Development Lead

Instruction Partners - Remote - Full time

This is a full-time position located from a remote office anywhere in the country with some national travel expected, if and when public health guidance allows.

Position Description:

The Development Lead is a highly motivated team player who loves spending their days on grants, philanthropy, and writing. You are a strong and clear writer and have a excellent attention to detail and strong project management skills. You will spearhead the management of all of Instruction Partners’ grant proposals and reports, taking them from start to finish and doing the bulk of the writing and adjusting to ensure they tell the right story to each funder. Managing Salesforce will parallel that work, keeping a pipeline up to date and reporting across the work to various audiences. You will also regularly create fundraising collateral, working with the Marketing and Communications team and various owners to meet their needs. You are excellent at both the management and execution of the work; you are highly organized to track all of the moving pieces. You are a people person and interact well with others (especially the executive team) to get their support and to support them, you create systems for efficiency, and you can get a high volume of work done every day. You also love collaboration and are a team player in the middle of both the Development and External Affairs teams!

You will report to the Director of Development. You will work closely with the CEO Support Coordinator, the Marketing & Communications team, the SMD of Finance & Admin, and fundraisers on the team (the CEO, Chief Program Officer, Chief Growth Officer, and Executive Directors).


  • Project management, writing, and execution of all grant proposals & reports:
    • Management: Work with CEO Support Coordinator to map out timeline and assign parts to people
    • Writing: Write as much as possible on own, pulling from boiler plate language and existing materials; meet with owners to help them complete sections
    • Execution: Edit to ensure funder appeal, concision, clarity, and storytelling; send to Director of Development for final read; manage CEO Support Coordinator to submit
  • Create all fundraising collateral, with support from Marketing and Communications Senior Lead and direction from Director of Development, including but not limited to:
    • Funder pitch decks
    • Concept papers and proposals
    • “About us” fliers, 2-pagers, talking points
    • Case studies for funder stewardship
    • Annual report
    • Create and adjust funder-specific collateral and materials before and after conversations, working with the internal relationship owner to get to next steps
  • Manage and run Salesforce for the Development team, including:
    • Set up and actively manage pipelines, opportunities, accounts, and contacts
    • Regularly pull reports and share them with relevant internal team members
    • Work with Director of Technology to update reports and systems and create new ones as the work evolves
    • Manage CEO Support Coordinator on contact management, data entry, and notes/next steps logging
  • Work with all fundraisers on the team - the CEO, Chief Program Officer, Chief Growth Officer, and Executive Directors - and support their fundraising strategy and task execution
    • Help them write proposals and reports
    • Check on their progress to goal via meetings & Salesforce task tracking
    • Support on task execution, including collateral help, email drafts, etc.
  • Run most grant check-ins with grant owners
  • Own and manage boiler plate language bank, keeping it updated and sharing across Marketing and Communications and Engagement
  • Work with Marketing and Communications team to match up communications calendars (i.e. funder stewardship, grant reporting)
  • Conduct funder engagement analysis, with Marketing and Communications Lead (HubSpot) and bring findings and recommendations to Director of Development

Candidate Qualifications and Traits:

  • 3+ years working in K-12 education development/grant writing (able to independently draft a grant proposal and report, with editing and strategy support)
  • Experience in communications and collateral development (i.e. making PowerPoints, creating documents, drafting talking points, etc.); fluency in PowerPoint/Google Slides and Google Docs/Word/PDF
  • Flexible; able to work in a fluid/fast moving/sometimes ambiguous environment; can turn around on tight deadlines
  • Has great internal communications skills - can get info from the right people across the team
  • Team player
  • Generally organized
  • Self starter - quick study, quick learner
  • Previous experience writing grant applications and familiarity with templates and styles of funders such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Overdeck Family Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, preferred


The starting salary range for this role is $62,000-89,000, depending on experience. Detailed information about the organizational compensation philosophy is available upon application. Competitive benefits and private retirement investment options are available, as well as a generous vacation policy.


We are looking for candidates to join our team immediately, with an ideal start date in late summer 2020.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring

At Instruction Partners, we know that difference enhances, transforms and strengthens our ability to serve students and schools. We invite and celebrate diversity of all perspectives, and we are deeply committed to ensuring equitable access and voice throughout our organization. Instruction Partners is proudly an equal opportunity workplace, and we value the inclusion of persons who have experienced poverty and/or for whom English is not their first language, and every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, culture, ancestry, religion, national orientation, age, marital status or Veteran status. Join us, and let's work together to support great teaching and accelerate learning for every student.

Our Vision

All students experience an excellent education that prepares them to contribute to their community, achieve economic security, and pursue their dreams.

Our Mission

We work shoulder to shoulder with educators to support great teaching and accelerate student learning. We focus on small systems, both districts and charters, and we work to ensure equitable access to great instruction for students in poverty, students of color, students learning English, and students with disabilities.

Our Core Values

Live Big-Hearted

We care deeply about ourselves, each other, our work, our partners, and the students we serve. We value the differences each other brings to the table because we know diversity of voice, thought, and experience makes us better. We operate joyfully and without ego, collectively focused on the broader good.

Choose Optimism

We believe that, with the right support, every student can succeed. We have the courage to lean into challenges and believe in the possibility of overcoming obstacles while holding a high bar for ourselves, partners, educators, and students. As we advance antiracist actions, our path may not be smooth, but we will walk it anyway because we have faith that the journey will make our team and our education system better.

Champion Antiracism

We think critically about creating and upholding brave spaces for all team members, partners, leaders, and students so they are seen, valued, and heard. We amplify the voices and experiences of Black, Latinx, and Native people. We actively look for and dismantle systems of oppression within and outside of our organization, and we are consciously de-centering whiteness in our organizational culture by embracing diverse expressions of excellence that make our team more inclusive and effective.

Read our commitment to antiracist action.

Be Honest

We are open, authentic, and truthful with ourselves, teammates, and partners. Our trust in each other and our work gives us the courage to lean into difficult conversations, put forth new ideas, and give and receive feedback through the lens of equity of voice and experience. We understand the intense and gripping nature of our work, so we name our needs to ensure we are practicing self-care and love within our beloved community.

Get Practical

We believe support should be thoughtful by meeting people, schools, and systems where they are. We leverage the voices, strengths and stories of families, educators, partners and teammates to find answers, because we know there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to the challenges of our education system. We always look for ways to work smart, focus on the most relevant impact, and reduce friction to make it easier to take action while grounding our progress in equity.

Keep Learning

We know and love that we don’t yet have all the answers because we are nerds for learning, even when it’s hard or ambiguous. We actively pursue new knowledge, research, and evidence so that we can leverage the latest insights and best practices in our work, then we put that knowledge to work in partnership with our team, our partners, and the students and communities we serve. We respect the learning that springs from our own anti racist journeys, and vow to activate our knowledge in pursuit of equity and excellence.

How We Work

Instruction Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellent instruction for all students, with a focus on students in poverty, students with disabilities, students learning English, and students of color. We keep one foot in practicality and the other in evidence-based best practices, because we believe that leveraging high-quality, grade-level content and providing just-in-time supports will accelerate learning for all students.

Instruction Partners spends time getting to know the needs of the educators, leaders, and systems it serves, allowing the team to custom-build service plans to support partner goals. Partnerships include on-the-ground support, and partnership team members serve as thought partners to the school systems they serve, a team educators can reach out to and feel supported by.

Instruction Partners provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Instruction Partners complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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Instruction Partners

Instruction Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellent instruction for all students, with a focus on students in poverty, students with disabilities, students learning English, and students of color.
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