Director, Federal Grant Writing (Washington, D.C.)
We seek a Director of Federal Funding to join the Public Partnerships team and lead Teach For America's federal grantwriting and implementation. The Director will be responsible for managing several work streams across a variety of teams to write and develop winning federal grant proposals and to help ensure successful execution of federal grants. The Director will also become a federal program expert and be tasked with identifying federal funding opportunities across the government that could benefit TFA at the national or local level. The Director of Federal Funding will report directly to the Managing Director, Federal Funding.
As background, Teach For America's federal funding portfolio continues to evolve. Teach For America is currently managing a $16 million Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant from the Department of Education, and just recently submitted three additional federal grant applications. Our existing SEED grant has been pivotal in enabling dramatic improvements to our preservice teacher training. We continue to seek more and more federal grants to support all of Teach For America's incredible work on-the-ground to ensure every child has access to a high-quality education.
This position is a critical component of the team responsible for maintaining and increasing Teach For America's federal funding to sustain our work to end educational inequity.
The charge of the Public Partnerships team at Teach For America is to build and support a network of partners and champions among federal, local, and Tribal elected and appointed officials, who will sustain and strengthen Teach For America. The team works to build support for Teach For America's ongoing efforts, ensuring that our external reputation accurately reflects our programmatic and organizational strength and quality.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Write compelling proposals to justify funding for TFA's programmatic work.
- Work across different teams throughout the organization, such as programmatic and finance teams, to develop strong and cohesive federal grant applications.
- Oversee execution of federal grants, which includes collecting data for reporting requirements, completing performance reports, and working with other teams to ensure fiscal and programmatic compliance.
- Identify existing federal funding opportunities across the federal government that would benefit TFA nationally or locally.
- Develop an expertise in federal grant programs, particularly at the U.S. Department of Education, cultivating a familiarity with program purpose, requirements, funding history, and intersection with Teach For America.
- Partner with the Government Affairs team to create access to new federal funding opportunities through legislative and administrative vehicles.
- 4-6 years of professional experience required
- Experience writing and managing public grants (preferably federal grants) highly preferred
- Prior Teach For America experience preferred
- Some weekend and evening work required
- Ability to travel to in person meetings in other cities
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work efficiently and with accuracy in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and juggle several projects at once with a spirit of flexibility and sense of possibility
- Ability to build strong relationships and work with people at all levels of the organization
- Strong planning and project management skills: being extremely organized, detail-oriented, relentless, energetic and professional
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, making informed decisions and recommendations based on a range of factors
- Ability to set a strong vision and direction for his or her work, has good judgment and takes initiative.
- Deep alignment with TFA's mission, organizational core values, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
- Operates with a high level of personal responsibility, and can lead through ambiguity and complexity
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Bachelor's degree required
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application, including resume, cover letter, and writing sample.
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. For more information, please contact [email protected]ca.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.
Our Core Values:
Our core values define who we are at our best and guide our work together.
- Pursue Equity: We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
- Strengthen Community: We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
- Achieve Impact: We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
- Choose Courage: We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it's hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
- Act with Humility: We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
- Demonstrate Resilience: We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
- Learn Continuously: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at the Center of Our Mission
At Teach For America, we aspire to embody the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for our nation. Unequal access to opportunity along lines of race, class, and other aspects of identity has deep roots in American history, and institutional racism and classism contribute to inequitable access to educational opportunity in our country today. Therefore, understanding race, class, and the intersectional nature of oppression along these and other lines is critical to eliminating educational inequity and creating an education system in which all students can flourish.
Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people—of diverse races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, political views, and other aspects of identity and spheres of influence—united around a common purpose and shared values. We know that the change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. We also know that progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences.
This understanding guides our strategy as we pursue our mission, and impacts how we allocate resources to recruit, select, train, support, retain, and engage corps members, alumni, and staff. In all we do, we act on the following beliefs.
→ Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America's greatest strengths.
→ The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
→ The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.
In striving to grow as individuals who lead with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, we focus on:
- Understanding of self and self in relation to others. We examine our worldview and experiences to understand how they're influenced by power, privilege, oppression, and biases. As we deepen our understanding of self in relation to others, we seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
- Understanding and interrupting systemic racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. We understand that our society and education system have been shaped by multiple forms of oppression, in particular racism and classism. We understand the role and impact of unconscious bias in establishing low expectations for children's capabilities, and we also see this play out in the workplace. Therefore, we commit to work together `to envision and implement new ways of operating that disrupt these systems and practices.
- Working toward equity. We leverage this understanding to surface and interrupt inequitable practices in our schools as well as within our organization. In classrooms, we are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports, and academic preparation they need to ensure full agency in their lives. In our organization, we're committed to allocating our resources and setting organizational policies, systems, and practices to reduce and eliminate gaps in experience and outcomes by demographic group.
- Building inclusive coalitions. We recruit and retain a corps and staff that reflects the inclusive coalition we need representing our nation. Simultaneously, we ensure those of us who have faced educational inequity shape our direction. We intentionally build authentic relationships across lines of difference; facilitate honest and productive conflict among diverse groups; create structures, policies, and processes that enable this effort; and value the diversity of ideas and perspectives required in this effort.
Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at
Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy
Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff: www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/life-at-tfa/workforce-diversity-and-inclusiveness.
Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.
About The Organization
There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children's potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.
Teach For America (TFA) finds, develops, and supports an ever-expanding network of outstanding and diverse leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children in schools, school systems, and in every sector and field that shapes the context in which schools operate. Representing the diversity of America and sharing the experience of having taught successfully in our most challenging public schools, TFA corps members and alumni form a network of change agents inside and outside of education who are grounded in the tremendous potential of our most underserved children and connected to families and communities impacted by educational inequity.
Founded by Wendy Kopp in 1989, Teach For America has since expanded to 36 states and 53 regions, reaching more than 10 million students. Now 53,000 strong and growing each year, the TFA community is leading across all sectors, including as teachers, school and school system leaders, elected officials, policy and advocacy organizers, social entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders. We support the individual and collective leadership of this network as they work hand-in-hand with students, families, and allies in the effort to realize educational equity and excellence for children across the nation.
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