The RPM Foundation is looking for someone who is passionate about collector vehicle culture to join our team and work with us in supporting the next generation of restoration professionals. We are recruiting for a full-time Administrative & Grants Coordinator for our Chicago, (Loop), IL location.

The RPM Foundation (Restoration, Preservation, and Mentorship) works to safeguard the critical skills necessary to restore and preserve collector vehicles. Our grants program has awarded over $3.5 million to programs that provide a pathway to careers in vehicle restoration and preservation, our outreach programs introduce young people to the possibilities of a career in this industry, and our workforce development programs pass knowledge on from one generation to the next. Since 2005, we have impacted over 27,000 students through our grant funding and programs.

This position is benefit eligible and includes Medical, Dental, Vision, $50,000 Basic Life, Voluntary Life, 403(b) Retirement plan with match, employee discounts and membership, 80 hours of paid sick leave, 80 hours paid vacation leave which increases by 8 hours each year, 8 paid holidays per calendar year, and an annual cost of living increase based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI.

The Administrative & Grants Coordinator provides fundraising, marketing, program, and administrative support to RPM’s Executive Director. This position is based at the RPM Foundation Chicago Loop office and reports to the RPM Foundation Executive Director. While this position generally works Monday through Friday, some weekend work is required.

The Administrative & Grants Coordinator provides communications and operational support for RPM. This position assists in the implementation of programs and initiatives to promote the vocational skills necessary for the restoration and preservation of collector vehicles and to generate interest in such careers among our nation’s youth; serves as secondary contact for donors and prospects; and assists with Grant administration, tracking and analysis.

The Administrative & Grants Coordinator oversees duties which require the regular use of discretion and sound judgment to make decisions in support of the organization’s objectives and the ability to work independently with general instructions, while maintaining a team-oriented approach and attitude. Regular and predictable on-site attendance, problem-solving, and attention to detail are regular elements required of this position.


  1. Support RPM’s Executive Director in the implementation of RPM’s national educational initiatives to preserve the vocational skills necessary for the preservation and restoration of collector cars plus promote and facilitate the training of high school and college level students for careers pertinent to classic vehicle preservation and restoration;
  2. Support RPM’s Grant programs in assisting with analysis, reviews, budgets, tracking progress, communicating with awardees, overseeing Grant applications and recruiting new and returning Grant applicants;
  3. Advance RPM’s mission by helping manage RPM’s Workforce Development and Outreach programs;
  4. Provide clerical and administrative operational support to the RPM Foundation, the RPM Foundation Executive Director, and the RPM Board of Directors to aid in the implementation of RPM’s grants, fundraising, marketing & communications, events, meetings and administrative duties.


  1. Support fundraising and engagement efforts by assisting in the implementation of RPM engagement programs, initiatives, and annual appeals;
  2. Recruit students and schools to participate in RPM’s outreach and workforce development programs;
  3. Support the administration of RPM’s Grant funding;
  4. Support the implementation of external and internal initiatives that actively engage RPM’s varied constituents;
  5. Provide clerical and administrative operational support to the RPM Foundation.

The incumbent for this position must be at least 21 years of age and possess: An Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Historic Presentation or Vocational Education (other degrees may be considered based upon relevance.); and A minimum of two years’ project management experience, preferably in Grants Administration, Office Administration, or Office Coordinator.

Additional experience above minimum requisites may substitute for educational requisites on a year for year basis; Professional writing and proofreading skills; and, Basic skills in the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. The incumbent must be a team player, able to work independently and collaboratively within an interdepartmental collaborative environment and must possess a keen attention to detail with the ability to sustain ongoing clerical and administrative operational activities. A history of being actively engaged in the collector car community is encouraged but not required.

Celebrating Diversity
Now more than ever, it’s tremendously important to recognize and celebrate diversity in the workplace. Study after study tells us that a more diverse work environment is a better work environment. It gives us new perspectives on others, which helps with problem-solving and decision-making. It expands the talent pool from which we hire. It leads to innovation as we absorb the varied experiences of our colleagues. And it promotes a higher level of performance as employees from all walks of life feel more comfortable being themselves. The RPM Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and it is our goal to continue to improve our programs, processes, and initiatives in working towards and embracing a culture of diversity, equality, and inclusion. We invite you to become a part of our team as we move towards the future. The RPM Foundation is a member organization and partner with America’s Automotive Trust (AAT)