Development / Madrid / Spain

Grants Manager


We are seeking a Grants Manager who embodies our values, understands the future challenges and opportunities for business development and is passionate about creating impact in Spain’s education to employment ecosystem.

The position will be based in Madrid. The position will involve traveling nationally for 20%-30% of the time.

Generation is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from
people of all backgrounds. For more information go to https://spain.generation.org/

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to careersspain@generation.org by July 27st.

Who You’ll Work With

You will be part of Generation Spain. Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed. But many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Generation was created in 2014 to help bridge this gap—at speed and scale.

Our mission is to transform education to employment systems by preparing, placing, and supporting people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. We accomplish this through 3–12-week bootcamps that provide learners with the technical skills, behavioral skills, and mindsets needed to thrive in each profession. Generation’s methodology can serve hundreds of thousands, and eventually millions, of people a year. And we’re building proof that this training creates real business outcomes for employers, and lasting career impact for trainees—so everyone has the incentive to invest in skills. We have graduated more than 50.000 people (4.400 in Spain).

Today, Generation is active in 16 countries with diverse social, economic, and labor-market contexts.

What will you do

We are looking for an exceptional Grants Manager with a proven track-record in searching, writing, and submitting successful public and private grants (Spanish and EU calls). As a member of the Partnerships and Employers team, the Grants Manager will help us grow and thrive through strategic alliances with a focus on the public sector. Support will be also provided to reach funders in the private and social sectors. Existing multi-national collaborators include BlackRock, LinkedIn, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Verizon and more.

The Grants Manager will contribute to build relationships with a wide variety of government agencies, industry associations, academic institutions, and employers to secure partnerships with key players to support Generation Spain in its missions to place our graduates. With a focus on the public sector, the Public Grants Manager will secure funding from European, national and regional governments, but also from employers, and funders to expand our impact.

Main responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Partnerships and Employers Lead, the Grants Manager will engage in relationship development and maintenance with partners and donors as well as be responsible for grant compliance, to support building Generation Spain portfolio. The Grant Manager will oversee organizing and tracking grant deliverables, budgets, contracts, and reports.

Specifically, you will:

  • Search for calls, write proposals, prepare budgets, and create/compile all the documentation and agreements required for grant submittal in due time and format.
  • Support the end-to-end process of securing institutional partnerships for Generation Spain, including exploratory discussions, conducting negotiations, and formulating innovative proposals/concept notes/MOUs.
  • Support the Finance department in budgeting control of the activities planned, to ensure the eligibility of these activities and their costs fall under internal procedures as well as those of the donor.
  • Ensure compliance and consistency between the internal processes at Generation Spain and the Global team and the policies and procedures established by donors.
  • Ensure effective hand-off of new partnerships to operational team at point of confirmation.
  • Prepare reporting to donors when required.
  • Be a credible external representative of Generation Spain in the education, employment and skilling community, and particularly with potential partners in private, public and third sectors.
  • Ensure all relevant legal documentation with respect to relationships with external stakeholders is completed, up to date and appropriately stored.
  • Log activity with respect to partnership development in SalesForce for tracking purposes and communicate updates regularly.
  • Be well-informed on the legal framework and financial regulations of the employment and educational sectors in Spain and Europe.
  • Support local teams in multiple Generation affiliates to secure and manage high-quality national partnerships that will fuel their impact.
  • Contribute to the establishment of partnerships as a “centre of excellence” within Generation by gathering, creating/codifying and disseminating resources and best practices.
  • Be a committed and valued member of the local partnerships team, and play a vital role in creating a culture that attracts and supports exceptional talent

To be successful you'll need:

Candidates for this role would be expected to possess the following experience, mindset, and qualifications:

  • Proven track-record in searching, writing, and submitting successful grants (Spanish and EU calls).
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience raising funds from public and philanthropic sources and knowledge of the main actors and their processes.
  • Knowledge of the education and training for employment fields is highly desirable.
  • Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and manage an extremely high-volume workload at a fast pace with strong attention to detail and a high bar for quality
  • Warm, empathetic, and love getting to know new people – meaning you can build trust-based relationships with diverse stakeholders in a range of geographic, cultural and industry contexts.
  • Exceptional organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, particularly written communication skills in English, both written and verbal.
  • Strong strategic problem-solver and innovative thinker with a track record of managing projects and delivering targets.
  • Data-driven approach in presenting/influencing and informing decisions.
  • Advanced user of Salesforce and PowerBI.
  • Believe in our mission, that fulfilling employment can change lives, and are passionate about doing social good

About Generation

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed. But many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Generation was created in 2014 to help bridge this gap—at speed and scale.

We’re building a skills-training methodology that can serve hundreds of thousands, and eventually millions, of young people a year. And we’re building proof that this training creates real business outcomes for employers, and lasting career impact for trainees—so everyone has the incentive to invest in skills. Our goal is to help our students achieve personal and professional success—and fundamentally change their life trajectories. Generation programs prepare unemployed or underemployed young people, aged 18 to 29, for jobs in four sectors: healthcare, technology, retail/sales, and skilled trades.

Today, Generation is active in fourteen countries with diverse social, economic and labor-market contexts.