Careers & Auditions

Grant Program Manager

Department: Development


The Grant Program Manager contributes to the success of the Symphony’s fundraising efforts by stewarding relationships with foundations and government agencies, under the management of the Director of Foundation and Government Relations. A significant focus of the Program Manager’s work is on improving the department’s processes, protocols, filing systems, and recordkeeping, as well as expanding the Symphony’s portfolio of institutional funders and developing content for a wide variety of proposals and reports.    

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee grant administration process, including coding checks, writing summary reports for finance and accounting, and processing grant agreements
  • Write, edit, and process acknowledgment letters and other correspondence
  • Manage the creation, updating, and maintenance of foundation/government fundraising plans and scheduling of deadlines
  • Research and identify potential new funding partners
  • Create letters of inquiry and proposal documents for new prospects
  • Draft required reports for current funders
  • Manage the departmental filing system, including reorganizing as necessary and drafting profiles and historical analyses of lapsed funders
  • Spearhead the process of gathering support materials (audio recordings, marketing materials, etc) needed to produce proposals and reports  
  • Ensure correct crediting of grants in Playbill, marketing materials, on-site, etc.
  • Work closely with the Director to manage the Symphony’s relationship with government funders, including San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts 
  • Collaborate with other development officers to edit and contribute content to other proposals as necessary
  • Develop comprehensive understanding of Symphony’s current projects and future plans to support the above efforts


  • Required
    • College degree (preferably in English, journalism, or related field) or equivalent experience required
    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • One to three years of experience in non-profit fundraising, preferably in foundation and government relations and/or proposal writing
    • Superior ability to manage details and juggle multiple projects simultaneously
    • Ability to work well with a variety of people in a fast-paced, highly dynamic environment
    • Strong word-processing and spreadsheet skills required (Microsoft Word, Excel)
    • Experience using non-profit fundraising database software, preferably Tessitura
  • Preferred
    • Experience interpreting operating and project budgets and other financial statements
    • Knowledge of performing arts organizations and the regional funding environment
    • Passion for music and knowledge of the orchestral world


To apply, please visit our website at .  Under the About Us tab, go to the Careers and Auditions page and click on “Jobs at the SF Symphony.”  Search for this job and click on “Apply for this Position” to submit your resume, cover letter, and application.


The San Francisco Symphony, under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, is one of the country’s leading orchestras. Some 220 concerts each year reach an audience of more than 600,000, while national and international broadcasts, heard on more than 215 radio stations, reach millions more. The Symphony has its own recording label, SFS Media, and its recordings have won some of the world’s highest honors. Its multimedia initiative, Keeping Score, has reached over six million people with television and radio broadcasts, DVDs, and an interactive website. The Orchestra tours extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and its outstanding artistic reputation enables it to attract the world’s finest guest artists and conductors to Davies Symphony Hall. More than 70,000 young people are served each year by the Symphony’s numerous education programs, including its internationally renowned Youth Orchestra and Adventures in Music (AIM), which reaches every 1st through 5th grader in San Francisco’s public schools. The organization is led by President Sakurako Fisher and Executive Director Mark Hanson.

The San Francisco Symphony’s mission is to set the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; enrich, serve, and shape cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; and maintain financial stability and gain public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.

The San Francisco Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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