Director of Grants



Company Description

KIPP Nashville Public Schools is a network of high-performing, free, open enrollment K-12 schools that has been committed to positively affecting student outcomes in Nashville since 2005. KIPP Nashville is part of the acclaimed KIPP Network, which educates 100,000+ students nationwide and supports students from Kindergarten through college, career and beyond. Through the KIPP Forward program, our team helps students identify their career of highest aspiration and develop the skills and confidence to chase their dreams.

KIPP Nashville currently operates 7 schools (3 Elementary, 3 Middle and 1 High School) and educates over 3,000 students in grades Kindergarten through 12th and support over 350 alumni through our KIPP Forward program.

The mission of KIPP Nashville is to, together with families and communities, create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence they need to pursue the paths they choose – college, career and beyond – so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

If you share in this belief, if you have a proven willingness to do what it takes for students to be their best, if you thrive in an environment that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, then you are already a KIPPster.

Job Description

​​​​​​The Director of Grants will report to the Managing Director of Development and work closely with the finance team, school-based and School Support Team members across KIPP Nashville. Their primary responsibility will be to identify, secure and manage all federal, state, and private grants, build key relationships, and direct all reporting, reimbursements and alignment to maximize mission impact through grant funding.  Success in this role requires optimism, discipline, and courage.

Demonstrating a team spirit and creative approach to achieving identified goals and initiatives, the Director of Grants will work to support our students, teachers and families and scalable, high-quality growth as we expand to 10 schools by 2025.

Responsibilities of the Director of Grants will include, but are not limited to:

Grant Writing and Reporting — Federal, State and Private (Local & National):

  • Research, identify and prepare high-quality grant proposals and applications to support annual and long-term fundraising initiatives
  • Track and manage related reporting and donor relationships
  • Build and maintain strong, positive relationships with existing and prospective corporate, foundation, and individual funding sources, and solicit gifts of time, talent, and treasure

Grant Monitoring and Implementation:

  • Build and strengthen trust-based relationships with current and prospective with external stakeholders – state and local agencies, authorizers, private foundations and state/federal agencies
  • Maintain robust set of tracking and progress monitoring tools to ensure 100% of applicable grants are received

 Team Leadership and People Management:

  • Design grant management processes to lead cross-functional teams ensuring grant implementation and reporting
  • Build and strengthen trust-based relationships with internal stakeholders at KIPP:  finance team, school leadership, HR, CFO, development, facilities leadership
  • Direct staff to produce necessary grant applications, grant reports, recording and acknowledging private philanthropic donations

Grants Under Management:

  • Title 1 & Title 2
  • IDEA
  • State Facility Grant
  • Charter School Program (CSP) Grant
  • GEER Charter Expansion Grant
  • KIPP Foundation Pass Through Grants
  • Large Multi-Million Dollar Private Grants (Charter School Growth Fund, The City Fund, Bloomberg Charities, Scarlett Family Foundation)


Desired Competencies

  • Mission Connected & Connector
  • Build Relationships (Stakeholder Management)
  • Drive Results (Achievement Orientation)
  • Courageous and Hard Working
  • Truth Teller
  • Pursues Excellence and Growth
  • Generative and Self Starting
  • Drive Results (Financial Fluency)
  • “Humble, Hungry and Smart”

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2-4 years of experience in relevant field(s): Development, communications, marketing, fundraising
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of KIPP Nashville; comfort and willingness to actively participate in the school and neighborhood community
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated experience in the ability to communicate with, engage and inspire a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to multitask, work collaboratively, and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with project and people management: comfort directing others towards a common outcome
  • Proven track record of maintaining fiscal integrity, accurate reporting, and budget compliance
  • Comprehensive experience tracking projections and producing reports utilizing Microsoft Excel, Google Docs/Sheets and/or a sophisticated fundraising database
  • Strategic and analytical skills combined with a flexible and entrepreneurial spirit; ability to adapt to quickly changing needs and priorities, demonstrated “whatever it takes” approach to securing funding goals
  • Experience with the Nashville philanthropy environment a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Additional Information

Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes benefits. This position will work and be compensated according to a 12-month administrative schedule.

Please contact Berry Brooks, Managing Director of Development, at with questions.

KIPP Nashville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status.

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