The Foundation for California Community Colleges

Senior Grants Specialist

Employment type
14 days ago
Remote within California

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is on a mission to double its impact in the next 10 years. We are a group of relentless optimists and innovators in education, working collaboratively with public and private partners to help improve the student experience and expand pathways to economic and social mobility in communities across California. We are seeking a Grants Specialist or Senior Grants Specialist to join the Foundation in its mission of benefitting, supporting, and enhancing the California Community Colleges—the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the nation.

What You’ll Do
The Senior Grants Specialist serves as a member of the Resource Development team within the Advancement Department of the Foundation to support grants development, grants management, and other resource development activities. 

What you bring

  • Gather information for, write, edit, compile, and submit very high-quality grant proposals and grant reports that are carefully consistent with funder priorities, guidelines, deadlines, and other instructions
  • Coordinate with internal and external program and project partners to identify potential funders and grant opportunities; develop project plans for grant proposals; plan and articulate outcomes, objectives, deliverables, and budgets; and design, write and gather supplemental materials for grant application submission
  • Research, understand, and track current and future grant opportunities, summarizing them and disseminating or promoting them internally, as appropriate
  • Assist implementation team members and key partners to kick-off new grant projects, ensuring they have the information and context they need to successfully implement the newly funded grant and further develop the relationship with the funder
  • Guide and assist program and project personnel with writing grant reports, extensions and modifications, then submit them according to funder requirements, and track them for recordkeeping and future grant compliance


Ideal Candidate Qualities

  • Relevant BA/BS, equivalent work experience, or a combination of both
  • Minimum of five (5) + years of related work experience in submitting successful state and federal grant proposals and philanthropic funder proposals
  • Minimum of five (5) + years of experience in education, human services, nonprofit organization management or related field
  • Minimum of two (2) + years of experience in an education environment preferred
  • Strong persuasive and technical writing skills 
  • Ability to produce high-quality written products quickly, and in a collaborative environment
  • High comfort level navigating online grant submission systems
  • Knowledge of grant budgeting and project design
  • Learns quickly, with high level ability to find, read, analyze, prepare, interpret and present documents, data and information
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Effective contributor to a highly productive, quality-oriented team
  • Ability to prioritize tasks under pressing and often competing deadlines, and to efficiently manage time on tasks without deadlines
  • Collegial, collaborative customer service-oriented interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems
  • Ability to work remotely and successfully use various technology platforms (Zoom, MS Office Suite-Teams, Outlook, Asana, Salesforce Lightning and other database programs, Google Suite, etc.)
  • Passionate about providing students with stronger pathways to education and building a more just and equitable California overall
  • A self-starter and quick learner who is highly motivated and outcome-oriented, always seeking innovative approaches to project execution
  • A strategic and creative thinker who can problem-solve, working within and across teams to swiftly respond to needs identified across the California Community Colleges
  • Practices ownership, takes accountability, and able to project manage, prioritize tasks, and deliver quality products on time with limited supervision
  • Ability to work on a fast-paced team and build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders


What we Offer
You’ll join a group of mission-driven, passionate, equity-minded individuals with a strong desire to impact and change lives for the better through education. As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor's Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 2.1 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs, and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.

We usually operate from an office located in downtown Sacramento’s thriving R Street corridor, but this position can be partly or fully remote. Our benefits include the CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, generous medical, dental, and vision, tuition reimbursement, and more. We take a strategic and comprehensive approach to investing in our people, fostering an environment for employee growth, and providing diverse opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and advancement.

To learn more about the position, read the full job description > Senior Grants Specialist, Resource Development

To apply

For immediate consideration, please submit a letter of interest and resume saved as Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf) documents to [email protected] Please include in the subject line: “Senior Grants Specialist, Resource Development”.