Open Staff Positions

The Summer Science Program is an independent, member-governed nonprofit and a virtual organization, with campus operations limited to six weeks each summer. All staff positions are part-time and telecommuting.

Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at SSP, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, or disability. We value a diverse organization and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Grants Writer and Manager

The Summer Science Program ( seeks an experienced grant writer and manager for a part-time, flex-time, telecommuting engagement. SSP is a prestigious, innovative STEM educational non-profit, operated by its alumni, now planning a significant expansion requiring expanded funding.

Since 1959, rising high school seniors from the United States and around the world spend six weeks at an SSP site to do real, hands-on scientific research. This unique program literally changes lives. We are committed to make this opportunity accessible to many more students – by expanding from three campuses in 2017 to six or more by 2022. Our fundraising success will determine how fast we can grow. Our aspirations are described in the Case for Support available at

Candidates should have at least 10 years of experience, and a proven ability to plan strategically and execute tactically the writing, submission, winning, and management of grants and sponsorships, especially from corporations.

The Grant Manager reports to the Director of Development, currently a volunteer alumnus. Administrative support will be provided. Limited travel may be required.


• Assessment and Planning: Assess and prioritize opportunities from all potential sources: corporations, foundations, government, other.
• Grant and sponsorship applications: Implement the SSP grant application and management process. Draft letters of inquiry, applications, and required reports. Maintain calendar of submission and reporting deadlines.
• Database: Maintain the database of opportunities (currently in the ReallySimpleSystems CRM), including contacts, activities, and alerts.
• Meetings: Initiate, organize, and follow up after meetings between SSP and grantors/sponsors.
• Grants management: Ensure compliance with grant terms and continuing positive engagement between SSP and its grantors/sponsors.
• Outreach: Engage with alumni and other individuals with connections to potential grantors/sponsors.
• Communications: Periodically report on activities and outcomes.

Time Commitment and Compensation

We prefer an independent contractor arrangement, with an initial commitment of approximately ten hours per week, with the possibility of expanded hours going forward. Compensation will be on a monthly retainer based on experience and qualifications.


Review of applications is on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Email a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director: