Grant Writer (Part-Time)

Reports to Managing Director of Philanthropy


The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is a philanthropic catalyst, connecting Bay Area Jews – of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives – to the power we have as a community to improve the world. We partner with donors, organizations, and foundations to address the pressing issues facing our community and develop innovative strategies that result in deep and lasting impact.

Our vision is a vibrant, connected, and enduring Jewish community that is a force for good locally, in Israel, and around the world. Our work is guided by the timeless Jewish values of kehilla (community), tzedakah (giving with just intention), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

The Federation seeks highly motivated individuals with a variety of skill sets to build the next generation of Federation engagement. We are especially interested in forward-thinking, collaborative, and open-minded candidates who are willing to take risks, possess a high level of integrity, and model a positive attitude that inspires confidence.


The grant writer will manage proposal and report writing for foundations and major donors. This position is responsible for all grants related deliverables, from tracking deadlines to final submissions and grant compliance. This is an exempt, half-time position reporting to the Chief Philanthropic Officer/Managing Director of Development. The grant writer will join a growing and newly integrated philanthropic department, with the potential to expand the scope of grant-writing at the Federation, support communications and funding requests with philanthropic clients more fully and take on additional roles within the department.


  • Develops individual grant and major donor proposals and reports in accordance with funder’s guidelines, including responses to Requests for Proposal (RFP's) and letters of intent
  • Works closely with internal departments in developing and transforming ideas into grant proposals; interacts with stakeholders and partners involved in grant-funded activities
  • Conducts ongoing prospect research to discover and vet new grant opportunities
  • Seeks out and helps cultivate effective relationships with grantors
  • Initiates and maintains communication with funders and keeps detailed records of all interactions
  • Writes or amends program descriptions and compiles required data with input from appropriate internal departments
  • Develops budgets and justifications for new proposals and renewals of grants with assistance from internal departments and oversight by Finance and Accounting
  • Manages assembly of all grant collateral materials, agreements and exhibits; manages reproduction and delivery of final proposal to funder; and manages internal distribution of grant proposal to appropriate staff for review and/or record-keeping
  • Manages database updates and grant deliverables reports
  • Customizes acknowledgement letters to individual grantors
  • Updates the Proposal Library and/or other Federation resources with relevant materials for record keeping and continuing use of writing
  • Uses sound judgment and discretion when handling sensitive and confidential information, including compensation


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or related field
  • Minimum of three years’ experience with grant writing with proven success in grant awards
  • Formal training in grant writing preferred


  • Detail oriented
  • Experience using Raiser’s Edge a plus
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, including juggling multiple deadlines and working well in a team environment
  • Previous experience with nonprofit fundraising
  • Excellent writing, editing, and research skills
  • Ability to listen and develop information into grant proposals
  • Experience with standard concepts, practices, and procedures for researching and writing grant proposals for foundation funds, including RFPs
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Office; web/internet savvy


Please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter. All applications and inquiries will receive a response and will be kept strictly confidential.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits — medical, dental, vision, vacation, sick pay, holidays (including Jewish), and retirement plan.

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment equity throughout all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace.



Human Resources
Jewish Community Federation
121 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105