Grants Officer

Grants Officer

The Grants Officer will advance the work of Farm Sanctuary by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, securing, and stewarding a portfolio of grant funders and prospects. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Grants Officer will work alongside Major Gifts team members in Development. This position will play a key role in securing the support Farm Sanctuary needs to accomplish its mission.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Build and manage a portfolio of current and prospective funders with the capacity to give at the $10,000 level and above to upgrade or maintain their giving.
  • Plan and implement strategies to garner foundation funding based on Farm Sanctuary’s organizational priorities.
  • Secure gifts and grants from current and new institutional donors to build mutually beneficial and enduring relationships that meet Farm Sanctuary’s annual goals.
  • Work proactively to identify funding opportunities, develop timely fundraising strategies, and engage and deepen involvement of foundation donors on behalf of Farm Sanctuary programs, initiatives, and projects.
  • Research, identify, and cultivate new foundation prospects.
  • Partner with Development team members to identify opportunities to leverage foundation giving within existing relationships. Support and advise senior leadership and board members on the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation contacts as sponsors or partners.
  • Advise Farm Sanctuary leadership in strategic planning, capital campaigns, and other long-range goals as it relates to institutional funding interest and support.
  • Collaborate with staff across Farm Sanctuary departments to develop meaningful and strategic relationships with philanthropic partners and fulfill funder benefits including a range of recognition vehicles, special invitations, private access, and other benefits as needed.
  • In conjunction with Development leadership, serve as a point of contact for all foundation relationships including institutional, family, and community foundations.
  • Represent the needs and interests of grant makers in decision making processes inside Farm Sanctuary.
  • Conduct face-to-face visits with funders and be on-site for sponsored events and programs as needed.
  • Create regular, high-quality communications, such as letters, funding proposals, grant applications, reports, and other materials. Establish an annual foundation relations plan, which includes tracking and maintaining a grant calendar for application and report deadlines.
  • In partnership with Farm Sanctuary program staff, generate impactful evaluations and reports of Farm Sanctuary accomplishments.
  • Maintain and develop procedures in coordination with headquarters office to ensure effective record keeping, acknowledgement and follow-up on all gifts.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of development techniques and fundraising best practices.
  • Maintain deep and ongoing understanding of Farm Sanctuary’s mission, values and programs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of non-profit fundraising, grant writing and relationship management experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills necessary to tailor messages to various audiences and be an effective representative for Farm Sanctuary
  • Strong project management skills; ability to set priorities, and work independently essential
  • Collaborative approach, team-oriented.
  • Demonstrated success engaging and building relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Familiarity with regional and national foundation funders.
  • Ability to clearly articulate Farm Sanctuary’s mission, goals and values to donors and prospects, ensuring “buy in” with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts and pledges of $10,000 or more.
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter strategic advancement plans.
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with volunteers, staff, and the senior leadership team.
  • Excellent analytical and organization skills
  • Familiarity with and dedication to Farm Sanctuary’s vision, mission, and ethos
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record
  • Experience working with Constituent Management Relationship databases preferred

Job Specifications:

  • Full time, exempt position
  • Position location flexible; candidates interested in telecommuting are welcome to apply.
  • Requires travel up to 25% of schedule annually
  • Flexibility to work some weekends and evenings required
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits package, including paid holidays; personal days; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403(b) plan; flexible spending accounts; and long-term disability insurance.

All interested applicants are required to complete Farm Sanctuary’s Employment Application. Instructions for sending supplemental materials will be provided within the application.

For questions or to request a copy of the employment application by mail, please contact