Job Posting

Institutional Relations Manager

Urban Homeworks | Minneapolis, MN
Salary Range: $55,000 - $65,000

Job Overview:
The Institutional Relationship Manager works closely with Urban Homeworks leadership and program staff to both set and implement strategies for institutional giving. The Institutional Relations Manager contributes to the organization's overall success by meaningfully engaging our institutional funders, writing and submitting compelling grant proposals, and increasing philanthropy’s understanding of the intersections of race, housing, community development, and social justice. This individual plays a critical role in the organization’s ability to move our institutional funders and the philanthropic sector to be bolder in their commitment to racial justice and investing in community-led solutions. This position reports to the Development Director.

The ideal candidate for this position will exhibit the following qualities:
  • You are a highly organized, self-motivated leader who can create detail-oriented and persuasive grant application content in a timely and accurate manner.
  • You are not only a grant writer, but a highly organized and relational project manager that can manage numerous timelines and a broad institutional giving portfolio.
  • You lead with authenticity and are guided by a strong sense of curiosity for all communities and individuals.
  • You have experience in writing proposals on justice issues that communicate both clear and nuanced messages on subjects that may be difficult or controversial.
  • You are a problem-solver who desires the opportunity for continuous learning.
  • You have lived experience in the communities we serve

Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with Urban Homeworks leadership to drive strategy for corporate, foundation, congregation, and government revenue.
  • Lead on the creation of annual and multi-year institutional revenue plans that meet Urban Homeworks’ revenue needs.

Grants Management
  • Maintain a robust and updated grant calendar through Raiser’s Edge to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
  • Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals
  • Maintain and provide timely reporting data for all grants (progress reports, year-end, financial reporting, data collection from programs and special reports as required).
  • Meet with the Executive and Development Director regularly to discuss upcoming deadlines, submissions, and reports.

Grant Writing and Fundraising
  • Support Urban Homeworks in meeting revenue needs and funding mission priorities through superb grant writing for proposals, reports, and letters.
  • Collaborate with program staff to develop project budgets and identify specific objectives and workplans for potential grant-funded projects.
  • Work with programs and development department to provide current program data, statistics, and local statistics for grant content
  • Research relevant reports, news stories, and trends to build a robust, evidence-based narrative that helps make the Urban Homeworks case and strengthens grant proposals.
  • Lead in conducting prospect research to identify new funding opportunities to support the organization's revenue needs. Including capital campaign prospects.

Relationship Management
  • Establish and grow corporate and foundation partnerships outside of the application/report cycle that drive revenue to benefit Urban Homeworks and the community we serve.
  • Establish, maintain, and grow relationships with area congregations of all faiths, including presentations to congregations encouraging them to invest in Urban Homeworks as an extension of their values.

  • Five+ years of relevant nonprofit development and/or grant writing experience.
  • Highly organized, self-motivated manager with ability to meet multiple, concurrent deadlines under pressure
  • Exceptional written communication skills with the ability to write clear, structured, and persuasive proposals
  • A relational person, able to build connections and tailor compelling messages to a broad range of people and institutions
  • Experience interacting with corporate, foundation and/or government donors required
  • A solid understanding of budgets and revenue plans as they relate to proposals and grants
  • Outstanding attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through
  • Demonstrated research skills in qualifying prospective funders
  • Willing to work some flexible hours, including some weekends and evenings
  • Provide a portfolio of previous work.

Computer/Software Skills:
  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Word, Excel and experience working with a fundraising database; Raiser's Edge experience strongly preferred.

COVID-19 precautions
Urban Homeworks staff are working remotely until further notice, although we do meet in person occasionally. All staff are required to be fully vaccinated in efforts to protect our neighbors, residents, and each other.

Salary and Benefits
  • Competitive Salary: Range of $55,000 to $65,000 in alignment with qualifications
  • Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holiday Pay
  • Health Benefit Options, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance and AD&D Insurance

To Apply:
Submit a resume and cover letter to,-Inc.-2/jobs

Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews offered on a rolling basis.

About Urban Homeworks
Mission: Perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development.

Vision: Neighbors raising their collective voice to address injustice and overcome the barriers that perpetuate inequity.

Core Values: Guided by our mission and larger vision, we conduct the work of bringing dignity to affordable housing and rebuilding community with the following Core Values:
  • G.R.I.T. (guts, resilience, initiative, and tenacity): Persevere through difficulties & challenges, reflecting the relentlessness of the community and justice workers who came before us.
  • Believe: Demonstrate alignment with UHW mission, vision, and values.
  • Step Up: See the need and act.
  • Growth Mindset: Be relentless in teaching and learning.
  • Anti-Racism: Accept that systems have been built on racism and discrimination, and we are actively dismantling them collectively as neighbors.
  • Show Up Positive: Have awareness of how your disposition impacts other people.

Our work, and the mindset by which we do it, is modeled after the example of the brazen, unapologetic social justice left by Jesus. We seek to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ in solidarity with self-determined and self-defined people and communities - leveraging housing equity as our platform for change. We invite people of all spiritual and religious beliefs, genders, orientations, abilities, cultural, and class identities to join us in this fight. Black, Indigenous, and other POC are highly encouraged to apply.