May 16, 2022

Grants Manager

$65,000 - $75,000 yearly
  • Communities in Schools of Los Angeles
  • Remote
Full-Time Fundraising/Development Writing/Editing

Job Description

About Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA)

The mission of Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISLA works toward a vision that every student in Los Angeles’ public schools receives the supports they need to develop the emotional, social, and learning skills required to graduate high school ready for meaningful employment or higher education. Founded in 2007, CISLA currently serves 12,500+ students at 14 LAUSD Title I schools and is entering an exciting phase of programmatic and organizational expansion as part of our strategic plan.


Job Description

CISLA seeks a highly qualified Grants Manager to lead a growing portfolio of funding partners and support special projects, as assigned. The Grants Manager reports directly to the Institutional Giving Director and works closely with all departments across the organization.



Full-time, Exempt



Institutional Giving Director




Grants Management (50%)

  • Manage a portfolio of existing grant relationships, developing mission-driven relationships with funding partners. Key activities include:
    • Lead the development, writing and submission of compelling LOIs and proposals.
    • Work with appropriate staff to create feasible proposal designs and budgets.
    • Work with the program team to ensure compliance with agreements and contracts.
    • Ensure all reports are prepared accurately and submitted on time.
    • Steward relationships to encourage increased investment in CISLA’s mission (e.g., via annual reports, newsletters, event invitations, etc.).
    • Research macro trends, data and literature in education, equity and other spaces to provide supporting context to CISLA’s work.


Prospect Pipeline Development (40%)

  • Research and analyze new funding opportunities for fit with CISLA’s initiatives, with a focus on building corporate and government portfolios.
  • Work with the Institutional Giving Director, external consultants and other team members to cultivate new relationships and create competitive proposals in response to RFPs.
  • Support special initiatives, working to expand the portfolio of funders to sustain projects.


Other (10%)

  • Support the development of systems for managing funders, research and data collection.
  • Maintain database(s) and grant calendars to track proposal submissions, reports, etc.
  • Support administrative tasks (e.g., creating acknowledgment letters, mailings, online profiles, etc.) and other duties, as assigned.

Hiring Organization

Communities in Schools of Los Angeles



  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience).
  • 3+ years of experience in grant writing/management in the nonprofit sector.
  • Studies and/or background in Writing, Education or other relevant field preferred.


  • Versatile writing skills with a commitment to ethical storytelling.
  • Excellent qualitative, quantitative and macro-trend data analysis skills.
  • Experience in budget development and projections.
  • Familiarity with Los Angeles non-profit, philanthropic and education landscape.


  • Great interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate on fast-paced projects.
  • Demonstrated commitment to education, equity and social justice issues.
  • Meticulous recordkeeping, organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent skills in MS Office Suites and online platforms.


  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends, as needed.


NOTE: This position is currently remote (90%) with approx. 1-2 on-site meetings in the Los Angeles area each month (10%). More on-site meetings are anticipated as COVID safety protocols permit.



  • Criminal background check.
  • Reliable automobile, valid California Driver’s License, and state-required automobile insurance coverage.
  • TB clearance, to be renewed every four years.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (digital record).



  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Adjusting or moving objects up to 25 pounds.
  • The ability to communicate with others to exchange information.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the job.



Candidates for employment at Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA), regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following:

  • Unwavering commitment to fulfill the mission of CISLA.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards -- for self, students, and colleagues.
  • Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and professional development.
  • Ability to thrive as a member of a highly collaborative team.


CISLA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Industry/Service Area

Education, Youth Development, Other


Mid-Senior level



  • Generous benefits package including PTO/vacation, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k, cell phone/Internet reimbursement, etc.
  • Paid most major holidays, offices closed between Christmas and New Year’s.

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