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Grant Writer / Grant Administrator

Company: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Date Posted: January 19, 2017



The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s (JCNI) mission is to foster a thriving community envisioned and realized by its residents. JCNI was established in 1995 as the operating arm of the Jacobs Family Foundation (JFF). As a place-based nonprofit, JCNI works to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. Through a network of nonprofit and for-profit partners, locally-owned businesses and national tenants, a community and conference center, and social enterprise projects, the Jacobs Center is creating assets that will become economic engines for the community. Learn more at


JCNI is looking for full-time, staff Grant Writer / Grant Administrator who is not only talented but also passionate in what they do. We believe the strongest people in the workplace are those who don’t consider it work; it's something they genuinely want to do.   


Job Summary: Our grant writers work closely with program advancement team and an external evaluator to ensure that program models and narratives are compelling, that appropriate metrics are included in all JCNI program designs, and that submissions align with JCNI’s strategic plan imperatives and funder guidelines.  The Grant Writer/ Grant Administrator serves the Program Advancement team through prospecting, grant writing, and grants administration —resulting in the submission of compelling, competitive funding requests and efficient grants management.




Grant writing (60%)

  • Proactively research, analyze and interpret grant opportunities, determining which will best align with JCNI programmatic and financial goals.
  • Assist internal staff and external partners in ensuring programs are resonant with funder interests as well as historical giving data.
  • Create compelling, funder-compliant LOIs and grant submissions, using persuasive, well-structured prose, relevant data, and demonstrated familiarity with the program topic’s evidence based research.
  • Meet assigned financial goals with particular emphasis on national and corporate philanthropy submissions.
  • Identify and archive such statistical, analytical or anecdotal data as may be useful for future JCNI grant submissions.
  • Contribute to the creation and revision of effective boilerplates and “evergreen” archives, in order to streamline future grant submissions.
  • Nurture and grow external relationships—particularly with program and foundation partners.
  • Actively seek and participate in funder debriefing opportunities in instances where JCNI is not awarded funding, as part of the team’s work to continuously improve.


Grants Administration & Reporting (40%)

  • Manage grant tracking and reporting for JCNI fundraising efforts across all areas of work: redevelopment, human development programs, community engagement and placemaking.
  • Responsible for all post-award correspondence and all non-financial elements of grant project reporting.
  • Other duties, as assigned, sometimes requiring flexibility in work hours.



  • Bachelors degree required with a minimum of 5 years’ success as a mid-level grant writer or mid -level development professional.
  • Demonstrated success writing and securing grants from local, regional and national philanthropy required.
  • Excellent people skills and experience interacting well with colleagues and external partners.
  • Must have strong writing skills and the ability to read, comprehend, digest, and create compelling funding arguments using scientific, evidence-based, and community-level data.
  • Past development experience in the field(s) of education, social service, housing development, community development, or workforce development highly desirable.
  • Experience working with external evaluators—including the development of program evaluation plans and timelines.
  • Ability to digest and comply with detailed instructions a must, as is the ability to prioritize in the context of multiple projects.
  • Computer literacy required, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, federal electronic grant submission and prospecting systems, County of San Diego systems and processes, Salesforce or similar CRM or grants management system, among others.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) capabilities desirable, but not required.



  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 10 lbs.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone.


TO APPLY: Applicants should submit at least 3 writing samples from winning award submissions – they can redact client name as needed, if it’s not from a publically available document, via email to or in person or by mail to the address above.  The candidate must include salary requirements when applying. Resume review is ongoing; interviews will be held on a rolling basis and the position is anticipated to remain open until it is filled.  We will do our best to keep you informed as to the status of your application but due to the high volume of applications we receive, this is not always possible.  Thank you for your interest in working with our team.