Workforce Development Institute

Michigan Workforce Development Institute

Grants Manager

Based in Lansing, MI


The Grants Manager reports to the Fund Development Director. This position is the primary grant writer within the Fund Development Department. The Grant writer will work with other team members as well as potential & existing funders to develop and maintain relationships, ensure a good understanding of deliverables and expectations, and to collaborate on new ideas. This position will also support the Fund Development Director with annual giving campaigns on fundraising events.


  • Collaborate with the Fund Development Director in grant proposal development and lead submission—preparing and organizing materials for proposals and submitting and monitoring grant applications;
  • Research new funding and business development opportunities that range from federal, state, and local funding opportunities, as well as foundations and other funding entities;
  • Maintaining and building relationships with funders and other strategic partners on a local, state, and national level;
  • Drafting proposals/LOIs, grant application narratives, and budgets and collaborating to finalize with program staff, finance, and the Executive Director;
  • Submitting grant applications via paper or online portals and maintaining the list of passwords;
  • Meeting with funders and Senior management staff to explore funding opportunities;
  • Maintaining a master calendar of grants and prospects, all associated files, and correspondence;
  • Maintaining a library of grant support documents, including resumes, bios, IRS forms, Board/staff diversity lists, etc.;
  • Executing thank you letters and facilitating grant contracts/agreements;
  • Ensuring acknowledgment of funders/investors via website, e-newsletter, and social media, and tracking the requirements around cobranding and acknowledgment
  • Researching statistics, trends, and data for grant proposals from both internal and external sources
  • Identifying data points for program staff to track;
  • Assisting in the development of presentations and materials for various stakeholders;
  • Helping to capture our successful outcomes and compelling stories.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or 3-7 years of work experience with nonprofit administration, grant writing, or fundraising);
  • 3+ years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, or grants management;
  • Demonstrated analytical and persuasive writing skills experience as well as superior editing skills, including the ability to convey complex information clearly to a diverse audience;
  • Strong administrative skills and self-motivated with the ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks under minimal supervision effectively and efficiently;
  • Intermediate to expert skills in Microsoft Office (specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Experience with donor development/CRM software systems a plus;
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines without sacrificing quality.

The position is Open until filled.

SALARY: $55,000.00 – $65,000.00

How to Apply:
Please submit a resumé and brief cover letter to: hr@miwdi.org.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - EEOC
Our organization is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to build diversity among our officers, staff, and members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Michigan AFL-CIO is a nonprofit federation of more than forty labor unions representing over 1 million working people across Michigan. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. Employees of the Michigan AFL-CIO may work in collaboration with one, or all, of our affiliated nonprofit organizations in the Federation, including:

Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute: our affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was established to combat economic and environmental injustice by connecting the unemployed or underemployed with the training and resources necessary to find gainful employment and transition Michigan to a cleaner, greener economy.

Michigan AFL-CIO Labor Foundation: is our affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, established to combat economic and social injustice by connecting the working people with resources within Michigan’s charitable, educational and legal systems.

Michigan AFL-CIO Advocates: is our affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization established to unite labor leaders, policymakers, and the general public to educate and advocate for policies, programs, and projects to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to communities across Michigan.

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