About the Organization

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) is an independent think-and-do tank that activates community support, connects partners, and advances effective ideas for the success of all students. We work tirelessly to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color. We convene educators, school system leaders, and the community to pilot and scale evidence-based solutions that advance school quality in Duval County.

JPEF has a highly engaged and diverse board, significant fiscal resources, and talented staff to drive the work of the organization. The fast-paced and entrepreneurial organization has more than a decade-long track record of helping public schools significantly improve outcomes for kids through innovative, community-focused, and data-driven solutions.

Position Summary

The Communications and Fund Development Manager supports critical grant writing, marketing, and communications projects of the organization including content creation, grant prospecting, proposal drafting, annual report compilation, effective organizational branding and other strategic projects as assigned. The Communications and Fund Development Manager must be an excellent writer with strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Working in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Senior Director of Fund Development, the Communications and Fund Development Manager will support critical fundraising and communications projects.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Fund Development, the Manager will work closely with other Jacksonville Public Education staff members to advance JPEF's goals and strategy while ensuring alignment in our efforts and engaging in collaborative learning, planning and action. A successful candidate will bring exceptional writing skills and the ability to work efficiently while producing high-quality deliverables. The candidate must also demonstrate a passion for and interest in education equity and an appreciation and understanding of JPEF's role in our community. He/she/they will have experience successfully managing diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment.



  • Take the lead on developing donor-centric communications materials, including brochures, event materials, and sponsor recognition content, especially for JPEF's two major events: EDTalks and the EDDY Awards.
  • Work collaboratively with JPEF's Strategic Initiatives team to capture impact stories and compelling data points that illustrate the impact of donors in public schools.
  • Develop JPEF's annual report and quarterly digital impact reports for donors, or digital fundraising campaigns. Collaborating with other staff as appropriate to include impactful content and updates.
  • Support other communications projects as needed.


  • Support fundraising of the organization in collaboration with the Senior Director of Fund Development, including researching opportunities for small to large-scale grants and proposals.
  • Coordinate grant prospect development and resources for revenue building as part of the organization's fundraising goals.
  • Manage a grants portfolio of approximately 35+ grants, adding new opportunities. Contribute to the drafting and creation of funding proposals and reports for proposal completion and submission (in collaboration with Program Team members to gather data and information).
  • Conduct grant research and compile memoranda for Directors or Leadership staff to prepare them for funder meetings or inform decision-making.
  • Undertake various writing tasks as assigned such as contributing to grant acknowledgement forms and other grant or fundraising projects as needed.
  • Coordinate with the Senior Director of Fund Development on grant and budget planning, with the responsibility of ensuring that the details and status of grants and proposals are properly recorded in the donor database and other tracking systems.


  • Actively participate in internal meetings, work sessions and retreats with a focus on collaborating cross-functionally, strategizing, and evaluating effectiveness.
  • Support other efforts as overall JPEF strategies or priorities dictate. For example, the Manager may play a supporting role in securing event sponsorships alongside other Development staff.


Education/Career Experience

  • Bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of related work experience.
  • Grant writing and grants management experience preferred.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent and versatile writing skills. Comfortable taking on multiple writing assignments of diverse focus at one time.
  • Self-starter and problem solver with an interest in learning new skills and taking on unique and diverse projects.
  • Ability to maintain and respect the sensitive, private, and confidential nature of information related to grants, donors, advisors, and the organization.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize deliverables, and handle unanticipated demands and requests.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, adaptability, and a collaborative style with ability to engage colleagues at all levels.
  • Confidence to work internally and externally with various leaders, partners, staff, and consultants to support the organization's efforts.
  • Experience and comfort working with Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Office applications, Teams), online communications tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva, donor management systems, and various web-based applications.

Additional Qualifications

  • Clear commitment to the importance of providing a high-quality public education for all students in Jacksonville, particularly historically underserved student populations.
  • Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, start-up like environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline- and goal-driven organization.
  • Excitement and openness to continued learning and development.
  • Knowledge of Jacksonville is preferred, but not required.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. JPEF provides a comprehensive benefits package to regular, full-time employees that includes employer-pad life insurance and short- and long-term disability insurance; a generous employer contribution to medical, dental, and vision insurance; and a 100% employer match to a 401(k) retirement plan up to 5% of the employee's salary. Additionally, regular, full-time employees receive 16 paid holidays and accrue 4 weeks of PTO annually.

Commitment to Diversity

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund encourages individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

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