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Foundation & Government Relations, Senior Manager

San Jose, CA

Job Type:

Full Time

About the Role

Please note that applications are only accepted through our careers page,


Under the supervision of the Chief Philanthropy Officer, this position is responsible for supporting all aspects of a grant cycle as well as cultivating and stewarding relationships with all foundation and government donors in support of SJPLF’s strategic goals and organizational vision.  The ideal candidate should be comfortable collaborating across the organization and working with everyone from senior leadership and the Board of Directors to frontline librarians running the programs.  Candidates must have a proven track record of securing significant grants ($100,000+), crafting engaging narratives, leading creative initiatives, driving results, and writing compelling reports.

About the Company

Do you love libraries and want to work at one of the most well-known buildings in San José?  The San José Public Library is proud to be one of the nation’s best public library systems with 25 branches across the city.  Part of its success is owed to the dynamic and committed Library Foundation, which is a separate 501(c)3 established in 1987 by a group of community volunteers who understood that a great library system needed more than public funding. The San José Public Library Foundation (SJPLF) has raised more than $45 million to enhance the Library above and beyond what tax-based funding provides for buildings, programs, collections, and services.  The Foundation takes its fundraising direction from the Library’s identification of persistent and emerging community needs.  Our mutually respectful and collaborative work will result in more students being prepared for success from kindergarten to college and career; more adults being fully informed and able to participate in civic life; greater access to information in print and digital forms; and for everyone to find the spark that ignites their curiosity, imagination, and wonder.

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