Grants & Communications Manager

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Rancho Cielo is a growing, vibrant and fast-paced organization. We have a powerful Board of Directors and a competent staff working on an important issue – youth development, education and workforce development – with young people who often have few other options.

Grants and Communications Manager Exempt, Regular Full-time

The Grants and Communications Manager is responsible for meeting all grant deadlines, finding and applying to new sources of funding; writing compelling content across all media, internal and external; representing Rancho Cielo in the community. The position is part of a development team, with whom s/he works very closely. Key characteristics of the successful candidate include flexibility, creativity, writing ability and strategic thinking. Must be a “do-er;” our culture demands it.

Supervised by the CEO

Supervises volunteers and interns as appropriate

Examples of Essential Duties:

Grant Writing and Management (70%):

•Oversee the research, development and timely preparation of grant proposals and reports.•Develop and execute an annual strategy for foundation, corporate, and government grant writing.•Collaborate with agency staff to obtain necessary data, information, and materials for proposal content.•Maintain and manage the grant tracker, meeting all deadlines.•Add new sources of funding to the grant portfolio annually.

Communications (30%):

•Oversee the creation and implementation of an annual marketing and public relations plan.•Develop communication strategies and manage the creation of content for collateral materials including the website, social media, newsletter, donor and promotional materials, mail appeals, mass e-mails.•Produce marketing and related promotional materials (e.g. annual reports, press and media releases, social media graphics, etc.).•Oversee all external messaging, ensuring consistent branding and with the CEO, approve all agency collateral. Lead public relations strategy to increase visibility and attract new support.•Promote the Rancho Cielo brand and mission at external events as needed (in partnership with other agency program and development staff).•Provide a credible and informed presence for Rancho Cielo in the community.•Grow the donor database mailing list; grow the email mass mailing list; grow social media audience.•Strategically schedule speaking engagements for RC Founder, CEO, Board Chair (create a Speakers’ Bureau) to maximize RC’s exposure to key segments of the community.


•Lead efforts to secure traditional and digital media coverage in local, regional, and national media.

•Manage photo library, communications archives, other related databases.

Qualifications and Requirements:

•Bachelor’s Degree Required•Commitment to Rancho Cielo’s mission•Strong interpersonal skills•Campaign-planning experience•Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal•Able to articulate the realities of systemic racial inequities and the challenges of marginalized communities to a variety of stakeholder groups.•Collaborative work style•Experience with design and oversight of social media•Ability to write a press release for the conventional media•Graphic design (Adobe Premiere, Canva) a plus; photography/videography skills a plus

Demonstrated ability to:

•Execute and deliver work products on deadline

•Write compelling content

•Public Speaking

•Be flexible

•Work in a fast-paced environment

•Resume productive work after an interruption

•Get along with many different personalities

•Eliminate drama in the workplace

•Have a sense of humor

Training and Experience:

•3 years of PR, journalism or communications work in both conventional media and social media with demonstrated success delivering on deadline.

•Grant writing and grant management a plus

Possession of California Driver’s License and appropriate insurance.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


Rancho Cielo is a growing, vibrant and fast-paced organization. We have a powerful Board of Directors and a competent staff working on an important issue – youth development, education and workforce development – with young…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 6, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


USD 60,000 - USD 65,000

Level of Language Proficiency

Health,, dental, vision, IRA, vacation, sick time, holidays

Health,, dental, vision, IRA, vacation, sick time, holidays


710 Old Stage Rd, Salinas, CA 93908, USA

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