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Grantmaking Effectiveness Learning Manager (The California Endowment)

Company Name

The California Endowment

Company City

Los Angeles, California

Company State


Job Location

Hybrid – Los Angeles or Oakland, California

Company Information

The California Endowment (TCE) is a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 whose mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. We’re changing the narrative around health to ensure health and justice for all. Each day we, along with our community partners, seek ways to improve the state of health in California.

Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, we have regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno, and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. We challenge the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. We believe that building the voice, agency and power of Californians to improve conditions in their communities and reverse the historical and structural impacts of inequity will lead to lasting improvements in health.


In the US, at the root of health inequities and the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) is the enduring and persisting presence of structural racism and anti-Blackness. The California Endowment is committed to addressing structural root causes of health inequities by investing in communities working to organize and build power for racially just systems transformation. We therefore commit to becoming an anti-racist health foundation, to fully live into our values and be in deeper partnership with the grantees and communities we serve.


  • We believe every Californian deserves health, wellness, and justice.
  • We believe those who are most impacted by health inequities are best positioned to lead in the solutions.
  • We are committed to diversity, inclusion, mutual respect and transparency.
  • We value youth leadership and champion marginalized voices.
  • We recognize the impact of trauma on both individual and community health outcomes.
  • We value learning through action.
  • We embrace strategies aimed at building power in communities of color and marginalized communities.

Just as our values drive our work outside of the foundation, our Code of Ethics drives how we conduct ourselves inside the foundation, with the goal of creating a healthy, productive workplace. For more information on The Endowment, please visit


  • Shared medical and dental premiums for employees and eligible dependents
  • 100% employer-paid benefits: vision, life and AD&D, STD, LTD and employee assistance program
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Reimbursement towards gym fees and/or wellness program and mental health care
  • 9-80 schedule with synchronized off days
  • Hybrid work schedule available for most positions
  • 9 paid holidays + paid winter holiday closure
  • Generous paid time off (PTO)
  • 401k plan with generous employer match and contributions
  • Matching gifts program
  • Paid parking or public transportation subsidy
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Monthly BYOD stipend

The California Endowment’s goal is to hire qualified staff reflecting the rich diversity of all Californians. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to advancing health and racial equity in California. We are committed to creating a work environment in which all individuals are valued and respected. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status, and prior criminal history, in accordance with local, state and/or federal laws.

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Job Description

The Grantmaking Effectiveness Learning Manager (GE LM) is a new position within the Grantmaking Effectiveness (GE) department at the California Endowment. The GE Department is tasked with ensuring quality grantmaking through learning, data and knowledge management; training and capacity building; and effective grants management. The GE LM will serve as a bridge across the program teams at TCE and perform roles designed to ensure TCE’s grantmaking practice is aligned with its values. They will work collaboratively with other TCE Program Managers and leadership to share knowledge and learning, to conduct training and capacity building, and to identify and implement grantmaking improvements. In addition, this is a grantmaking position where the GE LM will be responsible for proposal planning, development, and funding recommendations. They will work closely with community-based organizations as partners, grantees or potential grantees.


Overall: Develops and implements an approach to maintaining and improving grantmaking effectiveness at TCE, including managing cross-departmental learning, training, and capacity building in alignment with TCE’s values of racial equity and trust-based practices.

Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Effectively listen to colleagues to identify opportunities for grantmaking improvements
  • Monitor developments in the field of social justice philanthropy for opportunities to advance TCE’s grantmaking practices and determine ways to implement these changes within TCE
  • Analyze and utilize internally and externally generated data to inform grantmaking practice and strategic decision-making
  • Effectively manage relationship with others to promote a culture of learning within TCE, creating confidence, trust and engagement in the work of GE
  • Promote and facilitate integration and collaborative work within the department and with the
  • Program and Partnerships and CEO Office teams, and Admin & Ops departments, as well as facilitating trusted partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, inspiring collaboration, and mobilizing collective action

Training and Capacity Building

  • Responsible for developing and implementing a training plan for TCE grantmakers throughout the year
  • Develop and manage grants to build the capacity of grantee organizations to strengthen their financial, legal, and organizational well-being
  • Support strategic planning and change management efforts from conception through completion

Organizational Culture and Influence

  • Coordinate internally across teams and departments
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal leadership and staff
  • Support team members by creating space to receive constructive feedback to help the organization realize its mission, vision and goals
  • Participates or leads cross-departmental workgroups to promote integration of learning and grantmaking best practices into decision-making
  • Actively contribute to internal organizational development in alignment with TCE’s Advancing Racial Equity vision and roadmap

Strategic Grantmaking

  • Utilizing a limited grantmaking budget, develop and manage strategic grants aligned with the GE department’s role within TCE
  • Interface with grantees to monitor the performance of grants and advise grantees, including supporting grantees in navigating internal dynamics to support the successful accomplishment of grant outcomes
  • Work with program team colleagues, as appropriate, to support the implementation of grants


Target hiring Range: $111,220 – $139,025

Job Qualifications


  • Experience in training staff, particularly around grantmaking practice, a plus
  • Knowledge of approaches for organizational capacity building and good grantmaking practic
  • Understanding of learning, measurement, and metrics to assess progress toward shared goals and outcomes
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to independently develop and manage projects from conception through completion
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and implement multiple projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of structural marginalization and systemic racism. Able to incorporate this understanding into strategy development and grantmaking practices
  • Comfort in speaking publicly and to stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Strong relationship building and sophistication in building partnerships, coalitions and collaborations
  • Strong and effective communication skills and ability to build and maintain relationships with individuals with diverse political views and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated written and verbal ability to communicate effectively
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution experience


  • Five or more years of experience in a philanthropic or philanthropic support organization is required
  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Master’s degree in public health, health policy or other related discipline a plus
  • Experience as a collaborator, facilitator, and/or change maker
  • Relevant experience with concept, development, planning, and implementation of program and/or projects
  • Relevant content knowledge and experience

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the TCE Career Portal here to be considered.

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