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26 Jul 2023

Full-Time Corporate and Foundations Grants Associate

Sustainable Conservation – Posted by [email protected] San Francisco, California, United States

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Job Description

Corporate and Foundations Grants Associate – San Francisco

Salary Range: $65,000-$75,000 per year

Job Type: Exempt, full time with benefits

Required experience: 2-4 years

Anticipated Start Date: September 1st, 2023


Sustainable Conservation (a leading non-profit in its field) advances the collaborative stewardship of California’s land, air, and water for the benefit of nature and people. Every day, we bring together businesses, landowners, and government in some of the most productive yet economically disadvantaged parts of California, to steward the resources on which we all depend in ways that are just and make economic sense. Please visit to learn more about our work.

Sustainable Conservation is committed to addressing policies and practices that have historically prioritized economic benefits to some at the ecological, health, and/or economic expense of others. We engage with diverse entities like businesses, non-profits, agricultural communities, government, etc. to partner in co-creating solutions to catalyze more substantial improvements in areas of California where the stakes are highest for getting it right. Centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our mission and vision is the fullest expression of how we aim to support California. Only by weaving these values through everything we do – both within individual programs and the organization, both in the field and at the office – can we help shape a California where all can truly thrive.

Position Summary

The Corporate and Foundations Grants Associate is essential in increasing Sustainable Conservation’s capacity with supporting efforts to raise foundation and corporate revenues for the organization’s work. This role will support the Chief Development Officer on fundraising strategies to expand the pool of funders supporting our programs, helping to identify, cultivate and solicit institutional donors. They will also assist in managing the grants process to ensure an efficient and timely submission of grant reports, proposals, and letters of intent through successful collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, programs, and other staff.

This role reports to the Chief Development Officer and works very closely with program and finance staff.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Reports and Proposals: 

  • Write, update, proofread, and submit a high volume of comprehensive grant reports, successful grant proposals, and letters of intent in collaboration with program staff.
  • Coordinate with finance staff on the development of proposal budgets and financial reports.
  • Maintain grants calendar for timely reviews and submissions, ensuring all deadlines are met.

Prospect Management and Development:

  • Support the CDO in researching, identifying, analyzing, and assisting with the cultivation of potential foundation and corporate funders in collaboration with the Chief Development Officer and Chief Executive Officer.

Database & SharePoint Records: 

  • In partnership with Donor Database Manager, maintain entries and contact records in Donor Perfect Online, including implementation of moves management schedules for foundation contacts, solicitations, and stewardship.
  • Maintain grant-related files in SharePoint.

Physical Requirements:  

Substantial computer/keyboard work and sitting at desk for long periods.

Ability to work evenings and weekends required occasionally to meet deadlines.


Two to four years’ experience working in nonprofit fundraising or related experience and a commitment to our mission.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, with a high attention to detail.
  • Ability to write persuasively, clearly, and concisely, and to seamlessly blend information from multiple sources including previously written reports and proposals.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to ask clarifying questions, build rapport, maintain relationships, and respond with flexibility to unanticipated requests.
  • Highly developed organization and time management skills with the ability to prioritize a large volume of work with strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively with a team, and across teams.
  • Strong technical skills and experience developing or improving upon systems to manage administrative components.
  • Solid computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe and proficiency in working with databases (experience with Donor Perfect Online a plus).

Also Desirable:

  • Experience with Office365/SharePoint a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree – Environmental Studies, Journalism, English a plus.

What we offer: A competitive compensation package based on experience, fully paid health insurance benefits, generous match on 401k, FSA, EAP, vacation, floating days, sick leave, plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as holiday leave. Our greatest benefit is our culture. Our staff is collaborative, dedicated, and caring. We believe in articulating and practicing our values (Collaboration, Respect, Results, Honesty, Learning, Well-Being) at work and have a strong commitment to bringing a DEI lens to our work and workplace culture.

At Sustainable Conservation we value culture and diversity and as an equal opportunity employer we encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds to apply to our job openings.

How to Apply

To Apply: Please send your cover letter and resume, and 3-4 writing samples to [email protected] and include “Corporate and Foundations Grants Associate” in the subject line.  

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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