Job Opening: Director of Development - National Region
Reading Partners launched in 2001 with the mission to expand opportunities for children in underserved communities by fostering a lifelong love of reading, developing strong literacy skills, and building the confidence and self-esteem critical to empowerment and community development. Reading Partners provides children with robust one-on-one reading support through a structured, research-based curriculum that engages students and provides basic building blocks to supplement their academic growth. On average, Reading Partners students gain 1.6 months of reading skills for every month in the program.
Working in partnership with teachers, schools, and community volunteers, Reading Partners has grown from serving 100 students in 2003 in northern California with a budget of $180,000 to serving over 5,000 students in California, Washington, D.C., New York, Texas, Maryland, and Colorado with a budget of over $13M. As one of only a handful of nonprofits to receive two highly competitive federal Social Innovation Fund grants, Reading Partners has plans for continued rapid growth into other regions. For more information about Reading Partners, please visit www.readingpartners.org.
WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE DO IT
Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning.
How we do it:
- Focus on children from low-income communities.
- Give one-on-one instruction at the student’s reading level.
- Recruit and train community volunteers to work with children.
- Partner with high-need elementary schools to offer an effective program on campus.
- Provide a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child’s life.
The Director of Development, National Region is based out of our Oakland, CA office and serves as the primary relationship manager for Reading Partner's portfolio of national funders (those without geographic preferences or interested in national project areas) and supports development activities in prospective new regions before they are launched. This position works closely with the CEO and members of the national board of directors in developing and executing cultivation plans for individual, corporate, and foundation funders.
- Serve as primary relationship manager for Reading Partner's portfolio of national funders, working closely with the CEO and national board of directors to maintain and strengthen ties.
- Direct the organization’s national fundraising activities, including identifying funding opportunities from foundations and corporations, prospecting major donors and implementing targeted strategies for each opportunity.
- Build the overall case for support of Reading Partners nationally, including specific funding areas (e.g., research and evaluation, policy, infrastructure) as well as unrestricted funding.
- Support the new region development process by tracking and managing relationships with funders in potential new regions.
- Assess the success of national fundraising strategies and report to the CEO, executive team, and national board on fundraising results from the national funder portfolio.
- Collaborate on external communications and visibility raising efforts as the organization continues to grow.
- Represent the national development function within the organization, serving on the management team and taking the lead in cross-departmental projects to develop greater national awareness
- Other responsibilities as assigned
This position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and will work very closely with the CEO. Note that while the CAO position is currently vacant, the Director of Development, National Region reports directly to the CEO. The Director of Development, National Region may supervise up to two full time employees.
This position also serves as the primary staff liaison to the Development Committee of the Reading Partners National Board of Directors and will have frequent interaction with board members.
- 5+ years of professional work experience, preferably in education or the nonprofit sector
- 3+ years of experience in fund development with an emphasis on portfolio management
- Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
- Demonstrated ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders
- Thorough understanding of strategic development with a track record of creating and implementing innovative solutions to meet pressing organizational needs
- Strong partnership-building skills with measurable success in developing creative and mutually beneficial business
- Significant experience working with a board of directors as a key partner in organizational advancement relationships within the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors
- Demonstrated commitment to accountability, measuring outcomes and a results-oriented culture.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Computer literacy, with experience with fundraising databases and Salesforce preferred
- Experience working with Senior Level executives in a corporate or non-profit environment (C-level/VP)
- Proven track record of achieving fundraising goals of $1M+ annually
- Familiarity with early childhood education and literacy
- Passion for the mission of Reading Partners
- Ability to think analytically and problem solve, combined with a willingness to ask questions and work collaboratively.
- Energetic, hard-working, and a team player
- Highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter
- Positive, enthusiastic, professional image in representing Reading Partners, both internally and externally.
- Ability to work under time pressures with multiple priorities and deadlines with accuracy.
- Discretion with confidential information.
The Director of Development, National Region will occasionally travel for meetings with national funders outside the San Francisco Bay Area or as part of the new region development process. Total travel time is estimated at less than 10% of working days per year.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS
Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching; eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare and communicate appropriate reports. Also requires moderate to intense concentration due to complexity and/or need to meet deadlines, and flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a full time, exempt, salaried position with comprehensive benefits and generous vacation and sick time.
If you feel you are a strong fit for this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter clearly stating why you would be successful in this position. Please include salary history for the past three roles. Again, please submit your application online. Email submissions cannot be excepted.
Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.