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Foundation Relations Manager/Grant Writer

Foundation Relations Manager/Grant Writer
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Job Description: 

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Foundation Relations Manager is primarily responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of support from private foundations, corporate and socially responsible foundations, and government, whose funding priorities are consistent with Liberty Hill's needs . Performs reporting and recordkeeping functions as well as coordinates information sharing on grant activities with Liberty Hill executives and staff. Coordinates with contracted grant writer(s) when necessary.



Primary areas of responsibility and tasks that may typically be assigned include but are not limited to:



  • Conducts research on prospective institutional funders, monitors overall funder trends and follows up on leads.
  • Cultivates prospective institutional funders through letters of inquiry and phone calls.
  • Conducts application research to prepare targeted approaches and estimate time allocation.
  • Prospecting and writing grants specifically for private foundations, family foundations, corporate and/or socially responsibility foundations , and potentially government



  • Develops funding concepts by interacting with program staff, publications, and experts in the field.
  • Writes grant proposals, assembles attachments and then manages the process of applying for funding.
  • Assists in the development of program plans and proposal budgets related to applications.
  • Stewards institutional funders including writing/editing grant reports, drafting thank you letters and supporting materials.



  • Tracks cultivation progress, solicitations and stewardship activities in Raiser's Edge database.
  • Coordinates ongoing distribution of materials to funders.
  • Meets with program officers and other external representatives as needed along with CEO, CAO and/or appropriate Liberty Hill staff.



  • Supervises the process to coordinate with Liberty Hill staff about grant work plans, commitments and timelines.
  • Manages internal planning and budget development for Foundation fundraising.
  • Maintains grants management files.
  • Maintains grant and report submission calendar with appropriate lead times.
  • Produces reports for Foundation staff on grant-funded activities.
  • Provides institutional funder-related information in Raiser's and Financial Edge for integration with Accounting and Development departments.



  • Engages in special projects as assigned.



Knowledge of:

  • Business writing principles incorporating proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.
  • Research practices and principles including conventional and Internet research.
  • Los Angeles County nonprofit, philanthropic and social justice communities.


Skills in:

  • Problem analysis and resolution.
  • Teamwork and collaboration.
  • Written and verbal communication.
  • Editing and proofreading.
  • Accuracy and detail orientation.
  • Organization and multi-tasking; ability to abide by deadlines and do what is necessary to ensure adherence to deadlines.
  • Time and workload management.



  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, English or Journalism from an accredited college or university is preferred (or equivalent combination of education, training and experience).
  • Three to five years' experience in grantwriting and foundation/corporate relations.
  • Computer proficiency in Windows operating system and MS Office software including Word and Excel. Ability to operate Internet applications and email as well as external vendors' and proprietary software programs.



  • Manual dexterity for operating a computer keyboard, printer, facsimile machine, photocopier, calculator and/or ten-key adding machine.
  • Ability to sit at a desk or conference table for extended periods of time within an office environment.
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds.