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Grant Making Director Relevant Educational Qualifications Job

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Job Summary

The Grantmaking Director will report to and work collaboratively with the Vice President, Programs, our Philanthropic Trustees, and other key partners to develop and execute the grantmaking vision and strategies for the organization. The organization’s grantmaking portfolio and capacity is growing. We are building strategic and innovative programming under our grants portfolio and continue to resource and support the narratives, network connections, and infrastructure needed for grantees to succeed, thrive and collaborate. The Grantmaking Director will lead grantmaking strategy, operations, and relationship management including a full range of grant tools and potentially supporting in aligning non-philanthropic capital streams.

The Grantmaking Director should have proven experience and substantive knowledge of grantmaking, the principles and innovations in trust-based Philanthropy, and experience in the climate justice, social justice, and renewable and clean energy arenas. The Grantmaking Director will lead work related to advancing The Solution Project’s mission of building a regenerative economy rooted in the voices and advocacy of BIPOC communities and women of color.

Reports To

Vice President, Programs


1) Grantmaking

Design and oversee our grantmaking operations and strategy.

  • Conduct grantee landscaping.
  • Research, build, and manage the grant application and renewal processes.
  • Develop, define, and oversee program strategies to achieve significant and scalable impact toward team goals.
  • Manage, monitor, and coordinate all aspects of a grants portfolio, including long-term grant planning; identifying, assessing, and working with prospective grantees; and reviewing impact reports.
  • Manage expectations, relationships, and outcomes for power building across the organization, field, and sector.
  • Seek rigorous evidence about program effectiveness and play a leading role in shaping programmatic goals for the program team.
  • With the support of colleagues, update and maintain our internal knowledge management systems, such as Salesforce, to manage and monitor grantee data and relationships. Prioritize data accuracy, quality, and integrity as a key component for managing program impact and reaching program goals.
  • Oversee communications to grantees and other stakeholders regarding the purpose, goals, expectations, and outcomes of our investments and the framework for partnership across our programs.

Function as point person for the annual third-party grantmaking program evaluation.

2) Internal Leadership & Engagement

  • Maintain a close pulse on conversations and current events related to climate, renewable energy, social justice, and regenerative economy movements, share key findings and lessons.
  • Facilitate ongoing conversations with staff about goals and progress, providing clear and constructive feedback and coaching for success. Establish annual performance goals and professional development needs.
  • Promote and participate in fostering open-mindedness and a culture of learning – including learning and evaluation activities to guide the evolution of programmatic work – seeking to continually ask hard questions, gather independent and rigorous data and evidence about effectiveness of the grants and grantees’ strategies, and help adapt practice as needed.
  • Work across the organization to co-develop organizational program strategies in support of frontline movement building and to advance The Solutions Project vision and mission. Participate in strategy conversations about emerging trends and bold visioning for The Solutions Project’s goals, objectives, and program execution.
  • Work with the communications and media capacity building programs to ensure that grantees are optimizing communications venues to maximize their program outcomes.
  • Collaborate with the leadership and communications teams to increase efficiency and learning; coordinate additional support for collective, strategic impact.
  • Draft internal recommendations and communications regarding the grants team programming to The Solutions Project’s board of directors, organizational leadership, staff, and other key partners of The Solutions Project.
  • Lead documentation and publication of best practices, insights and key questions, etc. to maintain our influence as a grantmaking innovator.
  • Hire and manage a team of program managers as needed to implement the funding strategy of the Programs team.

3) External Leadership and Engagement

  • Collaborate with aligned partners in philanthropy, and influence primed investors to drive resources to grantees and other movement infrastructure that advances The Solutions Project’s mission and role as a trusted intermediary grantmaker.
  • Support the communications team and fundraising goals of the organization, through organizational positioning with philanthropic partners, funder panel placement, collaboration with network infrastructure, and connections to other relevant community, movement and leadership opportunities.
  • Be a thought leader, both internally and externally, on the importance of innovative, trust-based philanthropy models.
  • Be an external advocate for and promoter of the work and vision of grantee partners.
  • Manage external partner and vendor relationships through contract management and stakeholder engagement.


  • At least 5 years of demonstrated success in nonprofit or philanthropic management, program development, or administration.
  • Master’s degree or bachelor’s preferred, with experience in either the business community or social justice spaces.
  • A thorough knowledge of the grassroots leadership and work being advanced in the climate justice arena, including clean energy and regenerative economy movements.
  • Experience in grant seeking or grantmaking at either a place-based or national level.
  • Strong analytic skills and ability to rapidly identify needs and opportunities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write for a variety of audiences and platforms.
  • Highly organized, driven, and able to manage multiple projects at once without compromising quality.
  • Values data integrity, accuracy, and quality in knowledge management systems (experience in Salesforce is preferred).
  • Strong project management skills with acute attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work independently, as well as in coordination with a remote team.
  • Ability to learn and integrate new tools and technology into the work.
  • Be ready to dive in with an organization that is bold, nimble, solutions-focused and ready to tackle complex problems and experiment with new tactics and tools.
  • Prioritizes data integrity, accuracy, and quality.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and passion for how race, ethnicity, gender, class, and other social constructs intersect with climate, environmental, and renewable energy agendas.
  • Able to adapt the message and vision of our work for different stakeholder audiences.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the needs and challenges that non-profit organizations and grassroots organizations face.


Additional Information and Next Steps

This is a full-time, exempt position. We are a remote team primarily located in California. This position can be based anywhere in our geographic area of focus and will be expected to travel approximately 20% of the time. The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $125,000 per year plus benefits. The Solutions Project is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages indigenous leaders, leaders of color, women, and those who identify as LGBTQI to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to workwithus@thesolutionsproject.org with the subject line “Grantmaking Director.”

Company Description
The Solutions Project funds and amplifies grassroots climate justice solutions, especially those created by Black, Indigenous, Immigrant, women and other people of color-led organizations across the US, Puerto Rico and the sovereign Indigenous nations of Turtle Island.
We are a dynamic and collaborative organization moving money, media, and momentum toward a grassroots vision of a just, sustainable, and regenerative future. As a national intermediary funder, we are committed to moving at the speed of trust and providing liberated, responsive funding and capacity to communities at the frontlines of the climate crisis.