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RSC GRAD Partnership Grant Director
Type: Full-time Exempt
Location: Preference for this role to be in-person in RSC’s Western Illinois offices (Galesburg area). Virtual/hybrid candidates in or relocating to Wisconsin or Illinois will also be considered.
Duration: Two-year appointment through June 30, 2024 (extension possible)
Salary: $64,000 plus benefits (salary is grant-directed and is non-negotiable)
The GRAD Partnership for Student Success is a national initiative that partners with communities to use high-quality student success systems so that schools are empowered to graduate all students ready for the future. The project is led by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and receives funding support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) is one of nine national partners that are collaborating on this initiative, and RSC is primarily responsible for developing rural networks and providing information to underserved rural school communities. The other partners include:
Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins
American Institutes for Research
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Network for College Success
Talent Development Secondary
Rural Schools Collaborative is a national nonprofit committed to building sustainable rural communities through a keen focus on place, teachers, and philanthropy. RSC is based out of Illinois and is supported by 12 regional Hubs. The Grant Director reports to RSC’s Executive Director and will work collaboratively with other staff and GRAD Partnership members.
The position is responsible for managing RSC’s work with the GRAD Partnership. This includes working with two emerging rural school networks in California and Alabama as well as exploring other historically underserved rural regions for future collaboration. The Grant Director will coordinate all RSC grant activities, which include budget management, project communications, service to stakeholders, meeting management, storytelling, and ongoing support for the rural school networks. In addition, the Grant Director will work closely with RSC’s Executive Director on identifying and securing resources to support the project and related work.
The position requires project management skills and knowledge of rural school issues and how they relate to student success. Good organization and communication skills will be required, and the successful candidate will demonstrate an enthusiastic passion for rural education!
Manages all activities described in the grant award
Develops and implements project work plans
Collaborates with partners and other RSC staff
Builds positive and trusting work relationships
Monitors project deliverables and deadlines
Produces required progress reports
Work closely with RSC communications staff on GRAD Partnership stories
Maintains ongoing channels of communications with rural networks
Project Management abilities
Budget development skills
Excellent verbal, written, and communications skills
An energetic approach to working with people
Independently directed and proactive communicator
Knowledge of rural education issues
Ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and present data
A willingness to learn from others
This role may include up to 25% travel
Three years of classroom and/or administrative experience in a rural school or three years of service with an organization that supports and works directly with schools in rural regions.
Working knowledge or interest in learning about on-track or early warning systems and student graduation success outcomes
A Doctorate in a field of education is preferred. However, Doctoral candidates and those with a Masters degree in an educational field will also be considered.
Travel and Benefits
This role may include up to 25% travel
- Benefits include:
25 Vacation Days
10 Personal / Sick Days
11 Paid Holidays
Health benefit reimbursement QSEHRA plan
Up to 3% retirement match via SIMPLE IRA plan
How to Apply
Please send a letter of interest and resume to RSC Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate is identified. Target start date is negotiable, preferably no later than July 1.
RSC is committed to the principal of equal employment opportunity and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at RSC are based upon organizational needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social, or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union, or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations of where RSC operates. RSC does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
January 28, 2022
An interview explains the GRAD Partnership further, and answers key questions about the initiative's upcoming work.