Public Grants Manager

San Francisco

Position Summary

The Public Grants Manager is responsible for the overall vision and implementation of the Public Grants Program for the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL’s) California office. This position researches public grant programs, disseminates information on these programs to TPL staff, and manages all aspects of preparing grant proposals. A key function of this position is forging and fostering relationships with public agency partners. The Public Grants Manager reports to the Director of Government Relations and works closely with project staff in California, as well as with key senior staff in other departments, including Finance, Legal, and Public Affairs.

Essential Functions

  • Assess the organization's public grant financing needs, identify appropriate funding programs, and secure grant funding.
  • Prepare grant applications for public agency funding, including researching, writing project descriptions, editing text prepared by project staff and partners, and coordinating the design of proposals with project administrative staff.
  • Monitor grant proposals following submittal to funding agencies; gather and provide additional information as needed, and work with the organization's legal department and funding agencies to collect grant funds.
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with senior grant administrators at funding agencies.
  • Work with public agencies to develop grant programs and guidelines.
  • Review State legislation pertaining to public grant issues.
  • Integrate Public Grants Program with the organization's Project, Legislative, Public Affairs, and Development programs and priorities.
  • Maintain up-to-date intranet database of grant information, including a calendar of grant deadlines, summary of grant program requirements, and research aides.
  • Research new grant program initiatives.
  • Provide grant information to project staff.
  • Organize and conduct workshops and training courses.
  • Make presentations at public agencies in support of funding requests.
  • Travel periodically to various field offices.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum 4 years experience in an equivalent position.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills. Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficient with computers and spreadsheet/word processing applications.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Creative and independent worker.
  • Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations to solve problems.
  • Ability to establish professional relations with other departments and various outside agencies.
How to Apply: 

Please apply online.