Oct 03, 2019

Grant Writer - National

  • College Track
  • Oakland, CA, USA
Full-time Business Development Development and Fundraising

Job Description

About College Track


College Track is a national nonprofit that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, students access academic, financial, and social-emotional support along with one-on-one coaching, career exposure, and other holistic growth opportunities. Our uniquely seamless, 10-year commitment to students and individualized approach are the keys to our ongoing transformative impact: College Track students graduate from four-year colleges at double the rate of their low-income and first-generation peers; and, five years after graduation, 87% of alumni earn more than their parents.


Over more than 20 years, College Track has grown from a cohort of 25 students in a single East Palo Alto center to a network of 10 College Track centers across California, Colorado, New Orleans, and the D.C. Metro Area that now serve more than 3,200 students. With a disciplined approach to growth, we have increased the number of students we serve and continuously improved the quality and impact of the services we provide. By 2020, College Track will empower more than 3,650 students as they pursue four-year college degrees and celebrate 750 alumni rising in the workforce as models to their families, friends, and communities.


To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org


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.


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 more than 3,200 students in 2019-20. The Grant Writer must be passionate about empowering students from underserved communities to graduate from college.



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)

Primary Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Build and maintain a knowledge sharing system capable of maximizing the development team’s collective grant proposals and reports.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of College Track history and programming across all regions—Bay Area, 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

  • Minimum of 3 years experience grant writing and reporting, 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; in essence, 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 and 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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