Direct Hire Opportunity: Grants Manager, Solar Sister

Nonprofit HR was retained by Solar Sister an award-winning nonprofit social enterprise that trains and supports local women entrepreneurs to deliver clean energy directly to homes in rural African communities to conduct the search for their Grants Manager. They provide essential services and training that enable women to build sustainable businesses in their own communities. Solar Sister is a US nonprofit 501c3 based in Washington, DC with operations in Tanzania and Nigeria. Visit to learn more about the organization.

This position will serve as the primary grant writer, manager of funder relationships, compliance reporter, and supporter of special project initiatives. This position requires strong writing, data analysis, program budgeting, project management skills, with an emphasis on grant compliance and outcome measurement. This position will currently report to the President/CEO.


  • Lead grant proposal development/submission—prepare and organize materials for proposals, including writing compelling narrative, preparing proposal budgets and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks; submit and monitor grant applications
  • Provide input for grant fundraising strategy
  • Research new funding opportunities
  • Review all new grant agreements before signing; work with President/CEO to negotiate terms and conditions of the agreement, as needed
  • Schedule and facilitate kick-off meetings for new grants to brief all relevant staff/departments on reporting, compliance, and overall grant management requirements
  • Maintain all grant records and Solar Sister’s grants management system, including grant allocation sheets to guide financial reporting for all grants
  • Maintain grant compliance and reporting, including outcome measurement and grant budgets—take responsibility for meeting high standards of effectiveness, timeliness, and completeness
  • Draft sub-agreements for grants, as needed, and manage sub-agreement deliverables and compliance, including narrative and financial reports
  • Work closely with Program Managers to track progress toward organizational and programmatic outcomes and goals
  • Draft compelling progress reports to funders that fully capture programmatic success, coordinating closely with Tanzania and Nigeria country teams for input
  • Assemble all necessary supporting materials and documents including financial reports, staff timesheets, outcome measurements, success stories, etc.; submit reports to funders and investors
  • Respond to donor requests, questions, and comments about grant progress and reports; schedule grant update calls with donors, as needed
  • Coordinate with country teams to provide logistical support re: donor trips to the field, as needed
  • Manage grant close-out requirements with support from the Finance Department and country teams
  • Work with Finance Department and President/CEO to track grant-level and organizational-level allocations and cash-flow
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BA required
  • 3-5 years related experience in federal and/or private grants/contracts management, including some M&E experience (i.e. around creating and managing output and outcome-related indicators to track grant progress) and advanced knowledge of the post-award process
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated interpersonal communication skills (especially as it relates to donor management)
  • Experience with Project Management tools to manage large projects efficiently and effectively
  • Work experience with a nonprofit program, grant writing, and/or fundraising
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Superior organizational and time management skills; detail-oriented is a must
  • Comfort with unfamiliar tasks and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to thrive in environment with multiple projects/tasks
  • Strong decision-making skills and results-oriented approach
  • Experience with data management and analysis software (preferably Salesforce)
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently and prioritize
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines without sacrificing quality of work
  • Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, team-oriented, and mission driven environment
  • Demonstrated interest in the mission, vision, and values of Solar Sister
  • Willingness to occasionally travel to countries in Africa where we work

Benefits: 30 paid time off (PTO) days including 10 days at year end when the office is closed and health insurance.

How to apply:

For immediate consideration, please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Yvonne Rivera, Director, Talent Acquisition, Nonprofit HR, via email: Please include “Grants Manager” in the subject line.

Solar Sister is an Equal Opportunity Employer