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Grants Manager / Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Grants Manager or Administrator works for an organization to identify sources for grant funding and manage grant reporting. Researches funding sources, writes grant applications, monitors the work being done with grant funding, and prepares reports for funders. Works for a non-profit or community based organization, or a college, university or health care organization that relies on grant funding to support research or develop new programs.

Job Outlook

There were 271 Grants Manager / Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 11666 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Grants Manager / Administrator industry, which includes the Grants Manager / Administrator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:


Many new Grants Manager / Administrator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $79,401.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,326.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Grants Manager / Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $63,941.

Education and Experience

Posted Grants Manager / Administrator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree7.95%
Bachelor's Degree70.74%
Master's Degree22.21%
Doctoral Degree4.18%

Posted Grants Manager / Administrator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years31.57%
3 to 5 years53.42%
6 to 8 years11.37%
9+ years3.64%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Grants Manager / Administrator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Management (66.22%)
  • Communication (49.29%)
  • Research (47.55%)
  • Writing (35.75%)
  • Budgeting (28.04%)
  • Detail Oriented (27.48%)
  • Coordinating (26.89%)
  • Planning (25.78%)
  • Leadership (24.15%)
  • Microsoft Excel (21.79%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Grant Applications (31.24%)
  • Auditing (25.1%)
  • Accounting (37.67%)
  • Finance (37.61%)
  • Project Management (28.12%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Budget Development (10.8%)
  • Customer Relationship Management (3.7%)
  • Proposal Development (10.23%)
  • Fundraising (11.1%)
  • Contract Management (8.04%)
  • Purchasing (8.35%)
  • Grant Writing (21.2%)
  • Procurement (10.07%)
  • Financial Management (13.84%)
  • Financial Analysis (9.53%)
  • Marketing (6.51%)
  • Public Administration (14.28%)
  • Financial Statements (22.69%)
  • Invoicing (13.67%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Grants Manager / Administrator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Grants Manager
  • Grants Management Specialist
  • Grants Administrator
  • Grants Specialist
  • Grants Coordinator
  • Federal Government Account Manager
  • Grant Program Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Post-Award Administrator
  • Grants Analyst

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Grants Manager / Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Imsolutions [Integrated Multichannel Solutions] (308)
  • ICF International (176)
  • The Nature Conservancy (154)
  • State of Minnesota (112)
  • Case Western Reserve University (107)
  • American Heart Association (82)
  • University of Pennsylvania (82)
  • American Red Cross (73)
  • University of California (67)
  • State of South Carolina (53)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (30)
  • Great Clips (11)
  • Bath & Body Works (10)
  • North Carolina State University (9)
  • The Bruson Group (9)
  • State of North Carolina (8)
  • East Carolina University (6)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (6)
  • Bennett College (6)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (6)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!