The Director of Development/Grant Writer plans, organizes and manages the development functions of NVMI. Creates and implements an overarching Development Plan to maximize the influx of external funds. Oversees all grant-seeking at the school to prevent duplication of effort, ensure adherence to NVMI policies and goals, and maximize revenue through external sources. In consultation with school administrators and the board of trustees, makes decisions about which grants the school will pursue and sets an ambitious grant-seeking agenda designed to meet the schoolâ€™s strategic goals. Serves as lead internal consultant to faculty, administrators and board members on grant development. Manages the preparation of complex and varied grants, and develops and implements systems and procedures to ensure successful grant-seeking efforts
at the school.
The incumbent works with a broad range of constituents (internal and external) to identify and respond to resource development needs. Work results impact school, program and department level decisions, budgets and operations.
1. Develops and manages a comprehensive NVMI development master plan aligned with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), WASC Action Plan, and Board Strategic Plan.
2. Manages all development efforts of the school as part of fulfilling the development master plan. Establishes priorities for work assignments, monitors progress, reviews work products and ensures products relative to the development master plan are delivered in a timely manner.
3. Formulates and recommends annual development department budget.
4. In consultation with the Superintendent and Administrative Team, develops and promotes NVMI grant-seeking priorities; ensures that priorities are integrated with the schoolâ€™s strategic planning goals; serves as a leader for the schoolâ€™s strategic plan.
5. In consultation with administrators, makes decisions on which grants will be pursued by the school; provides leadership for and implements an aggressive grant development agenda for the school; develops, coordinates and maintains an annual calendar of planned and ad-hoc grant development activities. Facilitates problem-solving processes relating to multiple programs selecting and competing for the same grant/funding source.
6. Directs the preparation of complex and varied grants that support school goals. In collaboration with school administrators and faculty, identifies school needs/problems to be addressed; clarifies grant objectives; and determines scope of grant project.
7. Develops/maintains systems and procedures to ensure the accuracy, validity and timeliness of grants submitted. Edits grant proposals for clarity, accuracy, and strategic approach. Responsible for the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of grants submitted to government agencies and foundations, including adherence to relevant federal, state and local regulations.
8. Plans and implements the Annual Campaign in conjunction with the Parent Coordinator.
9. Serves as lead internal consultant to the Superintendent, other school administrators, faculty and staff regarding grant-seeking and resource development. Monitors changes/trends in the resource development environment (regulatory, political, secondary education, economic, etc.) and determines resulting implications for the school. Serves as internal resource/expert regarding grant development trends, models and best practices; applies relevant information to school resource development efforts; anticipates grant development needs.
10. Develops and maintains external contacts to facilitate funding opportunities. Coordinates and collaborates with other institutions regarding collaborative resource development efforts, including colleges and universities, state and local agencies, non-profit organizations, other K-12 schools, etc.
11. Develops/maintains systems and procedures to ensure school is aware of grant opportunities, processes and awards. Designs and implements opportunities for faculty and staff to develop grant seeking and grant writing skills.
12. Directs the preparation of reports on the schoolâ€™s grant development activities as required/requested by the board of trustees and schoolâ€™s administrators.
13. Represents the school at state, regional and national meetings related to areas of resource development.
14. Provides technical assistance to grant project directors, school faculty and managers, and financial services staff to ensure effective grant administration and adherence to relevant government regulations.
15. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Bachelorâ€™s degree in education, public policy, communications, or related field. Five years of experience in successful grant proposal writing and grants management, preferably within a secondary education setting. At least two years of experience supervising staff. Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills are required, including writing, speaking, listening and presentation skills. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with the schoolâ€™s Board, Superintendent, all levels of management, faculty, and staff and other external individuals and groups.