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The Grant Writer is primarily focused on writing and grants management, with secondary responsibilities in communications. The Big Picture Philadelphia Development Office generates philanthropic support for the organization’s two Philadelphia public high schools: Vaux Big Picture High School and el Centro de Estudiantes. The office is located at Vaux BPHS and work is performed at off site with weekly meetings on site at both locations. The Grant Writer will report directly to the Development Director, and have interactions with the Executive Director, HR/Finance Director, Operations Director, School Leadership Teams, teaching staff, students and the Board of Directors as needed. The part time position has flexible hours to 20 total per week, and is a contracted position.
Big Picture Philadelphia receives approximately two-thirds of its charitable revenue from foundations and corporations, and one third from individuals. Grant proposals range from under $10,000 to six figures, depending on program need. The progressive educational approach is project-based and focused on two signature programs: Real World Learning and Learning Through Internships. Each student at the lower grade levels engages in a Real World Learning class that exposes them to the world of work, engages them in a discovery process of their passions and interests, and guides them in the completion of competencies that prepare them for an internship. Upper grade level students secure a work-based internship that ties together goals of the business or organization where they work, and in-school requirements. Each student in an internship works alongside a Mentor and is supported by their Advisor (teacher) in the classroom. In addition to general operating needs, the Real World Learning and Internship programs are primary drivers of grant seeking. Funding is also sought for Resiliency and Post-Secondary support, Special Education, Out of School Time programs and technology needs.
The Grant Writer will be primarily responsible for generating grant proposals, writing reports for grants received, researching prospective foundation and corporate partners, and general communications as needed with foundation and corporate partners. The individual will maintain the grants calendar and Moves Management tasks within the donor management system in E Tapestry. Research is conducted through a variety of platforms and relationship networks, including Foundation Directory Online. Documentation is stored and managed in Google Drive.
Candidates who will be considered for the Grant Writer position will have a four year degree, two to three years of successful grant writing experience, and demonstrable administrative and communications experience, preferably in nonprofit organizations. Additional background that will strengthen an individual’s candidacy include a knowledge of Philadelphia public education, workforce development in Philadelphia, and youth development. Big Picture Philadelphia works in a dynamic environment within the public education space for high school students. A successful candidate will be able to coordinate detailed information from several sources, work across multiple platforms and write concise, data-driven proposals and reports. The candidate must have all required clearances to work with youth in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A well-organized person with a sense of humor is highly desired. Start date is September 2019.
Required skills for the Grant Writer include:
1. Command of the Microsoft Office Suite, Google for Education, E Tapestry, Foundation Directory Online and Google Drive.
2. Technical proposal writing skills and creative use of language.
3. Synthesis of multiple information sources into single documents.
4. Understanding the avenues of research into institutional donors and their relationship networks.
5. Organization of digital information
Additional skills include:
1. Writing for marketing purposes.
2. Relationship management.
3. Communication with youth.
Big Picture Philadelphia provides transformative educational experiences for under-served high school youth through proven, sustainable educational practices and, in so doing, contributes to Philadelphia’s city-wide educational reform efforts. We are proud members of the national <a title=”Big Picture Learning” network, which successfully serves at-risk youth in more than 60 schools nationwide.
At Big Picture Philadelphia, our vision is clear. We believe that every student deserves educational opportunities that address their interests, passions, strengths, and needs. We believe that every student deserves access to work and post-secondary opportunities. We believe that an education person is one who is self-aware, resourceful, a self-advocate, possesses academic skills, is a problem-solver, a critical thinker, and has empathy for themself and others.
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