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Manager, Grants & Finance

Teach For America
Job Title: Manager, Grants & Finance
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July 15th, 2019
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TEAM: Massachusetts
REPORTS TO: Senior Managing Director, Development & Finance
LOCATION: Massachusetts (Gr. Boston, Springfield, or Fall River)
Teach for America – Massachusetts seeks a Manager, Grants & Finance to be an integral part of our ambitious fundraising efforts.  Through crisp project-management, persuasive and thorough written communications, and an exceptional focus on both details and the bigger picture, you will leverage your skills to help us reach our financial goals – by driving significant revenue through grant writing, and strong stewardship of our resources through strong financial practices and reporting.
In addition to compelling funders to support our work through excellent grant writing, the Manager, Grants & Finance will also manage our regional team’s finances in partnership with the Senior Managing Director, Development & Finance. Through this work, you will ensure that our team is practicing strong stewardship of our resources through a deep understanding of our budget, expenses, and financial processes. You will also examine existing practices to identify efficiencies and streamline expense reporting and management across the regional team.
The role requires strength in two key areas: Influencing others through effective communications, and excellence in execution. You will influence funders by creatively and compellingly articulating our case for support in a way that inspires and leads to meaningful investments in our work. You will also manage up and laterally to ensure fidelity to our finance processes and goals. You are highly organized, rigorously tracking and maintaining accurate donor information; and managing yourself and others to deadlines effectively. You are comfortable with budgets and can generate high-quality, intuitive reports with 100% accuracy.
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’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusiveness and are ready to join us in this global movement.

The Manager, Grants & Finances will be responsible for:

Grant Writing, Tracking, and Administration (60%)

  • Prepare and submit high-quality grant proposals, letters of inquiry, and reports to foundation and corporate sources
  • Systematically manage all major grant deadlines and milestones, proactively engaging other team members as needed to provide excellent and timely donor stewardship
  • Ensure compliance with all financial and programmatic reporting requirements expressed by foundation/corporate donors
  • Build programmatic budgets, produce accurate and timely financial reports, and ensure proper expense tracking against grant funds
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested including creation of an annual report, annual requests for individual supporters, and collateral creation

Finance (30%)

  • Track team-wide expenses in partnership with operations staff on each functional team
  • Develop intuitive and timely financial reports for team budget managers
  • Ensure team-wide compliance with organizational financial requirements through strong systems and practices
  • Partner with our national Planning & Analysis team to ensure accurate monthly expense forecasts

Regional Team Responsibilities (10%)

  • Support, attend, and/or participate in regional team activities, including regular staff meetings and retreats, and regional pre-service (one week in June)
  • Participate in team-wide initiatives and campaigns, such as interviewing and matriculating corps member prospects and outreach to our local alumn

Prior Experience

  • Minimum of two years’ experience with grant writing, technical writing, or fundraising communications
  • Experience with expense management and tracking


  • Exemplary written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
  • Highly organized with exceptional detail orientation and demonstrated ability to manage a high volume of work with consistent excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to manage towards and consistently meet deadlines
  • Uncommon level of personal responsibility with exceptional goal orientation and a proven track record of success
  • Critical thinker who displays strong judgment in prioritizing problems to solve and opportunities to pursue
  • Motivated by achieving results through others and able to manage towards outcomes
  • Facility with MS Excel and Google Spreadsheets
  • Experience with Salesforce or fundraising/CRM database systems preferred.
  • Experience with Clarity or similar financial management software a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Work Demands

  • Occasional day travel within the Massachusetts region, including Western Mass. and the South Coast
  • Minimal overnight travel required – less than 1-2 times per year
  • Occasional work required on nights and weekends

Massachusetts regularly leads the nation in general indicators of educational excellence, yet low-income students are still subject to one of the largest disparities in academic outcomes. We believe that it is unconscionable that students in many communities are receiving anything less than the world-class education we are capable of providing them.
Teach For America – Massachusetts launched our teaching corps in 2009, and has since grown into a diverse community of 250 corps members and over 2100 alumni working each day on behalf of children. Building on the success of the past eight years, we are launching an exciting new strategic plan that will help grow clusters of strong schools in low-income communities statewide, including our three sub-regions: Greater Boston, Western Massachusetts, and the South Coast.
A hallmark of our team is a strong culture that fully embraces our core value of Strengthen Community – approaching our work with a strong spirit of collaboration, generosity, professionalism…and fun! We also embrace our organizational belief that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness is at the center of our work, making engagement with issues of race, class, and other aspects of identity a welcome and regular part of what we do.
We work hard, we laugh often, and we’re passionate about what we all do each day. We care deeply for one another, and most importantly for the communities we serve. We ground everything we do in a disciplined focus on what is best for kids and schools. Learn more about our work at https://massachusetts.teachforamerica.org/ .
By joining staff, you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.
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.
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.
Interested in this position? Apply now! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at staffing@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.

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