JVS SoCal is uncompromising in pursuit of its mission to build better lives, one job at a time by empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment. We support our programs’ efforts through aggressive public, private and philanthropic fundraising for organizational growth and sustainability. For 90  years, JVS SoCal has been putting people back to work in good jobs with solid career paths. We serve an average of 50,000 individuals annually from over 20 office sites with nationally-recognized proprietary career training programs, the operation of America’s Job Centers of California throughout Los Angeles County and expansive Veteran services.  JVS SoCal serves job seekers with barriers to employment including mature job seekers; Veterans; at-risk youth; single mothers; historically excluded communities including LGBTQ+, individuals of color, individuals living with a disability; and individuals moving from public assistance to economic independence; and immigrants & refugees.

As the Grants Development Specialist, you will have a direct impact in the lives of those we serve. Your passion will help our programs provide  job seekers with the skills, training and tools required to give them a fresh start and a new career path and will enhance the Grants Department’s communications with new and returning funders.  You are joining a fast-paced team, helping advance the mission of a forward-thinking organization.

Grants Development Specialist
Job Description and Duties:

The Grants Development Specialist is responsible for researching, tracking, summarizing and analyzing potential government, foundation and corporate funding opportunities that align with agency goals in workforce development and training.  This includes utilizing qualitative and quantitative criteria available via on-line databases, annual reports, search engines, etc.  This position will identify funders’ areas of interest, giving patterns, income, IRS filings, foundation and tax reports and more to evaluate fit and potential giving level.  

The Grants Development Specialist will provide relevant and timely research to enhance proposals, attend bidders’ conferences, and offer recommendations on new potential funders.  The Grants Development Specialist will enter and manage foundation submissions, correspondence, awards and reports in Raiser’s Edge; manage the department’s internal documents; work closely with the Foundation & Corporation Grants Manager and Program Managers to develop funder reports; and coordinate with the Philanthropy Department regarding proposals and opportunities for donor engagement. This position will have access to confidential information and will be mandated to maintain this confidentiality. This is a full-time non-exempt union position and will report to the Foundation & Corporate Grants Manager with a dotted line to the Senior Manager, Grants & Contracts.

Qualifications and Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Highly-organized self-starter.
  • Must be able to competently manage multiple related tasks simultaneously. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software and will develop spreadsheets, graphs and flow charts to highlight critical data.
  • Proven track record of successful research, process documentation, and competence with Foundation Directory, GuideStar or similar prospect research tools.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and editing skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with both internal and external partners while maintaining confidentiality of information shared.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or similar grants management software preferred.  
  • Familiarity with the Workforce Development system preferred.

Physical Requirements:    

This position will work in a blended remote and office environment, travel independently to bidders’ conferences, service sites, etc.  May be required to work some evenings and an occasional weekend day.  Must be able to operate standard office equipment.

The duties included here are intended only as illustrations of the varied work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similarly related or a logical assignment.

Please send your resume to .  Indicate on subject line: Grants Development Specialist

About JVS SoCal

Founded in 1931, JVS-SoCal is a nonprofit, non-sectarian social service agency, providing job training, career services, mentoring and placement assistance to diverse and multicultural populations, transforming lives and empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment. JVS SoCal currently serves 40,000 to 50,000 clients annually at over 20 locations throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. For a more complete listing of our programs and services, please see our Resource Guide.