Sep 09, 2020

Grant Writer - New Orleans

  • College Track
  • New Orleans, LA, USA
Full-time School Leadership

Job Description

About College Track

College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotionalbarriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have 12 centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility. To learn more, please visit

Our Impact

College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Six months out of college, 79% of College Track alumni are employed. For those 30 and over, 92% report earnings greater than their parents with wages on par with the national average. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree, which includes minimizing student loan debt, securing internships, and limiting the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Our Values

At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.

  • COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.
  • PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation's college completion story.
  • JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.
  • AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.
  • EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best.


College Track seeks a Grant Writer to work out of our national headquarters in Oakland, CA or one of our regional offices in

  • Sacramento, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Suitland, MD (D.C. Metro Area)

Position Overview

College Track seeks a driven and organized Grant Writer who has strong and persuasive writing skills and thrives in a fast-paced environment. This position provides an essential role to the organization, creating the grant proposals and reports that enable multiple regions to serve thousands of students. The Grant Writer must be passionate about equipping students from underserved communities to graduate from college.


  • Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations, corporations, individuals, and government entities.
  • Collaborate with College Track national departments-Finance, Organizational Performance, Program, and Human Resources-and regional teams to gather information necessary to report to current funders.
  • Comply with grant report and proposal requirements, utilizing templates and providing mandatory information in a persuasive, thoughtful, and sophisticated writing style.
  • Contribute to and maintain a knowledge sharing system capable of maximizing the development team's collective grant proposals and reports.
  • Maintain comprehensive understanding of College Track history and programming across all regions-Northern California (includes the Bay Area and Sacramento), New Orleans, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Colorado-to create clear, concise, and compelling reports and proposals.
  • Compile and manage excellent historical and prospective data to effectively prioritize work; Salesforce experience is highly preferred.

Skills & Experience Required

First and foremost, the Grant Writer must be deeply passionate about College Track's Vision For Impact: to produce college graduates, who maximize their potential, become role models in the communities, and inspire others with our approach and results. Additionally, candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of grant writing experience (including both proposals and reports), with a proven track record of raising money from foundation, corporation, and government sources; experience writing for multiple regions is preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal; highest priority is the ability to write clear, concise, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals/reports. Highly sophisticated writing skills are required.
  • Excellent ability to monitor and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Excellent computer skills with all Microsoft Office programs; Salesforce experience preferred.
  • Understanding of budgeting process, with the ability to create compelling narratives based on the organization's financial data.
  • Strong interpersonal and process management skills, with a strong interest in and talent for working on teams.
  • Undergraduate degree in communications, English, writing, or similar field.

Compensation & Benefits

College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization's compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.

To Apply

Please upload a resume, writing sample, and a thoughtful cover letter with your application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

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