Grants Manager

Pogo Park | Richmond, California



Who We Are: Founded in 2007 and based in Richmond, California, Pogo Park is a community development corporation registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.

Our Mission: To transform lives by transforming public space.

What We Do: Pogo Park reclaims little-used and neglected city parks in Richmond, California’s “Iron Triangle” neighborhood (one of America’s toughest, poorest, most violent, and underserved neighborhoods) and transforms them into safe, green, and beautiful public spaces for children to play. We create world-class urban parks in one of the toughest inner-city neighborhoods as a vehicle to improve the health and wellbeing of children, families, and the entire community.

Why We Are Different: Pogo Park approaches the process to rethink, redesign, and rebuild city parks in Richmond in a radically new way. We rebuild parks “from the inside/out.” Instead of hiring professional experts from outside the community to design and build a park “for” the people, Pogo Park hires, trains, and empowers community residents – experts in their own neighborhood – to design, build, and manage these new “Pogo Parks” themselves.

Our Goals: To change the environmental conditions of the Iron Triangle neighborhood to benefit the health and well-being of thousands of vulnerable children. To transform neglected city parks into high-quality, enriched children’s play spaces that are specifically designed to spark and foster the healthy development of children. To use the transformation of parks in Richmond as a vehicle to transform the community holistically.

To make parks “for the people, by the people.”

Current Status of Our Grants Department: During our 13 years of operation, Pogo Park set up the bones for a strong grants management system. We continue to develop language for our LOI’s that run across multiple program areas (healthy children, workforce development, community development, economic development, urban greening, social justice, art, place making etc.). We secured program grants from local foundations and capital grants from government. Now we want to: a) expand the number of grant requests to more foundations; and b) develop strong language and case statement for each program area.

Job Summary

Grants Manager: Managing all aspects of Pogo Park's grant-making efforts and activities. (See more details below).

Reports To

Toody Maher - Executive Director



  • Work directly with Pogo Park’s Executive Director to develop and build a world-class grants management team and system
  • Engage with current and prospective donors by email, phone, and in-person
  • Research and identify grant prospects
  • Craft, write, and submit grant proposals and grant reports
  • Manage Pogo Park’s master grants calendar
  • Maintain electronic records of all grant applications and reports
  • Ensure donor information is entered and updated accurately in Pogo Park’s Salesforce database
  • Ensure that the language used in Pogo Park’s grant applications represents the community respectfully, and accurately reflects Pogo Park’s work on-the-ground
  • Support Pogo Park’s fundraising efforts at special events and tours
  • Participate in on-going trainings to continuously improve your skills and ability to build and operate an exemplary grants management system



  • A desire to take the reins and lead, manage, grow, and drive Pogo Park’s grants management system
  • Passion for Pogo Park’s work and mission
  • Ability to write clearly, and concisely
  • Flexible and comfortable working on grant proposals and reports with others
  • Ability to crab compelling grant applications that highlight how Pogo Park’s work meets funders’ focus areas
  • Ability to produce high-quality, visually appealing grant applications and reports under deadlines
  • Organized, punctual, and willing to “do whatever it takes to get it done”
  • A minimum of three years experience in grant-prospecting and writing
  • Demonstrated success securing grants from foundations, government, and businesses
  • A BA degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Ability to use and work in Google Suite, Microsoft365, and Salesforce
  • Ability to work with the population that Pogo Park serves
  • A willingness to engage in conversations about equity, inclusion, diversity, power, and privilege


Negotiable based on skills and experience.


Roughly 20-40 hours per week. Flexible, family-friendly schedule.

How to Apply

E-mail an application to us that includes:

Cover letter that includes a description of: a) who you are; b) why you are interested in this job; and c) your background in grant writing / raising funds for nonprofits

  • Your resume
  • A link to view your profile on LinkedIn
  • Two samples of a grant proposal and/or grant report you wrote

Send your application to: Adrian Maher at

In the subject line of your email to Adrian, please include “Grants Manager: Your Name.”

We look forward to receiving your application!

Pogo Park

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