General Summary/Overview

Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR) is a Benefit Corporation spinoff from The PEAR Institute at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School launched in 2020. PEAR creates and fosters evidence-based innovations in social-emotional development (SED) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in educational settings. PEAR provides trainings and assessment tools that inform educators about program quality, youth social-emotional development, and academic engagement. PEAR’s work bridges research and practice so that all young people can learn, dream, and thrive.

Our team members have a passion for improving the lives of children by increasing their opportunities for success, both in and out of school. We are guided by evidence and work to connect education, youth development, and mental health as thought leaders in the field. We are committed to reducing inequities in the lives of young people, their families, and their educators. Reflecting the broad diversity of our community and supporting an inclusive culture are essential to our mission of helping all young people thrive.

PEAR is seeking an enthusiastic, professional consultant Grant Writer to identify, prepare, and submit grant proposals to government agencies, corporations, and philanthropic foundations to secure funding for the organization. The Grant Writer will maintain existing and identify new funding opportunities, develop, and organize the yearly calendar and generate grant progress reports. The grant writer will work directly with the CEO, senior staff, and the Board Chair to achieve these goals.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the management of all grants within the organization.
  • Write high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications, and supporting documents for federal and state government grants, public/private foundation funders and other sources when applicable.
  • Work closely with the CEO to develop an annual grants strategy.
  • Manage the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials.
  • Develops and maintains a proposal calendar.
  • Assist organization with fundraising initiatives.
  • Assists the CEO externally with significant foundation funders and foundation prospects on phone calls and meetings. Participates in these meetings, and other cultivation and solicitation activity.
  • Value diversity of thought, backgrounds, and youth leadership.
  • Determines proposal concept by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs, studying requests for proposal (RFPs), and leading strategy meetings.
  • Actively researches new funding opportunities.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, media, or related field
  • Minimum of 1-year experience in grant writing, prospect research, general fundraising or a minimum of 2 years comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting

Skills

  • Excellent verbal/written communication, proofreading, presentation skills, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • The ability to execute program objectives and persuasively impart PEAR’s mission and needed resources to potential donors and funders is essential.
  • Attention to detail, ability to show initiative and flexibility, work independently, manage multiple priorities, and make grant deadlines.
  • Document layout and graphic design skills are a plus.
  • Strong working knowledge using Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Sheets, and Google Docs required.
  • Must possess basic computer skills to use a variety of electronic or online systems for communication and administrative purposes.

Working Conditions

  • Setting: Remote
  • Travel required: None
  • Physical requirements: None
  • Hazards or weather exposure: None

Supervisory Responsibility

  • None

Fiscal Responsibility

  • None

The above is intended to describe the general conditions and requirements of work being performed by people assigned to this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all duties, responsibilities, or skills required.

It is the policy at PEAR to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation.

Estimated engagement: 15-20 hours per week

Salary Range: $25-30 per hour