Samaritan House – Grant Writer

Under the supervision of the Agency’s Grant Manager, the Grant Writer is responsible for supporting the Grants Manager in securing and managing a $6M+ grants program (government, foundation, corporation) of the agency, including: research, writing proposals, reporting, funder communications, maintaining grant records, and managing the grants calendar.


Department: Development and Communications
Supervisor: Grants Manager
FLSA: Full Time 40 hrs/Non-exempt/Hourly
Salary Range: $30.00 per hour


Preferred job requirements and qualifications for the position are as follows:  Entry level candidates may be considered

Education and Licenses - Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree(s) preferred.


  • Minimum of four years of foundation and government grant-writing experience preferred.

  • Must have good knowledge and familiarity with local and regional foundations, corporations and government entities

  • Strong computer proficiency is required including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Outlook, electronic file management and various email applications. Knowledge of fundraising software desirable.

  • Strong interpersonal, relationship building and leadership skills required. Ability to create and maintain excellent relationships with all constituents of various backgrounds, skills and personalities; excellent customer service.

  • Candidate must have excellent communication skills with constituents with diverse experiences including staff, volunteers, etc. Must possess strong business acumen and must be articulate.

Essential Functions of the Position

  • Research and write grant proposals and letters of inquiry for new and existing agency programs and general operations.

  • Maintain grant writing calendar for new and recurring proposals, letters of inquiry, reports, and other related deadlines.

  • Communicate and coordinate upcoming deadlines with appropriate staff as needed.

  • Maintain all grant records, communications, documentation and reports in LiveImpact and the shared Grants folder as appropriate.

  • Coordinate funder requests for site visits with appropriate staff, Board members and/or volunteers. Prepare and brief all participants with appropriate information needed for a successful visit.

  • Research potential funders. Coordinate and participate in grant writing and budget proposals for foundations, corporations and government funders.

  • Support the Development and Communications Department team as needed (e.g., evaluating and editing agency publications and grant related public relations).  Assist Development department with administrative or event duties as needed.

  • Attend bidders’ conferences as needed to stay current with funders’ priorities and as required to ensure eligibility for application to funders.

  • Coordinate with PR and Communications Specialist regarding funders’ requirements, specifications and contact information concerning appropriate execution funder recognition and press release distributions.

  • Assist with the coordination of Board supported activities and administration as needed.

  • Assist other agency activities and special events as needed. 

  • Attend all assigned meetings and trainings as needed and positively represent Samaritan House in all internal and external venues. Ensure staff does the same.

  • Represent Samaritan House both internal and external to the agency as needed in a positive manner.

  • Ensure safe work environments for all and complete all incident reports within 24 hours or immediately.

  • All other duties as assigned.

Employment Terms and Benefits

Work hours for this position are generally Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:30pm and as needed will include weekday evenings, weekend days/evenings, and Holidays as required. Benefits include Medical, Dental, Life/AD&D/LTD; Voluntary Benefits include Retirement Match, Vision, and AFLAC salary protection programs. Paid Time Off Benefits Includes: nine paid holidays per year; and a 1st year PTO allowance of 22 days.

How to apply

No phone calls, please! Samaritan House is an equal opportunity employer. Because of the volume of applications Samaritan House receives, we regret we are not able to respond to every applicant individually. If your skills and experience are a good match for this position, we will contact you for an interview.  Interested candidates for this position will be required to submit a cover letter and resume to:

Director of Human Resources 
4031 Pacific Blvd.  
San Mateo, CA 94403
Facsimile: (650) 294-4336