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Community Grants Program Manager

Community Grants Program Manager
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 25, 2019
Salary Range: 
$70-$75K Annually DOE
Job Type: 
Santa Barbara County
Job Description: 

We are seeking a Program Manager to join our Grantmaking team. The incumbent will report to the Director of Grantmaking.

This is a full-time, exempt position at our Santa Barbara office.

Please review our Job Description below, before applying.
ALL applicants must submit a professional resume, cover letter and completed copy of our employment application, in order to be considered. Please see our website for an employment application.

See the bottom of our ad for information regarding benefits!

Position Summary:

The Manager provides high-level support and coordination for the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio. They will also work in close in collaboration with the Director of Grantmaking, Director of the Collaboration for Social Impact, and other program staff to achieve Community Engagement Department goals. They will provide staff support to grants committees, and serve as an SBF representative at community meetings and events.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Implement community grant programs with the guidance of the Director of Grantmaking, including the creation and maintenance of online applications, receiving and processing applications; preparation, analysis and execution of funding recommendations.
  • Conduct due diligence of potential grantee partners, including analysis of financial information, site visits, and interviews with other funders and relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of processes which contribute to the Foundation’s overall grantmaking strategy.
  • Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all grantmaking activities.
  • Maintain and develop grantee and Foundation relationships.
  • Respond to inquiries from donors, nonprofits and community members about grant programs.
  • Support the Director of Grantmaking in planning and executing convenings and briefings with donors, nonprofit partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Conduct outreach to community partners and collaborators to enhance the Foundation’s knowledge of community issues.
  • Serve as a liaison to community organizations, initiatives and collaborations as appropriate.
  • Partner with the Communications Team on development of print and digital content in support of the community grant programs.
  • If needed, work with outside consultants and colleagues to direct and implement various grant programs.
  • Oversee consistent grant monitoring and reporting, including the review of progress reports, maintenance of regular communication with grantees, and site visits.
  • Promote collaboration and learning across Foundation grantees and partners, as appropriate.
  • Review outcomes and indicators and collect and analyze data in coordination with the Director of Evaluation & Learning for all relevant grant programs.
  • Collaborate with the Grantmaking Team and the Director of the Collaboration for Social Impact to address technical assistance needs of grantees.
  • Ensure all funds are spent per the guidelines and responsibilities of the Foundation.

Nonprofit Research

  • Research and prepare information about specific topics and/or nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County as needed by the Foundation, donors and the Board of Trustees.
  • Document and share learnings from convenings, grant programs and research to inform organizational strategy and future grant programs.
  • Be informed of community decisions/actions involving local and regional nonprofit, philanthropic, and government organizations that may impact the Foundation’s work.

Community Engagement Department

  • Organize and maintain nonprofit organization files and documents in electronic formats and paper as appropriate.
  • Ensure consistency in processes across grant program areas.
  • With other Community Engagement staff, develop and deliver programming to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector.
  • Work with staff across the Foundation to accomplish department’s annual goals and the strategic plan goals and priorities.
  • Participate in Foundation and other organizational department meetings and represent the perspectives of the Grantmaking Team.
  • Keep outlook calendar populated as per the Foundation’s standard.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Requirements:

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in similar roles.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Emotionally intelligent with the ability to communicate and collaborate with a diverse range of populations.
  • A good listener and team-player.
  • Schedule flexibility and a can-do attitude.
  • Ability to gain the trust of others in the organization and the communities the Foundation serves.
  • Quickly shift gears when organizational priorities shift.
  • Respond constructively to problems, challenges and difficult situations.
  • Evaluate programs and use data to support organizational decision making.
  • Manage multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, especially Outlook.
  • Proficiency in various computer applications and the ability to learn new programs quickly.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Work Environment:

  • General office environment, maybe in open office area or shared office space.
  • Dogs (pets) intermittently on the premises, weekly. See our Pet Policy for more information.
  • Significant telephone and computer work (repetitive movement – typing).
  • Some driving travel within the county and occasional travel outside of the county (via car or plane).
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending and occasional lifting/pushing of light to heavy loads (10lbs. to more than 50 lbs.)

At SBF, we value wellness and offer a very generous benefits package, including: up to 15 days of PTO in the first year of employment, sick time, 401K with 4% matching in the first year and an additional 6% of profit sharing after one year anniversary, fully paid medical and ancillary benefits, massages and more!

All applicants are required to submit an employment application, a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

No calls, please.