Grants Manager - Location Open for Discussion

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Full Time



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United States


About CRLA

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit legal services program founded in 1966 to assist low-income individuals in rural communities. Over 50 years later, CRLA is one of the largest legal aid organizations in California, utilizing its 16 field offices and a nearly $15 million annual budget to provide more than 43,000 low-income Californians with free legal assistance, community education, and outreach programs. CRLAs mission, To fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities in our society, has driven the development of innovative programming for vulnerable communities, including farmworkers, children, migrants, indigenous communities, and the LGBT community.

Grants Manager

The Grants Manager plays a key role in the Development Departments goal to secure an annual budget of $15 million. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, this position manages a portfolio of institutional funders, maintaining relationships with program officers, producing quality proposals and reports, and collaborating with staff to ensure grants deliverables are achieved and compliance is maintained. We are seeking a person who is highly organized, a team player, a great communicator, and passionate about bringing social justice to exploited communities.

This is the perfect position for someone who:

  • Brings experience as the lead writer on successful grant proposals of $100,000 and above
  • Enjoys managing multiple projects under deadlines and facilitating cross-departmental teams to ensure deliverables are met
  • Can spin straw into gold by using data to tell compelling impact stories

Essential Responsibilities

  • Prepare compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals.
  • Maintain strong and positive relationships with funders through timely, well-written progress and annual grant reports as well as personal cultivation.
  • Collaborate in the maintenance of the tracking system for grants, including proposal submissions, stewardship, and reporting deadlines.
  • Manage the grant proposal and reporting process by serving as the quarterback to ensure that all the information needed for the grant is gathered in a timely fashion. This includes communicating with staff about grant goals, outcomes, and deliverables that relate to their work and ensuring that the information (including data, budgets, etc.) needed is collected accordingly.
  • Collaborate with the Finance Department to develop budgets. Collaborate with the Finance Department and the Director of Grants and Contracts to track grant revenue and spending and ensure accurate reconciliations for grant and contract-supported programs.
  • Utilize DonorPerfect database to track progress with prospects and funders through the identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, and continued stewardship stages.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent
  • 3+ years of grant fundraising, with track record of success in securing grants of $100,000 and above
  • Experience working with foundation, government, and corporate funders
  • Meticulous attention to detail, exemplary organizational skills, and demonstrated success in managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent writing, editing, grammar, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to excel in independent and team-based work and to collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to occasionally work unconventional hours and travel for fundraising activities
  • Ability to excel as part of a geographically dispersed remote team, including reporting to a supervisor in another location

Preferred Education and Experiences

  • Masters Degree or equivalent
  • Knowledge of California institutional funder landscape
  • Experience fundraising for a legal aid or human services organization

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Compensation & Benefits:

Based on a competitive public interest union salary scale; generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy, some professional dues paid by CRLA and if qualified - participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program (LRAP).

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree