Jul 02, 2019

Director of Government Grants - YES Prep System Office

$68,907 - $89,580 yearly
  • YES Prep Public Schools
  • 5515 South Loop East Freeway, Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Development and Fundraising Education

Job Description

POSITION: Director of Government Grants – YES Prep System Office

REPORTS TO: Managing Director of Federal & State Compliance & Grants

START DATE: Immediate

LOCATION: Houston, Texas


Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 18 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities. 

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).  


YES Prep needs a dynamic and diverse Director of Government Grants t to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice. 


When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work will include:

  • Developing and leading a multi-million-dollar government grant fundraising campaign in alignment with and advancement of YES Prep’s strategic plan, pursuing local, state, and federal awards;
  • Managing all government grant pre-award tasks, including prospect research, coordination with internal and external stakeholders, and narrative and budget development and submission;
  • Managing all government grant post-award tasks, including compliance and monitoring, data collection, and evaluation and reporting;
  • Developing and maintaining government grant award internal controls and resources (e.g., templates, forms, policies, guidelines, and handbooks) to ensure accountability and compliance;
  • Advising and collaborating with campus and district-level staff on the successful implementation of grant-funded programs/projects;
  • Researching, recommending, and implementing government grants best practices;
  • Leading professional development for staff on government grants management;
  • Serving as a liaison between YES Prep and government grantmaking departments at the City of Houston, Region IV ESC, Texas Education Agency, and U.S. Department of Education on grant-related matters; and
  • Additional duties as assigned.


We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of students. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Minimum five years of experience writing and managing both formula and competitive government grants for public and/or charter schools
  • Extensive knowledge of both state and federal grant award rules and regulations
  • Exceptional writing and project management skills
  • Experience with program/project budgeting and the ability to read and assess financial documents
  • Proven track record of data analysis to solve problems and drive improvement
  • Proven ability to manage projects, lead teams, and learn and utilize technological skills
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
  • Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty, including evenings and weekends


As the Director of Government Grants, you will join a warm and welcoming Federal & State Compliance & Grants team at the Home Office.

YES Prep teams understand they are setting the example for how their students experience their YES Prep education and want to make sure it feels like a second home to them. Teams are obsessed with improving themselves because they know that living the core values translates directly into stronger results and college access for all students.


  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position that is grant funded; salary offers commensurate with experience. Competitive candidates will earn between $68,907 - $89,580.

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance –  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

  • Paid Time Off– 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar 

  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to a medical reason, YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave 

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.  


YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 


If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here. If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at [email protected]

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