Community Grants Program Officer

North Santa Barbara County, Mid Santa Barbara County, South Santa Barbara County
Full Time
Santa Barbara Foundation


We are seeking a Program Officer to join our Community Engagement department, as part our Grantmaking team! This position will report directly to our Director of Grantmaking.

This is a full-time position serving all of Santa Barbara county.

Pay is mid to high sixties, annually, depending on skills and experience demonstrated during the interview process.

Please review our Job Description below, before applying.

All applicants must submit a professional resume, cover letter and complete copy of our employment application, in order to be considered.

See the bottom of our ad for information regarding benefits!

Position Summary:

The Community Grants Program Officer is responsible for researching and analyzing community needs and supporting the creation and management of grantmaking opportunities to serve the communities of Santa Barbara County.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop community outreach plan in assigned areas to ascertain community needs, including outreach to a broad base of constituents representing all sides of the issue.
  • Investigate and gain in-depth knowledge of assigned issue areas and geographic regions.
  • In coordination and collaboration with the Director of Grantmaking, Director of the Collaboration for Social Impact, and the Community Grants Program team create and oversee grant programs from inception to distribution.
  • Convene or participate in groups to create and/or support collaborations to solve community issues.
  • Assist in making the Foundation a learning organization by sharing relevant insights, learnings, and observations.
  • Work with outside consultants and colleagues to direct and implement various grant cycles.
  • Work closely with the Philanthropic Services Department to create ongoing exchanges of information in departmental partnerships.
  • Maintain relationships with grantees, related organizations, other foundations, and the Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Be informed of community decisions/actions involving local and regional nonprofit, philanthropic, and government organizations that may impact Foundation work.
  • Make presentations to community groups, partners, committees, and SBF Board on areas of Foundation work.
  • Recruit, convene and manage committees, task forces and advisory groups and provide written reports, when
  • Evaluate grant proposals, create objective analyses and make recommendations to committees for funding.
  • Plan and coordinate community events, trainings and workshops.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of grants.
  • Work with the Data Processor to process grants and maintain the quality of content in the databases.
  • Be an active and engaged staff member, attending staff meetings and events.
  • Keep outlook calendar populated as per SBF’s standard.
  • Other duties as


Essential Requirements:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience in similar roles.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Emotionally intelligent with the ability to communicate and collaborate with a diverse range of populations.
  • A good listener and team-player.
  • Gain the trust of others in the organization and community.
  • Quickly shift gears when organizational priorities shift.
  • Respond constructively to problems, challenges and difficult situations.
  • Assess programs and use data to support organizational decision making.
  • Manage multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, especially Outlook.
  • Proficiency in various computer applications and the ability to learn new programs quickly.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit engagement, policy, or implementation of social programs in Health Care, Behavioral Health and/or Housing/Homelessness, preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferred.

Work Environment:

  • General office environment, maybe in open office area or shared office space.
  • Dogs (pets) intermittently on the premises, please see out Pet Policy for more information.
  • Ability to telecommute, providing own modem, router and internet connection.
  • Significant telephone and computer work (repetitive movement – typing).
  • Some driving travel within the county and occasional travel outside of the county (via car or plane).
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending and occasional lifting/pushing of light to heavy loads (10lbs. to more than 50 lbs.)

At SBF, we value wellness and offer a very generous benefits package, including: up to 15 days of PTO in the first year of employment, up to 13 holidays, sick time, 401K with 4% matching in the first year and an additional 6% of profit sharing after one-year anniversary, fully paid medical and ancillary benefits and more!

All applicants are required to submit an employment application, a resume and cover letter to

No calls, please.

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