Foundation + Grants Specialist

The Foundation + Grants Specialist is responsible for executing efforts to secure six and seven-figure gifts from regional and national funders. The Foundations + Grants Specialist will collaborate with the Vice President of Fund Development and Co-CEOs in developing and writing large-scale proposals to private foundations and government entities, implementing and supporting all aspects of grant writing and reporting.

This position can be based in either of our Los Angeles or Berkeley offices with a hybrid work schedule. The salary for this position is $80k.

Description of Duties
  • Support the management of a portfolio of active and prospective private foundations. 
  • Develop written communications, including letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and informal updates.
  • Track and manage list of prospective funder, and develop and implement ongoing strategies to identify, research, and solicit local, state, and national foundations.
  • Project manage the process for the development of new proposals.
  • Manage proposal and reporting calendar, and write and submit grant proposals and reports, developing and updating relevant content, completing all proposal forms, and compiling all grant information and attachments in desired order and format.
  • Create and manage systems to effectively and efficiently track grant deadlines, foundation grant revenue and grant purposes, and grant and proposal submission dates. 
  • Establish and manage systems to work collaboratively across departments and with content area experts to gather necessary to craft grant proposals, reports, and budgets.
  • Facilitate regular meetings with the Vice President of Fund Development and Co-CEOs to monitor progress toward fiscal year fundraising goals and discuss strategies for upcoming grant opportunities, tracking progress and manage meeting follow up. 
  • Prepare and send foundation and other donor acknowledgements in a timely manner.
  • Support Co-CEOs and the Vice President of Fund Development to develop meaningful relationships with foundation staff and/or trustees and schedule foundation site visits and meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job.

  • Strong commitment to the organization’s mission and core values, and desire to be a part of a work environment and culture committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging.
  • A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience and success in grant writing and pipeline research and development.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience required.
  • Deep understanding of the regional and national philanthropic landscape, with knowledge of funders investing in sexual and reproductive health and equity priorities a plus.
  • Exceptional proofreading and editorial, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented, with excellent organizational and project management skills, including ability to multi-task and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Ability to quickly understand and align with department and organization priorities and practices to support strategic priorities and goals.
  • Demonstrated independence, requiring minimal supervision to accomplish assigned task or projects and manage time effectively.
  • Knowledge of philanthropic trends and regional/national philanthropic community funding processes.
  • Ability to grasp complicated technical and healthcare subjects, synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and research data, design workflow and procedures and apply these abilities to technical and proposal writing.
  • A demonstrated understanding of health equity and sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Experience managing commonly used fundraising software.
  • Computer skills appropriate for the position; including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Google Docs.
How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume and salary requirements to:


Essential Access Health is committed to fostering a work environment and organizational culture where all staff members feel welcomed, safe, respected, and valued. We strive to create a workplace that is free from discrimination and advances equity and inclusion. We commit to a diverse workforce representative of the communities we serve.

We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Essential Access offers a competitive salary + benefits. Essential Access is an M/F, Disabled, and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

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