Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education - Remote - Full time

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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.

PLA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2013 and currently serves 4,000 children across 10 schools. Over 90% of PLA scholars are eligible for free lunch. We have a strong track record of success and have developed a model that has consistently transformed F-rated schools into A-rated schools. Our scholars also consistently experience some of the highest academic growth in their home district. The PLA education model has several unique elements that drive the strong growth of our scholars. Rigorous curriculum; a coaching cycle that grows educators; smart use of technology to complement great teaching; enrichment opportunities for scholars; and authentic partnerships with parents are just a few of the elements that drive success for the children we serve.

Embarking on the next phase of transformative growth, PLA is looking for talented professionals who can help advance our organization and improve the lives of children and families we serve. PLA is in the scale-up stage of implementing a multi-faceted Strategic Plan that will enable the organization to positively impact the lives of 10,000 students by 2020.

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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 aligned;
  • Conduct prospect, industry, and design research that support strategic priorities and projects;
  • Prepare accurate, timely and compelling reports for funders and strategic partners;
  • 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 program;
  • 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 programs;
  • 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 systems;
  • Support media outreach, including website and press releases; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications

  • 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-organized manner;
  • 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 simultaneously;
  • 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.


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 to The priority round application deadline is March 30, 2018.

  • Resume.
  • Cover Letter (indicate that you found the job posting through EdSurge).
  • 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.
  • Two (2) professional references. 

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