Grant Writer, contract

Phalen Leadership Academies - Denver, CO




At PLA, we share an unwavering belief and passion for educating and empowering scholars from under-served communities. Our approach to leading successful schools builds on over 20 years of experience leading educational programs for children, the latest scientific research, and the best practices throughout the nation.

The academic success of our scholars is the primary focus of our schools. We teach a rigorous, research-based curriculum in a nurturing, fun & loving culture with high standards and expectations for all. We challenge our scholars, acknowledge their achievements and hard work, and continuously feed their desire to learn.

To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we hire only the best of the best educators and invest heavily in our faculty through ongoing professional development and support. We value educators with a dedication to excellence and a passion for helping all our scholars develop the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to succeed while fueling their aspirations for the future.


The Grants Writer will help maximize financial support to Phalen Leadership Academies by developing compelling responses to operator management opportunities and seeking foundation & government grants that can increase the margin of excellence at our schools.

Working under the supervision of the Chief Strategy and Development Officer, the Grants Writer will support the achievement of ambitious business development goals through research, analysis, writing, and editing for a broad range of audiences. The Grants Writer should exemplify intelligence, logic, empathy, tenacity, authenticity, and optimism. Ideally, you enjoy utilizing the writing process to go beyond a superficial response and do not quit until you find real substance. You are suspicious of answers that seem too easy and always want to know more. You are an optimist and hold a genuine belief in the potential of our students and communities that never falters.

Though the combination of a background in public education and large-scale grant writing experience is not a requirement, you should have a solid track record in one and be prepared for a steep learning curve.


Bachelor's Degree required.
2-3 years of professional writing and project management experience, with a record of strong and creative problem-solving.
Demonstrated superior writing, research, project management and organizational skills.
Must be able to simultaneously execute multiple assignments with quality and handle complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Adheres to the highest ethical standards, demonstrates empathetic disposition and good judgment.
Ability to understand the needs and interests of major foundations and government agencies in order to communicate the short and long-term goals and priorities of PLA in a manner that is aligned.
Ability to handle problems as they occur and follow through on all aspects of the position.
Ability to analyze and synthesize data and information from multiple sources and develop comprehensive recommendations.
Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends.
Knowledge of office and productivity software sufficient to function smoothly in a highly technology-based environment (including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, and web-based applications).
Dependability, humility, sense of humor, and strong commitment to PLA's mission and the communities we serve.
A quiet working environment with high-speed internet is required. Employees supply their own cell phone and computer.
Amenable to compensation of $30 per hour

Please submit two writing samples along with your resume! (awarded at above the $200K level, preferably at least one government proposal) that you have produced as the lead writer.
Please include in your cover letter a brief description of each proposal, providing more context about the scope of your specific contributions, as well as the grantor agency and funded amount.

Phalen Leadership Academies is an equal opportunity employer.

Phalen Leadership Academies participates in E-Verify in all states that require.