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Senior Manager, Institutional Grants
Title:Senior Manager, Institutional Grants
Location:Los Angeles, CA
Job Type:Exempt (salaried)
Salary Range:60,000 : 85,000
Organizational Overview

Liberty Hill’s work is focused on Los Angeles County, however we understand that what happens in L.A. influences the nation. In this historical moment, we believe it is especially important for Los Angeles to be a beacon of social justice nationwide.

OUR APPROACH: Liberty Hill is a public foundation founded in 1976 to power social change from the ground up by fueling grassroots community organizing. Every dollar invested in community organizing yields a $90 return in community benefits through progressive policy change. We support organizers who are tackling injustice with our three-pronged strategy, involving:

  • Grantmaking. Liberty Hill’s unique approach to grantmaking ensures that social justice organizations that build power through grassroots community organizing, coalition building and partnerships, and advocacy have the resources they need to win campaigns and defend underserved communities.The Foundation also focuses on organizations led by and for most impacted by systemic injustice, largely low-income communities of color, because they are best suited to create their own solutions. With input from seasoned activists and policy experts, Liberty Hill awards grants to L.A.’s most effective grassroots groups. At the same time, our rapid response funds can move money fast in times of crisis or opportunity.
  • Leadership Training. When it comes to fighting for justice, leadership matters. Through Liberty Hill’s Wally Marks Leadership Institute, we have provided hundreds of rising organizers and activists across Los Angeles County with tools and skills to help change themselves and their communities. With the Commissions Training Program, Liberty Hill prepares community leaders to serve effectively on L.A.’s many influential boards and commissions.
  • Alliance Building. Liberty Hill works at the intersections of philanthropy, grassroots organizing and public policy, forging powerful relationships and building coalitions between funders, activists and policymakers. Coalitions established by Liberty Hill have influenced everything from school discipline practices to environmental regulations.
  • In 2017 Liberty Hill launched the Agenda for a Just Future (AJF) to fight for our youth, our health and our homes with three focused campaigns. We believe we can stop incarcerating kids, ensure adequate affordable housing for every Angeleno and end the oil drilling that sickens our region’s poorest communities.
Position Overview

The Sr. Manager, Institutional Grants (SM) will be the primary driver of grant writing and reporting activities for Liberty Hill Foundation (LHF). Reporting to the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships (VP), this entrepreneurial “go getter” will manage LHF’s extensive portfolio of institutional funders in close collaboration with our Programs, Advancement, and Executive Teams. The successful incumbent will possess a passion for social justice, and an eagerness to be part of a dynamic and high performing team preparing for this next phase of significant organizational growth

Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Identifies and cultivates funding prospects as well as solicits institutional funding via grant applications. Provides stewardship of funders, and performs reporting and recordkeeping functions, as well as coordinates moves management activities with Foundation staff and solicitors. Additionally, this role engages with a broader team of internal stakeholders to apply for and track government grants and contracts. Coordinates and manages contracted grant writers when necessary.


  • Conducts research on prospective institutional funders, monitors overall funder trends and follows up on leads.
  • Cultivates prospective institutional funders through letters of inquiry and phone calls.
  • Conducts application research to prepare targeted approaches and estimate time allocation.


  • Develops funding concepts by interacting with program staff, publications, and experts in the field.
  • Writes grant proposals, assembles attachments and then manages the process of applying for funding.
  • Assists in the development of program plans and proposal budgets related to applications.
  • Stewards institutional funders including writing/editing grant reports, drafting thank you letters and supporting materials.

Institutional Relations

  • Tracks cultivation progress, solicitations and stewardship activities in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Coordinates ongoing distribution of news articles and other materials to funders.
  • Meets with program officers and other foundation funder representatives as needed along with CEO, VP, other executives, and/or appropriate Liberty Hill program staff.

Grants Administration

  • Informs and coordinates with Liberty Hill staff about grant work plans, commitments and timelines.
  • Manages internal planning and budget development for Foundation fundraising.
  • Maintains hard copy and electronic grants management files.
  • Maintains grant and report submission calendar with appropriate lead times.
  • Produces reports for Foundation staff on grant-funded activities.
  • Provides institutional funder-related information in Raiser’s and Financial Edge for integration with Accounting and Development departments.


  • Los Angeles County nonprofit, philanthropic and social justice communities, including the notable large institutional funders.
  • Government grants, contracts, and public private partnerships.
  • Business writing principles incorporating proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.
  • Research practices and principles including conventional and Internet research.
  • Windows operating system and MS Office software including Word and Excel. Ability to operate Internet applications and email as well as external vendors’ and proprietary software programs.

Specific Skills:

  • Compelling and persuasive written and verbal communication
  • Detail oriented editing and proofreading
  • Managing multiple complex deadlines, internal and external; managing internal/external stakeholders at all levels
  • Working with sensitive and at times confidential information and budgets

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English or Journalism from an accredited college or university is preferred (or equivalent combination of education, training and experience).
  • Three to five years’ experience in grant writing and foundation/corporate relations.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Has personal lived experience that directly relates to the role and responsibility of the position
  • Is familiar with the concept of systemic oppression in America
  • Is familiar with social and racial justice
Physical Requirements
  • Manual dexterity for operating a computer keyboard, printer, facsimile machine, photocopier, calculator and/or ten-key adding machine.
  • Ability to sit at a desk or conference table for extended periods of time within an office environment.
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds.
Liberty Hill Foundation isn’t just an equal opportunity employer, we’re actively seeking to build a diverse and inclusive team with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to support the incredible diversity of grassroots organizing across the country. LHF does not discriminate based upon race/ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, status as a veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other characteristics.

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