Albuquerque or Las Cruces



Deadline date

February 25, 2024


The Grants Manager will manage a comprehensive grant-based fundraising program for the ACLU-NM, generating revenues of $1M+ every year. Working hand-in-hand with ACLU-NM lawyers, advocates, communications professionals and fundraisers, they will write compelling proposals and reports. In support of this, they will manage relationships with over a dozen current and prospective foundation donors. The Grants Manager touches all parts of the organization, keeping abreast of our latest efforts to advance justice, equity and liberty and translating them into narratives that move and persuade our supporters.

This is an exempt role based in New Mexico that reports to the Director of Philanthropy.


Our mission is to protect and advance justice, liberty, and equity as guaranteed by the constitutions of New Mexico and the United States. We are committed to ending racism and other inequities. This includes how we work with each other and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit our website at www.aclu-nm.org

Equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging are core values of the ACLU and central to our work. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible.


  • Prepare timely, accurate and compelling proposals and reports to generate grant revenue from private foundations, the National ACLU, individuals and other grant-making organizations.
  • Conduct research and engage program staff to gather information for proposals, reports and donor communications. Collaborate with communications staff to incorporate effective messaging.
  • Manage grant-writing projects, scheduling meetings. convening relevant staff, facilitating conversations, allocating and tracking assignments, and conducting follow-up to ensure the successful and timely submission of proposals.
  • Organize and submit grant packages, including letters, proposals, budgets, and attachments.
  • Manage grant contract execution and prepare acknowledgement letters.   
  • Working with Director of Philanthropy, coordinate strategies to steward and cultivate foundation supporters.
  • Research prospective institutional funders, identify funding needs and opportunities, suggest strategy and develop letters of inquiry.
  • Attend program alignment meetings
  • Coordinate with program and administrative staff, including leading meetings, to develop proposals and budgets and to track deliverables and spending throughout grant duration.
  • Create and maintain a grant calendar to support the tracking of key submission and reporting deadlines.
  • Monitor grant revenue.
  • Track foundation communications in Salesforce CRM.   
  • Maintain working knowledge of local and national programmatic priorities and issues as they occur.
  • Provide support with other fundraising and departmental initiatives and activities.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


  • Exceptional writing, composition and editing skills and strong verbal communication skills. The ideal candidate is a skilled storyteller, adept at using persuasive messaging.
  • Experience writing grant proposals, customized donor communications, and related written communications.
  • Project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and deliver persuasive presentations, correspondence, and proposals.
  • Keen eye for detail.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with others, including the ability to relate to a diverse team and constituents.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting.
  • A person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities.
  • A team player that inspires collaboration and functions decisively; flexible and well organized.
  • Demonstrated understanding, knowledge of, and commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and the ACLU of New Mexico’s mission.
  • Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction.
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new tools, technology, and resources.
  • The ability to work occasional evening, weekend, and irregular hours.


  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office technology (including Word, Excel, and Outlook) and project management software (Asana).
  • Experience working with donor databases and knowledge of New Mexico’s philanthropic community a plus.

No one person will have all the qualities enumerated above. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are interested and feel you could be successful in this role.


Salary is $54,000-67,800/year, depending on experience. We offer excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, short and long-term disability and life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, and generous PTO, holiday, family and medical leave policies.


All applications are treated confidentially. Please send cover letter no longer than one page and resume by email to HR@aclu-nm.org. Please include “Grants Manager” in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Your letter should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls, please. Note: we will not accept resumes that do not include a cover letter.Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis beginning on February 25, 2024.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of New Mexico reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice


The Grants Manager, like most ACLU-NM staff, will work partially in-office and partially from home.

For the safety of our staff, their families, and the communities that we work with, ACLU-NM requires that staff be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC.

ACLU of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

“ACLU of New Mexico” refers collectively to two separate corporate entities, ACLU of New Mexico and ACLU of New Mexico Foundation. The two entities share the same mission, office space, and employees.