GRANTS MANAGER - Posted 7/1/2021

Position: Grants Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: On-site – Chicago (Little Italy)

Start Date: Immediate 


Urban Autism Solutions
Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17- 35 years old) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities. Learn more about us at


Job Summary

UAS is searching for a methodical and strategic grants manager to work with our organization to enhance funding models, identify new sources of funding, and develop sustainable and effective grants programs.

Duties for the grants manager will include managing overall grant efforts including submitting applications, reporting back to the funder, documenting payments and expenditures, optimizing the grant administration process, overseeing fund-raising, preparing progress reports, ensuring compliance with grant regulations, reviewing grant proposals, managing grant databases, engaging with donor agencies, educating staff on policies, and preparing financial reports. Your skills and expertise in successful grants management will aid our organization in serving the public by securing continuous funding, improving business opportunities through effective funding programs, and executing meaningful projects.


The ideal candidate for this role should have superior organizational skills, great leadership qualities, and exceptional budgeting and monitoring skills. The outstanding grants manager should re-enforce relationships with donors, ensure that grant programs operate efficiently, streamline grant administration, and keep our organization fiscally sound. Current or former experience in managing State of IL Department of Human Service grants and/or City of Chicago Department of Family Services grants is a plus and will be a large part of this role.

Grants Manager Responsibilities

  • Designing grant programs

  • Determining funding needs

  • Researching funding opportunities

  • Reporting to the board of directors, as needed

  • Coordinating and engaging with our grant writer

  • Identifying support agencies

  • Optimizing the grant administration process

  • Managing timelines and deliverables

  • Preparing and monitoring budgets

  • Tracking grant applications in coordination with the grant writer

Grant Manager Skills and Experience

  • Degree in business administration or equivalent

  • Methodical and strategic thinking

  • Good communication skills

  • Project management skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Budgeting and accounting experience

  • Computer literacy; experience using Google Docs/Google products

  • Knowledge of auditing policies

  • Knowledge of donor agencies

  • Strong writing skills


Schedule: 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, occasional nights and weekends may be required.


Vacation: Two weeks PTO (all vacation time is to be requested two weeks in advance and the executive director reserves the right to deny vacation time). Additionally, in 2021, UAS will be closed at noon on Nov. 23 - Nov. 28, and closed again at noon on Dec. 21 - Jan. 2.


Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to No phone calls please. Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.