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Associate Director for Grants

Associate Director for Grants

Associate Director for Grants

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership, headquartered in downtown Chicago, seeks an Associate Director of Grants to manage its grants process including grant research, writing, and managing funder relationships.

As an innovative and creative nondenominational institution of higher Jewish Education, Spertus Institute offers dynamic learning opportunities rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities inspire learning, serve diverse communities, and foster understanding for Jews and people of all faiths. As Spertus approaches its centennial, it is positioned to be a leading center of high impact applied Jewish learning: learning that uses Jewish texts, thought, and experiences to solve the most pressing challenges of today and tomorrow. Building on our decades of impactful work in Chicago, we are strategically and successfully expanding our programmatic and geographic footprint worldwide. 

About the Opportunity

The Associate Director of Grants is a key member of the Development Department at Spertus Institute.

The person in this position is responsible for researching, preparing, submitting, and managing grant proposals and reports on behalf of the Institute. They will be the primary grant writer, managing funding relationships and budgets, as well as supporting special project initiatives. This position requires strong research, writing, data analysis and program budgeting skills. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Advancement.

Responsibilities Include

  • Identifying new funding opportunities using multiple data resources
  • Researching and composing LOI’s/grant proposals (with supporting materials) which are of strategic significance and in line with the Institute’s mission
  • Collaborating with program staff to create/finalize proposals
  • Maintaining and building relationships with funders
  • Monitoring and executing grant compliance and reporting
  • Tracking progress toward organizational and programmatic outcomes and goals
  • Creating, monitoring and management of master grants calendar
  • Managing and maintaining grant support document libraries
  • Researching statistics and trends for grant proposals
  • Maintaining and managing the overall budget of the Development Department, including funder payments and reimbursements

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree and minimum of four years' experience in grant writing
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Strong writing and research skills. Ability to study and understand programs and funding requirements of an organization
  • Ability to do research and analyze data
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community is a plus

Compensation, Benefits, and Work Environment

  • Salary Range: $68,000-$88,000
  • Attractive Benefit Package includes vacation and paid sick leave; medical, dental, and vision insurance; retirement savings/401K plan; employee assistance program; early Friday closures; and Jewish and secular holidays.
  • Highly collaborative hybrid work environment


Submit a cover letter and resume to with the words Associate Director of Grants in the subject line. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

Please note that Spertus Institute requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination status for employment. 


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a nondenominational institution of higher Jewish education, proudly based in Chicago and increasingly serving students around the world. Its offerings include graduate degree programs in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Professional Studies, as well as a range of sophisticated professional and public programming.

Founded in 1924 as Chicago’s College of Jewish Studies, Spertus Institute today offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is guided by core principles that inform its operations and programming. Mission and Core Principles >

For Spertus, this is a time of exciting opportunity and growth. Tied to a new Strategic Plan, we are building our standing as a leading center for thoughtful and relevant applied Jewish learning, with programs that address current and emerging needs. About to enter our second century as an academic institute with renewed vigor and vision, we are expanding the Spertus teamto achieve ambitious academic and global expansion goals. 

What is it like to work at Spertus? Here is what our staff has to say.

In our most recent employee survey, 9 out of 10 employees agreed that: 

  • Their work contributes to the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals.
  • They have what they need to be successful in their roles.
  • They are comfortable asking for help from others on their team.
  • They have confidence in the leadership of the organization.
  • Spertus demonstrates care and concern for its employees.

If this is what you would like to be saying about your workplace, Spertus just might be the place for you.

Spertus Institute provides equal opportunity in all employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training, and social and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.