Education Resource Strategies (ERS) is a national non-profit
that empowers school system leaders to make transformative shifts
in resources, structures, and practices so that all students —
especially those with the greatest learning needs and those
furthest from opportunity — attend a school where they can learn
and thrive. We partner with district teams, expand leaders’
knowledge and skills, and share lessons and tools with the field.
At ERS, we embrace teamwork and innovation to influence
sustainable, equitable change in some of the country’s largest
school districts. If you want to join a team of talented and
committed professionals within a mission-driven and collaborative
culture, this is the place for you.
Since 2004, we’ve worked hand-in-hand with more than 100 school
system leaders and several states on data (analysis and
benchmarking), design (strategy, resource trade-offs, and
consensus-building), and implementation (planning and monitoring).
Our work focuses on the larger picture: how resources work together
to create high-performing systems.
Our district and state partners view ERS as a national authority
on school system strategy and resource use and a trusted advisor
and partner. We participate in the transformation struggle, create
insights with our district partners, and build consensus to develop
individualized, actionable recommendations.
Please visit our website to learn more about our work, impact,
team, and core values: www.erstrategies.org.
At this critical inflection point for K -12 education following
the pandemic, this position is a unique opportunity for a
professional to leverage their skills in development, strategy, and
relationship building to help us accelerate our impact.
ERS receives national philanthropic support from leading
foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Charles and Lynn
Schusterman Family Philanthropies. This funding enables us to share
our learnings and tools with the field to build an understanding of
school system transformation, strategic resource allocation, and
organizational capacity. To continue our successful fundraising
work, we must invest in strong relationships with our current
funders and develop relationships with new philanthropic partners.
We must also continue to work with our philanthropic partners to
understand better and address the best opportunities for school
This position will report to the ERS Partner who oversees Field
Building. The position offers the opportunity to build from a
strong base to help define the next stage of our fundraising
efforts and build a systematic foundation partnership strategy.
This position will lead a small but energetic, high-performing
Funder Partnerships team, collaborate with ERS’s full leadership
team, work directly with ERS’s CEO on a regular basis, and partner
with program officers at major national foundations who are on the
cutting edge of investing in education equity and excellence.
This person will:
- Collaborate with the ERS Leadership Team and ERS team members
across the organization to cultivate strong relationships with
leading foundations and develop winning grant proposals that
reflect ERS’s funding priorities while engaging in best practices
in financial stewardship and funder relations.
- Evolve and implement ERS’s fundraising strategy in
collaboration with the rest of the Funder Partnerships Team, which
includes the CEO, Partner, and Specialist. Serve as a thought
leader and strategic partner to the ERS Leadership Team to support
the growth of the organization’s funding base.
- Conduct funder relationship management activities, including
phone calls, correspondence, and meetings with program officers,
foundation trustees, and their representatives, engaging key ERS
team members as appropriate.
- Lead the Funder Partnerships Team’s efforts to build and
sustain a philanthropy culture and create an elevated understanding
of fundraising. This includes helping to develop tools and
resources, such as grant management dashboards and stakeholder
engagement reports, for the ERS Leadership Team, ERS Board, and
other internal ERS audiences.
- Oversee the grant application and reporting processes in
collaboration with finance and other stakeholders, including, but
not limited to, proposal and report writing, budget development,
quality assurance, and timely submission. This includes sometimes
executing this work directly and periodically overseeing the work
of the Partnerships Specialist, who manages the grant
reporting/administration process and supports the grant proposal
To fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal candidate
- Bachelor’s degree (required).
- A minimum of five years of fundraising experience, including
three years of grant proposal development.
- Experience in developing, evolving, or stewarding fundraising
- Experience in grant writing for large (>$1 million,
multiyear) grants and funder relationships for national
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including
synthesizing complex material and effectively communicating ERS’s
work to our target audience.
- Superior project management and organizational skills,
interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to prioritize
and handle multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.
- Demonstrated passion for and commitment to ERS’s mission and
- Experience in grant writing and proposal development with
Federal agencies or for corporate philanthropy preferred. Direct
experience with school and system redesign or education
This position offers a competitive hiring salary range of
$140,000-$170,000. ERS benefits package includes health insurance,
dental insurance, vision, paid holidays, retirement program
employer match, long-term disability, and life insurance.
Opportunity for impact: ERS works with some of the country's
largest, most influential, and most innovative districts to
transform their practices. Your work will change the lives of
thousands of students.
The position is based in our Watertown, MA office. Our hybrid
work policy extends flexibility to team members, facilitates
collaboration/learning, and reinforces an organizational culture of
togetherness. We operationalize this by expecting team members to
be in the Watertown, MA office at least three consistent days each
week, with the option to add more remote days or weeks
Search Process Timeline:
- Candidate cultivation and screening: Ongoing
- Phone Interviews: September 19th- October 17th
- Semifinalist Invitations sent to candidates: October 20th
- Semifinalist Interviews: Week of October 30th
- Finalist invitation sent to candidates: November 7th
- Finalist interviews: November 14th and 15th
- Top Finalist(s) Conversation: November 20th
- Reference checks: November 20th - 23rd
Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and
As an organization, we still have so much to learn about the
continuing impact of systemic racism and oppression. We also
acknowledge that we must look inward to actualize ERS’s mission
best. Therefore, we strive to develop an equitable, inclusive, and
anti-racist organization rooted in belonging for all team
ERS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate
based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic
information, ancestry, pregnancy, or military service.
We value diverse teams and the unique talents each member
brings. In that light, we encourage candidates with life
experiences similar to those of the children, teachers, and leaders
in the districts we serve to apply. #LI-NE1