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Promise and Choice Neighborhoods Peer Reviewers Sought

The Department of Education is seeking peer reviewers for the 2011 competition.Applications are due August 8. More information can be found here.

The Choice Neighborhoods team is also looking for peer reviewers. Interested applicants should submit information by July 27. More information is here.

Promise Neighborhoods Grantee Executive Director Opening

From our friends at the DC Promise Neighborhood:

Executive Director,  DCPNI

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative is a new nonprofit organization in Washington, DC whose mission is to increase the number of children who complete their education from cradle to college and enter adulthood as productive participants in the 21st century economy and in the civic life of their communities.  DCPNI has created a unique partnership among a public charter school, neighborhood schools, private corporations, community residents, service providers, expert partners and funders to build a pipeline of neighborhood based services and supports for the children of Parkside Kenilworth.

Position Summary: The Executive Director will provide the leadership to launch, establish and manage the day-to-day operations and programs of this newly created nonprofit in accordance with its mission and goals.  The Director will be responsible for the following key roles and responsibilities:

  • developing the organization’s infrastructure and systems;
  • hiring and managing the staff;
  • undertaking fundraising and developing and maintaining relationship with funders and key stakeholders;
  • fostering partnerships and creating collaborations with a diverse set of  neighborhood based and local and national partners;
  • establishing  and implementing the educational and community programs, activities and partnerships
  • maintaining the involvement of neighborhood residents and partners; and
  • acting as a spokesperson and advocate for the organization and the Parkside-Kenilworth neighborhood

Reports To: President of DCPNI

Additional Qualifications/Skills/Experience/Education

  • Minimum of five (5) years of senior leadership experience
  • Experience in running a successful, high-performing, non-profit organization serving a community similar to that of Parkside/Kenilworth
  • Experience in evaluating, tracking and producing results for children and families in communities with demographics similar to those of Parkside/Kenilworth
  • Ability to lead and motivate others to successfully pursue a vision and mission, and to set goals and produce results
  • Experience/ability to communicate, engage and build relationships with neighborhood residents and a diversity of partners
  • Experience and strong competencies in the field of education (e.g. working in and with schools focusing on improving quality and maintaining curricula and environments that foster high standards of achievement for student learning)
  • Skills in the areas of managing social services and community building initiatives
  • Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with funders and key stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of local and federal education systems and resources
  • Experience managing senior level staff
  • Ability to analyze situations, problem solve and make critical/controversial decisions
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Masters level education is preferred
  • Ability to speak multiple languages is a plus

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Promise Neighborhoods Grant Writer Needed

From our friends at CAMBA in New York City:

Experienced Federal Grant Writer Needed to Write Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Proposal:  CAMBA, Inc., a multi-service, not-for-profit agency in Central Brooklyn is applying to the U.S. Department of Education for a Fiscal Year 2011 Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant.  We are seeking an experienced grant writer who wrote a Promise Neighborhoods proposal in Fiscal Year 2010.  If prior application was not funded, it must have been highly scored.  Writer will work as part of a team with key CAMBA staff to prepare a successful proposal.  Immediate inquiries requested.  If interested, please contact Gary Sutnick, Director of Government Grants, at garys@camba.org or call him at (718) 287-2600 ext. 20257.

Promise Neighborhoods Pre-Application Meeting and Webinar Registration

From the Department of Education:

The Department will hold pre-application meetings designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants for both planning and implementation grants. Planning grant webinars are scheduled for July 14 and August 2. Implementation grant webinars are scheduled for July 19 and July 28. Applicants are encouraged to register early for the webinars, all of which begin at 1:30EST/10:30PST. After clicking the link to the desired webinar, please remember to register by clicking the “Register” button near the bottom of the log-in page.

The webinar registration links are available here.

Postscript: Do you think they will bring back the dancing metaphor?

Promise Neighborhoods Grant Applications Released

The U.S. Department of Education today published notices inviting applications for Promise Neighborhoods planning grants and implementation grants. The notices are now posted on the Department of Education's Promise Neighborhoods web page.

The Department expects to award up to 10 planning grants worth up to $500,000 each. It expects to award 4-6 implementation grants worth $4-6 million each in the first year, with subsequent funding dependent upon congressional appropriations. However, in each case, the Department may make additional awards next year or in future years from the list of unfunded applicants from this year's competition (they did that with Choice Neighborhoods). Applications are due September 6.

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