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National Manager, Grant Writing and Partner Communications (CHI #1920-119)


State: Illinois

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a National Manager, Grant Writing and Partner Communications to join our incredible team in the National Division. Working as a member of the Development Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. 

In this role, The National Manager, Grant Writing and Partner Communications is a motivated leader focused on driving growth to advance the Lung Association’s s life-saving mission.  The successful candidate will be highly responsive to deadlines, able to build consensus around a strategy and clearly articulate institutional priorities in writing to an audience of corporate, foundation, and major donors.  Responsible for the written articulation of the Lung Association’s compelling mission and the strategic alignment of our initiatives with the priorities of funding prospects.

  • Communicate effectively and asking questions to fully understand audience, objectives, desired outcomes before authoring communications.
  • Delivering high quality, complete drafts according to agreed-upon timeline
  • Meeting all external deadlines.
  • Implementing process for receiving, prioritizing, tracking and reporting writing requests (workflow management).
  • This position has shared accountability for revenue production with National Development colleagues
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Creates written Development communications including:

  • Strategies:
    • Documenting a strategic framework (with input from National Development and Mission teams) for key initiatives aligned with ALA Mission Focal Points and signature programs (e.g., Healthy Air, Comprehensive School Health, Tobacco Cessation & Control, etc.)
  • Solicitations:
    • Letters of Inquiry
    • Major Gift Proposals
    • Grant Proposals
    • Theories of Change
  • Reports to Funders:
    • Based on content, outcomes provided by ALA staff colleagues
  • Strategic Communications:
    • ALA “Big News” Updates
    • Health Industry Council Quarterly Newsletter
    • Year-end Impact Letter and other Development communications from CEO
    • Research/Lung Health Cohort Updates


  • BA required. Advanced degree preferred
  • Five years of experience successfully developing grant proposals for a nonprofit. Knowledge and skills in fundraising principles, practices and techniques
  • Demonstrated experience writing and editing successful proposals and C-suite correspondence
  • Demonstrated successful track record of million-dollar + gifts coming from personally-authored proposals and correspondence
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including strong presentation and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated success aligning diverse stakeholders around a common objective
  • Demonstrated ability to represent mission and nonprofit programs in detail with passion and knowledge
  • Experience developing budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships at all levels of an organization
  • Detail-oriented with strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multifaceted projects and a capacity to perform well independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment
  • Commitment to and passion for the Lung Association’s mission 
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form. 


To apply send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to (include job title and job number in subject of email):

Human Resources Department
American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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