The Public Grants Program Manager is responsible for the overall vision and implementation of the Trust for Public Land (TPL) California’s public financing program. This position leads the public grants team for California, which includes 4+ contract grant writers. The Public Grants Program Manager coordinates public grant research, manages agency relationships, conducts advocacy and engagement around public grant programs, disseminates information on these programs to TPL staff, and manages all aspects of preparing grant proposals. The Public Grants Program Manager reports to the California State Director and works closely with project staff in California, as well as with key senior staff in other TPL departments, including Finance, Legal, CA Government Affairs, and Federal Affairs.
• Lead annual and regular cross-functional planning and assessment for TPL California’s public grant financing needs, identify appropriate funding programs, and secure grant funding.
• Manage the development, preparation, and submission of grant applications for local, state, and federal public agency funding, including research, writing, and editing text prepared by project staff, contractors, and partners.
• Facilitate collaboration with public agencies and partners to develop and shape public grant programs through commenting processes, legislative review, and stakeholder advocacy.
• Monitor grant proposals following submittal to funding agencies; gather and provide additional information as needed.
• Cultivate and maintain close relationships with senior grant administrators at funding agencies.
• Support the review and advocacy of state legislation pertaining to public grant issues.
• Integrate the California Public Grants Program with TPL’s Project, Legislative, Government Affairs, and Philanthropy programs and priorities.
• Maintain up-to-date database of public grants submitted in California, a calendar of grant deadlines, and summaries of grant program requirements.
• Manage consultant grant writing team, monitor and process grant writing invoices, contracts and track grant writing budget and expenses.
• Identify and cultivate new competitive grant program and public funding initiatives and opportunities.
• Organize and conduct workshops for staff and partners.
• Make presentations at public agencies in support of TPL funding requests.
• Travel periodically to hearings, workshops, site visits, and TPL field offices.
• Bachelor’s degree required, or equivalent experience.
• Minimum 5 years’ experience in an equivalent position.
• Superior written and oral communications skills. Excellent organizational skills.
• Staff and consultant management experience.
• 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 withother departments and various outside agencies.