Aspire Public Schools operates a network of high-performing,
college preparatory charter schools serving TK-12 scholars in
communities across California. Founded in 1998—in an effort to
transform the inequitable racial, social, and gender outcomes that
our communities persist through—Aspire is one of the largest and
most forward-thinking open-enrollment public charter school systems
in the nation.
Our purpose is to prepare our scholars for success in college,
career, and life. At Aspire, we set a foundation for our scholars
to gain knowledge, skills, and power to access and make choices for
their families and post-secondary lives. Every day, our community
of students, families, teachers and staff comes together to learn,
work, and play in an environment grounded in our values of
Bienestar (Well-Being), Culture of Belonging, Community
Partnership, Agency & Self-Determination, and Joy.
The Government Grants Manager is responsible for
identifying and pursuing state and federal funding opportunities
that will further the organization’s ability to support Aspire
scholars across our schools in 3 regions. Owning Aspire’s state and
federal grants, the manager is responsible for pursuing and
obtaining government funding, all aspects of compliance and
financial planning related to government grants administration, and
ensuring proper stewardship of all government grants received by
Aspire Public Schools.
- Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare and
submit grant proposals to government entities.
- Oversee financial and legal components of grant applications,
including the development of budgets for grant submission.
- Identify and conduct research on prospective funding
opportunities at the state and federal levels, with particular
focus on opportunities presented by the California Department of
Education and the California Commission on Teacher
- Work with the Director of Development to develop annual
strategies and projections to fulfill funding needs.
Grants Administration and
- Review all grant agreements, documenting and communicating all
deliverables, deadlines, and responsibilities to internal
- Ensure funds are spent in compliance with established
administrative and financial policies and program guidelines for
federal and non-federal grants.
- Ensure grant deliverables and deadlines are met in compliance
with grant agreements, preparing narrative and financial reports
for granting agencies within prescribed timelines.
- Provide technical oversight regarding grant applications, grant
modifications, progress reports and budgets.
- Lead regular grant project status meetings with Home Office,
Regional, and school-based teams to ensure grant deliverables are
on-track and deadlines are met.
- Serve as primary liaison between Foundation and Finance teams
to perform monthly reconciliations of grant funds received. Monthly
monitoring of net asset schedule for restricted funds for all
- Compile and manage excellent historical and prospective data to
effectively prioritize work; utilize Salesforce for grant
- Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, the Aspire Public
Schools mission, vision, value statements including antiracism,
policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality
standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
- Comfortable with utilization of technology in a remote
- Perform other related duties as required and assigned.
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal;
highest priority is the ability to write clear, concise,
structured, articulate proposals/reports.
- Excellent ability to monitor and meet deadlines.
- Knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies.
- Excellent computer skills with all Microsoft Office programs;
Salesforce experience preferred.
- Strong MS Excel and financial modeling skills.
- Understanding of budgeting process, with the ability to create
compelling narratives based on the organization’s financial
- Ability to provide timely and meaningful financial analysis in
a dynamic work environment.
- Strong understanding of and experience with budgeting and
- Extremely detail oriented and dedicated to getting the job done
- Strong strategic thinking, organization, and project management
- Strong interpersonal and process management skills, with a
strong interest in and talent for working on teams.
Minimum educational level:
- Bachelor’s Degree required in a related field.
- 3+ years of experience grant writing and reporting, with a
proven track record of raising money from government sources at
both state and federal levels.
- Experience working in the education field highly
In your cover letter, please address your experience
with identifying state and federal grants, as well as experience
with state and federal grant compliance and implementation