Dedicated to Improving the Lives of Blind and Visually Impaired People

Assistant Grants Manager (Full-Time)

LOCATION:            New York, New York



Readers Digest Partners for Sight Foundation is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that acts as a charitable grant-making foundation. We are dedicated primarily to supporting programs that help blind or visually impaired people live independent and productive lives. Readers Digest Partners for Sight also runs a subscription periodical service providing home delivery of large type Readers Digest condensed novels to people with low vision.


Readers Digest Partners for Sight is seeking a Assistant Grants Manager to join our small team. While the position will be based in New York City, the onboarding process and initial period of work will be conducted remotely until we reopen a brick-and-mortar location. The ideal candidate is proactive, a problem solver, energetic, well organized, detail-oriented, able to multi-task, prioritize, learn quickly, and work collaboratively and independently.  The position reports to the Executive Director.


Grants Management

  • Provide support to the Executive Director and Grantees throughout the grant award process including award and declination letters, grant receipts, checks, reports, proofreading grant applications, etc.
  • Participate with the Executive Director in pre-and-post-award orientation meetings with the grantees to ensure that all terms/conditions of the contract /grant were understood.
  • Screen grant proposals to assess eligibility, according to the guidelines and standards of the Foundation’s mission and funding priorities and make initial recommendations to the Executive Director.
  • Understand the terms of grants, specifically the expected results of the project, and ensure compliance with the requirements.
  • Maintain tracking processes for all grants, reporting any grants pipeline issues to management on a monthly basis.
  • Maintain an accurate and current database with history of applications, grants, disbursements, relevant organization information, etc.
  • Ensure the proper presentation and safekeeping of supporting documentation for compliance and audit purposes.

Administrative Support

  • Serve as day-to-day liaison with vendors and troubleshoot when problems arise.
  • Provide general, daily, support for board, part time staff, and vendors as needed.
  • Answer general telephone and e-mail inquiries and manage office correspondence.
  • Organize electronic files of grant, financial and legal documents in Dropbox and Teams.
  • Support Foundation’s operations by maintaining office systems and coordinating with outside vendors and parttime staff.
  • Coordinate all Board Book material and distribute it to members of the Board of Directors prior to quarterly meetings.


  • Excellent research, writing, and analytic skills, with the ability to synthesize and distill large amounts of information.
  • Ability to work in a high-performance environment, with tight deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Strong project management and administrative skills.
  • Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and Outlook.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Interest in the blind and vision impaired and philanthropy community.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a preferred minimum 3 years of work experience.
  • Ability to work as a team player, with a “no task is too small” attitude.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Sense of humor a plus.


Salary range: $65,000 – $75,000


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jason Eckert at [email protected] by March 1, 2023.  Please include “Assistant Grants Manager” in the subject line of the e-mail.  Only the most qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Readers Digest Partners for Sight is an Equal Opportunity Employer for all qualified job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital/partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other attributes protected by law. Readers Digest Partners for Sight Foundation abides by all applicable rules and regulations in its recruiting and employment practices, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws.