The Bail Project,

Grants Coordinator

1 month ago
Employment type
Marina Del Rey, CA
Closing date

About this organization

The Problem

There is no place in the criminal legal system where money more clearly buys justice than bail. People who can’t afford bail remain in jail before trial, while those with money buy their liberty. Tying freedom to financial ability upends the presumption of innocence, tears lives apart, and perpetuates racial and economic disparities. It is also a key driver of mass incarceration. Each year, an estimated 2.5 million people sit in jail cells across America because they cannot afford bail.

The Response

The Bail Project is a national nonprofit that provides free bail assistance and pretrial support to thousands of low-income people every year. We are on a mission to combat mass incarceration and demonstrate that a more humane, equitable, and effective pretrial system is possible.

The Model

The Bail Project uses a national revolving bail fund to pay bail for individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release. We then provide court reminders, transportation, and work with local partner organizations to connect our clients with voluntary social services and community-based programs. We call this model Community Release with Support, and it has proven highly effective in helping people make their court dates. As our clients’ cases close, bail comes back into the fund where it is recycled to help additional people. The goal of The Bail Project is to work ourselves out of a job by gathering human stories and data from our ground work to advance legislative and policy change to end cash bail and invest in Community Release with Support (

The Team

We are a community of advocates committed to ending mass incarceration and advancing racial and economic justice. Our organization consists of a central support hub and a growing network of client advocates or “Bail Disruptors” who work in their local communities to provide bail assistance and help advance advocacy efforts on the ground.

About this job

We are seeking a dynamic Grants Coordinator who is passionate about building institutional relationships in order to make lasting change in the criminal legal system. This role requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience managing complex projects across teams, confidence with public speaking and meeting facilitation, and the ability to craft compelling narratives using data and human stories. As a member of The Bail Project’s Development Team, you will play an integral role in making the case for pretrial reform to diverse funder audiences. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, this position can be based anywhere in the U.S., but preference will be given to individuals in the Los Angeles area.

Roles & responsibilities

• Manage relationships with foundations and institutional donors across the U.S.

• Write and submit grant applications and reports

• Track grant awards, deliverables, metrics, and deadlines

• Represent the organization in meetings with funders

• Communicate grant requirements to relevant team members (e.g., communications, finance, data)

• Coordinate teams for successful grant outcomes and reporting

• Ensure prompt and accurate grant acknowledgement

• Conduct foundation research and maintain prospect list

• Assist with special event planning and execution, as needed

• Support other fundraising activities, as needed

• Additional duties as assigned by the Director of Philanthropy


You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to The Bail Project’s mission to eliminate race and wealth-based disparities in the criminal legal system. Applicants must be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams. A sense of humor, innovative spirit, and willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a rapidly scaling start-up are essential. This work requires the ability to work with people who have been directly impacted by the carceral system, including folks who have prior records.

To excel in this role, you likely bring the following:

• Minimum 2+ years of experience in grant writing, foundation relations, or related work (required)

• Experience building and managing relationships with foundations and institutional donors (required)

• Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills

• Ability to conduct research on funding opportunities and social issues

• Familiarity with Salesforce or similar CRM system (preferred)

• Experience working across teams to manage multiple assignments with firm deadlines

• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders

• Familiarity and experience working on social justice issues, particularly criminal justice / criminal legal systems

To apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and up to three writing samples that represent your ability to write persuasively. To apply, visit

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No faxes or phone calls please. Applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Applications without cover letters will not be processed.

The Bail Project is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people and formerly incarcerated individuals. We are committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.

This is a full-time, exempt, in-unit position. The Bail Project offers benefit programs including competitive Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Parental Leave, a generous PTO and Sick Leave policy, and a 401(k) plan.

We require vaccinations or weekly testing for any in-person work and we expect most positions at The Bail Project will have regular in-person work.

Currently all roles perform some or all of their work from home. The Bail Project will provide equipment to support work from home but staff must provide their own reliable internet access.

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