Development Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




United States


About Communities in Schools:

At Communities In Schools, we are “all-in” for kids. It is our passion—it is our mission. At the National Office, we collaborate with local affiliate organizations, to provide resources and create communities of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life. We are the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, serving 1.5 million students in 2,400 sites across the country. We achieve this mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do.

About the Role:

The Development Specialist is a critical member of the Institutional Relations team’s cultivation, solicitation and stewardship practices. The Specialist plays a central role in the coordination of Communities In Schools’ work with institutional partners, including relationship management, grant writing and reporting, investor communications, gift processing, and data management. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Collaborate with the Institutional Giving team to implement a comprehensive donor program, including day-to-day stewardship, information gathering for organizational reports and proposals, responding to requests for information, and keeping department leadership informed.

• Aid in the development, management, and distribution of key materials including reports, presentations, invitations to engagement opportunities, proposals and more.

• Create research briefings to prepare staff and volunteers for direct contact with organizations.

• Help coordinate engagement events such as site visits.

• Utilize fundraising database (Salesforce) to track institutional partner interactions.

• Ensure the proper handling of institutional gifts through the management of gift transmittals and acknowledgment process.

• Work with cross-functional teams on grants management activities.

• Provide administrative support including tasks such as filing and scanning.

About You:

• Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of professional experience or the equivalent work experience in a non-profit setting in fundraising.

• Excellent verbal and written communications skills with meticulous attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to write reports and business correspondence.

• Ability to gather, understand and synthesize information from a variety of sources, and analyze and interpret documents such as grant proposals and presentations.

• The capacity to work well with a diverse range of individuals and give exceptional attention to relationship management and collaboration. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from various groups.

• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters.

• Proficiency with MS Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint required.

• Knowledge of constituent engagement database systems is highly desirable. Prior experience with Salesforce is preferable.

• Ability to take a strategic approach to problem-solving.

• Strong organizational, time and budget management skills; close attention to deadlines and the capacity to work on several projects simultaneously.

What we offer:

• Work that makes a difference—the opportunity to contribute to an important mission.

• A culture recognized by the Non-Profit Times as the #2 Non-Profit Best Place to Work in the United States.

• Competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

• Generous paid time off benefits.

• Commuter subsidy benefits.

Communities In Schools is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied communities we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law. Communities In Schools prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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