Grant Writing and Program Manager

Great People. Great Mission. Great Benefits.
A community driven to find a cure.

With a bold vision of life without brain disease, the American Brain Foundation supports research to help diagnose, treat, and cure brain diseases and disorders that affect one in six people worldwide. Established in 1992 by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s largest association of neurologists, the American Brain Foundation shares a headquarters with the AAN in downtown Minneapolis. The American Brain Foundation’s unique partnership with the AAN allows the Foundation to have access to the best and brightest minds to identify and support the most high-risk and high-reward neurologic research.

The AAN’s headquarters, built in 2012, is a beautiful, energy-efficient office in the vibrant Mill District, just steps from the light rail, major bus lines, great parking options, walking/biking paths, and countless dining and entertainment options.


The Grant Writing and Program Manager is responsible for developing the American Brain Foundation’s (ABF) research program, which is central to our mission of bringing researchers and donors together to cure diseases and disorders of the brain. Responsibilities include both raising money from other organizations to support the research program and making research grants to institutions for the projects of select researchers. The position maintains and develops relationships with individual researchers, institutional donors, and other research partners. The largest component of the research program is a funding initiative for early career researchers, managed in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the ABF’s founder and principal research partner.


Research Program Management
• Execute and manage grants to research institutions, serve as staff liaison to research partners, including primary partner, AAN
• Develop budget and execute contracts and reporting for organizations providing research funding to the ABF
• Staff liaison to ABF’s Research Advisory Committee, populated by nationally and internationally prominent neurologists
• Support researchers in use of crowdfunding platform and administer grants to crowdfunded projects
• Drive marketing and outreach to the neurologic disease research community to make researchers aware of funding opportunities
• Develop key fundraising and grant making relationships through events and conferences

• Manage overall grant process, including prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and reporting
• Research and identify new corporate, foundations, government and other institutional funding prospects
• Generate revenue to support the ABF’s research program through timely submission of well-researched, well-written, and well-documented grant and fundraising proposals
• Develop productive, trusting relationships with researchers and donors
• Supervise consultants or staff who may be engaged in proposal writing

• Operational support
• Special projects as needed

Team Leadership

• Position provides work direction to employee(s) but is not a direct supervisor. This may include training, project leadership, and/or assigned department initiatives.

This job description may not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, activities, and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.


• Bachelor’s Degree in non-profit management, business, communications or related field is required
• Project management certification is preferred
• Grant writing or grant management training is preferred
• Equivalent combination of additional experience beyond the minimum requirement and/or education may be substituted for bachelor’s degree requirement

• Minimum of 3 years of experience in grant and research program management and successful track record of grant writing is required
• Budget development experience preferred

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Use of grantmaking and fundraising databases; budget development, reporting and forecasting is required
• Ability to collaborate with other organizations and team members is required
• Strategic orientation is required
• Excellent oral and written communication skills are required
• Experience using Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and Gifts Online databases is preferred
• Need a great team player in a small organization which is frequently “all hands on deck”


FLSA Classification: Exempt
Travel Requirements: Some travel required – approximately 10%. Ability to legally travel outside of the United States, particularly but not limited to Canada.
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Schedule: Occasional evenings and weekends required
Physical Requirements: Standard office setting, with ability to sit for long periods of time, occasional use of stairs; regular use of computer and office equipment, lifting up to 10 lbs. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
up to 40 lbs. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Great Benefits
If our great people, great mission, and great location weren’t enough, we offer great benefits that work as hard for you as you do for us.
• Twenty-two days of paid personal time off (PTO) in the first year
• Twelve paid holidays per year in addition to PTO
• Company contribution equal to 10.5 percent of salary to AAN employee 401K retirement savings account
• Medical insurance
• Dental insurance (free employee coverage)
• Life and AD&D insurance—premiums covered 100 percent by the AAN
• Long-term disability insurance fully funded—covered 100 percent by the AAN
• Short-term disability insurance fully funded—covered 100 percent by the AAN
• ID theft protection
• Travel insurance
• Flexible spending plan
• Tuition reimbursement
• Parking subsidy
• Dry cleaning (free pickup and delivery)
• Wellness offerings (mindfulness courses, yoga classes, walking/running club)
• On-site workout facility

The American Academy of Neurology and American Brain Foundation are equal opportunity employers.

Apply through the American Academy of Neurology’s Employment Opportunities Portal.

Honor your heroes in the fight against brain disease.