “All nonprofits in our community will have access to the services they need to thrive."


Executive Service Corps’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Executive Service Corps is committed to diversity and inclusion within our organization and within the philanthropic sector. The Executive Service Corps' Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy is available on our website. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations are available at no charge upon request to all applicants. 


Executive Service Corps’ Land Acknowledgement Statement

The Executive Service Corps’ is located on the homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Bodéwadmi (Potawatomi), Daawaa (Odawa), and Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) Nations. Present-day Chicago has one of the largest urban Native American communities. The Executive Service Corps would like to acknowledge the Native peoples whose land -- or “ki; ke” in Bodéwadmi -- we are situated on and honor their ongoing contributions to the heritage and culture of Chicago.

The Executive Service Corps would like to thank Jennifer Kasdin (Cattaraugus Seneca) for her input on the creation of our land acknowledgement statement.