Position Title: Grant Writer
Department: Development
Reports to: Chief Development Officer
Location: Waller

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About the Organization

The organization has an annual operating budget of approximately $5 million and is supported by approximately 60 staff, interns, and consultants and more than 80 volunteers. The Prevention Center owns one of its buildings, a historic firehouse in the Haight neighborhood of San Francisco, near Golden Gate Park. The organization has a second site on Third Street in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.

More information is available at: www.sfcapc.org.

Overall Summary

The Grant Writer will be responsible for crafting compelling grant proposals and other content to communicate The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center’s mission and programs to public and private foundations as well as, on occasion, public bids for contracts resulting in five and six figure gifts. The Grant Writer represents the Prevention Center in all fundraising material and by attending meetings and events when expected.

This is a full time position located in our office at 1757 Waller Street, in San Francisco, CA. This position will be managed by the Chief Development Officer, and work closely with the Executive Director, Senior Management Team and program staff.


  • Writing: Draft clear and compelling grant proposals, letters of intent, and budgets, grant reports, and related fundraising materials that persuasively communicate agency mission and programming.
  • Draft Executive Director Report for the Board on a bi-monthly basis.
  • Prospect Research: Conduct prospect research of foundations and corporations to identify new areas for funding.
  • Grants Management and Recordkeeping: Work with Development Associate to ensure donor and prospect data are properly recorded in the database.
  • Keep the Senior Management and relevant program teams informed of grant writing activity, deadlines and awards/declines through regular updates.
  • Work closely with program staff to draft relevant outcome goals and funder expectations.
  • Maintain deadline calendar and grants pipeline to insure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
  • Stewardship:  Prepare customized acknowledgement letters for awarded grants.
  • Organize and update proposal resources for use by Development and members of the Senior Management team, including preparing materials to support donor relationships.
  • Complete ad hoc projects and/or attend outside meetings as requested by Chief Development Officer and Executive Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications

  • Superior writing and editing skills, with high attention to detail and speed in both formal and informal writing. Excellent research, analytical, and project management skills.
  • High integrity, strong work ethic, thrives in a team environment with positive energy and proven results.
  • BA level or above. Experience in social services, child welfare, or public health is preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years of non-profit grant-writing experience, with track record of having written successful proposals for 6-figure gifts or contracts, and with demonstrated knowledge of the grant application process.
  • Proven ability to write detailed proposals, including financial elements.
  • Strong computer knowledge with Microsoft Office and relational databases.
  • Familiarity with Raisers Edge and Foundation Center.


  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and across teams.
  • Ability to successfully manage a large volume of work, meet multiple and often competing deadlines, and respond with flexibility to unanticipated requests.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships;
  • Good sense of humor.
  • A commitment to the safety and well being of all children.
  • Successful applicants must show legal evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

Position Specifications

  • Full time
  • Exempt

Physical Requirements

Typical Working Conditions:

  • Heavy keyboard work

Equipment Used:

  • Computer, phone, fax, copier.

Essential Physical Tasks:

  • Light lifting required; including lifting of children up to 50 pounds
  • Cleaning
  • Keyboarding
  • Answer phones
  • Travel within the neighborhood and within San Francisco

Please send cover letters and resumes to Employment@sfcapc.org.