2017-2018 Development Coordinator / Grant Writer

Location: FirstLine Network


FirstLine Schools:  Development Coordinator / Grant Writer for FirstLine Schools and Edible Schoolyard New Orleans

Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans


About FirstLine Schools


In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans, which became the highest performing open admission middle school in the city.  FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school.  Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:


  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence
  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship
  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members
  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success


Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.




Founded in 2006, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) envisions generations of New Orleans children who have healthy relationships with food, the natural world, themselves, and their community.  ESYNOLA’s mission is to teach children to make healthy connections through food.   Our aim is to ensure the long-term well being of students, families, and school communities by:

  • Integrating hands-on kitchen and garden classes into the school curriculum and culture
  • Inviting students, families, and the community to experience local food through joyful events involving chefs, farmers, and community partners
  • Supporting core academic learning in garden and kitchen learning environments
  • Maintaining beautiful school gardens that stimulate students’ curiosity and desire to learn about the natural world
  • Cultivating safe spaces for social and emotional development
  • Collaborating to provide healthy nutritious food in welcoming school cafeterias

Position Summary:


The Development Coordinator contributes to the FirstLine development team’s efforts to raise approximately $2 million per year in grants and contributions to support FirstLine’s priority initiatives.  The Coordinator assists FirstLine Chief Development Officer and FirstLine Director of Development with donor prospecting, grant writing, donor record keeping, grant reporting, and fundraising event management.  The position is full-time, with competitive salary and benefits.


Position Responsibilities:

The position’s specific responsibilities include:



  • Conduct prospect research, analyze donor giving history
  • Draft grant proposals based on case statements for various FirstLine initiatives that have been approved by FirstLine leadership
  • Prepare acknowledgements and thank-you letters when gifts are received
  • Support coordination of various fundraising opportunities, including FLS’s bi-annual bus tour, #GivingTuesday, “An Edible Evening,” GiveNOLA Day, special dinners, and other donor cultivation events.
  • Prepare written reports to all funders according to the guidelines of each grant agreement
  • Ensure that all communication with prospective and current funders is professional, accurate, and meets deadlines, including grant proposals, thank you letters, corporate solicitation packets, and reports to funders
  • Support external communications (i.e. press releases, quarterly newsletters, holiday cards, programmatic highlights and special campaigns, donor gift deliveries)
  • Assists in the preparation of marketing materials, including program brochures, sample letters, and media packets.



  • Manage giving structure on Raisers Edge database
  • Track FirstLine/ESYNOLA income and process manual and online gifts
  • Create and run regular income reports for FLS Development Team


Education & Experience:

1. B.A. or B.S. degree required

2. At least two years’ experience in non-profit development, with demonstrated experience in proposal writing.

3. Must be highly motivated and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as superior organizational skills

4. Strong computer skills required, including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and proficiency in use of Google Docs and Google Sheets

5. Experience with online donor records management database required; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.

6. Demonstrated excellence in organizational and communication skills, including one grant proposal writing sample.


Desired Qualities & Characteristics:


  • Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep curriculum
  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Model the FirstLine values of Service, Learning, Collaboration and Results


Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.
  •  Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)
  • Occasional transportation needed for FirstLine school campus visits, in addition to main office


DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR / GRANT WRITER reports to: FirstLine Director of Development

Salary range:  mid-$40’s

How to Apply: Please apply online via: http://www.firstlineschools.org/careers


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please UPLOAD a cover letter, resume, and grant proposal writing sample COMBINED in one file for consideration. 



FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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