Foundations Manager/Grant Writer

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Job location
3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Western Center on Law & Poverty, Inc.
Street address: 
3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 208
Los Angeles
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Foundations Manager oversees all aspects of Western Center’s foundation, corporate and public grants and contracts programs, collaborating with the Director of Development, Director of Finance and Administration, Executive Director, the policy advocates and attorneys to identify potential funding sources, complete grant applications, maintain the grants calendar, prepare grant reports, and maintain relationships with funders. The Foundations Manager reports to the Director of Development and serves as an active member of the Development team by supporting broader fundraising, communications and marketing efforts including events, Board and committee activities, media campaigns, and other areas as needed.


1. Maintain grants schedule and utilize eTapestry database.
2. Conduct ongoing research to identify new funders for Western Center’s work.
3. Compose and submit letters of inquiry and grant applications and follow up.
4. Maintain and steward relationships with foundation program officers.
5. Work with staff and funders to develop, revise and refine grant applications.
6. Communicate with advocates to ensure that they have a clear understanding of grant commitments.
7. Collaborate with advocates, attorneys and accounting staff to prepare grant reports.
8. Prepare and submit all required grant reports.
9. Maintain grant files in hard copy and electronic files as well as funder profiles in eTapestry database.
10. Participate as a member of the Development team in other activities, including fundraising events, marketing, public relations, branding efforts, website, social media, e-newsletter, brochure production, tribute journal and clerical activities, as needed.
11. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development


1. Commitment to the mission of Western Center
2. Bachelor’s Degree
3. Minimum of 5 years experience with a proven track record in successful grant writing, preferably for advocacy and policy projects.
4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
5. Experience in conducting research and identifying potential funders.
6. Expertise in writing proposals, online applications and compiling kits for funders.
7. A proven record of producing quality work within tight time constraints.
8. Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience with fundraising software.
9. Knowledge of marketing concepts and ability to assist in the creation, printing, and distribution of various materials.
10. Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to effectively prioritize among competing tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
11. Exceptional interpersonal and administrative skills, a positive attitude and work style, and an ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
12. Resourceful problem solver with excellent decision making skills and a high level of discretion
13. Polished, positive, professional and articulate with excellent interpersonal skills
14. A team player with an outgoing and friendly personality
15. Values diversity of thought, backgrounds and perspectives

To apply: 

Please send cover letter and resume to Stephanie Surabian at [email protected].

Western Center is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.
Salary range: 
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Expiration date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017