Senior Grants Manager (PSF)

Pacific Foundation Services, LLC (PFS) is a professional services firm that manages 30 separate and independent family foundations.  We provide whatever a foundation needs to operate optimally, including strategic advice, board support, grantmaking programs, compliance, financial management and a physical home. With a current staff of 30, we value competence and camaraderie and work together to make the most of our collective experience. We thrive on collaboration and share our talents to provide top-level service to our clients.

We are looking for a highly skilled administrative professional to join the team with executive and program staff. This position will focus on Sunlight Giving, a family foundation that supports local and national organizations that provide basic services to low-income families with children ages 0-5, and several related philanthropic entities. As the lead for all grants management, the Senior Grants Manager is responsible for initiating, designing, implementing and monitoring workflow processes and procedures for grantmaking, including the application, review, meeting and award activities for the entities. The Senior Grants Manager provides supervision and training to new grants managers and supervises interns in the grants management area. The Senior Grants Manager works closely with grantees, Board members, program officers, and outside vendors to ensure the smooth operation of each entity. The position is full-time (37.5 hours per week), exempt, and reports to the Vice President of Administration.

Principal Responsibilities


  • Participate in strategic planning for affiliated entities with senior staff and program team;
  • Ensure operations, grantmaking policies and procedures and workflow are integrated across all entities;
  • Work across teams to manage the global processes of the affiliated entities and their work with vendors, contractors, grantees; and
  • Analyze applicant and foundation grantmaking histories and prepare charts and reports for board members, program staff, and outside organizations (e.g. Foundation Center) as needed.

Grants Management

  • Oversee all aspects of grants management including initiating, developing, implementing, and sustaining policies and procedures that ensure effective and efficient grantmaking activities;
  • In collaboration with program team, develop funding applications and coordinate open application screening process;
  • Develop foundation calendars and timelines, including meeting schedules, application submission deadlines, and internal deadlines;
  • Prepare and copy edit board and grantmaking meeting materials in collaboration with program staff, compile and distribute meeting dockets;
  • Provide technical support to applicants, collect grantee feedback, make recommendations and implement changes as needed to ensure a smooth and accessible application process;
  • Create and maintain physical and electronic files;
  • Participate in Grants Management team meetings and professional development opportunities to stay up-to-date on developments in the field and compliance requirements.

Communication and Coordination

  • Maintain website, including coordinating contractors and ensuring content is current and consistently updated (e.g., grants lists, blogposts, application information);
  • Coordinate grantmaking tasks between program, finance and other administrative staff so that all foundation activities are smoothly implemented;
  • Respond to mail, email and telephone inquiries;  
  • With Managing Director, coordinate planning meetings and team retreats, including meeting content, agendas and logistics.


  • Look for and implement opportunities for automation and increased efficiencies in all affiliated entities’ activities;
  • Technical support including managing Apple software and hardware inventory and tech support tickets;
  • Take meeting minutes; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Attributes Needed

  • BA/BS or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum of five years’ substantive administrative and operational experience;
  • At least three years’ experience in philanthropy and/or the nonprofit sector;
  • Demonstrated experience in formulating and implementing policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrated initiative, sound judgment, and the tenacity to see tasks through to completion in an accurate and thoughtful manner;
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and work independently, as well as with others, in a collaborative, often fast-paced, team environment;
  • Excellent customer service skills with emphasis on respectful and tactful communications;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, tolerance, flexibility, and humor;
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with a commitment to accuracy;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including proofreading and copy editing;
  • Strong information technology skills, including proven advanced experience with Microsoft Office, project management software and database programs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to PFS values of generosity, respect, integrity, inclusion, commitment and humility;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and discretion about confidential matters.


PFS has offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Santa Rosa. This position will be based in the Palo Alto office, and may require infrequent travel to the San Francisco office.

Salary Range:  $80,000 - $95,000

Benefits: Include medical, dental, vision, Section 125 plan, 401K retirement, Commuter Checks and more

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