County of Alameda

Fund Development and Grant Specialist (#0310)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$38.26-$56.49 Hourly / $3,060.80-$4,519.20 BiWeekly /
$6,631.73-$9,791.60 Monthly / $79,580.80-$117,499.20 Yearly


Under direction, plans, writes, develops, coordinates, and directs activities in fund development and grant management; provides analytical and technical assistance in the strategic planning and implementation of activities to financially build and sustain programs and services; and performs other related duties as assigned.


The classification of Fund Development and Grant Specialist is located in the Health Care Services Agency (HCSA), the Social Services Agency (SSA), and the Probation Department.  These positions report to an upper-level management classification in the respective departments. The Fund Development and Grant Specialist classification provides coordination of prospective federal, state, and private grant funding opportunities, vetting and bid analysis, proposal development, and grants administration, including performing grant tracking activities, audit compliance, writing and submission of reports, and drafting budgets for competitive grant applications to public and private funding sources. They also serve as a consultant to executive and management staff on fund development and grants management.  

This classification is distinguished from the higher-level class of Fund Development Grant Manager in that the manager is classified as a first-line supervisor, while the specialist classification is responsible for performing journey-level professional fund development tasks with no supervising responsibilities. 


NOTE: The following are duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Provides grants prospecting, research, and recommendations in strategic fund development, planning, and implementation of activities to financially build and sustain programs and services.
  2. In collaboration with agency/department management, identifies funding opportunities to build or expand on effective practices or program innovation by securing funds from public and private sources.
  3. Analyzes current County data and identifies funding gaps in customer programs and services.
  4. Plans, develops, coordinates, writes, and submits grant proposals to local, county, state, federal, and private funding sources; coordinates the grant application process, engaging the funder, program staff, and relevant parties as needed.
  5. Identifies and analyzes funding opportunities and barriers to grant implementation and makes recommendations.
  6. Analyzes revenue source data and prepares recommendations; prepares financial information, summaries, and written reports and correspondences to support fund development efforts.
  7. Develops and implements marketing and outreach strategies related to fund development activities; collaborates with vendors to design marketing materials.
  8. Serves as liaison to potential funders, community organizations, other County departments, governmental agencies, and the public.
  9. Develops, implements, and manages fundraising events, capital, and individual donor campaigns. May represent the Agency and Departments in building philanthropic partners with local businesses and state/federal funding agencies.
  10. Interprets and applies a variety of policies, rules, and regulations; provides information which may require tact and judgment.
  11. Conducts presentations to the Department Head, executive and management staff, potential funders, key supporters, and stakeholders as requested by the Administrator designee.
  12. Assists in the preparation of contract and grant agreements, including budgets and board letters; monitors grant agreements for audit compliance; and assists with the development of an accountability system, evaluation measures, and reporting requirements.
  13. Attends, participates, and takes clear and concise notes of relevant actions and/or decisions in a variety of meetings and committees.
  14. Operates a variety of standard office equipment, including work-related computer systems and technology; may drive a County or personal vehicle to make site visits and attend meetings.



Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business administration, public administration, health care administration, education, social science, or a field related to work.


The equivalent of three (3) years of full-time experience in fund development, which included revenue generation through competitive federal grant applications, and two (2) years of experience in other fund development activities, including state and foundation competitive grant writing, bond financing, and/or private fundraising.


Two (2) years of additional experience, as outlined above, may be substituted for the education requirement.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Public and private funding sources.
  • Principles and practices of fund development and grant management.
  • National, state, and local data sources to support the preparation of grant applications.
  • Federal and foundation grant research databases.
  • Principles and techniques of grant writing, administrative, and budgetary analysis.
  • General marketing techniques.
  • General practices and principles of public administration.
  • Health, Social, and Public services and resources.
  • Computer applications related to work.
  • Disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations, including socio-economic and environmental factors that affect health equity.
  • The Ten Essential Public Health Services.
Ability to:

  • Research, analyze, and make recommendations.
  • Facilitate and model effective written and oral communication when preparing grant applications and/or proposals. 
  • Write grants.
  • Make formal presentations to a variety of groups.
  • Manage multiple and changing priorities.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams, community resources, and organizations.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with departments/agencies and the community.
  • Incorporate agency and department core values and ethical standards of practice.
  • Exercise independent judgment within the scope of authority and practice.
  • Demonstrate flexibility within the position.
  • Employ problem-solving techniques.
  • Exercise interpersonal sensitivity, political astuteness, and group interaction skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

SA:po 6/19/06
Newdoc:  0310.doc
CSC Date:    7/19/2006
RE: cs   Revised 7/24/13
CSC Date:  8/21/13
NLB:cs  Revised 4/4/14
CSC Date:  4/30/14
DR:saa Revised 5/31/23
CSC Date:11/01/23


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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