Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

Contract Manager/Grant Writer

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services


Job Summary

The Grant Manager/Writer engages in program development; produces and manages grant reports, billing and invoices; manages funder relationships; supports development project initiatives and serves s the primary grant writer for the organization. This is a full time exempt position.

Job Responsibilities

Grant Administration

• Manage grant administration, contract compliance, and reporting for all public and private grants and contracts.

• Collect and track key data points related to TALS areas of strategic focus.

• Generate revenues for TALS internal programs, services, and impact areas through timely submission of well-researched, well-written, and well-documented proposals.

• Produce, manage, and forecast grant budgets.

• Ensure that deadlines, required data, and additional essential elements of the project are accurately followed, compiled, measured, and reported.

• Serve as a point of contact for funders, build strong relationships, and provide excellent customer service.

• Maintain working knowledge of federal and local regulations governing TALS contracts, provide basic training, and answer questions regarding contract/grant regulations for TALS staff.

• Prepare all materials for contract/grant reviews and meet with reviewers when requested by funders, in conjunction with the administrative staff.

Grant Writing

• Research and present new and continuing grant opportunities.

• Lead staff in preparing and assembling grant proposals/contracts in compliance with State, Federal, Foundation, and private funder guidelines and deadlines. 

• Maintain grant files, award acknowledgement letters, draft proposals and grant application narratives, and collaborate to finalize applications with the Executive Director and others as appropriate. Secure all necessary endorsement letters and signatures.

General TALS

• Participate on internal committees, work groups, and other efforts to promote and improve the operations of TALS.

• Establish and maintain professional working relationships with all staff.

• Comply with program policies.

• Comply with all applicable organizational, professional, and legal requirements for confidentiality.

• Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of three (3) years non-profit grant management and writing experience.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Intermediate to expert proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Additional Information


TALS offers a strong benefits package including health, life, disability, dental and vision insurance, 403B with 3% employer match, accrued PTO and most federal holidays off, plus TALS office is closed the week of December 24-31.

How to Apply

Email cover letter and resume to Jenny Darrell, jdarrell@tals.org.


  • Date Posted: October 6, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 11/22/2021
  • Salary Range: $52,000- $58,000.00
  • Working Hours: 40 hours/week, M-F