The Alliance for Youth Action (along with our sister 501(c)(3) organization, the Alliance for Youth Organizing) is searching for a Grantmaking and Strategic Partnerships Senior Manager. The Grantmaking and Strategic Partnerships Senior Manager will support the Alliance’s grantmaking and strategic partnership initiatives. This role reports to the Vice President of Grantmaking & Senior Partnerships (once hired; currently reports to the Executive Director), and is a full-time position based in the United States (see Logistics, below). Alliance for Youth Organizing is a unionized workplace, and staff are represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Local 32035; this position is a part of the bargaining unit.


The Alliance convenes, supports, and scales a national network of youth-led, locally rooted organizations growing civic engagement and social justice coast to coast. We truly are a multiracial network “of young people, by young people, for all people.” Our Affiliates and Partners run massive voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, train new young leaders and run powerful campaigns to win on the progressive issues our generation cares about most. Our national team empowers this work by tracking down national resources for the network, building capacity for local groups, seeding new efforts, and coordinating national issue campaigns. 


Key responsibilities of this position include:

Grant Management and System Optimization: (40%)

  • Execute precise data entry and maintain the Grants Management System (GMS) with up-to-date, accurate grant-related information.
  • Vigilantly track and generate reports on the lifecycle of grants using the GMS, including applications, approvals, disbursements, and other critical metrics.
  • Develop and uphold a detailed grant tracking framework to supervise each grant’s journey, ensuring timely documentation, fund release, and streamlined report generation post-grant period.
  • Optimize the GMS for ease of use, accessibility, and immediate data provision, supporting effective and efficient grant administration.
  • Manage grant funding records meticulously to provide comprehensive funding analysis to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead the tracking and reporting of key performance indicators (“KPIs”) and goals related to grantmaking, regularly analyzing data and providing insights to improve the grantmaking process.

Grant Agreements Administration: (30%) 

  • Compose and refine grant agreements, aligning them with the Alliance’s policies and legal requirements while achieving grantmaking timelines.
  • Critically review and modify grant agreements, integrating insights from pertinent stakeholders to enhance the agreements’ robustness.
  • Administer and oversee all outgoing grants through the Alliance’s documentation management system, ensuring grants are dispensed promptly and reach the correct recipients.

Partnerships & Philanthropic Initiatives Support (30%)

  • Engage with Alliance grantees, cultivating strong, collaborative relationships.
  • Actively participate in essential infrastructure gatherings, such as state donor tables, partner donor briefings, and funding intermediary meetings, providing crucial updates to the Executive Director on state-specific priorities and overarching trends in the philanthropic landscape.
  • Support the Alliance’s Vote Campaign and other philanthropic initiatives, including organizing funder briefings, attending donor conferences, and writing updates for campaign communications.


We’re looking for candidates with particular strengths in the following areas:

  • Proven track record of working with grant management software or similar systems.
  • Strong skills in data entry, management, and reporting within such systems.
  • Familiarity with the entire lifecycle of grants, including applications, approvals, disbursements, tracking, and reporting.
  • Experience in developing and managing grant-tracking frameworks.
  • Ability to analyze grant data and generate comprehensive reports.
  • Proficiency in using data to inform decision-making and grant administration processes.
  • Experience in optimizing systems for usability and efficiency.
  • Technical acumen to suggest and implement improvements in grant management software.
  • Strong administrative skills, particularly in managing documentation and records.
  • Understanding of legal and policy aspects related to grant agreements.
  • Excellent communication skills for engaging with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with grantees and partners.
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to strategically plan and prioritize tasks in line with organizational goals.
  • Proven ability in networking and engaging with donor communities, philanthropic groups, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • A personal understanding and demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity, and a desire to uplift the leadership of BIPOC young people.

Nice to Haves

  • Background in philanthropy or non-profit sector, particularly in grantmaking or fund management roles.
  • Knowledge of 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 financial and legal compliance.
  • Skills in project management, especially related to grants and funding initiatives.
  • Ability to think creatively and bring innovative solutions to enhance grant management processes.


  • Compensation: $70,000 – $80,000 per year commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits: The Alliance offers a competitive benefits package covering 100% of employee medical, dental, & vision insurance premiums, 75% of premiums for employee dependents, employer retirement contributions (SEP IRA), life insurance, short and long-term disability income protection insurance, cell phone stipend, Wi-Fi stipend,  WMATA transportation smart benefits, professional development opportunities, a generous paid time off policy, and up to 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave.
  • Location: This is a full-time position based in the United States. All Alliance staff are required to live within about an hour from major airports in most US states; more detail will be provided to finalists as relevant. Moving reimbursements are offered to employees who need to move for this position.
  • Travel:  Domestic travel for this role may be up to 30% of this position. Must be willing to work long, irregular hours periodically and travel as needed.
  • COVID-19: The Alliance currently requires employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted in order to travel on behalf of the Alliance. Additionally there may be vaccine requirements for attendees at Alliance, Network, or partner events.
  • End date: This position has an end date of March 30, 2025, with the possibility of an extension based on organizational needs.


At the Alliance for Youth Action, we want to create a world where our democracy works for everyone and where all people – no matter where they come from, what they look like, or how they identify – live in loving, safe, and thriving communities. As such, we value diversity and equity as central to our work. The Alliance for Youth Action is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. People of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities are encouraged to apply.  Some candidates may feel discouraged from applying if they don’t match every job requirement – we encourage you to apply anyway.


Please submit the following through the application portal:

  • Two paragraphs or less explaining why you want this position and what makes you a strong candidate. Please prioritize content over formality.
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