VP, Development

Job Type

Full Time




25 West 45th Street
6th Floor
New York
New York
United States


About Turnaround:

Too many students are behind in school and too many schools don’t know what to do about it. Science is key to understanding the problem and key to the solution.

By studying the impact of adversity on the developing brain, Turnaround for Children is on to something big. It is connecting the dots between poverty, stress and academic performance.

Turnaround translates the science that explains the impact of stress on learning and behavior into tools and strategies that teachers and administrators can use to cultivate a safe environment, reduce stress, increase engagement in learning and accelerate healthy student development and academic achievement.

Turnaround acts as a catalyst for change by raising awareness about and addressing the challenges that affect any school facing adversity, particularly those in high-poverty communities.

Over the past 15 years, the non-profit has grown from an idea into an organization with an $11 million annual operating budget and over 60 employees. Currently, Turnaround partners with 10 schools in New York City, Newark, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. serving more than 4,000 students and 450 teachers. In the coming school year, Turnaround will expand its reach via partnerships with KIPP DC and District of Columbia Public Schools by providing hands-on professional support, coaching and training sessions to leadership teams and educators.



This position is based in New York City



This is an exempt level position that is not eligible for overtime.


Position Overview

The VP of Development will lead the Development team, which is responsible for raising the private philanthropic and competitive public revenue to meet the organization’s short-term and long-term needs through building and managing relationships with foundations, corporations, individuals, and public agencies. The VP of Development will work closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to develop and execute on the fundraising strategy. Specifically, the Vice President is the strategic thought leader, resident expert, and driving force behind all work related to meeting aggressive revenue targets that will allow the organization to expand its reach and impact. This position will report to the CEO and will manage a full development team.



  • Develop and implement a comprehensive, multi-year strategic development plan designed to meet aggressive goals for growth and diversification across private philanthropic (i.e., institutions, individuals, and special events) and public (i.e., competitive public grants) revenue streams to meet annual and long-term operating needs
  • Manage and deploy a team of development professionals to execute the organization’s private and public revenue strategy. Lead, manage, and inspire staff with a goal of building a high-performance, results-oriented team. Clearly communicate objectives and support people in reaching them while also providing opportunities for professional growth.  
  • Partner with Finance team on all budgeting, revising of projections, and setting financial strategy. Also partner with the Finance team to report on the organization’s progress toward both annual and long-term revenue targets to the organization’s senior leadership team, Board of Directors, and other key stakeholders
  • Partner with the Board of Directors, President/CEO, regional Executive Directors, and other senior leaders to maintain and expand the organization’s donor base and support the overall development effort.
  • Oversee day-to-day development activities, including submission of proposal and reports, major gift solicitation, various cultivation and stewardship activities (e.g., special events, one-on-one meetings, school visits, etc.), and internal development systems and operations (e.g., database implementation and maintenance)
  • Drive the creation and evolution of best-in-class development systems and structures that will support effective, efficient, sustainable, and professional fundraising programs.



Required Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will be a results-oriented professional who takes an entrepreneurial, business development/revenue generation approach to development. Specifically, s/he must have:


  • A comprehensive understanding of high quality fundraising systems and structures and an ability to create a targeted and strategic development program that effectively supports revenue growth. Experience leading a comprehensive development effort and building a major gifts program preferred.
  • Highly developed strategic thinking skills with an ability to analyze the existing donor base and determine the most effective way to expand it given the available human and financial resources.
  • Strong leadership and management experience with a particular ability to set and communicate priorities and inspire a team of dedicated professionals to new levels of achievement.
  • Highly developed oral and written communications skills. 
  • The potential to be a front-line fundraiser identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of donors.
  • A sense of urgency in relationship to Turnaround’s work and a deep-seated commitment to transforming the lives of children living in impoverished communities.
  • Experience managing and/or working with a Board of Directors, CEO and other senior leaders in an organization, effectively deploying them in service of fundraising as appropriate.
  • An excellent team player with a positive attitude and the ability to connect and collaborate with others.
  • Demonstrated achievement in a demanding work environment.
  • Very well organized, with systematic and meticulous attention to details;
  • Flexible and adaptable. Able to work with ambiguity and changing conditions and priorities.




Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply



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All applicants must submit a resume together with an in-depth cover letter outlining the ways in which their skills and experience align with our specific needs.

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Candidates of color and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Compensation is competitive based on background and experience and includes excellent benefits. Turnaround for Children is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, military and veteran status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot be used as a basis for an employment decision.