Brooklyn Public Library

Grants Manager

Posted Date 1 month ago(1/16/2018 3:59 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Development & Fundraising
Location Name
Central Library Admin.


Brooklyn Public Library is currently seeking a full-time Grants Manager to join its 12-member Development team. Reporting to the Director of Program Funding, the Grants Manager will be responsible for writing foundation and government grant proposals and reports in support of a broad range of core library programs and services as well as new initiatives. These include early literacy and after-school programs, adult literacy services, resources for jobseekers and entrepreneurs, technology and digital literacy resources, arts and cultural programs, services for older adults and new Americans, and capital projects.  



  • Conduct prospect research to identify potential public and private funding sources
  • Maintain strong communications with program staff and work collaboratively to assess current programs in need of funding  and conceptualize new projects ideas
  • Manage the proposal development process under the supervision of the Director of Program Funding. Proposal development tasks include:
    • Conduct prospective funder research
    • Work closely with program staff to develop proposals that align with BPL and funder priorities
    • Synthesize complex information into clear and concise letters of inquiry and grant proposals
    • Develop project budgets and budget narratives in collaboration with program and fiscal staff
    • Coordinate and assemble proposal documents
    • Facilitate letter of inquiry and grant proposal submissions, and track status of submissions
  • Write gift acknowledgements, briefing papers and funder correspondence, as needed
  • Follow-up on grant-funded projects throughout the grant period to ensure compliance with grant requirements, including but not limited to expenditures, goals, activities and outcomes
  • Coordinate funder reports, including narratives and financials, working closely with program and fiscal staff
  • Maintain an understanding of institutional history, priorities and current programs, while also keeping up with trends in specific programmatic areas
  • Update funder records in database and files
  • Other related duties as required


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; MA degree preferred
  • At least two years grant writing experience required in public or private fundraising with a track record of  successfully securing foundation and/or government funding
  • Strong writing skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals and reports
  • Experience with budget preparation
  • Knowledge of NYC funders and state and federal funding sources
  • Must be self-motivated, detail and deadline orientated with excellent organizational, analytical, project management and follow-up skills
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and manage shifting priorities
  • Exceptional interpersonal and verbal communication skills that include the ability to work effectively and efficiently with a variety of individuals at all levels inside and outside the organization
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills and Raiser’s Edge experience


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