Foundation & Government Relations Specialist/Manager

Foundation & Government Relations Specialist/Manager

The Foundation & Government Relations Specialist/Manager will work in a fast-paced, dynamic department, supporting proposal development, expenditure and tracking of grant funds, and stewardship of foundation and government grants. Primary responsibilities will include maintaining a portfolio of foundation and government relationships; managing multiple grant deadlines; developing and writing proposals for operational and programmatic grants; creating budgets for grant-funded programs; working inter-departmentally to craft program narratives and reports; partnering with the finance department to ensure spending; utilizing donor management software to maintain constituent data; and communicating pertinent information and opportunities to the fund development team. Excellent communication, time management, organization, and project management skills are essential for success in this position.

End date
Opportunity type
Fundraising / Development
Job responsibilities

1. Proposal development; submission, tracking and reporting for annual foundation and government grants.
2. Monitor and manage grant expenditures in coordination with the finance team and adhere to standard policies and practices.
3. Monitor grant-funded program activities in coordination with network partners and programs team to meet grant outcomes.
4. Provide stewardship on reporting grant outcomes to donors, scheduling meetings/tours with donors/trustees and recognizing donors in communications and/or the media.
5. Evaluate grant opportunities through Feeding America’s Grants Management System and research new prospects for grant funding.
6. Assist with the creation of project budgets for which funding is sought, regularly update requested attachments to proposals, and follow each grant-making organization’s guidelines.
7. Maintain constituent data to ensure the system reflects current and accurate information.
8. Perform other duties as needed to support the Fund Development team.

Application qualifications

1. Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communications, English or Business.
2. Experience: Minimum of five years of grant writing, outcomes measurement, or project management experience.
3. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
4. Ability to discern financial documents and concisely communicate results.
5. Must be able to work independently and anticipate reporting and communication needs of supervisor.
6. Detail-oriented, customer service focused, highly organized and results-driven.
7. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment which requires strong project management and time management skills.
8. Available during off-hours for communications of all kinds.
9. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with Donor Database Management software a plus.


Come join an organization that makes a difference in the lives of others! The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is proud to be a seventh-time recipient of the NorthCoast99 award, which showcases our Foodbank as one of the top 99 places to work in Northeast Ohio. We offer a warm and loving culture filled with opportunities to grow and develop your career, competitive benefits, and compensation, 9 paid Holidays and a generous paid time off program that begins on day one!

How to apply

Please submit resumes to [email protected] and include the following information in your cover letter:
1. Summary of your background and relevant experience
2. Explanation of how you connect to our mission
3. Explanation of why you are the best fit for this position
4. Desired salary
5. Contact information and best time to reach you

About the organization

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was formed in 1982 by a group of community leaders who made a commitment to provide emergency food to our neighbors in need. Today, the Foodbank provides food and other essential items to member hunger-relief programs in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne. These member programs operate 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food.