Grants Manager

Richmond Area Multi-Family Services | San Francisco, California



RAMS, Inc. is a private, non-profit mental health agency that is committed to advocating for and providing community based, culturally-competent, and consumer-guided comprehensive services, with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific Islander Americans.
Founded in San Francisco's Richmond District in 1974, our agency offers comprehensive services that aim to meet the behavioral health, social, vocational, and educational needs of the diverse community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

RAMS is recognized by the local and national social service community as having expertise in providing culturally competent mental health services to the underserved, with expertise in working with the Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PI) and Russian-speaking populations. The agency has received numerous awards for culturally competent service delivery, clinical training, employment of people with disability, and community leadership.

We Offer: 

  • Adult & Older Adult and Children, Youth & Family Outpatient Services
  • Behavioral Health & Consultation Services at schools, youth centers, and childcare sites
  • Peer Counseling, Outreach, and Training Services
  • Adult Residential and Integrated Behavioral Health & Medical Support Services
  • Vocational Training and Employment Services
  • Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (see
  • Psychological Assessment and Testing
  • Adult and Youth Workforce Development & Career Pathways and Education
  • Clinical, Cultural, and Organizational Consultation
  • Outreach and Community Organizing Activities

In addition, RAMS provides outreach and preventive services at many community locations, such as schools, childcare centers, social service agencies and churches.  We also provide clinical training and internships in all mental health disciplines.  To meet the diverse community needs, RAMS offers over 30 clinical programs in over 90 sites citywide. 

Job Summary

Your Role: Under the direction of the Director of Development (DoD), the Grants Manager will research and identify priorities, deadlines, and points-of-contact for prospective, corporate, and foundation donors, as well as for government proposals. S/he will work closely with the DoD to engage funders, matching their interests with RAMS’ immediate and long-term needs. As part of the Development team, the Grants Manager will assist in reaching departmental goals, as s/he will help ensure that the organization meets and/or exceeds its annual budget for fundraising. This also includes playing an active role in helping to shape a creative, sustainable development plan driven by multi-prong strategies and approaches.

Reports To

Director of Development (DoD)


Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Developing grant proposals, in collaboration with the Executive Team, Program, and Finance/Accounting Staff;
  • Identifying and aiding in the cultivation of individuals with influence and affluence;
  • Ensuring prompt and accurate acknowledgement and recording of a government, corporate, and foundation gifts and grants; and
  • Identifying and promoting matching gift opportunities.

Essential Responsibilities include: 

Planning & Tracking:

  • Develops and implements integrated strategies to achieve annual goals for increasing government, corporate, and foundation funding;
  • Develops and maintains a calendar of critical deadlines for grants and reports to foundations and individual donors (when requested);
  • Develops and maintains an active prospect list of foundations and government grant opportunities; and
  • Works closely with the DoD to solicit and cultivate new funders, and steward current relationships.

Grant Writing:

  • Maintains a calendar of grant and report deadlines to manage workflow;
  • Creates Institutional Philanthropic Profiles, utilizing Foundation Search and Foundation Directory, for potential funders;
  • Serves as the primary writer for all grants;
  • Develops and manages all stages of the grant writing process, from prospect identification to proposal development, as well as timely submission, and required reporting;
  • Ensures that grants are accurately and promptly recorded, acknowledged, and reported;
  • Follows up on denied proposals and devises strategies to improve success rates;
  • Reports on corporate and foundation funding trends and practices;
  • Arranges site visits by foundations and other funders; 
  • Recommends new and/or revised policies and procedures for grant processes; and 
  • Adheres to the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Community Relations:

  • assists the DoD in maintaining a community volunteer engagement program, aligned with broader fundraising strategies;
  • represents RAMS for community-based events;
  • works closely with the DoD and President and CEO to increase awareness of RAMS, its programs, and its mission;
  • writes for RAMS’ publications (newsletters, Annual Report, brochures, flyers);
  • understands and follows all RAMS safety policies, procedures, and rules;
  • attends all mandatory RAMS-based training sessions; and
  • Completes other duties as assigned.



4-year degree





  1. Possessing at least a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred)
  2. At least three years of demonstrated experience grant writing, including portfolio of successful proposals, and/or demonstrated experience related to technical writing and/or journalism
  3. Commitment to RAMS’ mission to provide culturally responsive mental health services
  4. Demonstrated exceptional writing skills and attention to detail
  5. Advanced level of knowledge/use of Microsoft Officer (Word and Excel), Raisers Edge, and Google applications. Knowledge of Adobe
  6. Demonstrably high level of organizational skills, and experience & ability in managing complex, multi-layered grant processes with a team of administrative, finance, and program staff
  7. Ability to identity key stakeholders in San Francisco, as well as exhibit knowledge of and strategies for accessing various funding communities
  8. Demonstrated ability to quickly and accurately distill complex programmatic material into understandable proposals and presentations targeted to specific audiences
  9. Ability to travel within San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, as needed/appropriate to meet with potential funders and grant makers


  1. Strong capability in working with colleagues across departments and programs, with integrity, as well as the ability to work independently
  2. Possessing demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity to, and competence in dealing with the cultural and socio-economic diversity of RAMS’ target client population
  3. Exhibits capacity to maintain confidential information whenever appropriate/required

How to Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and TWO writing samples (preferably grant proposals) to Human Resources – Recruitment at 

Richmond Area Multi-Family Services