Advancement Operations Director

Job Type

Full Time




35 West 124th Street
New York
United States


Harlem Village Academies

Harlem Village Academies is a K-12 charter network committed to the ideals of progressive education. Based in Harlem, HVA is also the demonstration site for the Progressive Education Institute.

The Opportunity

Join an incredible community of educators who are passionate about progressive pedagogy while embracing a sense of urgency, a strong work ethic, and accountability for student learning. We select individuals who share our vision and are willing to put in the hard work to achieve it.


  • Manage and oversee department logistics and operations, ensuring that the VP of Advancement and the Advancement Team can focus on fundraising outreach and meeting benchmarks.
  • Be a culture leader with all members of the school community, including by planning events, building strong personal relationships and leveraging relationships to work through challenges
  • Plan and execute fundraising cultivation programs and activities such as Reading Volunteers, Corporate Volunteer Days, Service Saturdays, exploration trips w/ supporters, special events and other activities, ensuring the proper resources are available and the programs run smoothly
  • Mastermind the Advancement calendar and meeting schedules, both internal and external, to optimize the time spent executing the fundraising strategy
  • Build and maintain strong relationships supporters and their staff
  • Create systems to ensure effective communication between internal and external to the department
  • Lead a successful annual benefit
  • Manage relationships with key vendors and ensure effective systems for purchasing and maintaining supplies and materials
  • Point of contact for all technology related issues for the department
  • Manage non-personnel expenses and track development budget


The ideal candidate will focus on putting fundraisers and donors first, by creating high-quality operations systems and following through down to the smallest details. He or she must be a highly intelligent, driven individual with a warm character and exceptional integrity, and must thrive as part of a highly motivated, committed team.

  • Minimum 5 years of development experience; experience preferred either in K-12 or higher ed, or other non profits.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships and motivate a team
  • Excellent team player, with willingness to be hands-on and do whatever it takes
  • Strong project management skills to lead complex projects to successful completion
  • Demonstrated creativity and problem-solving skills in tackling organizational problems
  • Tremendous organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Dedication to providing top-level customer service to teachers and families
  • A positive, high-energy attitude and a drive for personal excellence
  • Bachelor’s degree

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree