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Manager, Grants & Foundations

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New Orleans, LA, USA

The Manager of Grants and Foundations will oversee an institutional and public giving operation within our broader regional Development program that raises $6 million annually through annual giving, corporate sponsorships, public grants, major gifts, and earned revenue.  The Manager of Grants and Foundations will identify opportunities for grants and create partnerships with grant and foundation funders.  This role will advance the strategy and manage the continued growth and success of our grants and foundations funding stream.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Prospect Research and Opportunity Development (20%)

  • Through research, field work, and understanding our organizational vision and strategy, prospect institutional funders and philanthropists whose funding priorities align with TFA’s work
  • Meet with key stakeholders and decision makers at granting organizations to create partnerships and strong funding relationships
  • Develop consensus with regional management on the programmatic funding opportunities that are strategic to pursue
  • Develop an operational calendar to ensure that we are maximizing funding opportunities and meeting grant deadlines

Grant Development, Writing, Progress Management, and Reporting (40%)

  • Develop grants in collaboration with regional management and program team leadership which outline the strategies we will pursue and measurable impact that funding will make possible
  • Assess the motivations and expectations of funders, and write clear and compelling grants and cases for support
  • Propose performance measures and metrics that align with organizational priorities while meeting the expectations and motivations of funders
  • Clarify the key activities, measured outcomes, and compliance requirements and associated timelines and due dates
  • Regularly follow up with program team leadership to ensure that key activities, measurement of outcomes, and compliance requirements proceed on schedule
  • Manage and meet funder deadlines and deliverables with exceptional attention to detail through the development and use of planning and tracking tools
  • Develop high quality reporting materials that convey our successes and learnings to funders, as well as provide insight and context

 Donor Experience, Relations, and Information Management (30%)

  • Analyze the motivations, barriers, and networks of institutional donors to develop tailored cultivation plans that build individual and organizational credibility while maximizing giving potential and donor retention
  • Prioritize key actions for your Executive Director and Head of Development to take, such as external meetings, event appearances, and/or correspondence, and prepare/support them to execute your cultivation and stewardship plans
  • Develop written communications to donors, sometimes in the voice of our Executive Director or Head of Development
  • Use Salesforce to retain accurate and complete information about our donors and prospect strategy, including giving data, contact data, affiliations, correspondence records, grant documentation, historical touch-points with Teach For America, and your strategic insights

 Region-wide and Organization-Wide Responsibilities (10%)

  • Corps member selection interviews, acceptance confirmation, and hiring events
  • Regional staff recruitment and talent cultivation
  • Cross-functional special projects
  • All staff leadership development and team building
  • Corps member professional development
  • Regional social events with staff, corps members, and alumni

You may be the ideal candidate for this role if:

  • You like to write. You will create compelling and tailored written proposals to our potential funders, some that are one page and some that are 100 pages.   Either way, you find writing exciting and energizing.
  • You like building relationships. You will reach out to prospects to schedule meetings to discuss the work that we’re doing and find ways that their organization’s funding priorities align with our financial needs.
  • You like research. You enjoy digging in to a foundation’s history or a prospect’s giving tendencies. You are great at looking for opportunities and uncovering new prospects.
  • You are extremely organized and exceptional at managing deadlines. You don’t break a sweat when juggling ten different deadlines.  You create detailed calendars with proposal deadlines, reporting needs, and planning for the submission cadences during the year.  You are on top of the different requirements for each grant and enjoy working with stakeholders to make sure we are always putting forth our best work.

Prior Experience

  • At least 3 years of work experience is strongly preferred
  • Previous experience in grant writing with a track record of success preferred
  • Previous experience in academic or critical writing, and/or drafting written communications required
  • Prior experience using Salesforce (or other CRM system) preferred
  • Greater New Orleans context and/or experience, particularly in serving the movement for educational equity or social justice preferred


  • Strong ability to remain organized and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong written communicator; specifically can write compellingly about our organization, mission, and goals and effectively tailor writing for different audiences
  • Ability to create strategic and compelling arguments and cases for support
  • Strong interest and skill in working across layers and collaborating with others to achieve outcomes
  • Ability to identify and systematically prioritize opportunities to pursue and problems to solve in order to achieve the most meaningful outcomes
  • Ability to use appropriate breadth and depth of context and data to make sensible and timely decisions
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
  • Strives to continuously develop and better yourself, your team, and Teach For America
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs
  • Dedication to and consistent embodiment of our organization’s core values

Work Demands

  • Willingness and ability to participate in occasional night and/or weekend events
  • Open to overnight travel less than 2 times a year

Organization Info

Teach For America

New York, NY, United States
Annual Budget : 
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates, professionals, or graduate students who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Teach For America's mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. In the 2016-2017 school year, 6,900 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members are teaching in 53 regions across the United States. Since 1990, Teach For America corps members have reached more than 10 million students. Teach For America's more than 40,000 alumni are providing critical leadership -- as teachers, school and district leaders; elected officials and policy advisers; and founders and leaders of education and social reform initiatives -- to ensure all children have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jul 29 2019
Active Until: 
Aug 29 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Teach For America