Looking for talented, service oriented, mission driven individuals who are eager to apply their exceptional writing and analytical skills to positively impact the lives of children. Exceptional opportunity to work for one of the fastest growing education nonprofits in the country.
Organizational Overview Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education is a national nonprofit working to improve the educational performance and life opportunities of children who are living in underprivileged communities. Our flagship program, the Phalen Leadership Academies, is a turnaround operator that works to transform underperforming schools into the high-quality schools that children deserve.
Remote; virtual home based. Pacific and Mountain Time Zones. Exceptional candidates from the Central Time Zone may be considered on an individual basis.
Seeking only mission driven and service oriented professionals. The ability to tell our narrative in a compelling manner is significant and anchored by a passion for service. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, and current/previous non-profit background encouraged to apply. Exceptional writing skills is a must.
Position Overview The Development Associate is a full-time position who will support PLA’s National Development, Strategy & Innovation (DSI) department. The Development Associate, with guidance and support from the DSI team, will create funding proposals, federal grant applications, partnership proposals, stewardship reports, and other written materials for internal and external audiences.
This position requires a highly organized and motivated individual who excels at both rigorous writing and project management, with proven ability to deliver high-quality proposals and deliverables on deadline. Ideal candidates will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, which are required to interact effectively with internal leaders as well as external supporters. This position will derive satisfaction from working in both a virtual and collaborative environment while devoting significant time to independent efforts.
Development Associates will have the opportunity to directly impact the growth of a national organization, with a rare front-row seat to a wide range of professional experiences, from project design to communications, fundraising to innovation. If you value being able to learn something new every day, PLA is the place to be.
With guidance from Development Leadership, write and prepare exceptional,
highly competitive proposals and government RFPs that are consistently chosen
for funding or partnership;
Execute with exceptional attention to detail and fidelity PLA’s proven
institutional advancement process;
Help develop compelling projects that are operationally feasible and strategically
Conduct prospect, industry, and design research that support strategic priorities
Prepare accurate, timely and compelling reports for funders and strategic
Develop, compile, and edit supplemental materials that support written
communications (i.e., backgrounders, biographies, executive talking points, and
other related materials);
Communicate with other departments in connection with proposal preparation
and execution of grant deliverables;
Support development efforts on behalf of the organization’s summer learning
Provide ongoing status and benchmark reports as well as end-of- year
reconciliation and evaluation of data, strategies, and systems;
Develop project budgets and convert budget into grant narrative;
Produce newsletters, annual reports, brochures and other communications;
Help craft donor cultivation, stewardship and recognition processes and
Organize and maintain development records, office files, and R&D materials;
Support the development of organizational infrastructure, with opportunity to
work with technical advisors to help ensure successful integration of new
Support media outreach, including website and press releases; and
Perform other duties as assigned.
PLA is proud to be one of the few public school networks in the country whose central office has the option to work remotely. This includes the Development Associate
position. As a result, we expect our Associates to have access to a stable, quiet environment, and computer and high-speed internet to perform the required duties. Currently, we are only open to candidates who would be able to work in the Pacific and Mountain Time Zones. Exceptional candidates from the Central Time Zone may be considered on an individual basis.
To Apply Please submit the following application materials. The priority round application deadline is March 30, 2018.
Cover Letter (indicate where you found the job posting).
Persuasive writing samples (1-2) that best represent your capacity to construct balanced, complex, and emotionally resonant writing which have produced successful outcomes. Writing samples must be of commensurate rigor and length. Email samples to email@example.com with your name (last, name_first, name) saved.
Phalen Leadership Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Phalen Leadership Academies participates in everify in states that require
A passionate belief in PLA’s mission, values, and educational model;
Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven
ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-
Bachelor’s Degree is required, exceptional academic performance in programs
that require intensive writing is preferred;
Honesty, humility and desire to learn;
Prior experience in grant or proposal writing, fundraising, and project
management is preferred – key is the ability to demonstrate quantifiable,
consistent, and positive impact on the organizations you have worked for;
Exceptional attention to detail;
Demonstrated track record of successfully managing multiple projects
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively and thrive in a
fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment;
Capacity to remain calm and focused when faced with unexpected challenges;
Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose;
Ability to digest materials of considerable complexity and synthesize across
multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences;
Conceptual ability to translate ideas and suggestions from the general and
philosophical to the specific and quantifiable in the development of proposals
and other written materials;
Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array
of people, including senior leaders;
Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and familiarity with
cloud-based database platforms;
Capacity to work extended hours during peak season; and
Working knowledge of budget development and financial analysis is preferred.
About Phalen Leadership Academies
The George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies (“PLA”), is a nonprofit network of high quality, tuition-free public schools that help children (who we call “scholars”) excel in their academics and grow as well-rounded individuals. At PLA, we believe that with the right education, all children can fulfill their tremendous innate potential.