Director of Development & External Relations
Partners in School Innovation
Partners in School Innovation is an agent of public school and district transformation. Working throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the organization partners with public elementary school teachers and leaders in low-income communities to build the leadership and instructional capacity necessary to accelerate the literacy achievement of Latino and African American students and English learners, using results-oriented improvement processes. During the next five years Partners in School Innovation plans to establish its approach as a national model of how to transform low-performing elementary schools and accelerate the learning of students of color from low-income backgrounds. To do that, Partners in School Innovation will extend its intensive school-change work beyond the Bay Area, enabling the organization to reach many more students and schools, and demonstrating on a larger scale in more varied circumstances the extraordinary results that its signature approach can produce. Partners in School Innovation seeks a Director of Development & External Relations to design and implement an expanded strategy for fundraising through significant partnerships with major donors, foundations and corporations. The Director will oversee the day-to-day activities and operations of a three-person development team. He/she will be responsible for raising $4-5 million annually in restricted and unrestricted gifts from foundation, corporate and individual donors at all levels. The Director will also lead a planned growth strategy campaign with a target of $8-10 million over the next five years.
The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial professional with some knowledge of the education reform movement, a passion for the work of the organization and the ability to communicate the organization's vision to a diverse group of constituents. He or she will have experience setting ambitious goals, delivering results and building productive partnerships. The Director of Development & External Relations will be responsible for all development activities and fundraising efforts nationally. This will include developing high-level partnerships and establishing the infrastructure needed to sustain a growing organization, as well as defining and executing an external communications strategy that effectively supports the fundraising efforts. The Director of Development & External Relations will serve on Partners in School Innovation's senior leadership team and report to the Executive Director. He/she will also be expected to work closely with the organization's Board of Directors. This is a full-time position located in San Francisco, CA.
In collaboration with senior management, take primary responsibility for developing a strategic fundraising plan that will enable Partners in School Innovation to realize aggressive growth goals
Personally direct the organization's fundraising activities, including identifying funding opportunities, prospecting individual and major donors and implementing targeted strategies for each opportunity
Engage, nurture and work with the Board of Directors in development-related activities ranging from strategy development, board member recruiting, donor identification, cultivation and solicitation and stewardship events
Create, implement and build opportunities for individual donor engagement
Manage a high-performing development team including an Associate Director of Development and a Development Associate
Lead the external communications and visibility raising efforts as the organization develops greater national awareness
Develop and maintain professional, effective relationships with foundation and corporate contacts and match prospects with strategic growth efforts and priorities
Steward corporate and foundation donors to maintain and increase giving
Participate in donor meetings with the Executive Director and conduct follow-up on all efforts, including correspondence and other contacts with donors and prospects
Collaborate with other staff to set the tone of the annual report, promotional materials, e-newsletter and other external communications
Prepare proposal language, case statements and talking points for the Executive Director for meetings with donors and prospects
5-7 years of professional experience in an entrepreneurial nonprofit environment, preferably at the Director or VP level leading development efforts with a successful, measurable track record
Passion and commitment to Partners in School Innovation's mission
Excellent communicator with the ability to convey innovative model and engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders
Flexible and creative thinker with the ability to excel in a fast-paced environment
Superb relationship builder who can find common ground and build and expand partnerships
Strategic, analytical approach combined with a collaborative nature
Strong organizational and project management skills, including outstanding attention to detail
Partners in School Innovation has engaged Koya Consulting to help with this hire. Please email a compelling cover letter and resume to Katie Bouton at executivesearch@....
Partners in School Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability and evaluate all candidates based on merit.
Salary & Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes benefits.
About Partners in School Innovation:
Partners in School Innovation was founded in 1993 with the aim of eliminating the racial achievement gap in public education. Co-founders Kim Grose and Julien Phillips recognized the need for major institutional change in education and believed deeply in the potential of talented and civic-minded agents to foster that change. They developed a model to create systemic improvements in low-income schools by enlisting the support of AmeriCorps members, or Partners. For more information, please visit www.partnersinschools.org.
Koya Consulting is a national retained search and consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations. For more information please visit www.koyaconsulting.com.