Grant Writer- National

College Track | Oakland, California


About College Track

College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning a college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have nine centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility.

College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Five years out of college, our graduates are employed full-time, and over 85 percent report earnings greater than their parents. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree--minimize student loan debt, secure internships, and limit the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Our Commitment

We get up every morning dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world, where a college degree is the expectation and not the exception for all students. Our alumni are tomorrow’s leaders, mentors, and innovators, who return to their communities as role models and reaffirm that the American Dream is possible.

Our Values

At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.

  • COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.
  • PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation’s college completion story.
  • JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.
  • AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.
  • EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best. 

Job Summary

Position Overview 

College Track seeks a driven and organized Grant Writer who has strong and persuasive writing skills and thrives in a fast-paced environment. This position provides an essential role to the organization, creating the grants and reports that enable multiple regions to serve more than 3,200 students in 2018/2019. The Grant Writer must be passionate about empowering students from underserved communities to graduate from college.


Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations, corporations, individuals and government entities.
  • Collaborate with College Track national departments—Finance, Organizational Performance, Program, and Human Resources—to gather information necessary to report to current funders.
  • Comply with grant report and proposal requirements, utilizing templates and providing mandatory information in a persuasive, thoughtful, sophisticated writing style.
  • Build and maintain a knowledge sharing system capable of maximizing the development team’s collective grant proposals and reports.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of College Track history and programming across all regions—Bay Area, Sacramento, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Colorado—to create clear, concise, and compelling reports and proposals.
  • Compile and manage excellent historical and prospective data to effectively prioritize work; Salesforce experience is highly preferred.


 Skills & Experience Required 

  • Minimum of 3 years experience grant writing and reporting, with a proven track record of raising money from foundation, corporation, and government sources; experience writing for multiple regions is preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal; highest priority is the ability to write clear, concise, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals/reports; in essence, highly sophisticated writing skills required.
  • Excellent ability to monitor and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Excellent computer skills with all Microsoft Office programs; Salesforce experience preferred.
  • Understanding of budgeting process, with the ability to create compelling narratives based on the organization’s financial data.
  • Strong interpersonal and process management skills, with a strong interest in and talent for working on teams.
  • Undergraduate degree in communications, English, writing, or similar field.


Compensation & Benefits 

College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.  

We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.  

College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.   

How to Apply

If interested, please apply via our website at 

College Track


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations