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Grants Manager

The Quivira Coalition ( is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. The Quivira Coalition aims to shift current practices of agriculture and land stewardship to those that produce good food, support meaningful livelihoods in rural places, sustain biodiversity, and remedy the impacts of climate change. We do this work through agricultural apprenticeship, land and water restoration, and rancher- and farmer-led knowledge exchange. Knowing that it is critical to the success of our work, Quivira Coalition is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally under-represented among stewardship and agricultural support services.

Quivira’s work, at its foundation, advances the current shift from extractive to regenerative culture and economy. Our programs include:

  • Carbon Ranch Initiative, dedicated to outreach and research in support of regenerative agriculture, with a focus on building soil organic material on working lands.
  • Education and Outreach, focused on developing practical conservation and agricultural knowledge exchange led by those implementing the work on the ground. This includes workshops, podcasts, and the annual REGENERATE Conference. 
  • New Agrarian, offers professional training to beginning agrarians in regenerative agriculture with seasoned ranchers trained in hands-on mentorship.
  • New Mexico and Colorado Coalitions to Enhance Working Lands, networks whose purpose is to support and enhance ongoing efforts to improve the health and productivity of working lands that support agriculture and the environment.

Quivira is hiring a grants manager to help us primarily in the management and administration of government grants. The person in this position will be responsible for administering government grants from conception, to application, to execution, to close. They will work closely with program directors who are responsible for managing grant deliverables with their teams. The grants manager will also support grant writing and administration of more complex foundation grants. Finally, the grants manager may provide support to partner grassroots organizations who are looking to develop capacity to apply for and manage government grants.

Who we’re looking for

The Grants Manager is a passionate information manager, fundraiser, and communicator versed in government and foundation grant and cooperative agreement writing and management, specifically to support conservation and regenerative agriculture work. They are detail-oriented and able to work independently, managing multiple deadlines and collaborating with multiple stakeholders to apply for, secure, manage, and report on government and foundation grants and cooperative agreements. They are a compassionate collaborator able to work with a diverse group of program directors and contractors to make grant management as painless as possible. They care deeply about rural communities and land stewardship, and see grant management as a powerful tool to empower both. The right candidate would be passionate about not only supporting the work of Quivira, but being a resource to partner organizations looking to increase their capacity and knowledge about accessing and managing funding for conservation and regenerative agriculture. 

This person understands that as climate change collides with our industrial agriculture and land management systems, solutions are found with the people who are developing practical, innovative, and equitable solutions—for communities, for land and water, for the lives and livelihoods of producers, and for the planet.

This full-time (30 hours per week) position may be based out of Quivira’s Santa Fe office or remotely; it is full-time and will require some travel.

Specific duties and responsibilities


  • Manage government and foundation grant applications, deliverables, contracts, and reports in partnership with program staff and the fundraising and operations teams
  • Work closely with program directors to produce and submit timely reports and invoices for grants through federal and state grant portals such as and private foundation protocols
  • Work closely with all staff to document appropriate matching funds for projects
  • With program directors, manage project budgets and financials for government and foundation contracts and grants
  • With program directors, ensure all grant documentation is organized and saved according to document access and retention protocols
  • With operations team, ensure that grant income and spending is accurately  recorded in our accounting software in a timely manner
  • Support development of systems for tracking how funders must be attributed in different products
  • Support Quivira’s capacity building efforts with partner organizations and individuals who lack fundraising and financial management capacity
  • Represent Quivira at various conferences, workshops, funder events, etc. 
  • Report regularly to program, fundraising, and operations directors
  • Collate and provide documentation for grant audits
  • Initiate and organize grant contractor onboarding and management
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Qualifications

  • Experience with nonprofit grant writing and grant management for various funders, including federal, state, and private foundation.
  • Strong professional writing and editing skills, ideally used in a nonprofit setting
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate a diverse and busy group of stakeholders
  • Capacity for (perhaps even enjoys!) engaging complex bureaucratic systems
  • Strong data management skills and familiarity with HubSpot software
  • Ability to see the big picture and take actionable steps towards achieving strategic goals in order to realize a long-term vision 
  • Passion for nonprofit mission work
  • Reliable access to internet adequate for routine participation in video conferencing


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with USDA and other agencies administering grants and cooperative agreements
  • Existing relationships or involvement with regional ranching and land management communities, especially around fundraising and financial management of projects
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate weekend, evening, and remote work
  • Experience with antiracism work in a nonprofit context and familiarity with development of diversity, equity, and inclusion plans
  • Experience with G Suite (google email, drive, calendar etc.) and HubSpot
  • Multi-lingual in Spanish or Indigenous languages
Terms of Employment
  • Quivira Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization. We embrace and encourage applicants of all ethnicities, national origins, socio-economic statuses, ages, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, family or marital statuses, physical and mental abilities, political affiliations, religions, or veteran status.
  • Reports directly to the Operations Director, working closely with the Fundraising team
  • Compensation $22 to $29 an hour depending on experience, paid bi-weekly
  • 30 hours a week to start with potential to increase to 40 hours in fall 2023 depending on federal grant awards (we are waiting to hear back on several).
  • All employees currently work from home with access to the office in Santa Fe as-needed. Employees must have reliable access to the internet. 
  • No relocation compensation available
  • After three months, benefits include health care, dental, vision, simple IRA, paid time off, short- and long-term life insurance, and disability insurance.

 Application Instructions

Please include a current two page resume with the application. The application will take the place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references. References will be checked as a part of the hiring process.

Please send questions to Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, with the subject line “Grants Manager.”

The deadline for applications is March 31 or until position is filled, with the intention of a start date between late April to early May 2023.

Since its establishment in 1997, the Quivira Coalition has prided itself on its history of working across differences at the radical center, though we have not always accomplished this and continue to strive for improvement. In the last year, we have become increasingly aware of the work that we must do to ensure that individuals and communities of all backgrounds are truly included and welcomed into our work, and of the ongoing legacies of racism in agriculture and land stewardship. Quivira Coalition is taking its steps toward becoming an antiracist organization, and reevaluating what diversity, equity and inclusion means for the organization. This is difficult, often messy, ongoing work, and we are committed to working through the challenges to join the movement for racially just regenerative agriculture. We have made mistakes, committed harm, and are committed to growth. We hope new hires and the perspectives they bring will continue to help us navigate this path. We invite candidates to ask questions about where we are in this journey, and to join us in moving the organization and the regenerative agriculture movement towards becoming more just, equitable, and inclusive.