Grants Manager (CMO)
Uplift Education - Irving, TX

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Uplift Education, a growing public charter school system in Dallas, is seeking a talented Grants Manager to join its development team. This position will be responsible for securing critical funding to meet current and future needs and reports to the Chief Development Officer. Uplift currently offers tuition-free college preparatory education to more than 7,500 predominantly low-income, minority students and has plans to double in size over the next three years. The Grants Manager writes local, regional, statewide grants to governmental organizations and private foundations, maintains relationships with external grant managers and program officers of funding bodies. The Grants Manager also coordinates the implementation of grant awards and ensures post-award compliance. Finally, the Grants Manager compiles financial and non-financial data for the preparation of internal reports, compliance reports, and grant billings.

  • Monitor federal and state grant opportunities; aggressively pursue curriculum and enrichment grants. Coordinate with the chief academic officer and school directors as appropriate to ensure that key stakeholders are represented in the proposal development process. Serve as lead author on these proposals.
  • Develops and maintains, in conjunction with Chief Development Officer grant application calendar for all grant requests
  • Oversee Uplift’s grant portfolio. Completes periodic grant reports as required.
  • Working with the chief development officer, research and evaluate likely grant funding sources, including foundations, corporations, and high net worth individuals. Assist in gathering information and data to be included in proposals.
  • Working with the chief development officer, research and evaluate regional, statewide, and national grantors that support education reform. Assist in gathering information and data to be included in proposals.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with high potential grant funding sources.
  • Maintain master files on grants, including a database to track and report all grant activities within the Uplift system.
  • Coordinate with the Business Office to create expenditure and income budgets and develop other enclosures to accompany grant submissions.
  • Write grant applications, cover correspondence, and other materials according to required format
  • Prioritize tasks and meet all deadlines for preparation and submission of grant applications and grant-related reports.
  • Review the Federal Register, Texas Register, professional journals, and other publications for the announcement of grants and other funding sources and disseminate to administrative staff.
  • Review guidelines for eligibility requirements, disseminate information, and explain grant restrictions, regulations, priorities, and deadlines to administrators and staff.
  • Provide technical assistance and staff training in the drafting of project proposals and reports, including the writing and development of program goals and objectives, budget, and interpretation of specifications for grant funding.
  • Assist with the evaluation and monitoring of grant-funded programs.
  • Assist staff in maintaining data.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state law, State Board of Education rules, and local board policy.
  • Develop grant administration policies and procedures in accordance with state, local, and federal regulations.
  • Performs various general grant administration functions such as billings, budget amendments, plan change, program evaluation, etc
  • Ensures accurate and timely preparation of grant billings and reports in
conjunction with Director of Finance.
  • Ongoing monitoring of grant budgets and expenditures to ensure targets are met
  • Ongoing monitoring of grant program goals and monthly performance.
  • Works with appropriate departments and schools to gather data for reports and ensure that proper records are maintained
  • Communicates relevant grant information with agency departments and all appropriate internal users
  • Prepare written and statistical reports for various audiences
  • Other duties may be assigned as business necessitates.


This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.


To perform the job successfully, competitive applicants should demonstrate the following competencies: 1) entrepreneurial and strategic in their actions, 2) strong critical thinkers, and 3) superior writers.
  • Strong grant writing capabilities
  • Knowledge of trends, processes, and ethics in grant writing
  • Demonstrated skills in writing and editing
  • Ability to analyze complex information and synthesize into readable and persuasive written material
  • Understanding and knowledge of general development and fundraising activities
  • Perseverance in the face of challenges
  • Ability to influence and motivate others
  • Organizational and management ability
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop spreadsheets, databases, and word processing
  • Ability to meet established deadlines
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a fast paced environment
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Three years of grant administration systems, processes and budgeting preferred.


Bachelor's degree (B. A. / B.S.) from four-year college or university required. Applicants should have 3-5 years of grant writing experience (state & federal) with a clear track record of success. Proven track record in grant writing including but not limited to local and state government grants, federal funding requests, local United Ways, capacity building proposals and funding requests to private and family foundations (ranging from$5000 to $20M). Former teachers or education policy professionals are especially encouraged to apply.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to read, analyze and apply common sense to understand and to carry out instructions in written or oral form. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel, students, and parents.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations .


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.


To perform this job successfully, an individual should be competent in Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn and use computer software as necessary. Ability to use basic office equipment.


Every employee of the school has an obligation to know our safety rules and procedures; to teach what they know to others; to recognize unsafe actions and situations; to warn others of unsafe situations; to react to emergency situations and to report hazardous or unsafe practices to those in a position to correct them.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee must be able to maintain emotional control under stress. Occasional prolonged and irregular hours will be necessary.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and use stairs. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level is low to high and may have frequent interruptions. There may be activity from other employees and students of a distracting nature.


Satisfactory criminal records check, pre-hire and annually thereafter, if applicable. Must be eligible to work in the United States and provide work authorization.


Uplift Education retains the right to change and/or modify the duties and essential functions of this position at any time. This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee.