Grant Writer for Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles, CA

Grant Writer

Green Dot Public Schools - Los Angeles, CA - Full time

Green Dot Public Schools - Los Angeles, CA - Full time

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Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit charter management organization driven by the mission to transform public education so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. Green Dot operates 30 public schools in historically disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles, Tennessee and Washington. As one of the three largest charter management organizations in the nation, Green Dot schools consistently achieve outstanding academic outcomes through innovative college-preparatory curriculums, collaborative and personalized teaching methods, and strong support systems for both students and staff.

Outside of the classroom, Green Dot schools provide a rich array of after-school programs and services for studentsso that they have safe, educational and enjoyable opportunities after the bell rings. Additionally, Green Dot strongly believes in community empowerment. Schools regularly organize events that bring together students, parents, educators and political leaders to advocate for active civic engagement and unity. Since 1999, Green Dot has been a celebrated leader in closing discrepancies in access to high-quality educational opportunities, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.


The mission of the GDPS Development Team is to articulate the critical need for additional investment in high-quality programs that serve the needs of low-income communities of color and help close historic gaps in access and opportunity. The Grant Writer, based in Los Angeles, will help maximize financial support to Green Dot Public Schools in three regions – California, Tennessee, and Washington – by seeking private, corporate, and government grants that can increase the margin of excellence at its schools.

Working under the supervision of the Grants Manager, the Grant Writer will work closely with a talented team of writers, development officers, an operations manager, and senior leadership to support the ongoing management of the Green Dot brand and the achievement of ambitious fundraising goals through research, analysis, writing, editing, and proofreading copy for a broad range of audiences. The Grant Writer should exemplify intelligence, logic, empathy, tenacity, curiosity, imagination, generosity, and optimism. Ideally, you like working with people to go beyond a superficial response and do not quit until you find the real substance underneath. You are suspicious of answers that seem too easy and always want to know more. Not only can you detect a newspaper article’s irrational explanation for low college completion rates, you do not shy away from saying so. You possess the creativity and imagination to see new pathways towards a solution even when everyone else is walking the same well-trodden road. You discuss the high dropout rates among kids returning from juvenile detention by trying to understand the challenges they face instead of feeling sorry for them. You freely share your thoughts about the viability of a new funding opportunity but you are also generous enough to actively listen to other people at the table. You are an optimist rather than an idealist and hold a genuine belief in the potential of our students and communities that never falters.

Green Dot offers a very competitive compensation package and generous vacation time and benefits. Though the combination of a background in public education and large-scale grant writing experience is not a requirement, you should have a solid track record in one and be prepared for a steep learning curve.

There are some things that we don’t compromise on:

> You must truly believe that all students, whatever their circumstances, hold the innate potential to achieve their goals and achieve success. You must be unwavering in your commitment to approach every student, parent, and community in terms of what is possible.

> You must respect the communities in which we work and the people who live in them. We are not looking for saviors or people looking to rescue students from their communities. You reject the concept of a universal culture of poverty by recognizing the individuality of our students, their families, and their experiences.

> Good enough is never good enough. You must have a desire to constantly improve, learn, and strive for excellence in everything you do through thoughtful self-reflection.


The responsibilities of being a Grant Writer at Green Dot go beyond simply writing proposals for funding. A typical day might include any of the following:

> Research potential funders for a new program that aims to ease the transition of at-risk seniors into their freshman year at college.

> Help a project manager define the performance metrics and long-term goals for a community health center.

> Review the budget for a series of recent college visits to ensure that the costs are within the remit of a funder’s financial support.

> Read an academic research paper on the performance of new positive discipline models and write up a brief summary to share.

> Edit a blog post written by our Chief Academic Officer describing the impact of Green Dot’s teacher evaluation system.

> Write and submit an online LOI to a foundation requesting support for a series of parent education workshops.

> Source and analyze demographic data to determine household income levels within a three-mile radius of one of our schools.

This job operates in a professional office environment, is largely sedentary, and utilizes typical office equipment (computers, phones, photocopiers, etc.). Normal business hours are 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday-Friday (although these hours may vary and may require occasional evening and weekend work based on organizational needs). Minimal or no travel required, other than visits to local school sites (as needed).


> Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of writing winning grants

> Must be well organized, detail-oriented and determined to succeed.

> Must be able to prioritize multiple assignments and handle complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.

> Demonstrated proficiency in writing and strong communications skills.

> Ability to understand the needs and interests of major foundations in order to communicate the short and long-term goals and priorities of GDPS in a manner that is aligned.

> Adheres to the highest ethical standards, demonstrates an empathetic disposition and perseverance; uses discretion and good judgment; reflects an optimistic and positive attitude, and conveys sensitivity to needs of the donors.

> Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments.

> 2-3 years of project management experience and a record of strong and creative problem-solving.

> High level of initiative, creativity and energy.

> Knowledge of office and productivity software sufficient to function smoothly in a highly technology-based environment (including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, and Internet applications).

> Ability to analyze and synthesize data and information from multiple sources and develop comprehensive recommendations.

> The ability to handle problems as they occur, and follow through on all aspects of the position.

> Willingness and ability to travel and the ability to work some weekends and evenings.

> Bachelor’s degree required, relevant Master’s degree preferred.

> Dependability, humility, sense of humor, and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the communities we serve

> Must be able to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities.

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Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit charter management organization driven by the mission to transform public education so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.

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