SFFILM seeks a fundraising professional who is a creative thinker with strong organization, writing, and project-management skills to join the Development department and lead the design and implementation of foundation and government fundraising strategies. A successful Senior Grants Manager will be able to work both independently and collaboratively, and will bring experience with all aspects of institutional stewardship, proposal writing and management, grant execution, tracking and reporting to the role.
The Senior Grants Manager works closely with the Development, Executive, and Senior Leadership teams at SFFILM to grow, manage, and sustain a portfolio of foundation and government partnerships. Under the supervision of the Director of Development, and in partnership with the Development team and other SFFILM staff members, this role will identify new prospects, steward ongoing relationships, and secure and coordinate grants for both operational and program support.
Application review begins January 4 and preferred start date is late January 2024. Salary range for this position is $65,000.00–$75,000.00 and benefits include full monthly premium for Health, Medical, PTO/Sick Leave and expanded annual paid holiday schedule.
SFFILM currently supports a hybrid-remote schedule, with an average of 3 days in the San Francisco offices, as well as time onsite throughout San Francisco supporting SFFILM events.
Lead Foundation Fundraising:
- Direct and execute foundation and government fundraising strategy and relationship management for the organization.
- Direct solicitation and management of a portfolio of 25-50 prospects, including external meetings and site visits.
- Grow the pipeline of new foundation funders and implement moves management strategies to increase current levels of giving, with a focus on gifts of $100K+.
- Steward and manage established foundation relationships to maximize engagement, renew giving, and present new opportunities.
- Develop SFFILM’s working knowledge of the Foundation’s programs and priority funding areas and remain abreast of current research, activities, and trends in the philanthropic sector.
- Maintain regular communication with other Foundation professionals through direct contact and professional networks in the philanthropic space.
Grant Writing and Project Management:
- Write and submit all foundation and government grant applications, proposals, acknowledgements, and reports.
- Communicate and support SFFILM departments in meeting all programmatic grant deadlines and ensuring that initiatives are executed as planned.
- Work closely with SFFILM’s Executive team to create project budgets, provide financial reports to supporters, and ensure the financial and legal fulfillment of all awarded grants; support reconciliation of institutional giving budgets and actuals on a monthly basis.
- Monitor grants for legal, financial, and program compliance including but not limited to ensuring that grant requirements are correctly documented in the grant files and database and to assure full compliance with internal controls and legal requirements.
- Oversee and manage timeliness of grantmaking and payment preparation to smooth the flow of grants.
- Manage, lead, and implement continuous improvement initiatives ensuring solutions align with strategic goals.
- Monitor grant budgets from various fund types and work with Finance staff to ensure proper fund and grantmaking budget administration.
- Work with finance to generate reporting required for compliance and financial statement audits.
- Work with coordinator to track statistics and information that communicate SFFILM’s impact across its program areas and direct coordinator in collaboration with SFFILM staff members to facilitate the collection and use of this data.
- Manage and work closely with Communications on recognition of sponsors and foundation in communications and analysis of impact of communications (views, click-throughs, etc.)
- Supervise coordinator in assisting with grant management, data collection, CRM maintenance, board docket production and preparation.
- Participate in weekly substantive check-ins with Development Director and bi-weekly meetings with Executive Director and Finance team.
- Participate in meetings of SFFILM’s Development Department, as well as frequent interdepartmental meetings.
- Foster a culture of learning related to the field of philanthropy and grants management.
- Two to four years of direct experience in grant writing and foundation and government relations management with demonstrated success in closing five- to six-figure gifts.
- Ability to execute against a robust grants portfolio, including family foundations, institutional partners, and government funders.
- Exceptional writing skills and ability to efficiently create targeted and tailored funding narratives in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience in financial reporting and budget management, especially in restricted funding.
- Capable of inspiring support from a variety of constituent groups internally and externally.
- Desire to be hands-on in a role that requires a high level of engagement with programs.
- Extensive donor database experience is highly desired.
- Strong sense of fundraising ethics and respect for confidentiality of donor information.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate professionally with volunteers, colleagues, and donors.
- Strong work ethic, professional manner, and ability to represent SFFILM.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in a timely manner to complete assignments when faced with many deadlines and competing requirements.
- Experience with non-profit organizations is highly desirable.
SFFILM is deeply committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) in both its internal management and external programming. Since 2018, the organization has actively been working in collaboration with two Advisory Boards focused on accessibility and inclusivity and officially began work with a DEI consultant in 2019 to further invest in and build on that work. Candidates are invited to discuss their interest and involvement in DEAI practices in their cover letter, and ask us more about our DEAI process in their interview.
SFFILM, in accordance with federal and state law, is an equal-opportunity employer. SFFILM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth, medical condition, disability, age, ancestry, marital status, citizenship or veteran status. This nondiscrimination policy covers all candidates, staff members, interns, and volunteers.