Organization: Compass Family Services is a 100+ year old nonprofit working on the front lines of San Francisco’s homeless crisis. We provide families experiencing or at risk of homelessness with comprehensive support to address immediate needs and ensure long-term success.

Salary range: $77,000 - $80,000 annually

Schedule: Full time, Monday - Friday, primarily during standard business hours

Location: 37 Grove Street, San Francisco. Fully in-person for the first three months, then option to work remotely one day per week.

Organizational Core Competencies: Accountable / Adaptable / Client-centered / Collaborative / Committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging / Resourceful

Position Description:
Compass secures a significant portion of its revenue through grant processes. We are looking to add capacity to the Institutional Giving / Grants team by adding the Institutional Giving Manager position, making a team of three within the broader Development Department. This team secures private and public funding to support Compass’ programmatic work to prevent and end homelessness for families in San Francisco and currently includes a Institutional Giving Director and Grants Associate. With the support of the Institutional Giving Director, the Institutional Giving Manager will participate in all elements of the grants process including researching funding prospects, developing and managing relationships with funders, preparing grant submissions and reports, and supporting administrative systems. Specific responsibilities include:

Grant Funder Research and Proposal and Report Writing

  • Research grant funding prospects aligned with Compass’ funding priorities
  • Reach out to potential funders, as appropriate, to determine funding fit and develop relationships
  • Gather information and data needed from Compass internal stakeholders to support grant submissions and reporting
  • Write and submit funding proposals and reports. Most submissions will be for private (foundation and corporate) grants, but may sometimes be for government grants
  • Along with the rest of the Grants team, support maintenance of internal repository of current data and research on family homelessness and other topic areas related to Compass programs and services

Grants Stewardship

  • Create and maintain relationships with funding contacts, including providing follow-up information and documentation to donors, as needed
  • Ensure that all foundation and corporate gifts are acknowledged in a timely manner
  • Set up site visits by representatives of funders, as needed
  • Represent Compass at bidders’ conferences

Grants Management

  • Support the Institutional Giving Director with grants management by checking in regularly with program leads on awarded grants and the finance team to help ensure compliance, appropriate expenditure, and accurate financial accounting and reporting


  • Support maintenance of database records on grant prospects, submissions, and deliverables
  • Maintain grants files in a manner accessible and comprehensible to others


  • Review and proofread newsletters, fundraising letters, brochures, and other development materials prepared by other Development staff, as needed


  • Minimum of two years of successful experience in grant research and writing
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong verbal, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Combined big picture and detail orientation
  • Excellent proofreading skills
  • Energetic self-starter, able to work collaboratively as well as independently
  • Comfort with Microsoft Word, Excel, Salesforce, and experience with internet prospect research
  • Flexible, patient, and adept at multitasking, time management, project management, and adhering to deadlines
  • Commitment to, and passion for, the well-being of children and families
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: $77,000-$80,000 annually.
  • Paid time off: just under 4 weeks of vacation your first year, just under 5 in your second. Also paid holidays, sick time, family leave.
  • Insurance: health, dental and vision insurance are fully covered by Compass for employees and dependent children. We also provide long term disability and life insurance.
  • Retirement: after one year of work, Compass contributes an amount equal to 5% of your salary into a retirement account; this vests during years 2-5.

Location and Covid safety:

  • Office location: 37 Grove St., less than a block from Civic Center BART/MUNI station
  • This is primarily an on-site role, with the option to work remotely one day per week after the first three months
  • Covid vaccination required for all staff, including booster

To Apply:

Please apply through our online application.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek to recruit a diverse workforce. Employees must embrace the idea that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging contribute to the success of our underserved communities, and therefore to shared prosperity in our city and region. Compass Family Services is committed to the continuous work of implementing specific actions that will disrupt systemic prejudice and improve equity across programs and departments, to become an example to partners who also believe in a culture of inclusion that leverages diversity.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California civil rights law, Compass Family Services will provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or candidate with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship for the agency. Requests for reasonable accommodation apply to all aspects of the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please use the answer box for the final question of the job application to let us know.