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: $90,000 - $97,000 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

Research, Proposal and Report Writing

  • Manage the research of prospects for foundation, corporate, and government funding
  • Gather information and data needed from Compass stakeholders (i.e. program staff, Finance, Impact + Learning, leadership, etc.) to support grant submissions and reporting
  • Write and submit funding proposals and reports. Most submissions will be for government entities, but may sometimes be for foundation or corporate grants
  • Manage writing, and submission processes for foundation and corporate funding proposals and reports as well as proposals for new and renewal government funding
  • 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
  • Collaborate with finance and other agency staff to identify budget needs and strategize how to package them in an appealing manner for funders

Grants Stewardship

  • Create and maintain relationships with grant funding contacts, including providing follow-up information and documentation to donors as needed
  • Work with the Chief Development Officer and CEO to proactively identify, and build relationships with, potential funders
  • Ensure that all foundation and corporate grants are acknowledged in a timely manner
  • Set up site visits by representatives of funders, as needed
  • Represent Compass at bidders’ conferences

Grants Management

  • Facilitate grant orientation meetings with program staff, finance, and Impact + Learning to facilitate handoff from procurement to grant execution/management
  • Facilitate regular grants management meetings with leads on grants/contracts and finance staff to assess progress on implementation and spending
  • Collaborate with Corporate Relations Manager on strategy for corporate grant prospects
  • Work closely with Finance to ensure appropriate expenditure and accurate financial accounting and reporting
  • Ensure accurate tracking of grants revenue and provide funding information as needed to the CEO, Chief Development Officer, other departments, and the Board
  • Communicate any potential issues with grant compliance to leadership in a timely manner


  • Hire, train, and supervise the Institutional Giving Manager and Grants Associate, manage their work assignments and ensure they are supported and set up for success
  • Provide staff with regular performance evaluations and support them with the development and implementation of their annual 70-20-10 professional development plans


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

Development Team Responsibilities

  • Review and proofread newsletters, fundraising letters, brochures, and other development materials prepared by other Development staff, as needed
  • Participate in weekly department meetings
  • Contribute to overall development planning and support the rest of team in execution of development projects, as appropriate


  • Minimum of five years of successful experience in private and government grant research and writing
  • Staff management experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent research, writing and proofreading skills
  • Strong verbal, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Combined big picture and detail orientation
  • 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: $90,000-$97,000 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.