Project GRAD is Hiring a Development Manager

Project GRAD works to increase the number of students from low-income backgrounds who enroll in and graduate from college. Founded on the principle that every child deserves access to an enriched, quality public school education, we have been helping students in grades 6 through 16 in the northeast San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles navigate the path to college success since 1999.

As the “writer-in-chief,” the Development Manager plays a critical role within the organization. While this person is primarily responsible for writing and submitting proposals and reports to funders, the position also works closely with the Program Leadership Team to articulate the research and rationale underpinning Project GRAD’s programs to external audiences. The Development Manager is part of a four-person Development and Communications team that also includes the President and CEO, Vice President of Development and Communications, and Director of Development and Communications.

Development Manager
Job Description

Supervisor:  Vice President of Development and Communications

Essential Functions:

  • Writes grant proposals to corporate, foundation, and federal funders.
  • Prepares written reports and other requested information to funders and
    submits in a timely fashion.
  • Develops and maintains a grant application calendar for all grant requests.
  • Ongoing prospect research of regional and national college access/success
    funding opportunities.
  • Maintains comprehensive knowledge of Project GRAD’s programs, results, and
    evaluation reports through cross-team collaboration with the Program Leadership Team.
  • Maintains knowledge of current college access/success research.
  • Creates and maintains appropriate spreadsheets and internal reports to
    document revenue/expenses in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Works with Data and Technology Coordinator to gather required data for reports.
  • Copyeditor on website, marketing, and press materials.
  • Conducts site visits with current and new funders.
  • Assists at fundraising events throughout the year.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Skill Set:

  • Excellent writing, inter-personal, and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of grant administration systems, processes and budgeting.
  • Must possess strong initiative and creativity, work independently, manage
    multiple projects, and work well under strict deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with funders, staff and community partners.
  • Self-starter and creative thinker preferred.
  • Computer skills - proficient in Microsoft suite of programs: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Job Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required and 5 years experience writing
    successful grants proposals in the foundation, government, and corporate sectors.
  • Experience working in the non-profit educational arena is preferred.
  • Demonstrate perseverance and optimism in achieving challenging goals.
  • Some weekend and evening work may be required.

General Project GRAD Employee Organizational Responsibilities:

  • A passion for and commitment to the mission of the organization.
  • Works well on a team and actively supports other staff members.
  • Participate in Project GRAD events and activities.
  • Commit to a standard of continuous improvement.
  • Provide support to Project GRAD’s evaluation efforts.
  • Serve as a role model and resource to Project GRAD Scholars and others
    throughout the Project GRAD community.
  • An optimistic attitude and a good sense of humor are essential for the position.

A competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered. If interested in the Development Manager position, please submit a cover letter with salary requirements and a current resume to careers@projectgradla.org by June 16, 2014. No phone calls, please.

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