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Career Center
May 29, 2019

Grants Manager

Esperanza Academy
Lawrence MA United States
Day School, Girls' Middle School, 60 atudents
Position Starts: June 30, 2019
Application Deadline: June 15, 2019

ABOUT ESPERANZA ACADEMY: Esperanza Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school in the Episcopal tradition where 60 underserved girls from Lawrence, Massachusetts are welcomed into an empowering learning community.  Founded in 2006, Esperanza offers its students a transformative education that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with co-curricular programs in athletics, the arts, community service, cultural enrichment, social skills, spirituality, and outdoor education. Our students attend school for 9 ½-hour per day and 11 months per year, in classrooms with a less than 8:1 student to teacher ratio. This holistic educational approach has accrued a remarkable track record:  Our graduates attend 23 different secondary schools—more than two-thirds of each graduating class has earned full scholarships to independent and boarding schools— and boast a 100 percent high-school graduation rate. Eighty percent of eligible Esperanza graduates are also enrolled in college. Esperanza Academy is 100 percent privately funded.

OUR STUDENTS: Esperanza Academy serves 60 middle school girls, who are 95 percent Latina and 91 percent have learned English as a second language. 100 percent of incoming students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. While Esperanza is a school rooted in the Episcopal tradition, 90 percent of our students come from other religious traditions.


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grants Manager duties include but are not limited to:

  • Work with a portfolio of corporate and foundation funders and actively seek to identify and cultivate new corporate and foundation funding streams for Esperanza Academy

  • Maintain grants calendar, including writing high-quality proposal and reports to current and aspirational funders, in partnership with the director.

  • Collaborate with department staff, the head of school, and board leadership to develop relationships, to set priorities and to create clear, organized, and compelling narratives.  

  • Represent the school at public, corporate, and foundation events, conferences, places of worship, community groups, etc.

  • Represent Esperanza Academy and the development office in a positive, professional manner, internally and externally, to all stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree and at least three years of related professional experience

  • Warm, open, professional demeanor and work habits

  • Proven track record of writing successful funding pitches and grant proposals for a similar organization

  • Sense of humor and ability to work as part of a close-knit, results-oriented team

  • Highly detail-oriented and deadline responsive.  

  • Passion for the mission, vision, and values of Esperanza Academy; comfort and willingness to actively participate in the community

  • Strong work ethic; ability to lead by example and work effectively in a small, non-profit environment

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to donors and prospects

Hours:  Part-time.  Approximately 20-25 hours a week.  

COMPENSATION: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Esperanza Academy offers an attractive benefits package including 403(b), medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, and a comprehensive professional development program. Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks provided by our executive chef.

Contact Information

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter specifically detailing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three professional references to Mr. Jadihel Taveras, Head of School, jadi@esperanzaacademy.org

Non-Discrimination Policy: Consistent with the values of an Episcopal school, Esperanza is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status, economic circumstance, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Esperanza Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Esperanza Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.