Website Rising Sun Center for Opportunity

Location: Oakland, CA (hybrid)


Rising Sun is hiring a Grants Manager to support the Development and Communications team. This position is responsible for researching, writing, submitting, securing, and managing foundation and government grants to fund Rising Sun’s expanding and innovative programs at the intersection of equity, climate, and jobs. The Grants Manager works closely with our Development and Communications team and reports directly to the Associate Director of Development, Grants.


Grant research, funder cultivation, and funder relationships

  • Conduct research via the Foundation Directory, websites, and other avenues to identify new prospective funders
  • Maintain and update a database of prospective funders
  • Communicate and meet with prospective and current funders as requested

Grant writing and submission

  • Craft excellent and thorough grant applications, including requested attachments, in collaboration with the Associate Director of Development and program teams
  • Submit grant applications through online portals, email, and US mail

Grant management, record-keeping, and administration

  • Keep accurate and up-to date records of grant submissions, funder contacts, grant checks and agreements, etc.
  • Maintain master calendar of grant proposals and reporting schedules
  • Write grant check acknowledgments and facilitate signing of grant agreements
  • When requested, meet with funders to fulfill site visit requirements
  • Maintain a file of grant support documents including board lists, staff resumes, IRS forms, financials, etc.
  • Work with team to complete and ensure timely submission of grant reports as needed

Additional responsibilities as assigned

A successful Grants Manager:

  • Is passionate about Rising Sun’s mission and excited to support it.
  • Is a highly skilled writer, storyteller, and communicator. You know how to tailor a message to your audience, and you’re good at getting people excited about an idea.
  • Is well organized with serious attention to detail. You take pride in quality and accuracy.
  • Is capable of balancing responsibilities, prioritizing, and moving multiple projects forward at once, juggling tasks and meeting all deadlines.
  • Enjoys the challenge of the deadline-driven, competitive world of grant proposals. You’re in it to win it. And, when you don’t, you stay positive.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships on your team and beyond. You collaborate with staff to access information and complete grant proposals. People are happy to help you out, and the feeling is mutual.
  • Is a creative thinker who isn’t afraid to share new and different ideas.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness in terms of understanding your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.
  • Demonstrates willingness to challenge and change institutional practices that present barriers to different groups.


  • At least 1-2 years of nonprofit grant writing experience and a strong track record of securing grants
  • Excellent, clear, concise writing and verbal communication
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel and Word), Google Suite (especially docs and sheets), and confidence navigating online platforms such as grant portals
  • Enthusiasm for Rising Sun’s mission
  • Residency in California (preferably in the Bay Area or San Joaquin County) or the intention to move; the ability to travel to our offices in Oakland and Stockton as required or requested
  • Proof of completion of the primary series of an approved COVID-19 vaccination by start date, per Rising Sun’s mandatory vaccination policy for employees

It’s a big plus if you have:

  • Experience managing the full grant cycle from start to finish
  • Experience in related fields: workforce development; economic, racial, and gender equity; climate resilience; environmental sustainability; youth development.
  • 3 or more years of nonprofit experience
  • Experience with Salesforce or a similar CRM or online database
  • An understanding of philanthropy and the grant-making process
  • An understanding of asset framing and anti-racist, participant-centered language

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