The Grant Writer is a full-time position responsible for a portfolio of development projects, with significant focus on government grants, as well as research, reporting, and strategic initiatives.
Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education is a non-profit organization working to improve
the educational performance and life opportunities of children who live in underserved
communities. Our flagship program, Phalen Leadership Academies, is a school
turnaround operator that works to transform underperforming schools into high-quality
schools that children need and deserve.
Founded in 2013, PLA is currently serving over 5,000 children across 14 schools. Over
90% of PLA scholars are eligible for free school meals. We have developed a model that
has successfully partnered with public schools and districts to raise student achievement,
consistently transforming underperforming schools into A-rated schools. Our scholars
experience significantly higher academic growth both at the local level and nationwide.
Core pillars of the PLA model include rigorous curriculum; a coaching cycle that grows
educators; daily enrichment opportunities; and authentic partnership with families.
At PLA, we believe that with the right education, all children can fulfill their tremendous
The Grant Writer will help maximize financial support to Phalen Leadership Academies
by developing compelling responses to operator management opportunities, and seeking
foundation and government grants that can increase the margin of excellence at our
Working under the supervision of the Chief Strategy and Development Officer, the Grant
Writer will support the achievement of ambitious business development goals through
research, analysis, writing, and editing for a broad range of audiences. The Grant Writer
should exemplify intelligence, logic, empathy, tenacity, authenticity, and optimism.
Ideally, you enjoy utilizing the writing process to go beyond a superficial response and
do not quit until you find real substance. You are suspicious of answers that seem too
easy and always want to know more. You are an optimist and hold a genuine belief in the
potential of our students and communities that never falters.
While the combination of a background in public education and large-scale grant writing
experience is not a requirement, you should ideally have a solid track record in one of the
two areas; have worked in a fast-paced, high-performing environment; and be prepared
for a steep learning curve.
The Grant Writer is a remote, home office position. A quiet working environment with
high-speed internet is required. Employees supply their own cell phone and computer.
Please note that only candidates capable of working in the PST/MST/CST will be considered.