Grant Writer (Contract)

TalkingPoints - Remote - Full time

About TalkingPoints

TalkingPoints ( is an award-winning education technology non-profit organization with the mission to unlock the potential of low-income, underserved families to support their children’s learning by partnering with their children’s schools. COVID-19 remote learning environment has made our mission ever more urgent and important. We're building a one-of-a-kind product in the market, a multilingual family engagement platform that connects families and teachers using human and artificial intelligence powered, two-way translated messages and personalized supports — eliminating language, time limitations, and know-how as barriers to school/family connection.

Millions of teachers and families are using TalkingPoints in their classrooms and schools and districts across the U.S. TalkingPoints works with key school district partners such as Oakland Unified, Wake County and NYC DOE. We have won awards from NYU, MIT,, Ashoka, Forbes and are backed by, AT&T, Carnegie Corporation, Schmidt Futures, Stanford University and NewSchools Venture Fund, to name a few. Most recently we were named an evidence-based learning platform to support by MIT's J-Pal, and our research partners include University of Chicago and MIT. 

The Opportunity

TalkingPoints is seeking an experienced grant writer to work remotely part-time (approximately 10-15 hours per week), on a contract basis, for a six-month period (December 2020 through May 2021) to support the organization at a critical inflection point to take our organization to the next level. During this time, you will help to maintain and grow a strong base of institutional funders. The primary responsibilities of this role include grant writing, grant management and research (described in further detail below). You’ll be working closely with a small but supercharged, tightly knit, mission-driven team.


  • Grant Writing
    • Primary responsibilities include preparation of proposals and grant applications, including letters of intent, grant reports and external donor-facing copy
    • Acquire and maintain understanding of the history, structure, objectives, programs and financial needs of the organization and effectively translate these needs to prospective funders through written proposals.
    • Develop individual grant proposals in accordance with funder preferences and guidelines.
    • Compile, write, and edit all grant-related content exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
    • Coordinate with TalkingPoints staff to compile necessary attachments to accompany requests.
    • Recommend next steps and/or touchpoint with funders to steward submitted proposals.
  • Grant Management
    • Oversee the execution of grant-related activities; Manage grant calendar including grant writing and completion of progress and final reports.
    • Attend weekly meetings with TalkingPoints fundraising team to review grant calendar, progress and upcoming deliverables.
    • Maintain records as needed.
  • Research
    • Support identification of new prospects, conduct research and suggest next steps and strategy

Experience/Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following:

  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in research and grant writing; experience with education or edtech organizations a plus
  • Proven track record and demonstrated ability to write local-, county- and/or state-level grant proposals
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and deadline-driven
  • Clear, precise, and compelling writing skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • High proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Word
  • Compensation commensurate with experience

How to apply

Submit a resume, link to your LinkedIn profile, brief paragraph describing your interest and a writing sample.

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Experience Level

Mid Level


TalkingPoints is an education technology nonprofit with a mission to drive student success by using accessible technology to unlock the potential of family engagement in children’s education.

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