Grants Director, DC Children's Nonprofit
Washington Tennis & Education Foundation - Washington, DC

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Founded in 1955, WTEF serves nearly 1,000 at-risk DC children and youth each year through academic and tennis programs after-school and during the summer. An award-winning organization, WTEF successfully uses tennis as a magnet to attract and retain the participation of at-risk children from Washington, DCs most challenged neighborhoods to its programs that provide a continuum of support from Kindergarten through 12th grade. WTEFs mission is to improve the life prospects of DC youth, particularly those from lower income communities, through academic, athletic, and community-building activities that teach discipline, build confidence, and improve academic performance.

New education, tennis and community center in Ward 7 . In the fall of 2012, WTEF will inaugurate its new $10 million educational, tennis and community center in a low-income community in Washington, DC, in Ward 7, adjacent to the Benning-Stoddert Recreation Center. The facility is east of the Anacostia River, near East Capitol Street. From this center, WTEF will offer its effective after-school and summer education and tennis programs for at-risk children. The facility has classrooms, a computer lab for students, six indoor tennis courts, nine outdoor tennis courts, a community meeting room, office space for staff and a reception area. WTEF will continue to have space and offer tennis lessons for youth at its 16th Street N.W location.


WTEFs annual budget is just over $2 million and grants account for 30% of WTEFs revenue for program operation. The Grants Director will be part of a development team but with the sole responsibility of conducting WTEFs grant-seeking activities from foundations, corporations, associations and appropriate government sources to help fund WTEFs programs. The incumbents chief responsibilities are for renewals of existing grants and obtaining new grants. The Grants Director will primarily manage more than 30 existing grants through communication of requirements to program staff and submission of renewal proposals and reports. In addition, the Grants Director will research potential new funding sources and write the proposal if funding is sought. An occasional capital or specialty proposal might also be required.


  • 5-10 years development and grants management experience and a history of successful grant results.
  • A commitment to programs that help at-risk children and youth.
  • Prior experience in researching potential funders and researching statistical data which may be needed to document community needs.
  • A bachelors degree is required, and a masters preferred.
  • Must be an excellent writer, with outstanding knowledge of English grammar and usage, and be able to write persuasively, clearly and concisely.
  • Must be able to work independently, consulting with others as needed, and have strong attention to detail.
  • Must be adept in online grant applications and reporting processes, and must have excellent computer skills in Word (including formatting tools), Excel, Power Point and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Must have good oral presentation skills in order to present WTEFs programs to potential funders and others as necessary.
  • A CFRE certificate is helpful but not necessary.

Seeks and obtains grants from foundations, corporations, associations, and appropriate government units to support WTEFs programs, including requests to existing funders for renewal funding and to new funders for support.

Ensures that proposals, letters of inquiry, and reports meet funder requirements including deadlines and attachment specifications or other specifications.

Writes proposals using excellent writing skills, and describes new programs passionately and convincingly. Our new center will have many new opportunities and programs and we need someone who can understand the new programs and write about them persuasively.

Understands WTEF programs in depth, including their history, methods of operation, results, and financial needs, and interacts with administrative and program staff as needed to obtain information about program and organizational operations.

Researches and identifies appropriate and likely new sources of funding.

Researches information for and keeps current WTEFs needs statement for use in proposals to document community needs for our programs.

Maintains hardcopy and electronic grant records, including grant agreement letters, for reference by senior staff and annual auditors.

Assists Executive Director with projecting grant income as fiscal year budgets are prepared.

Maintains a grants calendar for each fiscal year, with deadlines for proposals and for reports noted.

Maintains revenue chart monthly of pending and obtained grants for use with proposals as often required; this is based on monthly financial statements from WTEFs accountant.

Interacts with funders as needed.


Writes applications for awards and other organizational or staff recognitions as requested by Executive Director.

Interacts with Board members as requested by Executive Director.

Contributes ideas and advice to other WTEF staff on newsletters and other communications.

Other duties as assigned.


This full-time position will be located at WTEFs office at 16th and Kennedy Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Grants Director must be able to travel in the metropolitan area to meetings at funders offices, to WTEFs Ward 7 site in SE Washington, and to locations, such as schools, where some WTEF programs operate. Must have own transportation. Occasional long hours required to meet deadlines or to assist with organization activities.