Philanthropy Associate/Grant Administrator (MAF)

Are you amazingly talented at keeping track of all kinds of tiny details? Do you love to coordinate, work with, and rally people to get complex projects to the finish line? Do you love to tell a good story? Do you want to be challenged, learn a ton of skills, be on the cutting edge of economic justice work, have a good laugh, brainstorm a lot, get frustrated sometimes but inspired frequently, and be on the right side of history?

MAF is looking for a Philanthropy Associate who wants an opportunity to learn and develop within an organization that has a great reputation and leads with big ideas. The Associate will have primary responsibility for grant administration and reporting duties, while managing important details necessary to a well-functioning fundraising unit. You’ll bring analytical thinking and project management skills to round out a dynamic team of skilled writers and communicators, including our CEO, Research and Engagement Manager, and Philanthropy Manager.

MAF intends to invest in the professional development of this position so that they can grow and develop, gaining increasing levels of responsibility and opportunity over time.

Our story:

Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is a groundbreaking nonprofit on a mission to create a fair financial marketplace for hardworking families. Our award-winning social loan models build pathways out of the financial shadows for low-income individuals across the U.S. A hybrid between a fintech startup and community-based nonprofit, MAF retains a highly skilled and motivated team that is committed to promoting economic prosperity and leveraging tech for under-resourced communities.

In this political climate, the need to pivot quickly and be responsive to the needs of low-income people of color and immigrant communities is crucial. This past fall, MAF’s Fundraising team took on an audacious goal: quickly fundraise to provide fee assistance grants in the wake of the presidential administration’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. And that we did. We raised over $4M in 24 days - doubling the amount of our operating budget. It was nothing short of amazing. It meant bringing on brand new exciting funders, people thrilled about our work and our mission, and lots of opportunity and growth.

As MAF grows, we need a passionate Philanthropy Associate who can work with our team to shape the future of our organization. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants not just a job, but also an opportunity to build financial power for people of color and immigrants, strengthen communities, and be part of a culture that is committed to social justice. 

An awesome place to work: We’re right in the middle of Bernal Heights in San Francisco, it’s awesome here, with diverse restaurants, bars, and shops. We’ve got great team outings (movie nights, mini-golf, and bowling to name a few). And the staff is incredibly dedicated to the mission and fun to work with. Plus, you’ll get to hobnob with a certified MacArthur Genius and learn from him everyday. (It also helps that we have the best snacks.) We have a super beautiful office setting, with lots of bright colors and natural light. As a nonprofit and tech startup, we attract people who like to jump in with both feet and who aren’t afraid of learning how to do better. With an open office environment, collaboration and teamwork are more than just values - they’re a way of life. Hailing from many different cultural and professional backgrounds that reflect the communities we work with, we are drawn together by a passion for embracing financial access, technology, and a bit of creativity to make the world a better place for hardworking families.

Reports to: Research & Engagement Manager



Fundraising Support (80%):

  • Organize and manage records for an active portfolio of government, corporate, and foundation funders and prospects.
  • Maintain master calendar of all grant deadlines, as well as schedule and track fundraising-related phone calls, meetings, webinars, trainings, and conferences.
  • Update institutional archives related to funders and campaign files, maintaining up-to-date records of proposal submissions and grant agreements.
  • Take primary ownership of collecting and submitting grant-related materials in a timely and organized fashion.
  • Conduct research and write funder profiles on current and prospective funding sources, to prepare for phone calls/meetings and/or expand grants portfolio.
  • Proofread and edit narrative materials produced by other team members as necessary.
  • Coordinate and schedule monthly fundraising dashboard meetings with the CEO.
  • Update foundation and corporate donation records and contact lists in Salesforce database.
  • Sustain consistent external communications with program officers, consultants, donor advisors, and other stakeholders in MAF’s development strategies.
  • Manage correspondence and write appreciation letters for all foundation and corporate funders and individual donors.
  • Write letters of inquiry, concept papers, grant narratives, and grant reports as assigned.
  • Interface regularly with directors and executives to strategize on fundraising targets, compose narratives, and obtain programmatic data.

Communications Support (15%):

  • Maintain & develop the funder communications plan, website, social media, marketing materials, and other fundraising tools.
  • Execute communication strategies for developing and/or strengthening relationships with donors including annual reports (including working with a team of volunteer software engineers, drafting content, etc.)
  • Write blog posts and other written pieces for print or website, and provide feedback on others’ writing to help them improve.
  • Help consistently capture and share lessons learned.
  • Help organize occasional special events, including helping to manage logistics, communications, sponsors.

General Operations (5%)

  • Collaborate with staff in making strategic decisions affecting MAF’s future.
  • Engage in professional development opportunities, participating in trainings and conferences provided to staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings, attend events, and otherwise contribute to strengthening the roots within our community.

You’ll thrive in this role if you are:

  • Passionate about working to advance economic justice and fuel social change.
  • A detail-oriented problem solver who thrives in an innovative and collaborative environment.
  • A creative systems manager and know how to move a complex project forward.
  • Talented when it comes to writing and telling stories.
  • Committed to our values of respect, meeting people where they are, and building on what they have.
  • Observant and able to keeping track of multiple details.
  • Able to develop trusting interpersonal relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and love constantly learning new things.
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Have a B.A. or equivalent experience and/or 2-3 years experience in nonprofit fundraising, grant administration or other relevant experience (for example, project management, relationship management, communications, copywriting).
  • Project management skills and relentless attention to detail: you can see the big picture and all its multiple moving parts.
  • Strong English language writing and communication skills.
  • Experience meeting external deadlines on a consistent basis.
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Proficiency with donor CRMs (Salesforce preferred) and experience using online fundraising software and project management systems like Classy and Asana.
  • Comfortable collaborating in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities and deadlines.
  • Experience working for social change in underserved communities.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.



  • This is a full-time position with an anticipated salary range of $65,000-70,000. Salary & title will be dependent on experience.
  • We believe in work-life balance, and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with this value.
  • We provide 20 days of Paid Time Off (160 hours)/year accrued for the first two years of full-time employment, 13 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
  • We provide generous medical (HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, disability, life, flexible spending account, and AD&D insurance.
  • We care about your financial future. We provide a matching 401K plan that is immediately vested. We will match up to 6% of your compensation/year.
  • Commuter benefits & flexible savings accounts: pre-tax benefit accounts used to pay for expenses like healthcare or commuter expenses like parking, vanpool, public transit—including train, subway, bus, and ferry.


  • We will read your cover letter first; it’s important for us to understand whether this is the right fit for you. In your cover letter, please be sure to tell us why you are interested in working for MAF, your interest in economic and social justice, and share examples of past work you’ve done that makes you a strong candidate. Grant writing experience is a plus, but we will also consider a strong demonstration of grant administration and other writing skills for this position.
  • We also ask for a writing sample of your professional or academic work.
  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We are scheduling phone and in-person interviews on a rolling basis. If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for a skills test relevant to this position, e.g. managing a grant cycle.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start as soon as possible.

Equal Opportunity Employment: Mission Asset Fund is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Mission Asset Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Deadline: Applications are processed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled.

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