EL Education is a national nonprofit focused on making lasting change in our K-12 public schools. We partner with schools and districts in urban and rural communities across America to provide a transformative educational experience—steeped in challenge, leadership, and contribution—that prepares students from every background for success in college, careers, and life. Our unique approach of joining character to scholarship, inspiring students to work together to make positive change, has yielded groundbreaking results. Our approach centers on an expanded view of student success—one that integrates growth in the mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work, and is informed by the latest science of how students learn and develop. It is the foundation of our highly rated K-8 Language Arts Curriculum and school design model, both of which have proven through rigorous external research to significantly improve teacher practice and student outcomes.
EL Education has developed a four-year strategic plan, Advancing Equity in K-12 Education, to guide our work over the next four years. We are setting our sights on disrupting education inequities by realizing the full potential of our approach across school systems. We aim to reach 2.5M students by 2025.
EL Education was born out of a collaboration between The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound nearly thirty years ago: founded as a break-the-mold model of school design with character and academics at the pinnacle. Our mission is to create classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world.
EL Education seeks an accomplished development professional to lead the organization’s institutional giving strategy as part of its four-year strategic plan, Advancing Equity in K-12 Education. EL Education aims to raise $50M in philanthropic support over four years to achieve its goals for impact. The Senior Director of Institutional Giving is a lead strategist responsible for managing and expanding a portfolio of institutional funders (foundations and government) and building strong partnerships with these funders. A focus is on securing transformative grants from foundations that are committed to educational equity.
A senior member of the Development Team, the Senior Director of Institutional Giving reports to the Managing Director of Development and works closely with the President & CEO. The Senior Director supervises one Manager, serves on the organization’s Leadership Team, and collaborates deeply with the Partnerships, Research, and Finance Teams. This leader must be passionate about improving K-12 public education for all children, and be a strong and effective grant writer, strategic thinker, and relationship builder.
Skills and competencies
New York City proximity is preferred; Remote is an option. Approximately 15% travel should be expected for this position.
Competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring
At EL Education, we welcome and value the inclusion of diverse perspectives of our staff in support of our work with students and partners. We are deeply committed to providing equitable access and lifting up different voices inside and outside of the organization. We enthusiastically invite individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Please submit your resume and one page cover letter online (link to EL’s Career Page) in MS Word or PDF format. In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.
No phone calls please. EL will respond only to finalist candidates.
Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. EL Education is committed to equity across the organization: in services to our partners, in our workforce composition and practices, and in our organizational culture. EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE
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EL Education is a national nonprofit focused on making lasting change in our K-12 public schools. We partner with schools and districts in urban and rural communities across America to provide a transformative…