Grants Manager

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
313 Foundations
Mid Level

The Grants Manager is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of grants from private/public foundations, other grant-making institutions (family foundations, home offices, corporate philanthropic partnerships) and government sources in support of KQED, with a focus on high five-figure and six-figure grants. This role is responsible for developing and executing strategies to meet ambitious funding goals by maintaining and when possible increasing levels of support from current funders while bringing new funders into the fold. This position is part of a five-person grants team within a 20-person Development division. This role serves as a key Development staff liaison with KQED editors and content producers in assigned areas, and will represent KQED in meetings and events with funders and prospects, as well as work collaboratively with colleagues in KQED Development, Finance, the Board of Directors and others as needed.

Some familiarity with institutional philanthropy is required and any knowledge of journalism and philanthropy is beneficial but a specialized background in journalism fundraising is not required. Competitive candidates will demonstrate an ability to quickly learn and communicate knowledgeably about new fields of nonprofit work and philanthropy as we value agility in a dynamic philanthropic and media environment. Excellent research and communication skills (oral and written) are essential, as well as a passion for developing and maintaining professional relationships.  This role may also be called upon to engage individual major donors or complex government grants as assigned.

KQED envisions a public media organization with a culture that centers on human dignity, equity, and belonging. This will enable us to better serve and reflect the Bay Area through diverse and inclusive storytelling. 

We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

KQED Code of Ethics  https://www.kqed.org/about/code-ethics

Salary Information: $88300- $110375

The mission that drives us:

KQED provides citizens of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.   We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Essential Functions

  1. Pipeline development: Researches, identifies, develops relationships with and solicits local, regional and national funding sources for support of KQED projects including but not limited to journalism on social issues including but not limited to climate, housing, criminal justice, arts and culture, as well as for news more generally. Executes this work through coordinated research and strategy development with KQED program and Development leaders, board members and others; writing compelling descriptions of the work and reaching out to prospects and current funders through inquiries and related correspondence; and planning and executing meetings and presentations with prospective funders. (60%)
  2. Proposal and report writing: Works collaboratively with KQED staff in developing proposals and reports on deadline to maximize opportunities for securing the largest and most appropriate grant funding and fostering renewed funding. Works with relevant staff to gather data and information needed for compelling, results and impact-oriented proposals for a range of audiences (program officers, individual funders, etc). Coordinates fundraising efforts with major gifts and corporate underwriting staff as appropriate. Maintains updated records of funding in our database and manages required paperwork. Meets deadlines and guidelines for reporting requirements concerning the progress and outcomes of funded projects both internally (coordinating with programs, Finance, Legal and other depts) and externally to funders. (30%)
  3. Stewardship: Helps plan, execute and staff stewardship activities, including funder meetings, events and donor recognition (on-air credits, press releases, and other media) for portfolio funders.  Attends program meetings and events, stays current with program and KQED activities, and informs fundraising and other colleagues about key program activities. Participates in department, division, and organization-wide meetings and contributes to a positive, productive, equitable and inclusive culture in the department and beyond. Other essential duties as required. (10%)
Knowledge/Experience Required:
  1. Strong project management experience, including an ability to independently lead collaborative efforts that require the support and contributions of diverse staff with varying responsibilities.
  2. Ability to effectively and persuasively communicate with and diplomatically respond to current and potential funders, staff, community contacts, etc.
  3. Strong writing skills; ability to compose, edit and proof correspondence, reports, proposals, etc.
  4. Ability to interact and collaborate effectively with diverse colleagues in a team environment.
  5. Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines and prioritize effectively.
  6. Strong research skills and ability to access, interpret and synthesize news, data and information about funders, funding trends and funding opportunities.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:
  1. Familiarity with local, regional and/or national foundation and wider philanthropic community; knowledge of major trends in philanthropy; prior experience with grantwriting preferred.
  2. An interest in public media and/or journalism and some familiarity with KQED is ideal.
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