Grants Manager

Description JOB SUMMARY Are you ready to join the SoLa Impact team in a thrilling role as our Grants Maestro? We are on the lookout for an enthusiastic Grants Manager with a proven knack for chasing down grants and securing funding from a variety of sources, including government, non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic sectors. As our Grants Manager, you will embark on a journey filled with diverse grant opportunities.We are talking about grants, requests for proposals (RFPs), Notices of Funding Availability (NoFAs), and competitions – we affectionately call them “grants.” This is not your run-of-the-mill job; it is an absolutely pivotal role within SoLa. You will collaborate across our various entities and departments including SoLa Impact’s real estate verticals and the SoLa Foundation. Plus, you will get to work directly with our CEO and COO. We are on the lookout for someone with storytelling superpowers and top-notch organization skills. You will be our SoLa storyteller, painting a vivid picture of our mission and vision in a way that is tailor-made for each exciting funding opportunity that comes our way. If you are ready to dive into this exciting adventure with us, we can’t wait to hear from you! About The Company SoLa Impact stands as the foremost private developer of affordable and workforce housing in Los Angeles. Our ambitious vision extends beyond the city limits, with strategic plans for expansion across California and eventually nationwide. Having successfully deployed our fourth fund, totaling $300 million in equity, we are poised for significant growth. Over the next 3-5 years, we aim to raise multiple funds exceeding $500 million each. Our investor base includes institutional investors, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. Our accomplishments have garnered national recognition. We’ve been featured in the Wall Street Journal and lauded by the US Congress as a prime example of the Opportunity Zone legislation at work. Prominent business schools, including USC’s Marshall School and Columbia Business School’s Masters of Real Estate program, have examined our strategies and operations. At SoLa Impact, we invite you to join us in this momentous journey, where our commitment to affordable housing leaves a lasting legacy.Since 2015, SoLa’s founders have personally raised over $500 million of equity from institutional investors and family offices. Our high net worth clients include senior partners from General Atlantic Partners, Oaktree, Bain Capital, Silver Lake, Goldman Sachs, Houlihan Lokey, Moelis & Company, and several other leading private equity firms and family offices. In Fund IV, SoLa Impact has added a growing list of institutional investors including CalSTRS, PayPal Holdings, Equitable Insurance, Standard Insurance, the Skoll Foundation, Ally Bank, Potenza Capital, and Pacific Premier Bank. SoLa’s OZ Fund was recognized as the leading urban Opportunity Zone fund by Forbes Magazine and the Sorenson Impact Center. In addition, SoLa has been covered by the Wall Street Journal and praised before the US Congress as one of the best examples of the Opportunity Zone legislation working as it was intended. Requirements ESSENTIAL DUTIES Research, evaluate, and nurture grant opportunities from current and potential funders to align with both immediate and long-term organizational objectivesCraft and submit grant applications, including renewals, to established foundations and corporate supportersIdentify and craft proposals and application packages for new funding possibilities, ensuring alignment with program and organizational goals. This encompasses various sources such as corporate, private, federal, state, and municipal funding opportunitiesEstablish and maintain an organized repository of data for potential and submitted grants, alongside pertinent documentationCreate and maintain a master calendar detailing all grant and report deadlines. Regularly provide biweekly status reports to the SoLa management team outlining proposals and reporting due dates for the forthcoming two monthsCollaborate with diverse teams at SoLa to construct compelling narratives for projects, backed by robust impact data, then assist with project hand-offs once grants are awardedDevelop and sustain meaningful relationships with key stakeholders across government, non-profit, philanthropic, and corporate sectorsEducation & Experience Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, or a related field, or equivalent work experienceA minimum of 3 years of successful grant writing experience, including prospect research, sourcing, developing, writing, and submitting successful private, federal, and state government grant proposalsExperience in leading teams and delegating tasks to facilitate large and complex submissionsFamiliarity with affordable housing, social equity, and/or ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) preferredProficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and common grant submission platformsA strong passion for SoLa’s mission and a commitment to consistently improving the grants management processExceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with a strong focus on follow-throughBenefits SoLa Impact offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as pet insurance, sick leave, 10 paid holidays, and bereavement days. This package is designed to provide employees with a range of important benefits that help to support their physical and emotional well-being, while also providing financial protection and peace of mind.At SoLa Impact, we believe work environment, culture, and the opportunity to learn and grow are key elements when considering a new job. We are just the right size to provide the resources and support you need without the bureaucracy of a large corporate environment. We foster a family-friendly and supportive workplace, collaborative and employee-focused with an emphasis on quality, integrity, trust, and accountability. We are looking to bring someone on board as soon as possible. We provide a rewarding and challenging environment. We expect a lot, but give a lot in return. Strongly prefer candidates local to Los Angeles as no relocation assistance will be provided. All qualified candidates will be contacted directly. SoLa Impact is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SoLa does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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