Grants and Impact Manager(BF)


Battery Powered is a member-founded, member-funded program of The Battery, a San Francisco social club. The program is designed to help members explore themes, share ideas and activate their generosity to spark lasting change. Each trimester, the Battery Powered community tackles a new theme, representative of some of the biggest issue areas of our time. Over the course of the trimester we hear from experts and organizations on the front lines of some of society’s toughest challenges, and at the conclusion of each theme, members vote to financially back a selection of organizations.

Since its inception in 2014, Battery Powered has allocated over $10M and awarded funds to over 40 organizations that are making society stronger.

This is an extremely exciting time in the evolution of the Battery Powered program.  The program was conceived, developed and operated in conjunction with Amplifier Strategies and has now reached a level of maturity that it is time to develop an internal team; the Grants and Impact Manager will have a key role on this team.

The Battery Powered program has garnered a reputation as one of the most innovative and successful giving programs of its time. Its popularity has resulted in a world-class donor circle, growing at an impressive pace. This success, coupled with The Battery’s positive reputation, gives the program strong convening power to draw both well-known experts and celebrity presenters to amplify its voice. This is genuinely a cutting edge model for giving.

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This is a unique position designed to amplify the impact of organizations at the leading edge of social change around the globe and to connect them with Battery Powered and its members. This position will have responsibility for executing the grant application and selection process at the front end of each theme, and ongoing responsibilities for grantee engagement, impact monitoring and reporting to the membership in creative and meaningful ways.

This is a key position on a streamlined and entrepreneurial team. Opportunity to contribute across the responsibilities of Battery Powered make it an exciting place for growth and enormous contribution to the mission of this Foundation.

The position reports to the Executive Director of The Battery Foundation.


Grant Application Management

  • In line with each theme and research brief for each theme, develop request for proposals, including evaluation criteria, to share with potential applicants;

  • Manage process of soliciting and supporting organizations in a two-step (concept & proposal) online grant application process;

  • Review all grant applications against solicitation requirements;

  • Perform due diligence on applicant organizations including analysis of legal documents, financial records, program materials, lists of senior staff and board members, organizational capacity and compliance with anti-terror guidelines.

  • Lead a streamlined grant review and finalist selection process among a selection committee;

  • Develop information package for designers who create organizational profiles for website;

  • Communicate selection committee decisions to applicants;

  • Regularly seek feedback from applicants to improve the application process;

  • Update and improve online grant application system to continuously improve efficiency and quality of applications.

Grantee Engagement & Impact Management

  • Prepare and support finalists selected to speak at Organization Night;

  • Execute grant agreements with selected organizations;

  • Work with Finance Director to ensure timely payment to grantees;

  • Develop follow up plan with grantees including reporting requirements (financial and impact);

  • Review and assure quality of grantee reports;

  • Maintain all documents and records for each grantee in grant management software;

  • With the Battery’s Brand Manager, synthesize grantee impact / reports into innovative and meaningful communications - including reports, social media, multimedia storytelling - to Battery Powered members to demonstrate the impact of their philanthropic investments;

  • With Membership Director and grantees, develop experiences to bring the impact of grants alive for members.


  • Must have a strong entrepreneurial spirit;

  • At least 7 years of experience in relevant positions of increasing scope and responsibility;

  • Experience in professional grant making in a foundation environment with a proven track record in:

    • Leading grant application processes;

    • Vetting applicant organizations;

    • Leading proposal review and selection processes;

    • Monitoring grantees;

    • Sharing the impact of grantee activities in creative ways;

  • Experience using and administering grant management software; experience with Fluxx is a plus;

  • Strong written communication skills, particularly translating complex topics on social issues into written pieces that are compelling to a broad range of individuals from experts to newcomers;

  • Results-oriented with the ability to work under pressure, adapt easily to changing situations and priorities, and meet multiple deadlines and goals.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter that outlines how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications of the position to [email protected]. In the subject line, please include your FIRST and LAST name, the job title for this position, and the organization name (“Name – The Battery – Impact Manager”).

Please do not contact the client directly. Schaffer&Combs has been retained by The Battery to manage this Grants and Impact Manager search.  Schaffer&Combs solves problems and provides growth solutions for purpose-driven organizations.

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