Development Associate II (Grant Writer) – Community Trust a division of Self-Help FCU – Oakland, CA

The organization:

Self-Help Federal Credit Union was chartered in 2008 to build a statewide network of branches in California that serve working families and underserved communities including people of color, women, and immigrants. With 24 branches in the Bay Area, Butte County, Central Valley and San Gabriel Valley (LA), three branches in Chicago, approximately $575m in assets, and almost 58,000 members, Self-Help FCU is one of the fastest growing low-income designated credit unions in the country. It is part of the national Self-Help family of non-profit organizations. For over 30 years, the Center for Community Self-Help and its affiliates have provided over $6 billion in financing to help more than 90,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, start and build businesses, and strengthen community resources. For more information, go to and


We are seeking a qualified individual to coordinate Self-Help Federal’s fundraising work in California. The Grants Associate will be supervised by the Manager of Community Engagement and work closely with the credit union’s Team Leaders as well as the Development, Policy and Impact (DPI) team in North Carolina to coordinate fundraising solicitations, prospect for new funders, cultivate relationships, write proposals, and draft reports. Furthermore, the Grants Associate will assist in tracking these efforts through our CRM system and help coordinate with other team members or operational staff should additional follow-up be necessary.

The Grants Associate will need to develop the following in order to be successful: 1) a clear understanding of Self-Help Federal’s priorities, 2) knowledge of our current foundation relationships, including each funder’s priorities and expectations, 3) a solid understanding of the programs being funded, and 4) the ability to communicate effectively internally with program managers, loan officers, accounting and other support staff and externally with foundation staff and non-profit partners.

Additionally, the Grants Associate will be expected to contribute to a range of team-related activities that may include support for strategic communications, special event planning, and other miscellaneous tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of professional experience
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
Facile use of spreadsheets and databases
Strong organizational and communication skills
Excellent customer service

Desired Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for the Grants Associate positon will present with a solid foundation of written and oral communication skills, strong organizational and project management skills, attention to detail, data analysis ability, as well as proficiency in dealing with CRM applications. The ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team and an interest in our mission of community development and economic justice are also highly desirable qualities. The Grants Associate will leverage this skillset with an evolving, on-the-job orientation on Self-Help’s programs and a growing understanding of the marketplace in which they operate.

We are an equal opportunity employer:

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status (including domestic partner status), ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion (and lack thereof), family status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), other medical condition and/or disability: physical or mental, AIDS/HIV status, genetic information, sexual identity, gender identification (including transgender status), sexual orientation, political activities or affiliations, and veteran status.

Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.


Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience.

To Apply:

Interested individuals please send resume and cover letter to and reference this job, “Development Associate” in the subject line of your message.

The Self-Help Federal Credit Union is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Interested individuals please send resume and cover letter to and reference this job, “Development Associate” in the subject line of your message.