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Director of Grants Management

The Ohio Environmental Council seeks a full­-time Director of Grants Management to maximize the organization’s grants revenue and ensure funding sustainability for the future. As a member of the advancement department, this individual will lead the organization’s grant-seeking efforts and assist with strategies. This role will help secure strong financial support across the OEC family of organizations, whose work is largely grant-funded (65%+ of revenue). The ideal candidate will be able to work independently while meeting deadlines and juggling multiple priorities in a results‐oriented environment. They will have excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail. They will also have a strong understanding of nonprofit financial reporting. This position is an opportunity to join a fast-­paced, growing organization and expand the Ohio Environmental Council’s impact in the Buckeye State.


The Director of Grants Management will work to advance the organization’s mission to secure healthy air, land, water, and a strong democracy for all who call Ohio home through the following: 

  • Leading the writing and editing process for all grant proposals and reporting materials.
  • Charting a course to set, meet, and evaluate the OEC’s grantseeking goals with the support and leadership of staff.
  • Providing administration for the grants process throughout all stages including proposal narrative and budget development, receipt of grants, assessment, tracking, and documenting.
  • Assuring that submitted documentation meets all requirements; 
  • Crafting and implementing a robust, relationship and need-driven grant-seeking strategy and plan that garners strategic renewed and new partnerships. 
  • Translating internal project budgets and financial reports into external-facing budgets and reports to ensure potential funders understand organizational needs.
  • Collaborating with staff to ensure grants are spent and implemented as intended by the grantor and align with the organizational budget
  • Conducting work through the lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensuring all Ohioans have equal access to the environmental movement

The Director of Grants Management & Administration must: 

  • Plan and meet deadlines. 
  • Demonstrate initiative and coordinate cross teams seamlessly.
  • Approach new ideas with a sense of possibility. 
  • Translate broad goals into achievable steps. 
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards in grants management and grant seeking.


  • Demonstrate a track record of success in grant seeking with private, community, government, and/or corporate foundations;
  • Experience working with financial management systems within nonprofit organizations;
  • Strong skills in budget analysis and reporting;
  • Excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively while meeting deadlines and juggling multiple priorities in a results-oriented environment;
  • Shares our commitment and actively contributes to integrating racial justice and equity into our work and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.

Compensation and benefits:

This position is full-time, exempt, pays between $60,000-$63,000 annually and is within the bargaining unit represented by the OEC Workers United. Excellent benefits include employer-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance; flexible and dependent care spending account; generous paid time off; paid parental leave; and employer-matched retirement fund.

Additional details:

Candidates based out of Columbus are preferred, but all Ohio-based applicants will be considered. You will report to the Vice President of Advancement and work closely with Program Directors across the organization, as well as the Executive Director. Candidates must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and be willing to occasionally travel throughout Ohio.

More about the OEC and our team:

At the Ohio Environmental Council, we work for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. We hold polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction. For over 50 years, we have led many of the major environmental policy wins in Ohio. Please visit the OEC’s website to learn more about our vision, values, and work.

Our team is made up of 27 staff, 19 board members, and a number of interns and volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds, including state government, social justice and environmental organizations, law firms, and from all corners of the state. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people from all backgrounds, including women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and all religious backgrounds. 

The Ohio Environmental Council is committed to working toward a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environmental movement, and seeks to hire staff and contractors that reflect the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. The OEC is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply 

Send a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the position, your resume, writing sample, and references to with “Director of Grants Management” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.