Organizational Background 

Renne Public Policy Group is a full-service state lobbying and consulting practice that strives to advance the interests of California local public agencies and the companies that align with public entities. We do so effectively and efficiently, without compromising on integrity. As a division of Renne Public Law Group (RPLG), RPPG provides our clients with a keen understanding of California’s evolving legislative and political landscape, which is critical when making policy, legal and operational decisions. We work with our clients to form collaborative teams devoted to identifying problems, developing feasible strategies, and implementing effective solutions. RPPG draws from the wisdom of respected former public officials, the knowledge of municipal policy experts and the tenacity of experienced legislative advocates to provide full wraparound services for our clients.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Managing Director of Government Affairs, the Manager, Grant Writing and Research (Candidate) will primarily focus on identifying, researching, and drafting grant proposals for RPPG local government clients—largely in the areas of transportation, infrastructure, housing, homelessness, climate, public safety, and other areas that support critical public services. The candidate will also perform research on federal, state, regional and private grants opportunities on behalf of the firm’s clients. Candidate is expected to directly engage and work collaboratively with clients to assess viability of funding opportunities in order to best position them for successful grant awards. With regard to unsuccessful grant applications, the candidate will be responsible for coordinating a debrief with the awarding agency to provide client with feedback on how best to be competitive for future rounds of grant funding. Additionally, this position will assist the RPPG legislative advocacy and support team with state legislative/regulatory research, legislative analysis, monthly written updates and end-of-year client reports.

As a core member of the RPPG team, candidate must possess strong interpersonal communication skills and feel comfortable directly interfacing with clients. Moreover, the candidate will need to demonstrate the ability to be a self-starter while receiving minimal supervision and must have the willingness and temperament to take direction from senior staff.

Specific Responsibilities (Including but not limited to)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function at a high level, with or without accommodation. The following is non-exclusive list of essential job duties.

Primary Duties

  • Lead the firm’s efforts in researching and writing grant proposals funded by state, federal, and local agencies as well as any applicable corporate and non-profit agencies.
  • Identify compliance issues and (if feasible) resolve issues of grant eligibility; provide technical direction and leadership for clients in the ways and means of obtaining funding.
  • Attend Grant Program Workshops and provide written notes to clients regarding eligibility, timing and scoring.
  • Develop and maintain an internal tracking system including notification of funding availability, notification of grant deadlines, status of proposal development and other relevant data.
  • Provide analysis, evaluation, and assistance to clients regarding potential grant opportunities; work with clients on assessing the potential impacts of grant requirements, client programs, and services.
  • Draft monthly (or as needed) updates on potential funding opportunities for firm clients.

Secondary Duties 

  • Assist in analyzing, evaluating, and responding to legislative, budget, and regulatory proposals.
  • Conduct research on various policy and regulatory issues.
  • Draft position letters on legislation and regulatory issues on behalf of RPPG clients.
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory hearings—providing written detailed summaries upon request.

Tertiary Duties 

  • Attend legislative, regulatory, and administrative meetings with clients, elected and regulatory officials—providing written detailed summaries upon request.
  • Support in-person client advocacy trips.
  • Assist in various business development related actions.
  • Other duties as directed.

Please note that some regional and statewide travel will be required as needed.

Knowledge and Demonstrated Abilities 

Candidates must meet and/or demonstrate the following knowledge and abilities to be considered for this position.

Knowledge Of: 

  • Principles, problems, and methods of grant proposal research and writing.
  • Local, state, federal, corporate, and non-profit grant, and funding sources.
  • State and federal legislative process and policies.
  • Evaluation approaches, strategies, and techniques.
  • Familiarity with public agency budget process and potential matching funds.

Demonstrated Ability To: 

  • Research and write successful grant proposals.
  • Identify federal, state, local, and private funding sources.
  • Interpret the potential impact of grant requirements and communicate needed information to firm clients.
  • Serve as liaison to RPPG clients specific to grant related issues.
  • Plan, organize and execute on a variety of complex tasks, for multiple clients, often under tight deadlines.
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with federal, state, local and private entities.
  • Effectively meet and communicate with varying personalities and organizations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action quickly under pressure.

Experience 

Minimum three years’ experience in grant writing/research and bachelor’s degree or equivalent (additional) experience.

Note: Preferred candidates will have 5 years+ of grant writing/research experience, an undergraduate degree in political science, history, sociology, or literature as well as have a general familiarity with local agency operations and funding sources.

Salary 

Compensation depending on experience. Includes health, dental, defined contribution retirement benefits, and annual performance-based bonuses.

Submission Requirement

Please put “First Name, Last and Grant Writer” in subject line of email (example: Jane Doe, Grant Writer). To be considered, please submit the following materials to info@publicpolicygroup.com.

  • Resume and cover letter. Note: Your cover letter must include an acknowledgment that you have fully reviewed and agree to all aspects of the job description.
  • Two samples of successful grant proposal narratives.
  • Two references from previous clients and/or employers.

Renne Public Policy Group, a division of Renne Public Law Group, LLP ® is an equal opportunity employer, seeks diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply for this position.