Open Position: Director of Grants and Scholarships

Reports To: President/CEO

Work Week: 35 Hours/Week

Apply by February 15, 2021

Primary Purpose

The Director of Grants & Scholarships is responsible for the design and operation of competitive grant and scholarship programs and works with the President to develop and recommend grantmaking aligned with Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation’s mission.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Community Investment Strategy and Policy

  • Assesses community needs and opportunities
  • Evaluates community needs and opportunities in the context of mission, strategy, and capacity, both internal and external, i.e., Community Foundation capacity and the capacity of grantees and initiative partners to design and deliver results
  • Maintains and applies an understanding of grantmaking trends and best practices
  • Serves as an internal and external resource for strategic thinking about community needs and opportunities
  • Recommends:
    • Community investment policy
    • Community investment strategy
  • Creates an annual community investment budget with recommendations for the allocation of available-to-grant amounts
  • Creates operating plans and budgets for grantmaking

Manages Grant and Scholarship Processes

  • Designs, documents and manages community investment processes and programs including:
    • Defining program parameters, selection criteria and evaluation criteria
    • Creating application and review processes
    • Coordinating the work of volunteer fund advisors and reviewers
    • Developing pre- and post-grant evaluation processes
  • Producing routine and ad hoc reporting
  • Operates to budget


  • Assures that community investment policy and strategy are clearly documented and communicated
  • Communicates effectively with external partners in program planning and execution
  • Assures that grantmaking and scholarship activity and results are documented and meaningfully communicated
  • Recognizes and tells the story of positive results from community investment programs

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively through all media (written, spoken, small and large group presentation, social media, etc.) within and outside of the organization
  • Ability to interact in a positive, friendly manner with a wide variety of people including grantees, donors, co-workers, committee members and other community members and use interpersonal skills to inform and inspire (lead) action
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize and organize both quantitative and qualitative information accurately at the appropriate level of summary or detail
  • Ability to recognize economic, social, political and business entities and systems; explain relationship between entities and systems; and link different entities and systems together to reach a goal
  • Ability to formulate, communicate, and execute plans
  • Proficiency with standard office and custom computer software applications and a demonstrated ability to apply technology to business processes
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills; ability to manage a diverse workload
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Ability to self-start and take initiative


  • 4-year degree and a minimum of four (4) years prior experience in the not-for-profit or public sector
  • Experience in community development, grantmaking and project management is preferred
  • This position requires frequent and routine communication with donors, grant seekers, students, school districts, community program partners, fellow staff members, and the Community Foundation’s board of directors. Communication includes direct one-on-one exchange; printed and electronic messages, documents, and materials; group participation; and public presentation.
  • The position requires the use of standard business equipment including computers, copiers, printers, and mailing equipment.
  • The position also requires the incumbent to assist with the setup, hosting, and cleanup of public events hosted by the Community Foundation.

BENEFITS: This full-time position offers competitive pay, work-life balance, paid vacation and 12 paid holidays. The Community Foundation does not currently offer health insurance.

APPLY: To apply for the Director of Grants & Scholarship position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Amanda Lessley, President/CEO of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation at or by mail to PO Box 1211, Effingham, IL 62401. Apply by February 15, 2021. For more information or questions, please contact Amanda at 217-342-5409

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.