Senior Grant Writer

Reports to: Director of Development
Revised: December 2020

Organizational Description

Mission Economic Development Agency – Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.

MEDA is advancing strategies to create asset building opportunities for San Francisco’s Latino families and in the Mission District through: (1) our core, integrated Asset Building Programs related to housing, financial capability, workforce development, business development and tax preparation; (2) serving as a backbone agency to advance educational achievement and family economic success through the Mission Promise Neighborhood 2-generation approach; (3) creating and preserving affordable housing and commercial real estate in the Mission District through Community Real Estate; (4) providing access to capital and innovative financial products through Fondo Adelante; and (5) Policy & Advocacy efforts that support our mission.

Position Description

The Senior Grant Writer is part of a high-functioning nonprofit dedicated to maintaining the vibrancy, health, and prosperity of the SF Mission for the Latino community. As part of a six-person development and communications team, the Senior Grant Writer manages a diverse portfolio and high volume of government, corporate, and foundation grants to fund MEDA’s programs and initiatives. This position is ideal for someone who would love to craft thoughtful and impactful narratives about equity for Immigrant and Latinx communities and who is capable of inspiring and securing financial support from similarly-aligned funders.

This role will lead in proposal development, grant writing, and reporting associated with grant funding from government agencies (local, state, federal), foundations, and corporations. The Senior Grant Writer will be capable of carrying out sophisticated grant cultivation strategies, and developing proposals and applications from inception all the way to submission and reporting. We welcome candidates that have extensive experience in a specific grant type and that would be willing to learn and adapt their grant-writing to other types of grants. The ideal candidate must have exceptional writing and project management skills, ability to learn quickly on the job, and strong communication and interpersonal skills for working with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.


Grant Writing, Management, and Reporting:

  • Develops, writes, and project-manages proposals and reports to corporate, foundation, and preferably, government (local, State, federal) funding sources. Monitors proposal guidelines and deadlines. Works with MEDA staff to gather financial and programmatic information and research and evaluation data.
  • Manages a grant portfolio ranging from $1 million – $3 million on average.
  • Design programmatic strategies in collaboration with the Director of Development and management team members.
  • Initiates meetings with program staff and potential external partners to develop comprehensive proposals.
  • Support budget and budget justification creation and manage collection of grant supporting documents.
  • Participates in an ad-hoc basis for other MEDA fundraising activities, including galas, individual donor fundraising events and site visits.
  • Conducts regular prospect research to support MEDA’s full scope of funding needs and develops funder cultivation strategies.
  • Together with the development team, tracks and manages Grants Calendar to ensure proposals are executed on time.
  • Together with the development team, ensure that Salesforce grants database accurately reflects status of all grants.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred.
  • Successful track record for institutional (grant) fundraising for a nonprofit organization, with three to seven years of experience in grant writing.
  • Demonstrated success and experience in prospecting, writing and securing government grants, including local, state, and federal sources, is highly desired.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong facilitation and project management skills.
  • Ability to effectively collect, analyze, organize, distill and present information.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and prioritize while working to meet multiple deadlines
  • Knowledge of community development, housing, education, and/or other core areas of MEDA’s work is a significant plus.
  • Ability to work both independently and also as a team player.
  • Ability to manage remote work and work collaboratively in a remote setting, including familiarity and comfort with remote work tools and platforms, a plus.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Spanish language fluency (verbal and written) a plus.


MEDA offers a competitive benefits package, including 100% covered medical insurance for employees and their families, medical, vision, retirement savings plan, 4 weeks of paid time off earned in first year, paid holidays, and a robust professional development program. We pride ourselves in having a family-friendly work environment, promoting work-life balance, and spending time as a team through retreats and “fun days” to help us better serve our community.


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