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🔗Grants Manager, National Fund for Sacred Places

  • Full Time
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 50,000 to 58,000 USD / Year
  • Job Summary: The Grants Manager will work in close collaboration with the Director to oversee the annual application process as well a
  • How to Apply:

    Partners for Sacred Places offers a dynamic and demanding work environment with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to No phone calls, please.

  • Job benefits: Health, Paid time off, Retirement plan
  • Contact Name: Craig Nowlin
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: 1700 Sansom St Philadelphia Pa

Website Partners for Sacred Places

Partners for Sacred Places seeks candidates for the full-time position of Grants Manager of the National Fund for Sacred Places. The Grants Manager will work in close collaboration with the Director to oversee the annual application process as well as the day-to-day management of active grantees. The National Fund, which is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a grant-making program that provides capital grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 as well as wrap-around support services to congregations undertaking significant capital projects. This program, supported by the Lilly Endowment, has served over 100 congregations to date; and is funded through 2028.

Key Responsibilities

·         Each year, develop a detailed annual program calendar in collaboration with senior staff and our partners at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

·         Answer telephone and email inquiries from interested congregations.

·         Provide technical support to congregations completing the LOI and application.

·         Use marketing tools such as Constant Contact to distribute information regarding key deadlines and relevant opportunities.

·         Prepare presentation materials for the annual informational webinar and grantee training.

·         Use grant management software to manage the application process and follow-up processes (follow-up processes include: planning grant application, capital grant application, interim report, final report).

·         Read and evaluate LOIs and applications.

·         Track the status of active participants and be in touch with each on a regular basis

·         Review construction documents, specifications, contractor bids, etc. to ensure compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

·         Review completed work via final site visits (the goal of the final site visit is to showcase the work that’s been completed; to discuss the impact that the project has had on the congregation and community; and reflect on the experience of being part of the program).

·         Work with senior staff to plan and coordinate the annual training, which is offered each November to new grantees – including hotel, venue, and catering arrangements.


·         Able to work independently and in a variety of small and large group contexts.  Work under the supervision of executive staff, and work collaboratively with a range of staff across Partners’ offices.

·         Able to work with folks from various sectors, including religious leaders and congregational staff (preferably across a range of denominations and faith traditions), architects, preservationists, etc.

·         Write and speak clearly and persuasively.

·         Detail-oriented.

·         Able to multi-task and liaise for multiple congregations.

·         Confidently facilitate small group meetings and one-on-one conversations.

·         Able to prepare presentation materials, eg., working with PowerPoint.


·         Bachelor’s degree; Preference for a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Divinity, Nonprofit Management, or related field.

·         At least five (5) years of work experience.

·         Experience working in a small to a mid-size nonprofit organization.

·         Reside in, or willingness to move to, Philadelphia.

·         Willing/able to frequently travel domestically and to work weekends and evenings to deliver Fund-related services.

·         Fluency in Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Constant Contact; Willingness to learn how to use Foundant.


·         Experience in delivering training and/or consulting services, especially to religious congregations.

·         Experience in managing grant and technical assistance programs.

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