Director of Development, Education Reimagined

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Compensation is commensurate with experience. Convergence offers excellent benefits and a flexible work environment.

Published

11/04/2018

Application Deadline

12/31/2018

Address

1133 19th Street NW
Suite 410
Washington
DC
20036
United States

Description

Organizational Overview

Education Reimagined is committed to the transformation of education in the US. We are guided by "A Transformational Vision for Education in the US," a vision created out of a dialogue amongst 28 ideologically diverse practitioners and leaders to reimagine education.The vision sets out a call for the fundamental transformation of the current school-centered education system to one that is learner-centered. In this future, learners are no longer asked to adapt to the education system; instead, the system is designed to adapt to the unique needs, strengths, interests, and aspirations of each learner—supporting each learner to thrive now and reach their unique potential, regardless of their background or circumstances.


Education Reimagined’s purpose is to unite and ignite learner-centered practitioners, young learners, and systems builders who are already at work around the country bringing this future to life. We connect, identify, and challenge these leaders to see themselves as the architects of a learner-centered future for education in the US. We convene practitioners, young people, and other visionary leaders to work collaboratively with a broad range of systems-level stakeholders to address the practice-based and policy-oriented challenges that currently impede the movement’s ability to grow and spread. Learn more at www.education-reimagined.org.


The Education Reimagined staff is a lean, agile team of entrepreneurial individuals. We operate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment that is built on cultivating partnerships and relationships with others in the learner-centered movement. Team members must be independent workers who also highly value collaboration and the opportunity to work across functions.


The Opportunity

Education Reimagined is seeking a seasoned Development Director to lead and grow the organization’s fundraising efforts. S/he will grow sustainable revenue by creating a strong relationship management process that engages the Board and executive team in cultivating significant, multi-year partnerships with donors. The Development Director will set goals and strategies, as well as lead the implementation of those strategies, to increase our contributed revenue with a focus on major gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The Director will grow our base of support by thinking creatively about prospect identification and leveraging our resources to attract and engage new donors, build our visibility, and showcase the impact of donors’ investments. This person will report to the Executive Director and will be a leader on the Executive team. Strong preference will be given to candidates who are based in or can relocate to the Washington, DC area.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Design the overarching fundraising strategy to raise a multi-year revenue stream of $4-5 million annually. This will include developing and implementing annual fundraising plans; identifying fundraising objectives and evaluation criteria; and creating program budgets with relevant team members.
  • Support and partner with the Executive Director, Board, and other key strategic allies in the fundraising process. This includes developing and managing a robust pipeline of new and existing individual, corporate, and foundation donors; effectively moving constituents and prospects through the donor management system; and successfully soliciting and closing high dollar-gifts for the organization. This also includes developing and implementing a stewardship program aimed at fostering deeper ties with donors.
  • Lead the creation of systems and processes that will increase fundraising efficiency, while appropriately cultivating various tiers of donors.
  • Support the Executive Director in managing and stewarding Board Member relationships. This includes helping to manage the activities of the Board’s Development Committee; and recruiting new Board members with financial capacity and donor networks.
  • In coordination with the communications and development teams, produce compelling fundraising materials, including case statements, letters of intent, grant proposals, and acknowledgment letters.
  • Be a thought leader on philanthropy to staff and Board leadership during programmatic and financial discussions.


Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience and demonstrated success in non-profit fundraising, including experience working with individual donors, foundations, and corporations; and managing major gifts relationship. Must have a proven track record of closing five to seven figure gifts.
  • Innovative, relational, and collaborative approach to development, including a commitment to personalized, face-to-face fundraising methods.
  • Self-motivated and with demonstrated strong planning and leadership skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks to achieve goals in a timely manner. Must know how to grow the development function from the ground up.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills with coworkers, Board members, and existing and prospective donors.
  • Strong writing and listening skills; able to synthesize and communicate complex ideas and theories of change in ways that are understandable and compelling to education and non-education audiences.
  • Creative, flexible, and adaptable to the demands of an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and responsive environment. Excited about the chance to work with a close-knit team and ready to provide support across a range of team functions, as needed, to respond to needs of our communities and supporters.
  • Able and willing to travel on a regular basis, average of one week per month.
  • Demonstrated experience with databases; SalesForce experience strongly preferred.
  • Passionate about Education Reimagined’s mission of accelerating the shift to learner-centered education in the U.S.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Convergence is an equal opportunity employer and as such, in compliance with EEOC law, does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age disability or genetic information.


About Convergence

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution is an established, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on solving major national challenges through collaboration. We bring deep knowledge of policy and process, and work with leaders and doers to move past divergent views and identify workable solutions to seemingly intractable issues. The results of our projects include: breakthroughs in relationships and sustained collaboration among diverse stakeholder groups, bipartisan legislation, public-private partnerships, public education and awareness campaigns, and changes in research and philanthropic priorities. Learn more at www.convergencepolicy.org.

Professional Level

Executive

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please submit the following to Demi Edwards at demi@educationreimagined.org. Please include the position title in the email subject.

  1. Cover letter addressing your interest in the position and where you heard about the position.
  2. Resume including relevant work experiences.
  3. Writing sample and references are welcome.

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