Manager of Foundation Partnerships (Grant Writing)

San Francisco, California
Competitive based on experience
Apr 25, 2018
May 25, 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level



The SF - Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. This year, we will distribute 48 million pounds of food – enough for more than 100,000 meals each day.  We partner with more than 450 organizations – including 260 neighborhood pantries – to distribute food to low-income residents of San Francisco and Marin counties. Each week, more than 144,000 people are served by our programs.

The Food Bank is a mission-oriented, challenging and friendly place to work. We’re a team of more than 140 dedicated, inspiring people working together to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. Our success relies on the people who work for our organization. If you would like to be a part of building a community where no one suffers from hunger, please consider joining our team of talented and dedicated professionals. For more information about our organization, please visit


  • Do you have excellent writing and editing skills?
  • Are you interested in working for a local, well respected human services agency that has direct impact in the community?
  • Are you a collaborator who is able to establish relationships across the organization?
  • Do you have a strong track record of success managing grants the grants process?
  • And you detail oriented?

In this role, you will be responsible for developing and implementing grant-writing strategies that support the short- and long-term fundraising goals of the SF-Marin Food Bank. You play a critical role in supporting our overall fundraising goal of $17 million and are expected to independently secure grant funding to support our programs.

The role is part of the Leadership Gifts team and works collaboratively with the grants consultant and Corporate Development Manager, and reports to the Director of Leadership Gifts. This role includes, but is not limited to, writing inquiries, proposals, and reports; maintaining all foundation records; researching prospective funders; collecting, managing and synthesizing grant-related information; and overseeing systems to ensure that the grants fundraising and stewardship is properly tracked and recorded.


  • A mission that is supported by tens of thousands of individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • A well respected, well known, and well trusted non-profit brand.
  • An organization that is stable, innovative, and efficiently managed.
  • A highly collaborative work environment that fosters creativity and productivity (i.e. We like each other. We work hard, and we have fun).
  • A strong and supportive board with diverse professional backgrounds and networks of influence.
  • An opportunity to be have large scale, lasting impact.


Grant Writing & Stewardship (70%)                                    

  • Works with the Director of Leadership Gifts to help set strategy for prospective and current grantmakers.
  • Develops language, goals and other materials for new programs and/or capital priorities and needs identified by the Director of Leadership Gifts and the Chief Development Officer
  • Builds and stewards sustainable relationships with foundation and corporate grant makers.
  • Develops contact with and facilitates meetings between grantmakers and SF-Marin Food Bank leadership as needed.
  • Plans and coordinates grant development including research, data collection, writing, budget, and supporting materials.
  • Writes letters of intent, follow up letters, and other grant-related documents as needed.
  • Writes grant proposals to solicit, retain, and maximize financial support according to grantmakers’ guidelines and deadlines.
  • Tracks the status of funded projects and coordinates reports to funders. Works with Programs, Operations, and Finance & Administration staff as needed to collect program outcome data and evaluate performance. Writes and submits reports according to grantmakers’ guidelines and deadlines.

Grants’ Systems & Administration (20%)

  • Maintains the monthly grants calendar.
  • Strategically coordinates and prioritizes work assignments to support the grants work plan.
  • Develops, implements, and innovates systems to carry out, organize, and monitor grants fundraising efforts.
  • Tracks ongoing changes to organizational data from various departments within the organization. And ensures the timely updating of internal development database and corresponding documents.
  • Oversees the processing of all incoming grants and their paperwork and scheduling of all appropriate corresponding actions in Raiser’s Edge
  • Proofreads outgoing letters, proposals, reports and other grant documents.
  • Produces grant tracking reports from database for monthly and annual tracking, strategic planning, and budget management purposes.
  • Ensures that all data on funders is up to date in hard files, electronic files and Raiser’s Edge.


  • Identifies new prospects by researching potential foundation and corporate grantmakers and monitors various sources to identify potential grant opportunities.
  • Manages and oversees a portfolio of prospective grantmakers.
  • Analyzes and recommends funding opportunities to pursue from pool of prospective grantmakers.

Other Projects as Assigned (5%)                                                                     


  • You have superior professional writing and editing skills.
  • You are highly organized and detail oriented.
  • You have 3-5 years of grant writing experience in the non-profit sector, preferably for a human services organization.
  • You prioritize and manage multiple tasks and responsibilities and meet deadlines.
  • You are familiar with private and public funding sources.
  • You are able to work independently, as well as cooperatively, with individuals (staff and volunteers) from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds in a culturally diverse environment.
  • You have proven research, planning, conceptual, and strategic-thinking skills.
  • You are proficient in Word, Excel, and web-based research; experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred.

SALARY RANGE:  Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience.

BENEFITS: We provide excellent medical, dental, generous 403B retirement plan, FSA, life insurance, competitive salary, vacation, sick and holiday leave, career development, celebrations and activities.

TO APPLY: To be considered for this position, you must submit three original writing samples along with your resume and cover letter.  Please submit cover letter, resume and writing samples to: ; use “Manager Foundation Partnerships”, your name, in the subject line.

The SF Marin Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of Color, LGBTQI, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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