Grants Manager


Job Title: Grants Manager
Department: Development
Status: Regular, Full-Time (37.5 hours/week, Benefited)
Classification: Exempt
Schedule: Monday thru Friday
Reports to: Director of Institutional Giving and Strategic Initiatives


Reporting to the Director of Institutional Giving and Strategic Initiatives, the Grants Manager is instrumental in meeting YBCA’s annual contributed revenue goals, with a focus on raising funds through foundation, government and corporate foundation grants. As a key member of YBCA’s development team, the Grants Manager is passionate about the mission of YBCA and its programs, and can effectively communicate the pivotal role art, creativity and civic engagement play in catalyzing change. The ideal candidate is an exceptional storyteller with a keen editorial eye for detail; is self-directed while managing multiple projects and deadlines; and thrives in a fast-paced, busy environment.


Grant Writing

  • Manage and conduct the full range of activities needed to develop persuasive proposals for grant requests, including the writing of narratives, preparation of budgets, and development of final materials for submittal, ensuring all deadlines are met
  • Support the Director of Institutional Giving and Strategic Initiatives in the preparation of major grant proposals through research, writing, proofreading, development of attachments and work samples, among other tasks
  • Oversee and prepare grant narrative and financial reports for all grants received by YBCA

Prospect Research

  • Manage the research and tracking of institutional funding prospects from various sources that match the strategic priorities of YBCA

Program Data, Measurement & Impact

  • Acquire and maintain detailed knowledge and understanding of the organization and its programs to develop persuasive grant proposals, grant reports, presentations, and other development pieces
  • Gather information and data from various YBCA departments to demonstrate program impact
  • Oversee entry of annual DataArts (formerly California Cultural Data Project) profiles


  • Write timely acknowledgment letters to funders
  • Process grant agreements received
  • Manage institutional relationships and data in YBCA’s CRM database Tessitura
  • Manage and maintain the electronic institutional giving files

Plus other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years experience in grant writing (in the arts, community development or social impact fields preferred)
  • Knowledge of Bay Area philanthropic community, government grants, and national private and corporate foundations
  • Demonstrated success in securing grant awards, with an exceptional ability to write compelling narratives and to share those narratives in compelling ways on the page
  • Excellent attention to detail with an ability to develop acknowledgment letters, grant proposals and report packages that are virtually error free
  • Outstanding communication skills (strong grammar, proofreading, creative writing, word processing)
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat, plus familiarity with relational databases
  • Demonstrated track record of setting and achieving goals
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple tasks under pressure of deadlines
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds

Benefits include PTO, Holiday Pay, Paid Time for Volunteer Work, Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, Group Life and AD&D Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Voluntary Life and AD&D, Employee Assistance Program, Travel Assistance, and ability to participate in the 403(b) Retirement Plan.



We are reviewing applications and contacting candidates as we receive them. Send your resume and a brief paragraph outlining your interest in working for YBCA to Please include “Grants Manager” in the subject line of your email.

Any applications that do not include all of the following will not be considered:

  • Cover Letter, including salary requirement
  • Résumé
  • Two writing samples in PDF, one from a grant proposal and one from a grant report you have prepared

Please, no phone calls or faxes—really. While we love your enthusiasm, due to the volume of applications and our limited resources, we will respond only to applicants we intend to interview. If you receive our automated thank you, we have received your resume and there is no need to follow up.

Principals only. We do not accept resumes from third parties and we will not pay fees to any agency or firm. Any unsolicited resumes received will be considered the property of YBCA and will be processed accordingly.

We wish you the best of luck in your job search!

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a work culture and environment that is reflective of San Francisco Bay Area demography. YBCA encourages and actively recruits applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.  YBCA will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).