The mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental illness.NAMI Chicago seeks to fill gaps in Chicago's mental health system, with an intentional emphasis on serving underrepresented populations and breaking down barriers to care.
The Grant Manager reports to NAMI Chicago Program Directors and supports NAMI Chicago’s operational grant needs. This includes both general programming grants, and grant funds through two contracts with the State of Illinois. The Grant Manager is responsible for all of the administrative tasks required to handle the budgets and reporting of key NAMI Chicago grants as well as state grants under, the Williams Consent Decree, in a way that meets generally accepted standards as well as the requirements of the funding source. All activities described below are to be performed in the service of vulnerable populations; specifically individuals and family members of those living with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders.
Write or assist in writing of proposals, budgets, reports, and other ancillary materials for key NAMI Chicago grants as well as state grants under the Williams Consent Decree.
Manage and monitor existing grants by: tracking grants, developing internal reporting systems, writing reports, maintaining excellent historical records, and working with staff to ensure each program is meeting specific conditions and expectations.
Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments impacting financial management at the city and state levels.
Work with NAMI Chicago leadership in monitoring budgetary matters so that the program operates within budget guidelines.
Attend meetings and trainings to stay current with NAMI Chicago programs and practices
Participate in weekly teleconferences with Williams Consent Decree staff
Attend NAMI Chicago staff meetings
Working with NAMI Chicago general programs, the grant manager will be responsible for:
Monthly, quarterly, year end and ad hoc reporting as needed under specific grant programs
Working with the Executive Director to maintain official records, documents, and program budgets and ensure compliance with program conditions and expectations.
Preparing new funding applications for grants in line with NAMI Chicago’s mission
Other duties as assigned
Working with the Williams Consent Decree grants, Grant Manager will be responsible for:
Quarterly reporting, year end reporting (due 6 months after the fiscal year end), semi-annual reporting, and ad hoc reporting requested by the Department to be shared with necessary NAMI Chicago staff
Prepare periodic program budget reports on the status of assigned program and all important factors to ensure each program is meeting specific conditions and expectations.
Maintaining official records and documents, as assigned, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations
Preparing Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO)
Submitting yearly budgets and grant applications in consultation with necessary NAMI Chicago staff
Creating board reports (due at each NAMI Chicago Board Meeting) to submission to the Associate Director
Attending biweekly supervision meetings with the Williams Outreach Project Director to debrief about budgets and reports and problem solve issues as they arise
Requesting more frequent supervision and meetings around specific programs as needed
Minimum of five years experience with grant writing and management
Experience with budget management, development and monitoring
Program development experience, such as seeking new funding opportunities and implementing new services or program areas, preferred
Previous experience with non-profit budget management
Knowledge of contracts and agreements
Previous experience with Department of Human Services grants preferred
Excellent communication skills both oral and written
Ability to represent the organization with professionalism and integrity
Demonstrated commitment to serving underrepresented and vulnerable populations, including social and racial/ethnic minorities as well as those living with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders
Willing to work in a diverse environment in regard to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send your resume and cover letter to Ashley Warren at email@example.com. NAMI Chicago is an equal opportunity employer.
About NAMI Chicago
We are the local Chicago affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and known as NAMI Chicago. We are one of the largest, most active NAMI affiliates in the country, with full-time and part-time staff, graduate-level interns, and dedicated weekly volunteers. We offer referrals, education, and support through our Helpline, which can be reached at (312) 563-0445 Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm, in addition to our education courses and support groups for families and individuals. Our services are free.
The mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental illness.
NAMI Chicago maintains many important partnerships in the community. Through our education and programming, we work with mental health providers, providers of support services, schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, the criminal court system, and many others. With these partnerships as the cornerstone of our work, we maintain a robust and up-to-date referral database.