M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by helping strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in innovative and sustainable ways. Since 1975, the Murdock Trust has helped live this mission by awarding more than $1.2 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations that share our commitment to the common good.

The Murdock Trust team stands with those who serve others. Our partners do extraordinary things, and we are privileged to help them deliver strength, knowledge, inspiration, hope, and opportunities to those who advance the diverse cultures of our region.  The work of the Murdock Trust Grants Team is central to the work of the Trust as they serve applicants and grantees throughout the application and award process.  As Grants Manager, this person will be directly involved in bringing about positive change in Pacific Northwest communities through being a dedicated steward of the Trust process and the applicant information.

Position Summary

The Grants Manager provides leadership and support of the Murdock Trust grant programs and grants database management and reporting. The position manages the flow of grant applications and awards, supports the preparation and distribution of the Trust’s proposal review documents, and manages application and grant instructions.  This role is also responsible for supporting various grantmaking initiative programs, such as the Trust’s Vision and Call Internship program and panel. This full-time, in-office, exempt position requires a self-starter who works well individually and as part of a collegial and congenial team.

Reporting and Supervisory Relationships

Reports to the Senior Program Director for Grants, is supervised by the Senior Grants Manager. This person will supervise the Grants Manager Assistant.

Typical Responsibilities

Grants Management

  • Manages the intake, coding, and communication of data and materials related to the letters of inquiry process and applications from applicant organizations.
  • Participates as a team member with Program Directors in the proposal review and document preparation process, leading the external editing process, and contributes to the post-award procedures.
  • As lead editor, recruits, trains, and manages a team of external reviewers; supports and nurtures Program Directors in the art of report writing, ensuring a quality product for grants meetings and recommendations to Trustees.
  • Manages operational details of various grantmaking initiative programs, such as Vision and Call Internship program and panel.
  • Manages instructions, sample documents, and other website resources for all grants programs.
  • Supervises the Grants Manager Assistant and their administrative support for the Murdock Trust grantmaking program and grants database administration.

Grants Development and Administration

  • Generates data, corresponding graphs, and quarterly and annual reporting for the Senior Program Director for Grants and others.
  • Engages with Program Directors in review meetings and other settings; creates PowerPoint and other presentation materials; and assists with new and existing program or initiative research, development, and implementation as assigned.
  • Identifies, initiates, and helps implement data and grants management system process improvements.
  • Serves as the internal liaison to communications for grantee photos, stories, and features.
  • Serves as a member of the Fluxx grants database management team.
  • Oversees special projects in a collaborative manner, serves on committees for staff events, and performs other duties as assigned.

Experience and Educational Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of five years prior administrative and database management experience, preferably in a grants role.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational skills, knowledge of office operations, the ability to be detail-oriented, and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient in use of database system.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and commitment to the mission, ethos, and core values of the Trust and the grant-making initiatives.
  • An understanding and appreciation for the nonprofit sector.
  • Interpersonal skills that allow for cordial and hospitable communication with constituents by phone or in person.
  • Demonstrates background in proactive administrative management, problem solving, and teamwork.
  • Demonstrates positive growth trajectory and professional character in prior positions.

Qualified Candidates

Please submit a resume and a cover letter to Resumes@murdocktrust.org discussing how your experience and background would be best suited for this role and why you are interested in working for the Murdock Trust.

Joining the Murdock Trust team is more than just a place to work. It is a relational and intentional community with a humble commitment to understanding and serving the diverse Pacific Northwest communities.  Based on the values of Jack Murdock, the Murdock Trust stewards staff with exceptional care, benefits, and culture.

The Murdock Trust also offers an exceptional benefit package including:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Section 125 accounts including flexible spending and dependent care
  • Immediate eligibility and vesting 401(k), 401(k) matching, and Profit Share
  • Disability insurance and Life insurance
  • 11 paid holidays and generous vacation and sick time
  • Professional development assistance
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The Trust guides nonprofit organizations through every level of their development through grants and other resources.

The Trust has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can make all the difference to you and your organization.