Grants and Programs Specialist Job Opportunity

Organizational Profile

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE, is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations committed to advancing equity and diversity in classrooms and workplaces. Founded in 1990, the 501(c)(6) organization includes 39 member states, more than 300 local and community institution and organization affiliate members, plus individual members. The NAPE Education Foundation founded in 2002 is a 501(c)3. NAPE and the Foundation share the belief that every student deserves an education that prepares them to earn a living wage. We provide equity thought leadership and build capacity to transform education and workforce systems through our four areas of focus: Public Policy and Advocacy, Professional Development, Technical Assistance, and Research and Evaluation. We strive to achieve our mission to build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity.

Position Description

The Grants and Program Specialist is a skilled and experienced educational equity professional who works as part of the Programs and Research Team to coordinate and implement high quality programs responsive to our educational partners and funder needs. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Programs, this position will be responsible for  coordinating and managing grant-funded projects, contracts for NAPE’s Comprehensive Educational Equity Programs, and serving as a project management professional as a part of the Programs and Research team. This is a full-time, remote office position within the continental US, and requires travel up to 30% and at times on weekends. 


The Grants and Program Specialist  reports directly to the Assistant Director of Programs, who is responsible for management, goal-setting, professional development, and evaluation of the employee.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Exhibits an understanding of:
    • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Access
    • the intersections of identity, including but not limited to race, gender, ability and 
    • Maintains a pulse on the research and national dialogue regarding educational equity.
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of NAPE’s annual conference, the National Summit for Educational Equity.
  • Grants Management:
    • Works with the Programs and Research Team to develop and implement standard operating procedures for grants management.  
    • Ensures the responsible use of funding and the highest standards of compliance with grant conditions (deliverables, documentation), client communications, and reporting requirements.
    • Collaborates with the Director of Finance & Administration/Finance Team to monitor contract budgets and assists the Programs and Research Team in fiscal management of their projects.
    • As requested, conducts research on external funding opportunities and assists with the preparation and submission of applications for new funding.
    • Maintains an internal database with updated details of all grants.
    • Presents at conferences and professional development engagements
  • Contracts management:
    • Identifies, develops, and nurtures client relationships to inform contracts management work from the lead phase through the closeout phase. 
    • Supports NAPE’s work through the coordination of technical assistance, consultation, and NAPE’s Comprehensive Educational Equity Programs.
    • Works as part of the Programs and Research Team to develop and disseminate materials and resources focused on educational equity in career and technical education (CTE), STEM education, and workforce development. 
    • Maintains an internal database with updated details of all contracts.


  • Bachelors required in education or another related area.
  • A passion for the mission, vision, and core values of NAPE. 
  • Three to five years of experience in education and/or professional development for adult learners, and project/grants management.
  • An understanding of the history and institutional impacts of racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, ethnocentrism and other educational equity issues and research.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to produce, track, and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills rooted in compassion and justice.
  • Preferred expertise in use of Zoom and other online platforms for education and/or professional learning.
  • Demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Experience with LMS systems and strategic reporting tools preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation includes a competitive benefits package. Salary: $50,000

To Apply

Submit the following combined into a single PDF file to Nakeia Alsup, Assistant Director of Programs at Indicate in the subject line, “Grants and Program Specialist.”  Candidate reviews begin on October 6, 2023, but the position is open until filled.  

  1. Letter of interest that includes a summary of qualifications related to the responsibilities, desirable background, skills, and commitment to equity.
  2. Resume.
  3. Portfolio of professional work relative to grants and project management.
  4. Three professional references knowledgeable about your qualifications in the listed responsibilities, including ONE supervisor. 
  5. Contact information: Mailing address, email address, and phone number.

Start date: Immediately upon hiring

Equal Opportunity Employer

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in its employment or other practices against persons on the basis of gender, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as a disabled military action veteran. 

Persons from those groups protected by federal and/or state or local nondiscrimination statutes are strongly encouraged to apply.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Applicant must live in the continental United States.