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Grants and Fundraising Manager

The Black Institute

Brooklyn, NY

Position Overview:

The Black Institute is seeking an experienced, successful grants and fundraising manager, with a strong history of managing grant applications and institutional and individual fundraising for racial, social, and economic justice organizations. The Grants and Fundraising Manager will report to the Executive Director of the organization.  The scope of work will include working with staff and stakeholders to develop concepts and write proposals, maintaining a list of existing and potential funders, tracking deadlines, managing outreach and follow up, reporting timely and identifying additional potential funding opportunities. 

The successful candidate must not only have strong written and verbal communication skills, but must also be nimble and adept at working within a fast moving non-profit environment.

The Black Institute

The Black Institute is a racial justice “action tank” – a think tank that takes action. Through research and advocacy, The Black Institute focuses on racial justice issues facing Black people and people of color throughout the United States and the Diaspora.


  • Develop strategies and concepts for grant proposals in collaboration with staff and other stakeholders and draft grants for submission;
  • Draft grant proposals, reports and supporting documents;
  • Develop and manage the grants and fundraising budgets;
  • Maintain list of existing and potential grant opportunities and associated deadlines;
  • Research grant opportunities from government and non-government agencies;
  • Help implement short and long-term fundraising strategies to expand individual, corporate and foundation contributions and special events;
  • Track and manage all follow up with funders;
  • Ensure that contributions and donor data are properly maintained in the organization’s donor database;
  • Work with fundraising consultant to organize and execute fundraising events;

Qualifications / Skills:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice for Black people and people of color throughout the United States and the Diaspora;
  • At least five years experience successfully developing grant proposals and fundraising for one or more of the following types of organizations: non-profit, political and/or issue advocacy campaigns, labor unions, policy or community organizations;
  • Ability to understand and communicate information on a broad range of subjects, including integrated topics evident and understated causes and impacts of racial, economic and social discrimination and barriers;
  • Strong writing and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and follow up with staff at all levels
  • Ability to manage project workflows within a small team and leadership structure despite competing priorities
  • Detail-oriented and well organized
  • Highly accountable to self and others
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends, as required.
  • New York City residency is a plus. This is not a remote position.

Application Process

The Black Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to with “TBI Grants and Fundraising Manager” in the subject line.  The cover letter should be concise and compelling, and outline your specific experience in grant development and fundraising.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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