Grants and Philanthropy Associate

Job Type

Full Time




Minimum: $50,000
Maximum: $60,000
Details: Salary DOE. This is a full-time hourly position, 40 hours/week.



Start Date


Application Deadline



San Diego
United States


The Grants & Philanthropy Associate is responsible for grantwriting, reporting, and administration of institutional funding (foundation, corporate, and government) to the California CASA Association ( and for diversifying and increasing other contributed revenues. He/she will work under the direction and guidance of the Chief Philanthropy Officer to help implement the organization’s fundraising strategies with a goal to build capacity and support the strategic direction of California CASA. Ultimately, the association intends to increase overall support for its network of 44 CASA programs serving 51 counties throughout California. The network currently provides advocacy to 13,000 foster children statewide through the volunteer efforts of some 8,000 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), but there are more than 70,000 foster children in the state each year—the largest foster care population in the nation. California CASA, under the leadership of CEO Sharon Lawrence, has a long-range vision to serve every foster child in the state who needs CASA advocacy.

The successful candidate will be a thoroughly professional self-starter, a skilled and confident writer, and someone with excellent task/time management and prioritization skills. He/she is an optimist and enthusiastic team-player, detail-oriented and precise, with strong organizational skills. He/she has a willingness to learn; is courteous, helpful, and service-oriented; a actively seeks to understand new concepts and expand skills; has a good sense of humor and the flexibility to work for a statewide operation that has multiple office locations with staff working in different locations (offices are currently in San Diego, Oakland, and Sacramento). It is a plus if the candidate is passionate about improving systems and practices that impact children, youth, and young adults in foster care. The successful candidate must be willing to work from his/her home office if necessary; preference for candidates from the San Diego or Oakland areas. 

Under the direction of the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Grants & Philanthropy Associate will:

  • Research, prepare, submit, and (if awarded) manage institutional grants to foundation, corporate and government sources; and track and evaluate progress against goals.
  • Build relationships with funders, government representatives, and others among the state’s stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of California CASA; meet with funders as appropriate. 
  • Maintain an ongoing grants tracking sheet, with benchmarks and deadlines, keeping senior leadership apprised on a regular basis. Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities (e.g., grant solicitation, grant reporting, individual solicitations, annual appeals, donor stewardship) to ensure the fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner, including tracking and meeting submission and reporting deadlines.
  • Oversee the administration and accuracy of the donor database (currently, Salesforce is the software used), entering donor research as appropriate, respecting donor privacy and confidentiality, and adhering to all AFP ethical guidelines and the Donor Bill of Rights.
  • Prepare a monthly development report of all contributed income to track progress against goals and report to senior leadership and the Board.
  • Conduct ongoing research to identify and develop new foundation and corporate sources, as well as community and individual prospects.
  • As time allows, serve as a philanthropy resource to the network of 44 local CASA programs.
  • As time allows, work on social media or other communications initiatives that promote philanthropy within and beyond the California CASA network.
  • Support the CEO and Chief Philanthropy Officer on the implementation of special initiatives and projects as assigned, and other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent benefits package includes 100% coverage for base plan health insurance; plus dental and vision insurance; 403b savings/retirement plan available.
  • Must be able to work independently from a home office.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of relevant work experience. 
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a professional and successful fundraising office. Experience and knowledge of child welfare, the foster system, children/youth/family programs, domestic violence, positive youth development, policy development, or related fields highly desired.
  • Proven success in grantwriting, grants management, and nonprofit writing.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills including effective use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Webinars, and other relevant software applications.
  • Strong math skills, ability to develop accurate project budgets, and development-related financial and other database-driven reports; ability to work with the CFO on finance-related matters.
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff, volunteers, and Board members in achieving philanthropic goals.
  • Ability to engage, inspire, and communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and constituents, including Board members, individual donors, foundation representatives, corporate executives, government officials, CASA program directors, other CA CASA network partners, and key stakeholders.
  • Skilled in donor software and database applications (ideally, Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge) and ability to ensure accurate record-keeping and reporting, including reconciliation with accounting records.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, salary expectation, list of grants that have been written (including funder, amount, and whether or not awarded), and one or two relevant professional writing samples. Send your complete application package via email to