WELCOME TO SANTA MONICA COLLEGE! Under
general direction from the Dean of Institutional Advancement and in
collaboration with the College President and other College leaders,
this position is responsible for identifying, capturing, and
securing institutional grants and cultivating other grant making
and sponsorship entities. As the person responsible for
grant-seeking activities at the College, this position will serve
as the lead relationship manager for foundations and corporate
Why Work at SMC?
At SMC, you will work beside a diverse group of individuals who
leverage their combined talents and passions to accomplish
something great. No matter what department you are in, or
what job you have, your contributions will be critical to helping
our students fulfill their dreams - landing that new job, or
breaking through the cycle of poverty.
What You Will Bring to the College
Our ideal candidate will be a self-starter and possess extensive
grant writing and grant prospecting experience for federal, state
and private grants. This individual will have experience
leading an organization’s grant-seeking
efforts and thrive in a results-oriented environment exhibited by a
proven track record of attaining grant funding. The selected
individual will be detail oriented and skilled in researching and
identifying funding opportunities that align with the college’s
mission, vision and strategic goals. The candidate will be an
active relationship builder and collaborator with campus
departments, stakeholders and funders in the management of all
campus grants. This person will have experience stewarding
grantmakers throughout the grant period. In addition, the
candidate will be committed to professional development, exhibited
by their efforts to continuously train staff and faculty in
identifying grant opportunities and writing grants.
We value our employees as individuals, and recognize the value of
work-life balance, the health of you and your family, and
professional development. We offer a variety of benefits and perks
to support new members of our team, including:
- 16 paid holidays*
- 24 paid vacation days*
- 12 paid illness days*
- Fully paid medical, dental, and
vision-care coverage (including eligible dependents)
- Membership in the California Public Employee Retirement System
- 5% increase in base pay for every 5 years worked with SMC, up
to 35 years of service.
- Free access to the Employee Assistance Program (EASE).
- Free Big Blue Bus access and monthly incentives for eligible
employees through the Sustainable
Transportation Incentive Program
*Holidays, vacation, and illness days listed above
assume a 12-month schedule. Vacation and illness days are prorated
for other work schedules.
New Employees: Generally, new employees start
at the first step on the salary schedule. A new permanent
classified employee may request a higher salary placement (not to
exceed the third step) based on recruitment issues and/or
additional training and experience which greatly exceeds the
Current Employees: Upon promotion, the new
salary for a current, permanent employee is based on Merit Rule
12.2.8. In accordance with this rule, employees are entitled to at
least a one-step (5%) salary increase, and may be eligible for
advanced step placement in accordance with established
About the Selection Process
The selection process tentatively consists of a Qualifications
Appraisal Interview with Technical Project (weighted 100%),
possibly preceded by a Training and Experience Evaluation
(pass/fail). The Training and Experience Evaluation will
consist of a structured evaluation of experience and training,
based on your online application and responses to the supplemental
questions included in your online application. This process
is intended to assess your qualifications above and
beyond the minimum requirements for the job. Only the top
qualified applicants whose backgrounds best match the requirements
of this position will be invited to move forward to the
Qualifications Appraisal Interview.
Prior to completing your Training and Experience
Evaluation, please review our Tips
for Completing a Training & Experience
Evaluation to learn more about this
Candidates must be successful on all test parts to be placed on the
eligibility list. The eligibility list created from this
recruitment will be used to fill any vacancies that occur during
the one year life of the eligibility list, including temporary and
For more information about our selection process, please visit
our FAQ page and click on "Job
Santa Monica College reserves the right to modify the stated test
parts and weights prior to the administration of any
Communication for this recruitment will be via
e-mail. You must check your e-mail on a regular basis
to be informed of your status for this recruitment.
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the
principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified
applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall
have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person
shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or
activity of the District. The District's Board Policy 3120 (Equal
Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment) may be
accessed at: http://bit.ly/smc-hr-bp3120.
"Santa Monica College encourages candidates that are equity-minded
to apply. SMC is a minority-serving, Hispanic-serving institution.
We actively seek to attract candidates from minority groups that
value equity, diversity, and inclusion. Equity, diversity, and
inclusion are built into the culture at SMC, and are an essential
component of the work that we do. SMC is committed to racial and
socioeconomic diversity as it is a reflection of our student
population and we strive to hire candidates that share this
Examples of Duties
Identifies local, state, federal, philanthropic, and corporate
grant opportunities for proposal development and submission;
develops and maintains a library of grant opportunities relevant to
the work of Santa Monica College faculty and staff.
Designs and manages a grant development program that sustains and
grows annual grant revenues based on College's strategic
priorities; ensures each project or program meets all proposal
conditions and grant requirements.
Writes, edits and submits competitive grant proposals that include
needs analysis, goals, objectives, activities, evaluation
strategies, timelines, a project budget, and supporting data.
Coordinates and facilitates internal and external working groups
involved in proposal/program design including representatives from
schools, state and community agencies, employers, and workforce
development agencies; designs and implements regular workshops for
faculty, staff, and other relevant stakeholders on identifying
grant opportunities and writing grants.
Manages and assembles all materials for grant submissions
including, but not limited to, proposal forms, concept papers,
budgets, letters of support, and memorandum of agreements;
coordinates the timely execution of grant submissions.
Stewards grantmakers throughout the grant period, including
extending appropriate invitations for site visits and/or attendance
at special events and continuing education programs as
Develops, in conjunction with the budget office, accurate budgets,
financial plans and related documentation to ensure that funds
sought are aligned with the mission, goals and outcomes of the
Researches new institutional funding opportunities that will help
to advance College's mission, strategic plan, and/or fundraising
priorities; regularly monitors various databases and available
resources to identify calls for proposals from viable public and
private grantmakers; creates and manages a grant opportunity
Keeps abreast and notifies senior leadership of changing state,
federal and private foundation grant standards and proposal
Maintains proactive communication with public and private
grantmakers to monitor and keep the College information about
relevant trends, issues, and opportunities.
Facilitates the transition from the grant development and award
phase to the implementation phase in collaboration with the project
leader, appropriate College leader, participating faculty and
staff, the Dean of Institutional Research, and the Vice President
of Business Administration.
Develops and implements policies, procedures and practices related
to grant stewardship.
Maintains record of pending, funded, and declined proposals in
related software applications as well as ongoing relationship
development activities with funding sources and their
In collaboration with the Dean, area Vice President and other
relevant college leaders, ensures that grant-funded projects and
reports comply with all state, federal, foundation and other
regulatory policies, procedures, and statutory authority.
Provides ongoing departmental support to collect and report grant
related data; ensures grant documentation submitted complies with
funding requirements and timelines.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Examples of essential duties are descriptive and not
restrictive in nature, and are generally listed in descending order
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Education, or
closely related field from an accredited college or university. A
Master’s degree is preferred.
of experience as a primary writer or editor in the development of
federal, state and private grant applications for higher education
or community based organizations. Experience must include using
software applications related to fundraising and relationship
management. Experience managing, administering or coordinating
grant funding efforts across an institution is highly
Experience which provided the
same kind, level and amount of experience as required in the
minimum qualifications may be substituted on a year-for-year
For additional information about our employment process, please
visit our FAQ page and click on
"current employees" (for existing, permanent SMC employees) or "job
applicants" (for external applicants).