Director of Development - Leadership Role at Ignited

Job Type

Full Time




5301 Stevens Creek Blvd.
PO Box 58059; MS55L-WO
Santa Clara
United States


The Opportunity

Ignited is expanding our program portfolio to connect more teachers to more real-world experiences. We seek an entrepreneurial Director of Development to work closely with our CEO to plan, execute, and track new funding strategies that will position Ignited for sustainable long-term growth.


About Ignited

We are inspiring the next generation of innovators. Ignited is a nonprofit that believes teachers are essential change agents within our education system. We offer training, tools, and experiential learning to STEM educators so they can transform curriculum, engage their classes, and excite their students. Ignited Teachers have reached over 3 million students and we have ambitious plans for the future.


The Team

At Ignited we are:

  • Passionate - we care about our work, our community, and about each other
  • Authentic - we believe in the power of teachers to change lives
  • Growth-oriented - we thrive helping teachers, students, and colleagues learn and grow
  • Data-driven - we recognize the importance of testing hypotheses and measuring performance
  • Entrepreneurial - we embrace ambiguity and constantly look for opportunities for impact


The Role

The Director of Development will report to Ignited’s CEO and be responsible for the following areas:

Planning: partner with CEO to design a comprehensive development strategy that will meet the organization’s revenue targets and plans for growth

  • Leverage current fee-for-service and corporate philanthropy funding streams and identify emerging opportunities with private foundations, government/district funding, individual donors, and events
  • Ensure alignment of fundraising goals and strategic priorities
  • Research, evaluate, and prioritize funding sources and partnership opportunities

Execution: lead fundraising efforts and work with CEO on corporate partnership development, building mutually-beneficial relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders

  • Manage grants including writing/reviewing all proposals and reports to funders
  • Establish, grow, and steward relationships with funders and partners
  • Increase organizational visibility among key stakeholders and convert new supporters
  • Ensure communications are effective, accurate, and compelling in making our case

Tracking: build and maintain systems that track funding sources and partners

  • Monitor performance against key funding benchmarks
  • Identify best opportunities to expand support
  • Regularly report progress and results to CEO, staff, and Board of Directors


  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic funding plans to sustain and grow an organization
  • Skill in thinking creatively, working independently, solving problems, and accomplishing goals
  • Exceptional communication skills, speaking and writing persuasively across audiences
  • Significant fundraising and/or business development experience with focus on long-term relationship-building, likely gained over at least 5 years in a leadership role
  • Knowledge of the public education system and industry-education issues strongly preferred
  • Understanding of Bay Area philanthropic landscape, exposure to national funders a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus


Term, Hours, Location and Salary

This is a full-time, exempt position based at the Ignited office at Agilent Technologies in Santa Clara, California. All employees are subject to the policies and procedures listed in the Ignited Employee Handbook. Salary is competitive, based on qualifications and potential contributions to Ignited. Generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, PTO and the option to participate in our 401(k) plan. Ignited is an equal opportunity employer.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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