Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience.




United States


Development Manager

ABOUT AGC: The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) was born from an audacious request of a group of idealistic young people who demanded that the city of Chicago join them in reimagining what’s possible in public education. Ten years later, the school has become internationally recognized as a model for the thoughtful integration of environmental stewardship, global citizenship and whole student wellness into the daily curriculum and culture of a public school. Although AGC is a small, single site Charter school serving a majority low income and minority population on the city’s southwest side, it has received the highest honors spanning from the White House to the Department of Education and has been praised in international press including the New York Times, Good Morning America, NPR, the Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes.

AGC’s innovation is rooted in a bold vision to shift global systems of education to meet the needs of the 21st century student. Dually focused on barriers to low income student achievement outside the classroom and on preparing a generation of leaders to tackle today’s environmental challenges, globalization and rapid technological innovation, AGC is championing a new educational framework for an ever changing world. AGC’s mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action now and in the future to positively impact their local and global communities. The daily work of students, staff and families is built on the pillars of: modeling academic excellence, developing inquirers, serving the whole child, cultivating international awareness, fostering environmental stewardship, and facilitating collaboration within the community.

AGC is committed to pushing innovation far beyond the walls of their classrooms. Since opening its doors in 2008, AGC has reached nearly 1.5M students around the world by sharing their work openly, presenting at international conferences and welcoming nearly 1,000 educators each year from across the globe to experience their model in action and to support widespread adoption.

Fundamental to AGC’s commitment to reimagine public education is a determination to reimagine the public school building. AGC is working to design a new campus which will be a physical manifestation of its mission and a replicable model that will profoundly shift how school design connects with pedagogical implementation across the globe. In collaboration with acclaimed Studio Gang Architects, led by Macarthur Genius grant winner Jeanne Gang, AGC is currently designing the Midwest’s first energy net positive school to serve as a replicable prototype and national hub for sustainability. Collaborators include Copenhagen based Rosan Bosch Studios, who are shaping the design with Scandinavian-inspired principals of student-centered learning spaces and integration with the outdoors, and creating an experiential pedagogical approach that moves away from the traditional school layout and towards maker spaces, tinkering studios, teaching kitchens, science zones, study nooks, art labs and a learning barn. This campus will house not only AGC’s K-8 school, but also an early childhood center, a teacher training institute, an urban farm, reimagined learning spaces, and additional sustainability and wellness resources for the community. To learn more about AGC and our vision, visit and

ABOUT THE POSITION: AGC seeks a Development Manager to play a key role in fundraising, building on AGC’s groundbreaking success and inspiring change at both the local and systems level. The Development Manager works closely with the Executive Director, Director of Strategic Scale, Board of Directors, and consultants on a variety of fundraising efforts. The Development Manager will take the lead on events, grant-writing, and a small annual campaign, while also supporting a significant capital campaign.

The successful candidate will be a natural leader with a commitment to AGC’s mission and to advancing environmentalism and sustainability through innovative education opportunities. This individual will be a strong relationship builder, who has demonstrated initiative and determination in an endeavor, nonprofit or organization that shares a commonality with AGC’s mission. This role is ideal for a driven and independent development professional interested in developing additional leadership experience across several domains, including capital campaigns.

The Development Manager will work with the Executive Director, Director of Strategic Scale, Board of Directors, and broader AGC community in the following areas:

·      Managing several initiatives to support an annual general operating raise of $400,000 through grants, individual donations, and AGC’s signature Chefs’ Playground gala.

·      Leading AGC’s volunteer-powered Chefs’ Playground gala committee to execute successful annual gala (netting $225,000) including stewarding in-kind contributions, sponsorships, and individual donations.

·      With the support of AGC’s senior leadership, playing a central role in fostering significant donor relationships, cultivating corporate support and strategic partnerships. 

·      Maintaining information systems, records, research, prospect management and tracking functions, gift processing and acknowledgments, donor recognition and relations. 

·      Cultivating and retain the interest of long-standing donors while continually prospecting and soliciting new high-potential donors.

·      Managing corporate and foundation relations including submissions of proposals in a timely manner in addition to ensuring evaluation and reporting requirements are met.

·      Conceptualizing, designing and implementing special campaigns as growth and innovation require.

·      Researching and reporting on trends in the education movement, philanthropy and institutional giving that may impact approaches to fundraising.

·      Serving as staff for the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and assist with other board committees as assigned.

·      In close collaboration with Executive Director, Director of Strategic Scale, Board of Directors, and consultants, playing a critical role in supporting a $35M capital campaign.

·      Working with the Executive Director to create, plan, implement and evaluate the annual fundraising plan and capital campaign to meet organizational and operational funding needs. This includes, but is not limited to major gifts, individual giving, endowment giving, special events, direct mail, foundation giving, corporate solicitation, e-appeals, in-kind gifts and stewardship.


The ideal candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications: 

·      3+ years of fundraising experience with a record of success in growing campaigns (preferred)

·      An infectious enthusiasm for the unique mission and vision of the Academy for Global Citizenship

·      A close personal connection to, or prior experience within, or expertise regarding at least one of AGC’s six pillars

·      Perseverance, poise, proactivity, passion, and an entrepreneurial spirit 

·      Strong interpersonal discernment, patience, and grace under pressure

·      Exceptional verbal, written and listening skills, with an ability to motivate and inspire others

·      Strong strategic thinking and planning capability, with an ability to manage concurrent projects and priorities effectively 

·      Exemplary organizational habits and attention to detail

·      A healthy appetite for relationship development; equally comfortable with individuals and groups, including stakeholders across the public and private sectors, such as foundations, funders, and advocates

·      A Bachelor’s degree is required, a Master’s degree and at least 5 years of work experience is preferred


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience, including full benefits, generous paid time off, access to an annual wellness fund, and daily organic and scratch-made meals.

Level of Language Proficiency

English fluency is required. Additional Spanish fluency is ideal.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

TO APPLY:  Please send your resume and a cover letter to that outlines:

1)   what excites you about the Academy for Global Citizenship’s mission

2)   how your personal experience relates to AGC’s vision

3)   why you want to be part of our journey of reimagining education