Grants & Communications Manager
STRIVE Prep - Denver, CO

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Our Mission: Through a demanding education based on high standards, accountability, and structure, STRIVE Preparatory Schools prepares students for educational success from middle school through college.

About STRIVE Prep: STRIVE Preparatory Schools is a Denver-based network of college-preparatory, public charter schools that is creating change and transformation for Denver's kids. In 2012-13, STRIVE Prep runs six middle schools and one high school serving 1,730 students in all, with plans to open a second high school in August 2013. For six consecutive years, since the first school opened in 2006, a STRIVE Prep school has ranked #1 among all DPS middle schools for academic growth.

Description: The Grants and Communications Manager is a key player in STRIVE Prep's development team and will work in cooperation with the development, finance, operations, human capital, and enrollment teams to meet critical development and communications goals of the growing STRIVE Prep network.

Primary responsibilities:Performance indicators may include:
Grants and Federal Programs

Manage grants calendar
Write applications and reports for private/foundation, federal, state, and district funds
Review and update current grant eligibility and expectations
Research new funding prospects
Align written content to internal development and communications strategies
Manage compliance of grants in accordance with guidelines
Research public funding opportunities, including Mil Levy, Bond programs, state sources and federal sources
Work with CFO and Business Manager to identify funding sources for all expenses
Prepare detailed monthly spending reports for all federal grants and submit claims for grant reimbursements due
Track grant budgets to ensure appropriate and timely drawdown of fund

Grants are submitted on time and return a high rate of success
Grants received are appropriately and thoroughly tracked; grant terms, reporting guidelines and deadlines are met
Manage funder profiles and support strong partnerships
STRIVE Prep's grant funding pool is varied and increases appropriately, based on the network's development needs
Written content is updated quarterly; language is accurate and refreshed frequently to accomplish development and communications goals while staying true to network mission
Communicate regularly and effectively with federal, state, district grants managers
Expenses are accurately linked to grant funds during accounts payable process; Grants and Communications Manager and CFO/Business Manager collaborate effectively and implement streamlined and consistent process to merge grants tracking with bookkeeping
Reports are accurate and organized to provide substantial detail for district audit
Reimbursement reports are submitted monthly to secure funds due in a timely manner
Grant expenditures comply with approved grant budget and network budget

Communications

Develop a high quality annual report
Maintain a high quality website
Manage STRIVE Prep visual branding and branded products, including school banners, logos, letterhead, and giveaways
Support development of collateral and ongoing marketing for teacher recruitment and student enrollment, including brochures and videos
Track STRIVE Prep news on The Denver Post, EdNewsColorado, and social media outlets; increase earned media
Prepare press releases and quarterly newsletters for external audiences
Manage STRIVE Prep social media

Annual report, website, brochures, videos, and other communications collateral is visually powerful, accessible, accurate, and supports strategic communication goals with respective audiences
STRIVE Prep schools have appropriate banners, letterhead and products prior to the start of school each year
Constituents and stakeholders are regularly communicated with and updated on STRIVE Prep news and events
STRIVE Prep external communication reflects network values, is creative, and compelling
STRIVE Prep social media followership, readership and participation increases

Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree
Nonprofit grant writing, budgeting, tracking and reporting experience preferred
Excellent research, writing and editing skills.
Marketing, communications and public relations experience; interest in and strong instincts for design, branding, and messaging
Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel and website development/editing; graphic design skills a plus
Self-motivated and highly-organized with proven ability to exceed deadlines, handle multiple projects simultaneously, adjust to changing priorities, and work independently
Commitment to STRIVE Prep's mission

The Grants and Communications Manager is hired and evaluated by the Director of Development and Communications. Compensation and benefits are highly competitive; the Grants and Communications Manager is eligible to participate in the Colorado PERA retirement program and STRIVE Prep offers a range of medical insurance options. STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.

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