Grants Researcher, Report Writer

Job Type

Full Time




400 Hamilton Ave.
Suite 340
Palo Alto
United States


The Foundation Relations Program Manager is a member of a 4-person team, which raises philanthropic support from professional foundations for child and maternal health at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford School of Medicine. We engage with local, regional and national professional foundations, developing relationships, grant opportunities and recognition strategies that span new prospects to longstanding donors. We partner with faculty and staff in many child health fields to identify, request and steward grants for research, patient care and education. The Program Manager has three main areas of focus: leading our stewardship program, conducting prospect research and managing content. Having a broad view of our activities, s/he also assists in creating more streamlined and effective approaches to achieving our goals.



  • Leads the Foundation Relations (FR) stewardship program. The Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of FR stewardship. This includes researching, scheduling, drafting, editing, tracking, and submitting narrative and financial stewardship reports in close collaboration with team members, faculty and staff. S/he follows best practices in FR and stewardship, and creatively prepares recognition for special gifts. Enhancing the quality, efficiency, and impact of the FR stewardship program, and inspiring future gifts and grants are also key responsibilities, as is optimizing the use of stewardship records in the donor database and shared drive. 
  • Conducts prospect research on foundations. The Program Manager conducts extensive research about potential future FR prospects and current donors, producing analyses and briefings that move our relationships with foundations forward. This includes keeping track of informational meetings with faculty and staff about their work and updates on key campaign goals, while optimizing the use of the database and shared drive. S/he also serves as a liaison to the prospect research team, monitors announcements of grant opportunities and provides updates about changes at foundations. 
  • Manages FR program content. The Program Manager ensures that important FR program information is easy to find and prepare for a variety of purposes, including donor visits, faculty briefings, proposals, budgets and reports. In addition to drafting and proofreading key documents, s/he gathers and summarizes information about child and maternal health programs, making proposals more strategic and reports more compelling. As needed, s/he helps prepare for and carry out donor visits, along with meetings with faculty and staff. Partnering with the FR team and other colleagues and assisting with FR marketing are other key responsibilities.

NOTE: We are a dynamic organization in a rapidly changing industry. Therefore, the responsibilities associated with this position will change from time to time in accordance with LPFCH’s business needs. More specifically, the incumbent may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those set forth above.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Two or more years of related experience in a nonprofit organization or similar environment
  • Exceptional research, writing, analytical, problem-solving, collaboration and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with databases
  • Ability to write well about child and maternal health topics in lay person or basic scientific terms 
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail
  • High level of productivity and initiative
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate directly and effectively with others
  • Tactfulness, flexibility, and collaboration are essential in working with diverse population groups (co-workers, constituents, physicians, faculty, staff, vendors, etc.)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment
  • Proven ability to be resilient and adaptable in the face of changing priorities
  • Good judgment, a positive attitude, the ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision along with a willingness to ask questions to clarify assignments and accept supervisor’s guidance
  • A genuine interest in children and their health
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle
  • An acceptable driving record and proof of full-coverage auto insurance


  • Two or more years of experience in a nonprofit organization, with a focus on development
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge
  • Comfort with health-related reading and writing with some technical terminology



The physical requirements described here are representative of those that are typical in our work environment (with or without accommodation) and may not apply to every position.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is frequently required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to use head and neck in a static position, twisting, and looking in all directions to include up and down. 

The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use whole hand to include fine finger dexterity, reach with hands and arms and crouch. 

The employee may occasionally be required to lift and move up to 10 pounds.

Specific vision abilities that may be required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Typical job duties that may require the above physical abilities include:

Conducting presentations while seated or standing, walking to meetings, sitting at a desk, participating in business conversations, filing or retrieving files, reports and books from desks, cabinets, overhead shelves and low drawers, opening and closing drawers, cabinets and doors, Using a PC mouse and keyboard, viewing PC screens and focusing between reading materials and the PC screen, engaging in business writing, reading business related materials, viewing visuals for meetings and interpreting report data by color, answering and operating a telephone manually or using a headset, operating business machines to include telephones, PC’s printers, copiers, mailing equipment.



The characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee will be exposed to mild to moderate stress levels associated with the performance of the job duties described above. There may be extended periods of computer and telephone use while performing job duties. Employee will be intermittently seated, standing and/or walking during the course of a normal business day. Some local travel using the employee’s own vehicle or other mode of transportation is required. Some long distance travel may be required. 

While the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate, as with most work environments employees will be exposed to routine office noise including office machines, phones, conversations between employees and/or constituents and visitors in the general office open spaces, offices, conference rooms, on phones and in break rooms.

As with any office environment, inside office temperatures may fluctuate and although we use Cal OSHA standards for temperature control, not all employees may find the temperature in their work area to be what they would prefer. Employees should dress appropriately for the temperature in their work area.

Our work environment consists of offices and cubicles, some of which are shared by two or more employees. Office and cubicle assignments change from time-to-time and employees should not have any expectation that any assignment is permanent.

***The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the position described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position. Other work may be assigned ***

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is an equal opportunity employer and as such is committed to equality of opportunity for all its employees. Reasonable accommodation will be considered for employees requiring such to perform the essential functions of this position.


The compensation and benefits at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health are very competitive and among the best in the industry. We value and support life and work balance and encourage and support our employees in seeking opportunities to enhance their careers through ongoing development of their skills and abilities.

Level of Language Proficiency



  • College degree or equivalent related experience


  • Master’s degree in nonprofit management or related field, with two or more years of related experience.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Apply online by submitting a cover letter and resume.

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 340 Palo Alto, California 94301

Fax (650) 498-7738

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.