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4 May 2021


Education Grants Manager

KQED  San Francisco, California, United States

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Job Description

The Education Grants Manager is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of grants from private/public foundations and government sources in support of KQED Education, with a focus on high five-figure and six-figure grants.

KQED Education is an innovative program that provides professional development for teachers, classroom resources and unique digital tools to support students to practice critical thinking, express themselves through media and engage in civic discourse.

This role is responsible for developing and executing strategies to meet ambitious funding goals by maintaining and when possible increasing levels of support from current funders while bringing new funders into the fold. This position is part of a four-person grants team within a 20-person Development division. This role serves as the key Development staff liaison with KQED Education and its institutional funders, and will represent KQED and KQED Education in meetings and events, as well as work collaboratively with colleagues in KQED Development, Finance, the board of directors, and others as needed.

Familiarity with secondary school education and/or youth development will be important for this role, as well as an interest in public media. Excellent internet research and communication skills (oral and written) are essential, as well as a passion for developing and maintaining professional relationships.  The department values flexibility and creativity in response to emerging funding opportunities and so this role may also be called upon to engage non-traditional funding sources or contribute to grants-related projects beyond education as assigned.

At KQED, we are a strong community of visionaries, storytellers, creators, technologists, researchers, educators and innovators who share a passion for public media. One of our core beliefs at KQED is that we are better together, that we strive to be better each day and accountable when we aren’t. We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ people.

Essential Functions:

  1. Pipeline development:
    Researches, identifies, develops relationships with and solicits local, regional and national foundations and government funding sources for support of KQED Education, especially for our key initiatives KQED Teach, KQED Learn, and programs to elevate youth voices in media. Executes this work through coordinated research and strategy development with KQED Education and Development leaders, board members and others; writing compelling descriptions of the work and reaching out to prospects and current funders through inquiries and related correspondence; planning and executing meetings with funders that may involve other Foundation and Government Support staff and/or KQED content staff. (50%)
  2. Proposal and report writing: 
    Works collaboratively with KQED staff in developing proposals on deadline to maximize opportunities for securing the largest and most appropriate grant funding. Works with Education staff to gather data and information needed for compelling, results-oriented proposals. Coordinates fundraising efforts with major gifts and corporate underwriting staff as appropriate. Maintains updated records of funding in Salesforce or other database and manages required paperwork. Meets deadlines and guidelines for reporting requirements concerning the progress and outcomes of funded projects both internally (coordinating with Education, Finance, Legal and other departments) and externally to funders. (40%)
  3. Stewardship and teamwork: 
    Helps plan, execute and staff stewardship activities, including special donor events, selected mailings, and donor recognition (on-air credits, press releases, and other media) for portfolio funders.  Attends Education meetings and events, stays current with Education activities, and informs fundraising and other colleagues about key Education activities. Participates in department, division, and organization-wide meetings and contributes to a positive, productive and inclusive work culture in the department and beyond. Other essential duties as required. (10%)

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or greater higher education.
  2. Strong project management experience, including an ability to independently lead collaborative efforts that require the support and contributions of diverse staff with varying responsibilities.
  3. Ability to persuasively communicate with and diplomatically respond to current and potential funders, staff, community contacts, etc.
  4. Strong writing skills; ability to compose, edit and proof correspondence, reports, proposals, etc.
  5. Ability to interact well with people at all levels and to work well in a team environment.
  6. Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines and prioritize effectively.
  7. Strong research skills and ability to access, interpret and synthesize news, data and information about funders, funding trends and funding opportunities.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  1. Familiarity with local, regional and/or national foundation and/or wider philanthropic community; some knowledge of major trends in K-12 education; prior experience with grantwriting preferred.
  2. An interest in public media and some familiarity with KQED is ideal.


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.

We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.


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Full-Time Job in Education:
Education Grants Manager
 San Francisco, California, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: education, grants, management, manager, and non-profit. States: California.

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