Manager, Grants/Development

Posted on 09/16/2021

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

New York, NY

The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University invites applications for the Development and Grants Manager position. The incumbent stewards important funding relationships with individual and institutional donors to Columbia Journalism School, works with department fundraisers and faculty to prepare applications for gifts and grants, and project manages many aspects of the department’s work with the central office of Annual Fund Programs. 

This person is a crucial member of an eight-person team that regularly exceeds its fundraising goals and that places importance on the excellent management of our relationships with donors, both individuals and institutional. The incumbent will manage a gifts and grants portfolio, with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, advising and collaborating with faculty, the school’s finance department, central administrative offices, and with frontline development staff to prepare grant proposal narratives, budgets and ancillary materials; project managing pursuit of internal approvals for these proposals and filing grant requests; maintaining good relationships with foundation grants officers, as well as with individual donors and their philanthropic advisors; working closely with the Annual Fund manager to project manage the direct mail/marketing operations for the Journalism School’s Annual Fund and ensure the smooth transmittal of gifts to our partners in central administration.


  • Manages and monitors grant activity for compliance. Acts as liaison with faculty, Finance and Sponsored Projects offices. Working closely with colleagues, prepares and submits budgets and financial reports to foundations.
  • Acts as the school’s primary administrator of the research compliance and administration database including updating projects in the system and shepherding them through approval.
  • Stewards relationships with funders and ensures regular communication through phone, emails, in-person outreach and meetings. Assists development colleagues with site visits and meetings.
  • Speaks and acts authoritatively on grants administration matters as a representative of the school and university.
  • Creates and maintains tools to track programs and manage project updates.
  • Works closely with leadership to develop drafts and edit letters of interest, proposals and reports.
  • Works with financial staff to prepare and submit budgets and financial reports to foundations.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent required.
  • 3–5 years of related experience required.

Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a community diverse in every way: race, ethnicity, geography, religion, academic and extracurricular interest, family circumstance, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background and more.

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