Nov 19, 2019

Remote Grant Writer

  • Phalen Leadership Academies
  • Remote
Full-Time Remote/Virtual Administrative Development and Fundraising Product and Program Management Education Remote/Virtual Role

Job Description


The Grant Writer is a full-time position primarily responsible for the writing and development of response to RFPs; government grant application; and foundation proposals and reports.


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 innate potential.

Position Overview

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 schools.

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.

Essential Responsibilities

· Write RFI responses for school management opportunities, as well as government and foundation grant proposals.
· Develop interim and final grant reports.
· Prepare project budgets and write budget narratives.
· Research, identify and qualify funding opportunities from foundation, and government sources.
· Initiate ongoing communication with key staff to analyze funding needs, gaps and opportunities.
· Execute with exceptional fidelity PLA’s proven business development process.
· Develop a deep understanding of program content to ensure integrity and quality of proposal writing.
· Collect and synthesize information about PLA programs as needed to make strongest case for support.
· Manage efficient operational system to ensure accurate records and timely communication with funders; oversee grants calendar and maintain up-to-date database records for institutional partners.
· Support fundraising for PLA’s summer learning and STEM programs.
· Develop materials showing progress of PLA programs for donor updates and ongoing communications.
· Perform other duties as assigned.


· Bachelor’s Degree required.
· Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of writing winning proposals.
· Combination of a background in public education and large-scale grant writing is highly preferred. Interested applicants should have a proven track record in at least one of the two domains and be prepared for a steep learning curve.
· Successful work experience in fast-paced entrepreneurial environments.
· 3-4 years of professional writing and project management experience, with a record of strong and creative problem solving.
· Demonstrated superior writing, research, project management and organizational skills.
· Must be able to simultaneously execute multiple assignments with quality and handle complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.
· Adheres to the highest ethical standards, demonstrates empathetic disposition and good judgment.
· Ability to understand the needs and interests of public agencies and foundations in order to communicate the short and long-term goals and priorities of PLA in a manner that is aligned.
· Ability to handle problems as they occur, and follow through on all aspects of the position.
· Ability to analyze and synthesize data and information from multiple sources and develop comprehensive recommendations.
· Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends.
· Knowledge of office and productivity software sufficient to function smoothly in a highly technology-based environment (including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, and web-based applications).
· Dependability, humility, sense of humor, and strong commitment to PLA’s mission and the communities we serve.

Home Office

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 US Pacific and Mountain Time Zones are currently considered.

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