Grants Associate

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Application Deadline: June 18, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

FLSA Status

Full-Time, Exempt


Development Director

Salary Range


Description of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Are you looking for a job that aligns with your fierce commitment to social justice? If so, we invite you to join our team at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“Lawyers’ Committee”), where we advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, low-income people, immigrants and refugees in the Bay Area and California through direct legal services, impact litigation, and advocacy.

We’re searching for a highly organized and team-oriented grant professional and writer to help administer Lawyer’s Committee’s growing grant portfolio. As Grants Associate, you will play a central role in reporting and compliance on existing grants and cultivation and solicitation of potential new grants from the State Bar, cities and counties, and foundations. You’ll be a core member of a small, collaborative development and communications team, working together to raise critical resources and support to fund core services and programs. Your contributions will be central to the growth and success of the organization in achieving its bold vision for racial and economic justice.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Development Director, the Grants Associate helps oversee the organization’s array of grants and provides support to the development and communications team. Key roles include:

Grants (80%)

  • Research potential grant opportunities and funders and provide strategic input to the development team on funding trends and priorities.
  • Assist in tracking, scheduling and communicating of all deadlines and workflows for funder relationship management, LOIs, grant applications, and reports including internal deadlines for collection of information from staff departments ensuring on-time submission and high rate of successful funding requests.
  • Collect input from program and management and prepare high quality written grant materials that clearly express Lawyer’s Committee’s mission, values and programmatic impact, including LOIs, proposals, grant reports and email communications.
  • Coordinate with the COO to create and interpret grant financial documents, including proposal budgets, grant expense reports, and budget and expense report narratives.
  • Input required program and financial data into funder web portals according to funder instructions and deadlines.
  • Assist with maintenance of detailed, organized, accurate grant files and contact records in digital and hardcopy formats (including regular updates to an electronic grant tracker, print files, shared server and Salesforce).
  • Communicate with grant funder finance departments or assigned program officers as needed and maintain trusted and collegial relationships with external contacts.

Communications (20%)

  • Assist in preparing timely donor acknowledgement letters and assist in mailings.
  • Assist in design and production of various tools and materials, such as events and program collateral (brochures, toolkits, webpage content etc.).
  • Contribute, along with the entire staff, to planning, preparation and day-of tasks to ensure a successful Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner.
  • Assist in design and production of various tools and materials, such as events and program collateral (brochures, toolkits, webpage content etc.).
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Overview of Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission, goals and priorities of Lawyers’ Committee.
  • 1-3 years’ relevant experience in grant writing/management and comfort working with budgets. Experience working with State Bar funding (IOLTA/EAF) and/or city and county grants highly desired.
  • Excellent written communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience working in Salesforce or similar database.
  • Impeccable organization skills and ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines (ability to implement effective processes and structures).
  • Initiative and strong desire to learn and grow.

Lawyers’ Committee provides a competitive salary, based on experience, and generous benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Application Instructions

If you are ready to join a highly-motivated, hard-working and caring team working together alongside courageous clients to make a more just and equal world for all, we invite you to apply!  Applications are due by June 18, 2019 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to (Subject Line: “Grants Associate”).

In your cover letter, please respond to the following question, or we may choose not to consider your application:

Lawyers’ Committee serves highly diverse communities. To ensure that we are best positioned to serve these communities, we strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that help us work effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, our coworkers, and our communities. We seek to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and racial equity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQIA candidates, women, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.