Director of Development

New York
Nov 20, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
Ms. Victoria Daniels
Full Time
We are looking for a results-driven, highly organized Director of Development to conceive and implement strategies to increase philanthropic support and build Success Academy Charter Schools’ overall fundraising capacity. The Director is an articulate, persuasive advocate for Success Academy Charter Schools.


Reporting directly to the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the person in the newly created position of Director of Development will:

•Develop a strong understanding of the mission and priorities of Success Academy Charter Schools and apply that knowledge to develop effective strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors
•Oversee and improve all policies and standards for all communications with individual donors

Relationship Management
•Research and actively reach out to potential donors, while building, expanding, and cultivating existing partnerships
•Liaise and leverage board members, senior staff and colleagues to learn about projects to be funded and identify potential contacts ideal for networking targeted funders
•Meet with potential donors, providing them with performance-related statistics, and communicating school data persuasively

•Collaborate with our external affairs, legal, operations, and other departments within our central office to ensure compliance and appropriate stewardship
•Work with the Development team to improve and upkeep the online donation program
•Plan, organize, and attend fundraising events


Our ideal Director of Development will have leadership experience within a sophisticated fundraising operation, preferably within an education-related enterprise or innovative mission-based environment. A broad background in development is desirable, with 8-10 years of increasing responsibility.
•S/he will have a demonstrated track record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and closing five, six, and seven figure gifts
•S/he will have particular strength in the area of developing a strategic and comprehensive fundraising plan and executing against the plan
•Additional knowledge/experience working directly with organizational leaders and a high profile Board of Directors is essential
Additionally, the successful candidate will have an ambitious and entrepreneurial orientation, with a history of either creating from scratch and/or professionalizing a development function within a fast-paced, high growth non-profit environment highly preferred.

To apply
Please upload a resume and cover letter that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the Director of Development position to

Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Success Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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