Grant Specialist

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Los Angeles, California
$61,900 - $68,800
May 25, 2021
Jun 24, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the leading advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their loved ones. NILC’s mission is grounded in the belief that everyone living in the U.S. — regardless of race, gender/gender identity, immigration status, or economic status — should have equal access to justice, resources, and educational and economic opportunities that enable them to achieve their full human potential. NILC is committed to advancing its mission — which intersects race, immigration status, and class — through a racial, economic, and gender justice and equity orientation.


Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, NILC seeks to achieve just laws and policies that address systemic inequities, create narrative and culture change for an inclusive and equitable society, and build a healthier and more powerful movement. For more information, please visit and


*Please include a cover letter. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered*


NILC and its related 501(c)(4) organization, the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, seek a dynamic Grant Specialist to join our resource development team. This person will be responsible for establishing and managing systems and processes necessary for smooth grants management and administration functions.  

The successful candidate will use their organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills and experience to help the institutional giving team manage a growing portfolio of foundation grants effectively and efficiently. With a diverse grants portfolio that makes up nearly 80% of the organizations’ overall revenue base, this position plays an important role in maintaining and securing the resources required to advance NILC’s and NILC IJF’s mission and goals. 


Essential Functions

  • Manages tracking and recordkeeping for all grant-related actions, including submission of applications/proposals and reports, receipt of grant awards and payments, and funder correspondence. In collaboration with the Manager for Institutional Giving, Manager–Data Research and Analysis, and Development Associate–Gift Processing, enters grant-related actions into the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) database. 
  • Maintains calendar of grant report and proposal deadlines; in coordination with the Senior Officer for Institutional Giving and Manager for Institutional Giving, helps coordinate with staff involved in proposal and report preparation to ensure grant deadlines and deliverables are met. 


  • Compiles financial, program, and other organizational information required to complete proposals/reports; helps ensure that proposals and reports are formatted, packaged, and submitted according to funder requirements.  


  • As necessary and under the direction of the Senior Officer for Institutional Giving, assists in writing material for grant proposals, reports, and funder correspondence, striving to persuasively communicate about NILC’s mission and programs. 


  • Manages and maintains organizational information in foundation grant portals, updating staff and board lists and demographic statistics, banking information, and other required documentation on an ongoing basis.  


  • Identifies and develops strategies to optimize internal grants management and administration processes. 


  • Supports the Senior Officer for Institutional Giving and Manager for Institutional Giving in preparing for internal development strategy and pipeline meetings, as well as for meetings and other stewardship activities with institutional funders. 


  • As directed and required, helps create special reports, statistical summaries, and analyses regarding grant fundraising progress. 


  • Supports the overall goals and work of the development team, such as assisting with annual fund campaigns, special events, fee-for-service revenue generating strategies, etc., as needed. 


  • Collaborates with the development team in promoting a community-centric fundraising culture that aligns with the organization’s values of equity, inclusion, and impact. 


  • Other duties, as assigned. 


Essential Skills & Experience

  • Minimum of two years of professional experience related to this position. 


  • Passion for immigrants' rights, social, and racial justice. 


  • Highly organized, with keen attention to details; experience coordinating and managing multiple projects simultaneously. 


  • Experience with grants management systems, databases, and processes. Proficiency in basic software programs (MS Office, Google applications, SharePoint, or NetDocs). 


  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, especially in working with a wide range of people, and navigating complex dynamics and partnerships. 


  • Experience in grant proposal and report writing a plus. 


  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, and produce quality results. 


  • A “self-starter” with sound judgement, excellent problem-solving skills, enthusiasm, and vision, as well as a willingness to collaborate with other team members to develop approaches to overcome challenges. 


Work Conditions

  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods 
  • Communicating with others to exchange information. 
  • Repeating motions, like typing or answering a phone, that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers. 
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned. 


This position is included in a bargaining unit of employees represented by a union, and the employment terms and conditions for this position may be subject to a labor-management negotiations and a resulting collective bargaining agreement.


Please submit an updated resume and cover letter. Applications are reviewed on rolling basis.

Salary for the role is commensurate with experience, and will be between $61,900 and $68,800.


NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.

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