Department: Development
Reports to: Chief Development Officer
Location: 1757 Waller Street, San Francisco

Overall Summary

The Grants Officer will be responsible for managing all aspects of the organization’s approximately $3.0M private grants portfolio, as well as securing new public contracts. The Grants Officer will be principally responsible for ensuring that the organization’s submissions, including proposals, letters of intent and reports, meet funder requirements and are of the highest quality. The Grants Officer will work to craft 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, public bids for contracts resulting in five and six figure contracts. As needed, the Grants Officer will coordinate the activities of a small team of consulting grant writers The Grants Officer represents the Prevention Center in all fundraising material and by attending meetings and events when expected.This position is located in our office at 1757 Waller Street, in San Francisco, CA.

This position is managed by the Chief Development Officer, and work closely with the Executive Director, Senior Management Team, and program staff.


• Responsible for all submissions and management associated with the private grant portfolio, which comprises approximately 50-60 grants annually, both those within the annual budget and new grant opportunities throughout the year. Responsible for all submissions and management associated with the grant application process of all new public grants, which comprises approximately 3-5 grants annually. This position is not responsible for writing or submitting reports associated with public contracts.
• Work with Chief Development Officer to determine when capacity limitations require the enlistment of contract grant writers. Assign and supervise such project as necessary. Ensure that proposals drafted by contract grant writers are compelling and accurate and meet the standards of the Prevention Center.
• Draft clear and compelling grant proposals, letters of intent, and budgets, grant reports, and related fundraising materials that persuasively communicate the organization’s mission and programming.
• Draft communications, written proposals and updates to major donors as needed.
• Draft Executive Director Report for the Board every other month.
• Additional writing projects may be assigned throughout the year relating to (i) proposals for capital or other fundraising campaigns; (ii) proposals for individual or family foundation donors; and (iii) writing reports/communication to allow organization to meet public and private grant deliverables.
• In conducting above, position will understand overall strategic agenda, work closely with programmatic departments to develop programs with measurable outcomes and goals and with finance department to develop budgets.

Grants Management & Recordkeeping
• Supervise and manage team of contract grant writers to draft and submit letters of intent, proposals and updates to foundations. Support contract grant writers by ensuring that they are kept engaged and informed about new developments in the department.
• Work with Senior Management and programs teams to develop protocols for communication and review o ensure that submissions are accurate and complete.
• Work with operations and data teams to ensure smooth, timely, and efficient reporting.
• Work with Development Manager to ensure Foundation and prospect data are properly recorded in the database.
• Keep the Senior Management and relevant program teams informed of grant writing activity, deadlines, awards/declines, and reporting requirements through regular updates.
• Work closely with grant writers and program staff to draft relevant outcome goals and funder expectations.
• Maintain excellent communications channels with finance, data, and program teams.
• Maintain deadline calendar and grants pipeline to insure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, reports, and other action items.
• Maintain and update grant writing budget.

Prospecting & Stewardship
• Prospect Research: Conduct prospect research of foundations and corporations to identify new areas for funding. Review government funding opportunities that come available to organization.
• 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.
• Work with Executive Director and Chief Development Officer to develop and implement cultivation and stewardship plans for foundations.
• 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 required.
• 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 Directory.


• 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.
Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Position Specifications

  • .1.0 FTE
  • Exempt

Physical Requirements

Typical Working Conditions:

  • Heavy keyboard work

Equipment Used:

  • Computer, phone, fax, copier.

Essential Physical Tasks:

  • Must be able to lift, push, pull up to 25 pounds unassisted
  • Travel within the neighborhood and within San Francisco

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is committed to workforce diversity. Qualified applicants will receive full consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and a detailed cover letter to Frank Landin, Manager of Human Resources at employment[@]