2021-22 Grant Writer
The Einstein Group Inc
New Orleans, LA
About Einstein Charter Schools:
The mission of Einstein Charter Schools (“Einstein”) is to nurture students to be academically STRONG as well as socially and emotionally resilient. Founded in 2005, Einstein Charter Schools is a top performing, tuition free, open admissions network of 4 schools in New Orleans East, serving grades PK-12. Authorized by the Orleans Parish School Board, we service the needs of more than 1,700 students, over 30% of whom receive ELL services. Since opening in 2006, Einstein’s Village De L’ Est campus amassed six years of unprecedented, continuous academic gains, removing the school from the severely underperforming list and leading us to replicate the school four times in four years.
Continuing our record of success, after opening Einstein Charter School at Sherwood Forest in the fall of 2013, we founded Einstein Charter Middle and Einstein Charter High in the former Sarah Towles Reed High School facility. By 2020 we anticipate serving the needs of over 2,000 students in grades PK-12 across five schools. Our ambitious plan has been funded by the United State Department of Education when we received the Charter School's Program grant for replication and expansion of High Quality Charter Schools in 2015.
Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer
The Grant Writer will be a critical member of the Strategy Team, which is responsible for raising the necessary philanthropic support to meet the organization short-term and long-term needs through building and managing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individuals. This position will report to the Chief Strategy Officer, but will also work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and school leadership.
This position represents an excellent opportunity for learning and professional growth. Successful candidates take initiative, problem solve, demonstrate flexibility and patience, be responsiveness, relationship building, work well independently, and exude personal accountability. She or he will combine strong organizational skills with a meticulous attention to detail. They will listen carefully, anticipate and pro-actively address the needs and concerns of senior team members, as well as of the team as a whole. A strong collaborator, they will be ready for teamwork.
- Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to individual, foundation and corporate sources.
- Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for individual, corporate and foundation grants.
- Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to individual, corporate, and foundation funders on current grant programs.
- Comply with all grant reporting as required by individual, foundation, corporate donors.
- Collaborate to support the creation of all content-related collateral material
- Provide stewardship to current donors, including work with Strategy Team to provide regular written updates (newsletters etc) to corporate and foundation donors.
- Attend donor meetings as a representative of the Strategy team;
- Understanding of institutional history and programs.
- Make appointments for CEO/CSO with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees).
- Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
- Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc).
- Perform other duties as assigned by CEO/Chief Strategy Officer
- Assist with other fundraising projects as requested
Required Skills and Experience
- Bachelors degree and minimum 3-5 years of nonprofit work experience with 1-2 years of development experience;
- Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
- Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
- Able to monitor and meet income goals.
- Previous experience in grant-writing preferred;
- Education or ed-reform experience preferred;
- Demonstrated achievement in a demanding work environment;
- Very well organized, with systematic and meticulous attention to details;
- Flexible and adaptable. Able to work with ambiguity and changing conditions and priorities
- Ability to manage and balance a wide range of projects and duties in fast moving environment;
- A proactive, “can-do” approach; demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness;
- An excellent team player with a positive attitude and the ability to connect and collaborate with others;
- Ability to write and speak clearly and effectively, using appropriate and diplomatic language, grammar and spelling, especially letters, memos, agendas and other routine business documents;
- Ability to identify and anticipate problems, analyze situations and recommend solutions
- Accountable – willing to accept appropriate levels of responsibility for tasks, projects and outcomes;
- Flexibility in working hours– some evening and weekend work may be required;
- Intermediate or better proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products and general ability to learn new software;
- Commitment to the mission of Einstein Charter School and our students.
Evaluation: Meets Fundraising/Grant Goals
Evaluated by CSO
Compensation is commensurate with experience.
Einstein Charter Schools welcomes all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other protected grounds in any of its activities or operations, including hiring.