Director of Foundation and Government Relations
Job Details
San Pedro Street - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
$75,000.00 - $85,000.00 Salary/year
Day Shift
Nonprofit - Social Services

Essential Functions

  1. Lead the strategic planning and implementation of all foundation and government fundraising activities for the organization, as well as any related capital campaigns.
  2. Continuously develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of city, county, state, and federal government funding opportunities and determine which opportunities strategically align with DWCs organizational priorities and capacity.
  3. Identify foundation, corporate, and government grant opportunities matched to DWC programs and activities, develop understanding of the criteria and priorities applicable to each granting program, and pursue promising funding leads
  4. Develop and maintain relationships with funding agencies, program officers, collaborating organizations, and internal departments. Effectively coordinate between all constituents from prospecting through closeout.
  5. Work across agency to identify programmatic funding needs and ensure competitiveness and efficiency in grant applications.
  6. Direct internal grants process: identify measurable goals and objectives for program development and compile program outlines, materials, and data to write compelling narrative; develop grant budgets and grants calendar, delegate grant writing activities, work with Finance, Operations, and Program staff to monitor expenditures to ensure compliance with all public and private grant requirements.
  7. Collaborate with Communication and Development team to engage new and existing foundation and institutional partners and enhance relationships through grants, event sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, and in-kind donations.
  8. Support Board and Development Committee meetings as needed.
  9. Assist with additional activities in support of our annual Fund Development Plan, including annual and planned giving, capital campaigns, fundraising events, tours and presentations, and reporting.
  10. Additional duties as assigned to support the mission of the organization.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




  1. Strategic thinking
  2. Relationship Building
  3. Grant Writing & Editing
  4. Project Management
  5. Reporting and Data Management


Supervisory Responsibility
This position supervises a grants coordinator.


Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday-Friday from 9am-5:30pm.


No travel is expected for this position.



Required Education and Experience

  1. Bachelors degree required, advanced degree or relevant professional certification preferred
  2. Three to five years of progressive fundraising or grant writing experience required; public policy experience is a plus
  3. Three to five years of direct staff supervision experience
  4. History of developing and maintaining strategic partnerships
  5. Exceptional skill in comprehension, analysis, and technical writing, including the ability to articulate and explain complex funding and financial issues in a clear, non-technical manner
  6. Strong multitasking and problem-solving skills; ability to maintain composure in a fast-paced environment and proven experience managing large-scale projects


Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications

  • Knowledge of government funding opportunities at local, state, and federal levels
  • Knowledge of foundation and corporate funding landscape for homeless/social service agencies


Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success as a team player, including the ability to develop and maintain a goal-oriented, positive attitude throughout the organization
  • Ability to comfortably interface with Board Members, Leadership, donors, and general DWC community
  • Compassion and understanding of DWCs unique approach to service provision

Downtown Women's Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, genetic information, national origin and ancestry, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, pregnancy, military and veteran status or medical condition. In addition to federal law requirements,

Downtown Women's Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.