Minnesota Humanities Center

Grants Manager

Position Title: Grants Manager

Reports To: COO and Director of Strategic Partnerships

Hours: Exempt position that will require working occasional evenings and weekends

Salary: $75,000

Benefits Eligible: Health, Dental, PTO, Holidays and 401(k) plan.

Closing Date: June 5, 2023


Minnesota Humanities Center

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports the development of humanities programming in Minnesota, creates humanities programming, administers grants to support humanities programming, and operates an event center in St. Paul, Minnesota. MHC’s vision is to create a just society that is curious, connected, and compassionate. MHC’s mission is to connect our past, present, and future to bring people together, increase understanding, and spark change.


The position reports to the COO and the Director of Strategic Partnerships. The Grants Manager is expected to be collaborative, adaptable, and a highly organized individual. The Grants Manager is responsible for:

  • Manage MHC’s grant making processes.
  • Ensure organizational effectiveness and compliance.
  • Generate fiscal and reporting requirements.
  • Supervise Grants Administrator

Manage/Administration– 60%

  • Promote strategies to implement MHC’s grantmaking processes.
  • Lead organizational effectiveness within grantmaking.
  • Ensure compliance with guidelines.
  • Model innovative tools to increase processes.
  • Manage pre-award, active grant, and post award processes of MHC’s grants.
  • Process report reviews and payments for grantees
  • Communicate regular updates both internally and externally.
  • Develop and present both programmatic and fiscal reporting for grants.

Supervise –30 %

  • Supervise MHC Grants administrator.
  • Collaborate with contractors, as needed.
  • Evaluate and provide feedback to staff and partners.

Other – 10%

  • Other duties as assigned by the COO or Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • Participate in internal staff meetings.
  • Represent MHC in networking/educational activities and meetings.

Behavioral Expectations

  • Demonstrates high integrity, passion and commitment to the mission and goals of MHC.
  • Provides an elevated level of customer service through listening and responding to the needs and requests of others, internally and externally, with a high degree of urgency.
  • Adapts to changing conditions or priorities willingly.
  • Identifies problems and consistently makes decisions that resolve problems.

Organizational Relationships

  • Works closely with the COO to develop operational excellence strategies for internal and external process improvement.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership team members, humanities officers, web administrator, project management specialist, board of directors, vendors, and other contractors.
  • Collaborates with individuals, academic and non-academic scholars, community organizations, non-profits, schools and universities, foundations, faith-based organizations, governmental entities, and businesses.

General Expectations

  • Initiative-taking, flexible, and optimistic individual with excellent people skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects successfully.
  • Culturally competent with an ability to build strong relationships, find common ground, build consensus, and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Success in managing internal and external relationships.
  • Working knowledge of project planning, organizational structure, budgeting, finance, and administrative operations.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to create high-quality programming and processes.


The ideal candidate will be an individual that is organized, enjoys learning, values working with others, and is comfortable working on several projects simultaneously. The ideal candidate will be an individual with grant making and leadership experience amplifying the voices of individuals and organizations from historically disenfranchised communities.

  • B.A. degree in a humanities discipline and/or equivalent community-based experience
  • Proficient in robust grant making software.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel).
  • Ability to organize time, set priorities, and work in an effective manner and successfully manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with racial and ethnically diverse communities.
  • Experience working on community-driven initiatives.
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills.
  • Willingness to work occasional weekends and travel outside of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.


This job operates in a professional hybrid office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, multi-functional copiers/printers, and filing cabinets.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to effectively communicate, use a telephonic device and/or use a computer. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to manage or feel, and reach with hands and arms. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets, and bend or stand, as necessary. While performing the duties of the job, the noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate. Stress levels may become high during certain times of the year.

The employee is expected to work a flexible and varied schedule that may include working evenings, weekends, and some holidays. The employee must be available to respond in the event of a crisis, as needed. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Key Competencies

Continuous Learning – Commitment to learning, applying, building on, and evaluating new knowledge and skills.

Interpersonal Awareness – Ability to have and show empathy for others. Listens well and responds thoughtfully.

Collaborative – Develop, maintain, and strengthen internal and external relationships.

Adaptable – Adapts to change quickly as needed while thriving in a complex environment.

Enthusiasm – Exhibits passion, cheerful outlook, and excitement about MHC’s work.

EEO Statement

MHC is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, Veteran status, or any other protected class under law.


Interested candidates should email their cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume to jobs@mnhum.org. We are unable to accept telephone calls.