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We’re always looking for talented, dedicated people who believe in the power of mentoring to change the life of a child for the better, forever.

We are committed to a diverse workforce with representation from every walk of life. We recognize how our organization is greatly enhanced when we unite people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

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The Director of Grants is a key leader within the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire Fund Development and Grants department and is responsible for development efforts from public, private, and federal funding sources. This position will report to the Vice President of Operations, and will work closely with the agency leadership team to align grant request efforts with our agency strategic plan and mission.


DEPARTMENT:      Fund Development and Grants

REPORTS TO:        Vice President of Operations

FLSA STATUS:       Salary, Exempt



  • Research and identify potential private, corporate, city, state, and federal funding sources
  • Cultivate relationships with funders through visits, letters of inquiry, etc.
  • Work closely with the Chief Development Officer to identify and submit appropriate number of grants in order to ensure budgeted return.
  • Maintain relationships with existing funders
  • Prepare and manage Leadership Team discussions on grants.
  • Submit proposals based on grant guidelines and submission deadlines
  • Acknowledge grants, oversee submission of reimbursement invoices, and provide progress reports to funders.
  • Maintain tracking of grant expenditures
  • Create and maintain clear and accurate grant files
  • Track and manage successful grants—renewing when applicable
  • Informing the VP of Operations of the statuses of each proposal
  • Attend all agency fundraising events and offering support as needed
  • Lead and supervise a Grants team to meet goals—from renewing grants, running required reports, writing grants, collecting data, etc.



  • Bachelor’s degree required (In English, Communications, or related field preferred);
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 5-plus years of successful grant-writing and management experience required
  • Proven track record with successful grant writing required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; including Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Access to a reliable automobile; valid driver’s license; and automobile insurance
  • Able to work independently exercising good judgment, decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills reflecting solid customer service both in-person and telephone.
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Able to succeed in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to work with confidential information (donors, foundations, agency information)
  • Able to effectively collaborate with peers and team dynamics
  • Able to use time effectively and able to focus on details
  • Able to maintain boundaries with clients
  • Able to research techniques for fundraising prospect research
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Attention to detail with strong proof-reading skills
  • Maintain high knowledge of fundraising information sources, techniques, and strategies


Additional Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals

Customer Focus

Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and service; talks and acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationship with customers and gains their trust and respect; ensures customers feel they have been listened to; establishes credibility quickly.


Interpersonal Savvy

Relates well to all kinds of people; builds appropriate rapport; practices active listening; builds constructive and effective relationships; deals effectively with diversity; uses diplomacy and tact; capable of diffusing difficult situations comfortably; manages frustration appropriately; is easy to approach and talk to; spends the extra effort to put others at ease.


Organizational Ability

Can marshal resources to get things done; orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently; arranges information and follows established process.


Results/Outcome Oriented

Is motivated by results; can be counted on to meet and exceed goals successfully; bottom-lined oriented; pushes self for results; sets clear objectives and measures, monitors process and progress; brings forward innovative practices and suggestions for improvements.


Promotes Vision and Mission

Effectively promotes the agency mission and vision, internally, as well as with the broader community.


Work Environment


The environmental conditions described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.


  • Routine office environment.
  • Occasional travel


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and required skills. Job Description may be subject to change to meet the needs of the organization.


Your employment with BBBSOC will be “at will,” meaning that either you or BBBSOC may end your employment at any time and for any reason, with or without cause.