Aug 03, 2022

Grants Manager

  • KIPP Texas
  • Houston, TX
Full-time Special Education Support

Job Description

Company Description
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.
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Job Description
The Opportunity
The Grants Manager of KIPP Texas Public Schools will be responsible for (1) writing and submitting grant applications to current and lapsed supporters; (2) writing interim and final reports to funders, and (3) researching new corporate and foundation prospects. The Grants Manager will assist with grant management to ensure that grants goals are achieved. The Grants Manager will also assist the Development team by supporting fundraising and donor cultivation events and providing support when needed. This role furthers the mission of KIPP Texas Public Schools by helping seek financial donations that provide funding to offset KIPP's annual operating budget and position KIPP Texas Public Schools for future growth.
Key Responsibilities
  • Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of KIPP Texas Public Schools in order to effectively articulate our mission, vision, and impact to current and prospective donors and funding agencies.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors, funding agencies, and prospects using a moves management system to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and build relationships with donors and prospects. Based on the needs of the region, this may include stewardship opportunities.
  • Maintain proactive working relationships with other internal departments, and, in the event that problems arise with grants, lead troubleshooting efforts and bring in relevant team members to assist with solutions.
  • Lead project management of grants though their full life cycle and serve as organizational subject matter expert.
  • Manage fiscal compliance; working closely with finance team and program budget managers regarding grant restrictions, expense tracking and spending, and documentation.
  • Adhere to grant timeline and calendar to ensure grant compliance and to maximize funding opportunities. This includes communicating upcoming deadlines, responsibilities, and follow-through to ultimately ensure all stakeholders meet deadlines and fulfill their responsibilities for specific grant applications and reports, recognizing that each will need lead time and context.
  • Develop strategies for donors to effectively move through a meaningful cycle of giving. This includes coordination with the Chief Advancement Officer, Deputy Chief of Development, Director of Grants, and regional development teams to execute strategy and correlate organization needs to donor interest and capacity.

Education and Knowledge
  • Bachelor's degree required from an accredited institution
  • Basic accounting knowledge
  • Experience in grant writing and reporting preferred
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge preferred
  • Experience at KIPP or other Charter Management Organization (CMO), highly preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and particularly Excel)
  • Ability to understand and create budgets
  • Excellent attention to detail and a high level of accuracy is necessary
  • Strong follow-up and follow-through skills necessary
  • High proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
  • Ability to creatively and effectively express KIPP's mission and purpose

Additional Information
Compensation and Benefits
As a full time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas' benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices, including medical, dental, and vision options, as well as life insurance, fertility, and disability plans starting as low as $25/month.
KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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