Founded in 1946, the Middle East Institute (MEI) is the leading Washington-based institution dedicated specifically to the study of the Middle East. A non-partisan think tank, MEI works to advance the US-Middle East relationship through a whole-of-society approach that includes policy work, education, and arts and cultural programming. For 75 years, MEI has worked at the forefront of understanding and finding solutions to the pressing challenges in the region. We do this by engaging the leading experts in the United States and throughout the region, convening key stakeholders, producing original research, and communicating with the broader public and decision-makers.

MEI is searching for a Grants Manager with 3-5 years of experience in the grantmaking world to provide high-level administrative support to scholars and senior staff as we expand and diversify our portfolio of federal, state, and private grant funding.

The grants manager will work with MEI’s development office, as well as policy experts, to explore and pursue opportunities for federal, state and private funding that complement MEI’s mission and research objectives. They will be responsible for writing and submitting grant proposals, overseeing the financial administration of grants, and collaborating closely with colleagues to help them successfully implement the approved grant objectives and timelines. They will also assist in strengthening MEI’s relationships with key stakeholders in the grants/foundation/donor community.

This individual must be a strong writer with experience drafting grant proposals and maintaining grant data for internal and external reporting. Given their role helping experts and MEI management implement grants, it is critical they bring strong communication, organizational and programmatic skills to the position. Ideally, they will also have experience working with management to develop fundraising strategies, as well as experience liaising with counterparts at foundations and charitable trusts to strengthen stakeholder relationships.

Competitive candidates should also have a strong understanding of International Relations, ideally with some knowledge of the Middle East so that they can productively engage with MEI scholars and their work to help craft competitive proposals.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Researching grant opportunities that fit scholars’ wants and needs.
  • Brainstorming with MEI scholars and management to conceptualize unique proposals.
  • Lead the grant application process from the design stage, to writing and preparation of the application, to submission
  • Collaborating with senior executive staff to set comprehensive grant fundraising goals.
  • Overseeing the implementation of grants, and helping to ensure scholars meet necessary benchmarks.
  • Recording grant data and effectively reporting to key stakeholders.
  • Fostering and maintaining productive relationships with foundations, charitable trusts and government grantors that have an interest in MEI’s mission.


Salary competitive and commensurate to experience. Excellent benefits.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Please use “Grants Manager" as the subject line in your e-mail.