Our mission is to improve educational and life outcomes of children in urban schools by preparing culturally competent, effective career teachers who accelerate student achievement and disrupt systems of racial and socioeconomic inequity. Urban Teachers accomplishes this by recruiting outstanding candidates for a unique 4-year commitment. Over this duration, our dedicated faculty and staff equip our aspiring educators with state-of-the-art preparation and development, support them in their growth from aspiring to novice to veteran teachers, and provide them with a master’s degree credential and recommendations for full dual certification in special education and a general education content area after they have demonstrated effective teaching practices and skills. Our program has received significant recognition in recent years and is quickly becoming a national model for a more rigorous, equitable, and impactful path to becoming a teacher.
Over the last decade-plus, we have recruited, prepared, developed and supported over 1500 novice teachers for Baltimore, Washington, DC and Dallas. After evaluating city and school partners across the country, we are excited to take our lessons learned and flagship model to Philadelphia. Learn more about Urban Teachers, our mission, and our program model on our website: Urban Teachers
Urban Teachers’ development function is growing, and with it, our year-round calendar of grant deliverables. Even as we have moved toward in-house staffing for grant writing and reporting over the past year, we have identified a significant ongoing need for additional contracted grant deliverable support to successfully meet all scheduled and ad hoc deadlines.
As such, Urban Teachers intends to identify and select an experienced professional grant writing consultant with a proven track record of researching, developing, writing, preparing and submitting successful grant proposals for federal and state government grants and private foundation grants to provide regular end-to-end support for key local, regional, and/or national investor deliverables (typically for federal, state, or private charitable foundations, corporate entities, and a subset of individual donors). Primary responsibilities will include responding to grant opportunities identified by Urban Teachers through robust, customized proposal materials, and preparing high-quality reporting and stewardship materials for already-committed investors. Details of responsibilities are described in this RFP under “Scope of Work.”
Scope of Work:
Proposal and Report Writing
● Draft proposals and reports
● Revise proposals and reports according to feedback
● Package and/or upload proposals and reports for email or portal submission to funders(with assigned solicitor submitting unless otherwise instructed)
● Package proposals and reports for the Development Director to submit, if through email
● Assist with follow up questions and requests for information from funders, as needed
● Assist in maintaining National development library by flagging new content for inclusion
● Utilize Asana project management system to generate and manage deliverable tasks/deadlines
● Attend check-ins with Development Team as needed (1:1 or group)
● Prepare weekly Deliverable Status Report for contract manager
Likely Starting Commitment and Structure: Urban Teachers has identified an initial estimated need for support on at least 2-4 deliverables on average per month to start, with the potential for near-to-medium-term growth to as many as 5-8 on average per month. As such, the average monthly hours commitment would likely average around 25-40 hours per month, with potential growth to up to 80 hours per month on average at full scale.
● Proven track record of a minimum of five years of successful grant writing experience including developing, writing, and submitting successful local, federal and state government grant proposals as well as foundation grant proposals– preferably in the $50K-plus range – documented by summary of funding source, date, amount.
● Ability to do multiple assignments at the same time, with capacity to expand to up to 5-8+ deliverables in a given month once fully onboarded
● Experience in building narratives around equity in education and the broader context of antiracist praxis.
Fee Schedule: Fee schedule should be all-inclusive and presented on an hourly basis. Applicant must provide a detailed price breakdown including fees for all staff.
Statement of Non-Commitment: Issuance of this RFP does not obligate Urban Teachers to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred in preparation of proposals responding to this RFP.
To apply submit the following:
1. Examples of grant sources from which the applicant has successfully obtained funding (provide specific examples of grant programs, government agencies, or foundations, amounts, and purposes of grants).
2. Clear demonstration of applicant’s knowledge of, and experience with, demographic data and diversity, equity, and inclusion content.
3. An excerpt from a successful grant written by the applicant that is representative of his/her writing style. The excerpt should not exceed 2 pages and should not contain any confidential or proprietary information.
4. Schedule of proposed fees.
5. A minimum of two (2) professional references from clients for whom the applicant has successfully performed similar work.
6. Proposals must be submitted in one PDF file to Sonya Edmonds, Business Consultant at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
7. Total proposal should be no longer than 8 standard letter sized pages. Proposals not meeting the criteria outlined in the RFP will not be considered.
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