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Great Oaks Foundation, Inc.

The mission of the Great Oaks Foundation is to provide students with access to a quality education through high-dosage tutoring.

ABOUT GREAT OAKS CHARTER SCHOOLS

The Great Oaks Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings its model of high dosage tutoring to schools, from Maryland to Connecticut, with the mission of providing access to a high-quality education for its students. The tutoring is provided by the Great Oaks AmeriCorps Fellows, which is a select cadre of recent college graduates who deliver individualized, small group instruction. This programming increases student achievement and builds a pipeline of teachers to work in Great Oaks and partner schools. 

THE GREAT OAKS MODEL

The Great Oaks Foundation envisions an America where every child has the support of a tutor to enable them to realize their full human potential. Here is how Great Oaks will realize our vision and accomplish our mission:

Tapping the power of National Service to tutor students

At the Great Oaks (GO) Foundation, we recruit, train, and support a corps of service-oriented individuals who are placed in Great Oaks and partner schools where they intensively tutor students as a part of a year of service through the federal AmeriCorps program. We call our tutors Fellows to encompass the several roles they play to instruct, mentor and develop the students with whom they are matched.

  • GO Fellows INSTRUCT FOR MASTERY by emphasizing continuous learning. Students must have deep knowledge, understanding, and the ability to apply that to new contexts and situations.
  • GO Fellows MENTOR FOR LEADERSHIP by providing site based social-emotional learning support. Our students will use the skills that they have learned to shape the world and not be defined by its current limitations. Equity and justice are important core values at Great Oaks and promotion of those values is essential to the work we do in schools.
  • GO Fellows DEVELOP COMMUNITY through parent engagement, after school clubs, and presence throughout the school. Community is the basis for healthy development and for active engagement with the world. 

Combatting racism and investing in community

The GO Foundation invests in the vitality of the communities in which our schools operate and in building an organization that is representative of them. The GO Foundation intentionally recruits a diverse group of tutors who reflect the children we serve and fosters inclusive learning environments for all students and staff.

Creating a pipeline of talent to the classroom

The GO Foundation invests in our Fellows' personal and professional development. Each year a select group of Fellows are accepted into our Teacher Residency Program conducted in partnership with NYU's Online Teacher Residency Program and Relay Graduate School of Education to train them to become effective classroom teachers.

The Great Oaks Foundation has successfully replicated this program in Newark, NJ; Bridgeport, CT; New York, NY; and Wilmington, DE. Additionally, we have begun partnering our Fellow program with several non-Great Oaks schools. 

We are seeking team-oriented, student-centered, service-minded individuals who share the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education.

POSITION SUMMARY

The GO Foundation seeks a full-time Director of Federal Grants to lead federal grant solicitation, grant management, and compliance monitoring with a primary focus on GO’s AmeriCorps grant programs.   The Director will serve as the lead project manager and writer for continuation and re-compete AmeriCorps proposals due on an annual basis for its National Direct and State Commission grants.  The Director will project manage all narrative and budget reporting, in partnership with the Fellows program team and the Finance team.  The Director will also oversee grant implementation and tracking, as well as provide guidance over the implementation of compliance systems. 

Finally, the Director will serve as a valued thought partner and strategist in planning the expansion of the GO Fellows high-dosage tutoring program.  The Director will work collaboratively across teams within the Great Oaks Foundation and across its program sites.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Candidates for this position must possess excellent writing, organizational, and analytic skills and thrive in an environment where individuals take initiative to drive organizational success.  Prior experience overseeing multiple aspects of federal grants is essential.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the annual continuation and/or recompete proposal-writing process to AmeriCorps National and State Commissions, with support from GO leadership and the Fellows program team. A significant focus of this work will be a recompete application to AmeriCorps due in January 2022, and subsequent continuation applications on an annual basis.
  • Oversee grant reporting. Serve as lead writer and project manage reporting processes in collaboration with the GO finance and program teams.
  • Lead grant budget management, in partnership with the GO finance and program teams, and ensure spending remains consistent with approved budgets and AmeriCorps policies.
  • Monitor grant requirements in grant-related materials (e.g. grant award notifications, federal circulars) to advise finance and program teams of fidelity of implementation.
  • Advise on member compliance work, based on federal and/or state commission guidelines and requirements.
  • Work in collaboration with Great Oaks leadership to develop a multi-year AmeriCorps strategy for the Great Oaks Foundation.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with grant officials (e.g., program officers, support staff).
  • Perform related work.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree (required), Master’s Degree (preferred)
  • 5+ years of federal grants management, preferably with AmeriCorps-funded programs.
  • Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers/board of directors
  • Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences.
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Great Oaks Foundation.

 

 

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