MISSION: Our mission is to partner with schools to build communities where students can thrive socially, emotionally and academically.

VISION: Our vision is to change the way kids treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in America.

ABOUT YOUTH FRONTIERS: We are a nonprofit, non-partisan organization and have been making a difference for 30 years.

Our team is hand-picked to create the best experience for students, teachers and schools. We're passionate, creative, fun people who believe that every student can make a difference, and can make their school environment and the world a better place to be.

Youth Frontiers is a 2015 Minnesota winner of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association.

ORGANIZATIONAL CORE VALUES: Youth Frontiers staff aspires daily to demonstrate a strong understanding and use of YF’s core values.

QUALITY– To passionately be the best at, and continuously improve all that we do. We strive to be bettermakers for our clients and for each other.

CARING – To create communities where all people are respected through our work and within our organization.

GROWTH – To continue to reach more schools by expanding and innovating our programs, and challenge our people to move boldly into the world and grow personally.


PURPOSE: The Grants Manager will, with the help of the Donor Relations Team, create and implement an overall strategy for securing funding from foundations, corporations and other sources where applications and proposals are required.


  • You share our values of Quality, Caring and Growth.
  • You are positive, creative and good spirited; naysayers and nitpickers need not apply!
  • You understand what is important and you make sure it gets done.
  • You understand what is not important and you don't sweat the small stuff.
  • You understand that our culture makes us unique, and maintaining it is a priority.
  • You appreciate the occasional mid-afternoon office dance break.
  • You embrace learning as a part of your everyday life.
  • You delight in the opportunity to be part of a team with some of the smartest, nicest, most creative people you will ever encounter.


  • You have five years experience in grant writing with a track record of verifiable success.
  • You have at least one year experience of managing an organization's grant writing process.
  • You have at least a BA/BS in Business, Communications or related field.
  • You have strong verbal and written communications skills and a high level of attention to detail.
  • You have the ability to manage goals and meet deadlines.
  • You have the ability to analyze data and develop a targeted strategy based on research.
  • You have the required computer knowledge: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge is preferred.
  • You are a self-starter and independent thinker.


  • You will conduct research to determine grant opportunities appropriate to the mission of Youth Frontiers and communicate that research to the appropriate manager to make the initial call.
  • You will create impactful, creative, professional and customized grants and materials as needed for proposals and solicitations.
  • You will work collaboratively with other departments, and our Evaluations Team, to secure information required for proposals, applications and reporting.
  • You will work with the CEO and leadership to establish relationships with external leaders and grantors to ensure higher probability of securing grants. 
  • You will ensure that you review, edit and finalize each document for submission on a timely basis.
  • You will work with other departments to maintain accurate reporting as required by funders and coordinate submission of reports.
  • You will maintain grants calendar documents, updating continually and communicating those updates to the Donor Relations Team.
  • Your documents will be well written and error free.
  • You will meet deadlines in a timeline that ensures work product excellence, allowing adequate time for review and approval prior to submission.
  • You will uphold database integrity standards, and maintain all contacts and materials in the donor database.
  • You will continuously pursue creative new approaches with a commitment to process improvement.
  • You will cultivate and establish relationships with funders.
  • You will perform other duties as apparent or assigned by supervisor.


Successful candidates will be intentional and specific in their cover letter.

This position is classified as regular, part-time (20-25 hours per week), non-exempt. This position is eligible for life/AD&D insurance, voluntary life/AD&D insurance, long-term and short-term disability, 403(b) retirement savings with employer match, travel and employee assistance programs, adoption benefits, PTO and paid holidays, and all other regulated and mandated federal and state employee benefits.

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