Grant Writing & Institutional Giving Coordinator

Development & Communications · Inglewood, California
Department Development & Communications
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


STATUS: Full Time, Exempt



Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the education, health, and well-being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training and community mobilization. We do this by building capacity for individuals and communities to advocate for their needs; train and build leaders; educate and empower youth and community members to identify and rectify injustice.   We deliver effective programs, resources and support that help advance our mission. 

The Grant Writing & Institutional Giving Coordinator, is part of the Development and Communications team that works closely with the Director of Development and Associate Director of Programs and Development to achieve SJLI’s fundraising objectives.  This position is responsible for the full range of fund development activities for the organization, in particular, researching, writing, preparing and submitting grant proposals to public agencies, foundations, and corporations.  SJLI’s has seen unprecedented growth in its budget, due in large part to the increase of invitation to submit grant proposals since the spring of 2020.   SJLI’s annual budget is more than $4 million dollars, of which three-fifths is from contributed revenues.  

The ideal candidate is an exceptional writer who crafts compelling proposals in SJLI’s unique voice; an active listener and engaging storyteller with an understanding of a social justice mindset.  The successful candidate is also a quick learner and problem solver, with extreme attention to details with an ability to manage multiple tasks and work both independently and a solid team player.


  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and

manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources

  • Develop and build an institutional giving portfolio by conducting research to identify

prospective donors. 

  • Determine proposal concepts by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs, studying requests for proposal (RFPs), and attending strategy meetings.
  • Write stewardship reports as needed and meet reporting deadlines by establishing

priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and transmittal.

  • Develop strategies for new or increased support from current and prospective funders  
  • Maintain a tracking system to ensure utilizing Asana that foundation milestones are 
  • entered and met by required due dates, maintaining accurate and up-to-date

information in the donor database.

  • Collaborate with finance and programming teams to track milestones and budgets for all


  • Understanding of institutional history and programs
  • Ensure organizational compliance with all active grant contracts, including crediting,

deliverables and reporting

  • Cultivate and steward program officer relationships in partnership with the Director of


  • Prepare internal teams for foundation site visits and corporate engagement.
  • Acknowledge institutional donations, including thank you letters, grant agreements,

and other needed documents.


The Institutional Giving Coordinator and Grant Writer will be a highly motivated self-starter with 3-5 years of work experience, preferably in grant writing for nonprofit organizations, and a Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a related field. 

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualities and attributes: 

  • Culture- and mission-driven – extremely passionate about SJLI and increasing

opportunities for the populations we serve; 

  • A can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile in service of our mission; 
  • An unwavering commitment to executing with excellence; 
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills;
  • The ability to craft proposals and reports that are clear, compelling, and persuasive; 
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of staff members and program


  • Ability to assemble grant proposals, Request for Proposals and Request for 

Qualifications, including all budgets, attachments, required documents and other supplemental materials.

Ability to prepare presentations detailing SJLI program outcomes and communicate stories on program impacts in various formats;

Ability to prepare grant summaries and reports to various funders and agencies.

  • The capacity to multitask and manage multiple projects and assignments, often with

competing deadlines; 

  • Experience using Blackbaud and other development software and/or other CRM


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and 

  • Strong passion for SJLI’s vision for social justice and equity; mission to improve the

education, health, and well-being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training and community mobilization.


  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with 3-5 years of fundraising experience in a nonprofit

development/fundraising support capacity with demonstrated experience successfully receiving grant funding 

  • Experience submitting grant proposals including grant narratives, budgets, assembling 

numerous required attachments

  • Experience submitting updates, summaries and final grant reports.
  • Development software experience 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Driver’s license

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  • Location
    Inglewood, California
  • Department
    Development & Communications
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience