Grants Manager

Oakland, California, United States | PowerSwitch Action/Partnership for Working Families | Full-time | Partially remote


About PowerSwitch Action (formerly Partnership for Working Families)

PowerSwitch Action is a national network organizing to realize and build multi-racial feminist democracies in our cities, towns and regions. Together with our 20 affiliates and one regional project we are driving an agenda to bring the billions of dollars in local public investments under the oversight of the communities most impacted, to expand decision making and power to more of the residents in our regions, to support the building and growth of member- based organizations, and to fight when necessary corporate actors who use their power to extract and cause harm to our communities.

We are seeking an experienced Grants Manager to join our team! The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to social, racial, gender, economic and environmental justice. 


Reporting to the Finance and Operations Director, the Grants Manager will be responsible for developing, driving and evaluating the full life cycle of the organization’s grants functions. The Grants Manager is a clear and persuasive writer who can meaningfully lift up our mission, long-term agenda, and work to potential funders, ensuring that our values are at the forefront. A perceptive and careful listener, the Grants Manager is adept at identifying big and small opportunities to strengthen connections between our funders, our work, and our affiliates’ work. The ideal person in this role is an experienced manager of foundation funding that knows how to balance relationships, creativity and systems design. Responsibilities include:

Grants Planning

  • Development: manage the process of developing a grants plan and calendar, which includes foundation grants and union funding.
  • Implementation: support the Leadership Team in implementing the plan’s strategies and goals.
  • Reporting: develop periodic reports on the progress of the plan.

Foundation and Union Grants

  • Writing grants: draft letters of intent and grant proposals, frame and edit proposals, and write interim and final reports. Coordinate the gathering of information with staff (budgets, materials, evaluation reports, etc.) to support grant requests and reporting.
  • Funder materials: collaborate with the Communications Team to generate materials for funder audiences
  • Monitor grants: develop, track, and meet grant submission and reporting deadlines. Track the fulfillment of grant deliverables with staff.
  • Prospecting: facilitate identifying, qualifying, and prioritizing funders.
  • Meeting preparation: scheduling and preparing for fundraising and funder meetings and presentations.
  • Monitor subgrants: manage the awards and reporting process for PowerSwitch’s subgrants to affiliates.
  • PowerSwitch Affiliates: with the Deputy Director, monitor fundraising opportunities for affiliates.
  • Relationship building: with the Executive Director and Communications Team, facilitate relationship development with funders through regular communications, including creating a calendar of touch-points.

Systems and Infrastructure 

  • Systems development: maintain and enhance fundamental systems required to run a best practices grants program, including training colleagues on those systems.
  • Calendar and Tracking: Create and maintain an annual grants calendar of activities, including project/task management and following up with staff on their to-dos.
  • Fundraising Database: Maintain funder, donor, foundation, and grants records.
  • Reports: using the grants plan and database, create periodic fundraising reports.
  • Evaluation: Rigorously evaluate all efforts and progress toward goals.

Individual Donors 

  • Online giving: Monitor and maintain online giving, including ensuring that donors are thanked.
  • Fundraising appeals: with the Communications team, plan out periodic appeals and draft communications with potential donors.
  • Database: Manage the fundraising database and prepare reports on donors. 

Desired Experience and Skills

The Grants Manager must be adaptive and a proactive self starter, with a problem-solving and positive approach to their work. Specific qualifications include:

  • Must be mission-driven with a demonstrated commitment to social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in fundraising, specifically grant writing and grants management.
  • Demonstrated success in securing or managing major grants.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting annual fundraising goals.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in relational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with the strong ability to create and maintain systems.
  • Ability to lead multiple long- and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all related deadlines with the ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work.
  • Commitment to professional ethics in working with confidential, sensitive information.
  • Extensive computer skills, including experience working with project management systems (e.g. Asana) Microsoft and Google Drive platforms and donor tracking systems/databases (e.g. EveryAction).

Compensation And Location

This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive starting salary between $70,000-80,000 (based on experience) and generous benefits, including covering full health benefit premiums (health, dental, vision, and life) and a 401k plan with an employer contribution.

The position will ideally be located in a city in which one of PowerSwitch Action’s 20 affiliates is located, but we will consider exceptional candidates who are located in other cities and major media markets.

To Apply 

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references. In addition, please submit a sample of your work that demonstrates your development abilities. Samples may include a grant application. 

Position open until filled. 

No phone calls, please. 

PowerSwitch Action is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women and gender non-binary people, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender/gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.