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Job Opportunities

Grants Manager (80% to Full Time)

Position Description
Hesperian Health Guides provides information and educational tools to help people around the world take greater control over their health and lives, and works to eliminate the underlying causes of poor health. Since our founding more than 45 years ago, Hesperian has joined with like-minded organizations and movements to promote health justice on a global scale.

Hesperian seeks a highly motivated Grants Manager to lead our foundation fundraising effort. The ideal candidate is a hands-on, collaborative individual with enthusiasm for and commitment to Hesperian’s work, mission, and philosophy. They possess the experience and motivation to conduct development research; prepare effective briefs, proposals, updates, and reports; manage an active portfolio of institutional supporters and prospects; and contribute to the overall success of the development team. The Grants Manager reports to our Development Director, works closely with the Executive Director, and with the Development Associate, project managers, and finance team; and may work with volunteers, student interns, and consultants.

Hesperian’s diverse and devoted staff is committed to social justice and engages with the issues and politics of community and international health. We seek caring learners with proven ability to accomplish shared goals working successfully with people differing in life experiences and identities.

The Grants Manager position is ideally 80% FTE with benefits; depending on the skills and interest we would consider hiring at 100% FTE or at 60% FTE.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and applying a deep understanding of Hesperian’s programs to effectively tell our story to domestic and international funders.
  • Maintaining the grants calendar and institutional funder records to track meetings, internal and external deadlines, relationship-building and other communications.
  • Timely drafting, submitting, and following up on LOIs, grant proposals, and reports focusing on an assigned portfolio of current and new funders.
  • Using sound judgment in supporting and building strong relationships with assigned institutional funders and their representatives.
  • Conducting prospect research, identifying funding opportunities for one or more program areas, and preparing briefs on institutional donors and prospects.
  • Working with the Director of Development to prepare the Executive Director, relevant staff, and Board members in advance of meetings with institutional donors and prospects.
  • Maintaining and regularly sharing knowledge of relevant local, national, and international trends and opportunities in institutional giving.
  • Assisting with Hesperian development and promotional events, as needed.


  • At least three years of direct or related experience with grant writing, foundation relations, development support, or philanthropy.
  • Fluency in English with strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal communications skills. 
  • Experience in researching, identifying, and cultivating new relationships with prospective institutional funders preferred
  • Highly organized, able to take the initiative, work in a team, and be resourceful with excellent time management skills.
  • Working knowledge of ethical standards for development professionals and effective use of independent judgment.
  • Demonstrable flexibility and resilience in a dynamic work environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and prior nonprofit employment.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, G Suite, Dropbox, CRM database management preferred.
  • Bilingual/bicultural is a plus, as is experience working or volunteering internationally.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary range: $60,000-$70,500 (full-time equivalent, pro-rated to 80% FTE)

Benefits (pro-rated to 80% FTE): Medical, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, 403(b) plan, paid vacation and personal days, professional development opportunities, and generous family leave policy.

To apply:

Interested individuals should send a cover letter including what excites you about this opportunity and a summary of your qualifications (1 page), a resume (1-2 pages), and one relevant writing sample (up to 2500 words) to: ATTN: Grants Manager Search. Email: [email protected] No phone calls, please.

Hesperian is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. Hesperian policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed or religion, sex, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, genetic characteristics or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US. Hesperian is unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.

Hesperian also has many opportunities for volunteering. To learn about our available volunteer positions, please visit our Volunteer page.

Work Study Opportunities

Paid work-study opportunities are available. If you are a UC Berkeley student, please visit the work-study website for a listing of open positions. If you are a student at another institution and are interested in work-study opportunities, please email us at [email protected].