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What follows is a sample Position Description for a Program Developer. It is one of a series of posts of samples describing positions in a fictional STEM Partnership Project.


Position/Time Commitment: Project-paid Program Developer (100% FTE)


Name: Maria CD Garcia-Lorca, M Ed


Nature of Position:

Raises funds through partner contributions and through corporate, foundation, and individual donations; recommends, plans, develops, solicits, and submits capacity-building proposals for funding from non-federal sources.



This position is directly accountable to the Project Director.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Identify, select, and recommend non-federal sources of capacity-building funding
  2. Develop and submit proposals for funding to non-federal sources of capacity-building support
  3. Propose, develop, and implement strategies to raise funds through partners’ contributions
  4. Prepare and make presentations to potential individual and corporate donors
  5. Provide timely needs assessment and evaluation data to the external evaluator
  6. Assist in preparing project continuation and renewal proposals
  7. Conduct and participate in training activities related to fundraising, grant writing, and proposal development
  8. Collect and internally disseminate information on fundraising and grant writing activities, opportunities, and outcomes
  9. Assist school administrators, teachers, and IHE project partners in securing non-federal funding for school-based STEM improvement activities
  10. Meet regularly with the project staff, present and new project partners, the school district and its committees, and the project’s Partnership Advisory Team (PAT)
  11. Attend workshops and conferences on grant writing and fundraising
  12. Assist the Project Director and Project Coordinator in partnership-building activities and work closely with project partners at all levels



  1. Master’s degree
  2. At least five years of experience in fundraising and program development
  3. Knowledge of the philosophy and goals of educational partnerships and capacity building
  4. Demonstrated success in writing funded grant applications to sources at the local, state, regional, and national levels
  5. Familiarity with the district’s STEM improvement initiatives, and with basic principles of publishing and graphic design
  6. Ability to develop promotional material
  7. Excellent writing and public speaking skills
  8. Ability to relate effectively to administrators, teachers, students, parents, public and private sector partners, potential donors, and officials of funding programs

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