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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville

Director of Grants

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville


Job Summary

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OVERVIEW: Habitat provides homeownership opportunities for working men and women who are unable to obtain a traditional mortgage in Davidson, Dickson, Wilson, Cheatham and Robertson counties. In support of our mission, Habitat operates several retail stores, known as the ReStore. Since being established in 1985, over 1,000 homes have been built, recycled or renovated locally, serving over 3,400 family members including over 2,200 children. The Director of Grants is a critical position in securing and fulfilling ongoing funding for Habitat’s work and mission.


The Director of Grants is responsible for the identification, writing, fulfillment and tracking of all agency grants in alignment with the annual budget along with new opportunities that become known throughout the year, with the support of the Grants Manager. This individual maintains and expands agency grant funding by securing funds from private, public and family foundations, corporations, housing agencies, and governmental funding sources for sponsorship, construction gap funding, technology, infrastructure, land acquisition and development, general operating support, special projects and other agency needs. Under supervision of the Chief Administrative Officer and working collaboratively with agency Department Heads, this individual develops grant proposals, performs administrative activities from grant inception to receipt of project funding and final reporting, and oversees grant management including monitoring, fulfillment, reporting, forecasting and audits. Supervises the Grants Manager. Reports to the Chief Administrative Officer.

Job Responsibilities


Develops Grant Opportunities

  • Identifies funding opportunities related to governmental, foundational, and corporate sources, makes recommendations to the Leadership Team and/or Department Heads for pursuit, and advances with the grants
  • Responsible for identifying matching grant opportunities in accordance with agency programs, capital needs, and initiatives
  • Represents Habitat in affordable housing forums and venues as requested and warranted
  • Initiates and maintains communications and develops relationships with prospects and funders via meetings, phone calls, and other methods of prospecting such as written correspondences and visits to funders, in conjunction with agency leadership

Prepares Compelling Grant Applications

  • Oversees all facets of the grant application process, including researching, writing/editing, compiling supporting documents, submitting, and tracking grant proposals from inception to fulfillment. Responsibilities include all agency grants.
  • Manages and grows a portfolio of grant funders to ensure a diverse revenue stream
  • Tracks deadlines of potential grant-making sources by maintaining a grants calendar, as related to the fiscal year budget
  • Meets with program staff to gather and extrapolate information (including programmatic details, financial budgets, etc.) that supports grant development as appropriate

Manages Grant Reporting and Tracking Processes

  • Develops and maintains schedule for reporting grant results to funder, utilizing Salesforce.com
  • Maintains grant pipeline to capture line-item detail for each grant opportunity being tracked with information focused on current stage, forecasted dates for future stages, updated valuation for financial projections, expected commitment dates, and expected receipt of cash dates, in coordination with finance and other departments
  • Documents donor data, grant outcomes/feedback, and historical findings in donor database/grant calendar for effective grants management and tracking
  • Coordinates authorization of agreements, contracts, and promissory notes related to grant funding
  • Coordinates with finance, construction, divisions, homeowner services and development departments to ensure proper financial accounting, procurement/ purchasing standards, property management information, and grant audits

Supervises the Grants Manager

  • Oversees the work of the Grants Manager
  • Provides training to the Grants Manager on all agency grants and related procedures
  • Identifies development opportunities for the Grants Manager to help provide for their growth and expanded skills in the discipline


  • Evaluate, write, budget, fulfill, and monitor agency grant funding requests, focusing on recurring funding and evaluating new sources of funding as those become available, coordinating across Department lines
  • Create compelling written grant proposals outlining the grant request and the connection of the funding with Habitat’s mission
  • Prepare and monitor detailed grant budgets
  • Ensure complete and accurate electronic grant documentation in agency’s shared drive and Salesforce.com
  • Develop and maintain relationships with corporations, foundations and government agencies crucial for ongoing agency grant support
  • Maintain accurate detailed grant pipeline including updated financial projections
  • Direct the work of the Grants Manager and develop their expertise
  • Participate in and support agency activities as requested by management.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.



Position requires a minimum of 5 years of experience in grant proposal development and execution as well as supervision, administration, and/or management of grant processes; experience with federal grants is strongly preferred. Bachelor’s Degree required. Proven track record in proposal writing and grant attainment; Grant Professionals Certified (GPC) credential a plus. Demonstrated proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and donor management systems is required; experience with Salesforce.com is strongly preferred. Effective organizational, planning, and analytical skills. Possesses a strong command of the written word and the ability to effectively and comprehensively communicate funding needs in writing. Must have the ability and desire to work respectfully with people of all cultures, languages, national origins, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, classes, immigration statuses, sexual orientations, gender identity and expressions, ages, mental or physical abilities, and other diversity factors. Must conduct all activities in accordance with Habitat principles.


Average time for this position is approximately 40+ hours/week.  Regular office hours are required, as well as availability for evening meetings and weekend activities, including build site participation, as needed.  Satisfactory attendance is required.

Additional Information


  • Paid time off
  • Holiday pay
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance and STD/LTD
  • Agency Simple IRA retirement match option.

How to Apply

For all interested and qualified candidates please send a Cover Letter and Resume with three professional references to: jobs@habitatnashville.org

Habitat for Humanity is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace


  • Date Posted: April 26, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Housing
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/ wk ; M-F