Development Steward (remote)

About Green School National Network

The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) is a network of remarkable local education leaders across the U.S. who believe that sustainability is the driver of innovation and that education for sustainability is key to preparing students for an uncertain future. Our network schools share their stories and track data to help others understand how to transform their schools and districts. Because one out of six people goes to work, learn and play in a school every day, we believe that investing in equitable, healthy, and sustainable schools will breathe life back into communities torn by economic, social, and environmental inequities undermining our capacity to thrive. We envision schools where abundance and joy are central, leadership and power, are distributed, and the curriculum empowers marginalized students to make an impact in their communities. Our work enables collaboration, ideation, and adoption of educational beliefs and values that empower communities that have been the most marginalized. We are a five-person, fully remote organization (and growing). Our culture values equity, collaboration, intellectual curiosity, and experimentation.

Position Overview:

GSNN seeks a remote Development Steward to lead the fundraising efforts that will allow our organization to reach our mission.

  • This person will strategically and creatively cultivate relationships with funders to attract a steady stream of resources to our organization.
  • They will research and develop relationships with a wide range of potential funding sources including (but not limited to) foundations, individual and corporate sponsors, and governmental entities.
  • The Development Steward will strategically deploy GSNN’s staff in these efforts when necessary.
  • They will manage GSNN’s grant-writing process, including building and maintaining a clear process for managing our grants and associated deliverables.

The key accountabilities for this role are to:

  • Build a fundraising strategy to identify potential funders and cultivate relationships with them; establish an annual development calendar
  • Research funding opportunities that support GSNN’s mission and vision
  • Strengthen relationships with current funders and build relationships with potential funders
  • Find and articulate alignment between GSNN’s mission and the impact funders want to make
  • Manage GSNN’s grants and grant-writing process, including:
    • Budgeting, writing reports, ensuring compliance, and other planning duties o Identifying who will engage in the vision and writing process
    • Supporting the grant writer to produce timely, high-quality grant submissions
    • Establishing a smooth handoff to the grant writer with a viable contract o Building systems for creating and maintaining grant agreements (including closing and confirming grants, tracking work, maintaining compliance, and reporting)
    • Working with the grant writer to ensure alignment with organizational values and processes
  • Manage our grants, including budgeting, writing reports, ensuring compliance, and other planning duties

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years successful experience managing an organization’s grant-writing process while cultivating individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors
  • Demonstrated experience with fund development, fundraising, relationship-building, partnership development, and grant management • Financial management and budgeting skills
  • Ability to build relationships across many stakeholder groups (i.e., donors, school and district leaders, activists, advocates, funders, etc.)
  • Strong sense of ownership and accountability of work product
  • Exceptional strategic thinking skills, with a high level of intellectual curiosity
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with enthusiasm for working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment 
  • Ahigh level of self-awareness, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence

Preferred Qualifications and skills

  • Strong grant writing experience
  • Passion for representing GSNN’s commitment to addressing the link between equity and sustainability
  • Knowledge of and experience with a database platform, preferably HubSpot
  • Knowledge of the K-12 education landscape

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt and remote position

Salary range is $90,000 – $110,000 with benefits. 

Please apply at You will be asked to share a resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We aim to have a candidate selected by the end of 2022.

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