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Senior Grants Writer, San Francisco Bay Area

Department: Fundraising
Location: Oakland, CA

Position: Sr. Grants Writer

Reports to: Director, Foundation Relations

Location: Oakland, CA

Status: Exempt; Full Time

Start: Immediate

The Role: The Sr. Grants Writer will be responsible for securing institutional support for Facing History’s projects and programs as assigned. The Sr. Writer will work with regional and project development leads to identify, cultivate, solicit, close, steward, and report on grants from foundations and corporations based on Facing History’s annual operating plan, operating needs, and capital needs. The Sr. Writer will work to achieve activity and revenue goals as determined by the Director, Foundation Relations. They will be responsible for prospect research and, with fundraising partner(s), building a pipeline of new institutional donors.

Please submit 1-2 writing samples with application.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Articulating Facing History’s mission, programs, and future development opportunities in writing and verbally for the organization, and for foundation, government, and corporate prospects
  • Working with the program staff and finance department to develop project action plans and budgets for program implementation, and meeting regularly with project leads and finance partners to help ensure that grant requirements are met
  • Managing a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors and prospects
  • Writing letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, reports, and letters for foundation, government, and corporate donors
  • Contributing to peer review of written materials produced within the Foundation Relations Team
  • Supporting frontline fundraising staff in liaising effectively with foundation partners, including consulting on strategic relationship management
  • Special projects, including creating proposals and reports with the individual giving team as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • At least 5-7 years of experience in grant writing; a plus if experienced in education grant writing
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Excellent communication skills, in person, in writing, and on the phone
  • Good time management skills, with an ability to handle multiple projects and to meet deadlines
  • Good organizational and database management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of multiple teams
  • Creative energy, self-starter
  • Interest in and ability to articulate the mission of this nonprofit
  • BA/BS

In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee assistance plan & a travel assistance plan, pre-tax Transit-pass program, flexible spending health care and dependent care accounts, 4 voluntary Aflac plans, and a friendly work environment.

Facing History proudly values diversity and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Applications ONLY accepted online at Job posted until filled.

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