Senior Project Manager, Development

Per Scholas
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

Job Description: ABOUT PER SCHOLAS

Founded and based in the South Bronx, Per Scholas is a 20-year-old, national nonprofit that provides tuition-free technology training and career opportunities to low-income, unemployed individuals, helping them launch life-changing IT careers.

Our innovative, employer-driven approach combines rigorous technical training with individualized career development and job placement services and has been proven in third-party, randomized research.

Having trained almost 5,400 individuals to date and expanded nationally to five metropolitan regions, Per Scholas has gained broad recognition from The White House to Wired Magazine as a leader in the national effort to close the skills gap for underserved communities.


We are looking for an operator — a dynamic, experienced leader.  We’re hiring a development professional to join our team as Senior Project Manager, Development. Your role will entail finding that sweet spot that balances the best of team management, writing and editing, and running systems. You’ll help us execute our development plan that is leading us to secure $10m in funding.

You will be a senior member of the development team, working closely with the VP of Development, Emily Earle, and the Per Scholas executive team on fundraising strategy.  This role includes two direct reports — full-time development associates — to execute on all funding-related benchmarks. Working with site leaders nationally, you will partner with them to achieve our collective goals. Your motivational skills will allow us to maintain a feedback loop that allows us to adapt and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Your primary responsibility will be to manage proposal and report deadlines for a growing portfolio of 100+ corporate, foundation, and government grants.



Managing our national grant process — organizing the team to draft, edit and submit proposals, renewals, LOIs and reports for 100+ corporate, foundation, and government funders.

Across six sites (Atlanta, Dallas, Cincinnati, Columbus, National Capital Region and New York City), and for the organization nationally.

Fielding all funder requirements/requests, including new opportunities:

Gathering information from site directors and program staff to articulate and report on project goals, activities, anticipated outcomes, successes, and challenges.

Coordinating with fiscal and executive team to gather all required documentation, budgets, signatures and legal forms related to funders.

Keeping site directors aware of upcoming deadlines and work with them to write and edit reports on existing grants, including ensuring accurate expense reports.

Supporting relationships with funders, working with Director of Development and site directors, including correspondence and coordinating site visits.

Generating reports on income received, income pending, pending opportunities and projected income, as well as supporting the annual budgeting process with site directors.

Managing prospect research for new sources of funding across all sites, including research, vetting of opportunities, and helping to convert prospects into funders.


Leading the development team with an eye focused on our shared vision for the individual department and Per Scholas as a whole.

Managing two full-time development associates who support all development activities with strong focus on proposal and report writing.

Coaching team members to ensure their understanding of our vision and their roles in achieving the goals necessary to realize that vision.

Fostering a creative, entrepreneurial culture and strategy that focuses on new products and new relationships.

Providing constructive feedback and editing all development deliverables.

Leading teammates to bring their creativity and commitment to their work, individually and collectively.


5-10 years of nonprofit experience, with a minimum of 5 years’ fundraising experience focused on institutional giving and 2 years’ management experience.

Demonstrated success in project management, including the ability to manage and support diverse teams to meet all funder requirements and deadlines.

A keen understanding of foundation, corporate, government funding landscape.

Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Proven research abilities, including gathering and interpreting data.

An ability to manage competing priorities in a high-pressure, deadline-driven environment.

Balance; who is detail oriented yet can deliver on broad open-ended projects in a judicious way.

An organization skill that will keep our database management and internal systems on track.

Grant writing and management experience, including experience with building budgets and financial reporting.

Comfort working in a diverse, multicultural environment, and sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences.


Please complete the following application by 11:59pm ET Monday January 4, 2016. Our team will begin review then.

These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, please take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will first be interviewed by ReWork and then by Per Scholas leadership. The final step in the hiring process will be to arrange personal reference calls to confirm details of your work history and performance.


You’ll be invited to join our growing team in New York. If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email  We look forward to reading your application!

Additional Information

If you would like to apply for this job, please visit this page: