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Grants Officer

Philanthropy | Hybrid in San Diego, CA | Full Time | From $62,000.00 to $66,000.00 per year

Job Description

Are you interested in a position that allows you to inspire others and make a difference in the lives of children, families and your community?

We need someone like you who is creative, loves to write and is detailed oriented to fill an important new position on our Philanthropy Team.


Come work at Voices for Children and be part of a team that makes a difference in the lives of children and families in our community and takes pride in serving our children with the highest level of excellence and care.

Voices for Children is a respected, local nonprofit organization focused on fulfilling our mission to advocate for the needs of children in foster care. We consistently ranked in the top three CASA programs out of 1,000 nationwide. At Voices for Children you will enjoy a friendly, warm culture with the following generous benefits:

  • 12 vacation days
  • 13 paid holidays
  • 5 additional days of paid time off after Christmas Day through New Year’s Day
  • Medical (one plan is free)
  • Dental (free HMO option)
  • Voluntary Vision Plan
  • Acupuncture & Chiropractic care available with medical plans
  • Pet Insurance
  • Flexible spending account (Health & Dependent Care)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 403b plans for retirement savings (Traditional & Roth)
  • 403b 3% employer contribution (fully vested)
  • A welcoming work environment


As Grants Officer you will work in our Philanthropy Department under the direction of the Director of Philanthropy. Your role will be on a small team in a fast pace, professional office environment. You will work collaboratively with the Philanthropy team to achieve the fund development goals, objectives and priorities of Voices for Children (VFC). You will be responsible for writing compelling, well-informed, and persuasive grant applications that address the needs and goals of VFC. Additionally, you will conduct research to identify and submit for new funding opportunities at the institutional as well as federal, state and local levels. Your work as Grants Officer is essential to meeting increased demands related to VFC’s expanded government and foundation grant program.

Your work will expand our capacity to manage institutional grants, enabling us to provide critical advocacy to more children in foster care. Some of your essential duties will include:

  • Writing compelling and comprehensive grant proposal and report that meet funder requirements as directed.
  • Understanding program and organizational budgets and collaborate with the program, finance and operations team to understand the organizational needs
  • Interpreting federal, state and local government grant contracts to ensure and support compliance with grant contracts.
  • Analyzing donor interests/priorities and follow child welfare and child development issues and trends.
  • Assisting with all special events/fundraising events as a member of the Philanthropy team
  • Acting as a liaison to agency and community committees as determined by the Director of Philanthropy and/or Philanthropy team.
  • Continually working to further the Mission and Vision of Voices for Children.
  • All other duties as assigned by Voices for Children’s management / executive leadership team.

You will be expected to demonstrate the following competencies during the course of your work:

  • Critical Thinking, Discernment & Judgement
  • Creativity and Persuasion
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Communication & Information Sharing
  • Individual Efficiency & Attention to Detail
  • Commitment to Equity & Inclusion


The successful applicant to this position will meet the following criteria:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • One year of experience creating compelling proposals based on donor’s interests and priorities.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills coupled with experience writing in a professional capacity (e.g., grant-writing, creating marketing content, or other writing for persuasive purposes).
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills evidenced by a demonstrated ability to prioritize, plan ahead, track details and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a small team environment. Able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the team
  • Ability to work across departments including program, finance, and administration.
  • Proficient with current Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Access to reliable transportation to occasionally attend events that may not be accessible via public transportation (e.g. bus, trolley). A California driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance are required if personal vehicle is used to travel during the course of work.
  • Must meet all screening requirements as set forth in the California Rules of Court, Rule 5.655.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings, weekends and additional hours as needed.
  • Willingness to infrequently drive to Riverside County for a donor site visit.

The ideal candidate will meet some if not all of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Experience using database systems.
  • Prior fund development experience.
  • Certification and/or formal education in fundraising from accredited institution
  • Direct employment at a nonprofit organization (preferably health and human services)
  • Some marketing experience


$62,000+ $66,000 DOE

Standard work week for this position is 40 hours per week. Evenings and weekends may be required. The VFC office is open for business during the following hours, except on holidays recognized by VFC: Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Coverage at the office by the program and office staff shall be according to such schedule as developed by the President & CEO or designee. Able to occasionally work extended hours as needed, with some nights and weekends required during special events.


The physical demands and work environment described are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  1. Able to constantly sit for prolonged periods of time (up to 8 hours per day).
  2. Able to constantly sit at a desk and view a computer screen for up to two hours at a time / 7 hours per day.
  3. Able to consistently operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard.
  4. Able to consistently speak into and use a telephone for long periods of time.
  5. Able to occasionally traverse a distance up to 1 mile per day.
  6. Able to occasionally lift, carry and load items (e.g., boxes, recruitment materials) weighing up to 25 lbs.
  7. Able to occasionally push / pull up to 50 lbs. on wheels or loaded on a cart / truck.


Please go to the following link and click “Apply for this Job” to apply:

No phone calls, please. Position open immediately and will remain open until filled.

NOTE: Your application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

EEO Statement

Voices for Children (VFC) is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization whose staff and volunteers value, represent, and serve individuals of diverse backgrounds, identities, cultures, and abilities. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.”

We embrace the guiding principle that all children should be safe, have a permanent home, and have an opportunity to thrive. Inclusivity and equity are essential components of the advocacy for and protection of the children and families we serve. In order to provide high quality advocacy and serve the best of interests of children, we are similarly committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our workforce. We celebrate and value our differences and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment