Catalyst California,


13 days ago
Employment type
Full Time
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Catalyst California (formerly known as Advancement Project California) advocates for racial justice by building power and transforming public systems. We partner with communities of color, conduct innovative research, develop policies for actionable change, and shift money and power back into our communities. Rooted in the historic struggle for racial and economic equality, Catalyst California envisions a world where systems are designed for justice and support equitable access to resources and opportunities for all Californians to thrive. Our primary programs are Educational Equity, Equity in Community Investments, Political Voice, and Reimagine Justice & Safety.

About this job

*This is an initial hybrid position, comprised of on-site and remote work.

The Foundation Relations Associate will report to the Foundation Relations Manager and be responsible for supporting a variety of grantor- and grants-related activities, particularly through foundation relations data maintenance and oversight, and various communications with funders and potential funders. The selected applicant will work closely with the Foundation Relations Manager to advance Catalyst California’s prospecting and stewardship processes for foundation funding. Providing administrative support for the organization’s broader fundraising efforts and events will also be a component of work executed, along with serving as a Development Department liaison with the organization’s programmatic teams and internalized departments. Attention to detail, established and/or coachable writing aptitude, self-motivation, flexibility, critical thinking, verbal and written communication skills, assessing when to request help/support, and the ability to successfully navigate and execute competing priorities are essential to this position. We encourage all candidates to consider how this position can launch, deepen, or expand your career as a fundraising and racial equity professional. This opportunity is designed for the selected candidate to be supported in growing the required skillset, with the more complex duties prioritized once the Associate is acclimated.

Roles & responsibilities


Ensure core administrative support and processes utilized by the Foundation Relations team are operating and updated, while also executing key grants- and grantor-related priorities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1.Foundation Relations Support: Coordinate meeting agendas, maintain records, submit grant materials, and support grants management as well as prospecting of grants and grantors.

2.Written Funder/Foundation-Related Communication: Draft and edit Catalyst California written and verbal communications to external audiences, with an emphasis on connecting with and stewarding prospective and current funders.

3.Foundations Relations Data Oversight & Quality Control: Generate, maintain, and manage Foundation Relations components of fundraising database (EveryAction).

4.Donor Relations and Special Events: Support our Individual Giving team in select staff engagement and events.

5.Organizational Support: Participate in organization-wide activities, with the goal of creating and maintaining a culture of philanthropy among all staff members.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education & Experience

•Bachelor’s degree

•Demonstrated experience working with database(s), preferably with EveryAction

•Experience with project management tools such as Asana and Slack

Candidate Profile, Skills and Abilities

•Demonstrated commitment to racial equity

•Demonstrated interest in the fundraising profession; employment and/or volunteer experience or academic preparation preferred

•Possess basic knowledge of fundraising principles and practices, or be highly motivated to learn

•Discretion, commitment to confidentiality, and excellent judgment in handling sensitive individual and organizational information

•Excellent organization skills with an ability to prioritize multiple tasks and a variety of demands

•Strong interpersonal/written/verbal communication skills to effectively collaborate with donors, funders, Board Members, and staff of all levels

•Initiative and independence in carrying out responsibilities

•Detail-oriented, with strong organizational, analytical, and planning skills

•Able to work in an environment of constant demands and frequent interruptions

•Demonstrated ability to work accurately and effectively with computerized data systems, specifically Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel

•Demonstrated ability to work in a professional manner with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working environment and spirit of cooperation

Physical Requirements

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer

•Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times


•$60,000 - $75,000: We are excited to share the base salary range for this position is $60,000 - $75,000. When hired by Catalyst California, the selected candidate’s final salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as skills, education, and/or experience. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity of our current team members as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the range mentioned above is the full salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range would not be typical in order to allow for future and continued salary growth.


•Medical, dental, and vision benefits for eligible employees and their spouses and/or dependents, including registered Domestic Partners

•403B retirement plan with employer matching benefits after 90 days

•Flexible Spending Account for eligible employees to allocate pre-tax money throughout the year.

•Fifteen (15) vacation days, three (3) personal days, eight (8) sick days, along with national and office holidays

•Organizational and team Wellness Days to build team cohesion and camaraderie

•Opportunity to work in a flexible work culture that is sensitive to employee wellbeing and encourages work-life balance

•Additional benefits provided during the pandemic, including scheduling flexibility for parents and caregivers and telework stipend

•Opportunity to see the meaning and impact of your work at an organization actively building more equitable communities and systems across California

•Opportunity to work in an organization dedicated to pay equity and diverse work culture

•Yearly professional development allowance and support of personalized professional development goals

To apply

To Apply:

Please send an email with the subject title “Foundation Relations Associate Application” that includes an attached cover letter, resume, and a writing sample as one PDF attachment titled "Last_name_First_name_FRA.pdf" (e.g., Davis_Carmen_ FRA.pdf) to:

Carmen Davis

Associate, Administrative & Operations

Interview Process:

• Phone interview with Foundation Relations team

• Two panel interviews (via Zoom)

• Reference Checks

Catalyst California is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.