Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read (RtR) is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. It is achieving this goal by providing support during the two most critical time periods in a child’s education — primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. Since its founding, RtR has helped more than 23.8 million children in 20 countries around the world unlock their full potential through education, training, and coaching for teachers, creating quality books and curricular materials, and has established libraries filled with diverse children’s books in local languages that can be enjoyed at school or home.
To date, Room to Read has reached 23 million children in over 40,700 communities across Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Vietnam, and Zambia, and plans to benefit 40 million children by 2025.
Room to Read seeks a Director of Grants Management who values their mission and is inspired to do their best work when in pursuit of the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®. The Director of Grants Management role is a leadership position on the Global Partnerships team. Reporting to the Senior Director, Global Partnerships, this position oversees a team of four grant writing professionals located in both San Francisco and New York. The ideal candidate will have a passion for Room to Read’s mission, vision, and values. Strong writing skills and demonstrated success in securing six- and seven-figure grants from corporations, foundations, and individual donors at both a national and international level is required.
Serving as an integral member of the International Business Development and Communications Department, the ideal candidate will have experience implementing policies and procedures to create an understanding of, and appreciation for, the proposal process and its impact on an organization. They will serve as a partner to program staff and development colleagues to ensure timely, engaging, and accurate reporting to funders. A keen attention to detail is expected, as is a high level of collaboration and flexibility.
The Director will work closely with the Development and the program country teams to assist in securing at least $20 million USD of direct support from corporations and foundations globally and an additional $6 to $10 million USD from bilateral and multilateral funders as well as in-kind support. Candidates who are strategic, thoughtful, and action-oriented will thrive in this role.