Common Sense (https://www.commensensemedia.org/)
is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to
improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the
trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need
to thrive in the 21st century.
Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted
advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of
independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for
everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our
movie and TV ratings are available on Comcast, Apple TV, DirecTV,
and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make
smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide
educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital
citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed.
More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings
and free curricula and content. We also work with policymakers,
industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and
education landscape for kids, families, and schools.
We are currently seeking a talented professional to join our
foundations team to work on building and managing foundation
relationships to support our education efforts. The foundations
team is responsible for raising $8M+ per year, with an existing
portfolio of 25 active foundation partners. The ideal candidate
will have experience working in the rapidly evolving K-12 education
sector, with fundraising and program development being part of
their previous role. Exceptionally strong written and oral
communication and presentation skills are critical.
LOCATION: San Francisco, CA (remote during the coronavirus
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time (40 hours per week)
REPORTS TO: Senior director of foundations
- Participate in philanthropic funding strategy discussions.
- Collaborate with internal stakeholders to develop program
briefs, including program goals, impact metrics, activities, and
- Keep abreast of education and parent engagement trends and
bring competitive challenges and new opportunities to the attention
of internal stakeholders.
- Research and identify key sources and trends in foundation,
corporate, and philanthropic support.
- Steward and expand a grant portfolio of 10+ funder
relationships, with a focus on securing grants of $500K+.
Building a pipeline of foundation prospects.
Conducting phone calls/meetings to present programs and explore
Outlining strategic objectives and talking points for
Writing concept papers and grant proposals, developing budgets,
and shepherding the process from start to finish.
Preparing Google Slide presentations and other collateral
Working with program teams to track progress against grant
deliverables (outputs, outcomes, budget).
- Coordinating periodic updates and communications to
- A bachelor's degree and 5+ years of experience in an education
or nonprofit setting.
- Candidates with a master's degree in education, child
development, public health, or public
policy strongly encouraged to apply.
- Experience in grant writing/fundraising, strategy, and program
- Knowledge of evolving early childhood, parent engagement, and
education trends, across a breadth of topics including edtech,
STEM, early childhood, civic learning, character education, and
social-emotional learning a plus.
- A high degree of self-motivation, self-direction, and ingenuity
in a highly entrepreneurial environment.
- A collaborative mindset. You have a knack for working
effectively across work spectrums.
- Excellent presentation and public speaking skills and
confidence in cultivating and soliciting high-level funder
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize
workload in a timely manner to complete assignments when faced with
many deadlines and competing requirements.
- Experience in strategy, program, and budget development a
- Strong research and analytical skills and familiarity with full
suite of Google tools.
- Experience in Salesforce a plus.
- Ability and willingness to travel.
Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an
equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values,
please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Common Sense will consider for employment qualified applicants
with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on
the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal
background check. If the background check indicates a prior
criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment
to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of