College Forward is solving big problems in education. We have great ideas, we help students succeed, and we move incredibly fast to make that happen. Our operations in Austin and Houston, Texas are poised for explosive growth as we take on educational inequality at scale. To accomplish our plans, we need an experienced grant/writing professional to tell our story to public and private grantors and motivate them to join our mission. This position is for someone with a command of language who believes in the power of education to change lives. You'll work on your own and collaborate, paint the big picture and construct the little pieces, be creative and analytical. You will be challenged every day.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Grants, the Grant Writer will play a critical role securing funding partnerships that enable College Forward to execute its mission at the highest level of efficacy. A dedication to developing high quality written narratives, fueled by a deep, internal motivation to succeed is a must. Before applying, please ensure that you have the following:
Superb written communication skills;
Expertise managing a complex, deadline-driven process involving many different stakeholders;
Research skills, curiosity, and a knack for asking good questions;
Knowledge of the higher education funding landscape and priorities preferred;
Self-motivation and the ability to translate strategy into daily work plans;
A collaborative temperament and ability to work closely with team members;
Data management experience;
A basic knowledge of fund accounting;
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Collaborate across the organization to match internal plans with funder priorities in clear, thoughtful, engaging, grant-winning prose.
Act independently to prospect for new funding partnerships by developing and maintaining a list of city, county, state, federal, corporate, and foundation grant prospects; work with staff and leadership to identify program needs that correspond with funder priorities, then develop and execute a unique plan of approach, application, and stewardship for each funder.
Coordinate the grant process by working with internal and external stakeholders to solicit, gather and assemble materials (budgets, graphics, program outcomes, etc.) and submit grants and reports on time and in an organized manner.
Provide grant management support to staff to ensure successful coordination of grant funded activities and projects; and ensure grant funds are used for appropriate purposes and within specified deadlines.
Manage, refine and maintain the organization's internal grant writing and reporting calendar, paper and electronic files, and funder cultivation and stewardship plans.
Develop and maintain comprehensive organization and domain-specific knowledge by maintaining up-to-date records of College Forward's programs and services; outcomes and impacts; budgets and financial needs; growth strategies; brand and organizational culture; and significant research, reports, statistics, policy, and philanthropic developments.
Build and maintain positive, professional relationships with current and potential funders; respond promptly-and proactively; prepare a quarterly donor newsletter; conduct frequent and meaningful site visits; and serve as a central point of contact between grantors, organizational staff, and stakeholders.
Think and plan strategically to support organizational stability and success, and to ensure continuous learning and continuous stewardship improvement.
Participate in organizational events throughout the year, including campus visits, student workshops, recognition and awards ceremonies, and National Days of Service.
5% travel, mostly within Texas.
Assist with other projects as assigned.
College Forward is a dynamic, progressive and youth-focused working environment. The noise level in the Austin-area work environment is usually moderate. Responsibilities may frequently require an adjusted work schedule and/or evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines or satisfy program requirements.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION
Please submit THREE writing samples, a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org Applications will not be accepted by post, fax, or delivery.
In your cover letter, please address these questions/prompt:
What is your interest in equal access to education?
Please tell us about your passion form and experience with, writing.
What are your salary requirements? (Applications without salary requirements will not be considered.
College Forward provides equal employment opportunities to all team members and/or applicants for employment or service, without regard to race, color, class, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, weight, height, disability, political affiliation, marital or familial status, partnership status, citizenship status (except as required by law), veteran status, or status in any group protected by federal law, state law, or focal ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations upon request in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We encourage and support diversity and tolerance in our workplace.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The Grant Writer must also submit to and pass a comprehensive criminal background check before a final offer of employment can be made, and annually thereafter.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: This position requires at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, not-for-profit four-year college or university; three years' successful proposal writing experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with and present information to others and access information using a computer for several hours at a time. Employees must have mobility throughout the office and may occasionally be required to drive or ride distances of up to 250 miles, with occasional air travel necessary.
Additional Salary Information: Position benefits include employer-paid health insurance, life insurance (if eligible), long-term disability insurance (if eligible), as well as options for employee-paid dental, vision, and short-term disability insurance. Additional benefits include 401K, fifteen (15) personal days, prorated based upon the date of hire, and organizational holidays as specified in the College Forward Team Member Handbook (usually 12-16 holidays per year in addition to the week off between Christmas and New Year).
About College Forward
For the past 15 years, College Forward has worked tirelessly to improve the lifetime outcomes of first-generation, low-income, and under-resourced students throughout Texas. College Forward actively develops and delivers intensive student coaching services that support underserved students in their college access and completion goals. Founded in 2003 as a college access program, College Forward matured along with its first class of 30 students at Hays High School, becoming one of the first college success organizations in the nation to add college completion services in 2005. Having grown from our initial cohort to over 12,000 program enrollees, we now serve as the largest college access and success services provider in Texas.
Our focus on the development of innovative, student-centered, and highly-successful program models has fueled our growth and established College Forward as a national leader in student success.
College Forward's mission is to coach underserved, motivated students to achieve the benefits of higher education and a college degree. Our vision is to lead by building and sharing the most effective, most efficient, and most exciting college access and completion programs in the country by 2020.