Manager, Grants and Special Events

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) exists to break the cycle of poverty and inequity through education, job training, and employment. OBT’s programs operate out of multiple locations and serve as a bridge to economic opportunity for youth, individuals, and families in underserved communities. OBT is funded through a mixture of government contracts, corporate and foundation grants and private contributions.

We value the diversity of the people we hire. Diversity at our organization means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

Please note: In accordance with NYC Mayoral Executive Order and mandate, OBT requires that all newly hired employees provide proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination upon hire and proof of full vaccination within 3 – 6 weeks after having received the 1st dose. Failure to provide proof of a second dose will result in being placed on unpaid leave immediately. Please contact with questions. 

Location: Brooklyn, NY (Hybrid Work Model)
Position Code: 87R12

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Development & Evaluation, the Manager, Grants and Special Events acts as the lead for grants-related fund development, donor funding, and special events/fund-raising campaigns.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Grant Management:

  • Collaborate closely with the departmental teams, and OBT staff, successfully execute all aspects of the organization’s fund-generation activities, including running its competitive grant-seeking program, writing/sourcing new grant opportunities, major donors, corporate and private foundations opportunities, and funding from government entities.
  • Identify and apply for various grants that meet the organization’s needs, overseeing the grant application process from beginning to end.
  • Develop, write, and submit all grant applications (for designated projects/programs and general operating support) to existing funders ensuring grant is submitted on time and within application parameters.
  • Research various types of grants available and the criteria to qualify for each.
  • Compile necessary information for the application process through collaboration with other employees, database research, and other factfinding actions and meetings.
  • Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects that are funded by grants.
  • Develop and maintain primary files on grants and paperwork connected to programs funded by the grants to assist in your ability to appropriately write, create and submit follow up reports on OBT’s grant deliverable process.
  • Keep accurate records of all grant applications submitted, pending grants, awarded grants, and non-awarded grants; submit regular updates and summaries of grants to the Director of Development & Evaluation.

Special Events Management

  • Managing OBT’s fundraising events.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across OBT to ensure execution of all fundraising activities.
  • Choose appropriate venues for proposed events to accommodate the number of participants expected at the events, the purpose of the events, as well as the appropriateness of the events for the venues, etc.
  • Create, distribute and track invitations, expenditures and all items required for the successful execution of fundraising events.
  • Work with the Communications, Programs and Development teams to ensure appropriate promotions of events.


  • Strong commitment to the organization’s mission, purpose, and values.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3 – 5 years of experience that includes event management.
  • Experience in researching, writing and securing grant opportunities. Existing track record of grant success and win rate.
  • Example of awarded grant proposal required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of the New York City funding community, its leaders, and trends, strongly preferred; Knowledge of State and Federal funding environment and willingness to learn about new funding opportunities.
  • Strong capacity to develop relationships with community organizations, foundations, corporations and individuals.
  • Highly collaborative working style with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Ground-level experience leading fundraising events of various sizes and scopes.
  • Ability to effectively use computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite and database (e.g., Salesforce).
  • Availability to work some evenings, as needed.

Why You Should Join Us:

  • Salary: $55k + full benefits
  • Passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities.

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