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Grants Manager


Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) is a three-part legal aid program headquartered in Columbus. OSLSA’s mission is to provide civil legal aid and advocacy to combat unfairness and injustice and to help people rise out of poverty. 


OSLSA is actively seeking a professional, dedicated and results-oriented person to manage the organization’s grant programs including coordinating funding applications, reporting outcomes to funders, and assisting with individual, corporate and foundation giving. A successful candidate will not only manage existing grants, but also contribute to the growth and development of the department.  


Working in close collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, the Operations Director, and the Chief Financial Officer, the Grants Manager will be primarily responsible for tracking, developing, writing, coordinating, and submitting new and existing grant proposals on a local, state and national level to private, corporate and government foundations to support the funding needs of the programs as well as collaborating and consulting regarding funding needs and priorities.  


Are You Someone Who: 


  • Is looking for an opportunity to grow and develop in an expanding organization?  
  • Brings creative ideas forward to drive the program forward?  
  • Takes pride in completing tasks accurately, timely and precisely?  
  • Has a go-getter mindset and aptitude to learn new things? 
  • Is motivated, professional and customer service focused? 
  • Enjoys a well-organized, balanced spreadsheet? 
  • Works well within a collaborative, team-driven, and goal-based environment? 
  • Can communicate verbally and in writing with a wide range of people? 
  • Is agile and able to respond effectively to the changing needs of a growing organization?  
  • Creates processes to increase work efficiencies and systems to work smarter not harder? 
  • Engages in continuous learning to evolve personal skillset? 
  • Is attentive, persistent and able to creatively adapt to dynamic situations?  
  • Has high standards of integrity, authenticity, self-confidence and willing to roll-up your sleeves to get the job done?  
  • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and quality? 
  • Is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income individuals in our communities? 


You Will: 


  • Coordinate grants administration including monitoring and meeting deadlines for applications and reports for existing and future funders. 
  • Thoughtfully guide staff and managers toward successful completion of reporting, application materials and meeting required timelines.  
  • Communicate effectively and timely with managers regarding required materials, data and actions along with specific timelines to meet grant requirements. 
  • Tracking, notifying and coordinating with diverse stakeholders to ensure goals are met or exceeded related to grants administration. 
  • Manage the files and databases to assure complete and accurate records and assure reports are accurate and submitted in a timely manner. 
  • Coordinate writing, editing, and collecting documentation, and ensure that grant deliverables are complete and submitted to grantor by the required deadlines. 
  • Assist with identifying and recommending grant expenditures. 
  • Assemble and facilitate meetings to assure coordination and collaboration with relevant parties. 
  • Compile meeting minutes and maintain documentation for strategies, activities and responsibilities related to grant requirements. 
  • Maintain official grant records and other official documents. 
  • Work closely with Chief Financial Officer to ensure accurate accounting and balancing of all financial information. 
  • Work closely with Operations Director to ensure compliance and accurate, timely reporting to meet grant and other funder requirements.




You Have:  


  • Demonstrated relevant professional experience 
  • Strong work ethic with an eye for detail 
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, take initiative and work independently 
  • A positive attitude, go-getter mindset and drive to do things well 
  • Ability to anticipate needs and navigate problems with a creative, practical approach toward reaching successful resolution 
  • Ability to prioritize workload to manage time, tasks and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment 
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain relationships with funders, members of the community and other internal and external partners 
  • Proficient skills across the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint) 
  • Ability to increase efficiencies in individual work and team processes 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion 
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written, with diverse audiences 
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion both internally and externally 
  • English language proficiency is essential and Spanish/English bilingual skills are a plus. Additional languages – even better 
  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Prior Legal Aid or related work experience a plus, but not required 


Other Details: 


  • It is the policy of OSLSA not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, age, ancestry, and military status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
  • This full-time position is based in Columbus, Ohio and reports to the Chief Development Officer. Some travel to other office locations and offsite locations may be required at times.  
  • Salary is dependent upon level of experience. OSLSA offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package and ongoing training and development opportunities. 


To Apply: 

Submit resume, writing sample, references and letter of interest. 


In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered: OSLSA’s clientele is extremely diverse and all of our clients are low-income.  To ensure that our agency is best serving our communities, OSLSA strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.  


How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. 

To promote social justice and best serve our clients, OSLSA is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally competent services. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups including BIPOC and LGBTQ individuals to apply. Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



Submission Deadline: 
March 7, 2022
Organization Information: 
Ohio State Legal Services Association
1108 City Park Ave
Columbus, OH 43206
United States
Phone: 614-224-8374