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ABOUT BREAKTHROUGH CENTRAL TEXAS

Founded in 2002, Breakthrough is a postsecondary access and completion nonprofit with the mission of supporting students to become first-generation college graduates. We start our partnership with students and their families early, in middle school and high school, and make a commitment to helping the student realize their goals of a postsecondary degree. By combining out-of-school learning experiences, advising, and a long-term commitment, we help students overcome barriers to success in the secondary and higher education system. We are student-centric, believing firmly in the potential of all students. We are committed for the long run, helping our students navigate the transition from middle school to high school to postsecondary institutions with a comprehensive and individualized approach to supporting their path to academic success. Breakthrough’s programs and services are effective and based in the evidence of research and in the lived experience of our students. Currently, Breakthrough Central Texas annually serves more than 2,100 students across the greater Austin region and in colleges across the country.  

Breakthrough Central Texas is proud of the many, diverse students who work hard in school and participate in Breakthrough. Credit for their success goes first and foremost to the students and the family members who support them every day. While Breakthrough participants are consistently outperforming their peers in on-time high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and postsecondary degree and certificate attainment, the organization recognizes that more needs to be done to improve its programs and services. With a recently completed strategic plan, the organization’s new North Star is to end the inequity in college attainment rates across the greater Austin region. To reach that goal, Breakthrough is growing its core 12-year model to serve approximately 3,000 students in Central Texas by 2025 and investing in new strategies to expand its impact even further. 


WHY WORK AT BREAKTHROUGH CENTRAL TEXAS?

By working for Breakthrough Central Texas, you will help students achieve their dreams of success and receive the high-quality education they deserve. Breakthrough is an organization committed to its students and recognizes that our greatest resource to support them is our dedicated and talented staff.  If you believe all young people deserve the opportunity to achieve postsecondary success and you desire to work at an organization committed to its employees and building the strongest team culture anywhere, then join us!  


ABOUT THE PHILANTHROPY OFFICER ROLE

Breakthrough seeks an experienced development professional to help grow our mid-level and major gifts program, helping to secure the rapidly increasing support needed to fund our expansion efforts across Central Texas. We are looking for a proven high performer who wants to contribute to a transformational mission as a key member of our high-functioning Development & Communications team. 

The Philanthropy Officer will report to and serve as a partner to the Director of Philanthropy, cultivating and stewarding relationships with individuals and families who partner financially with Breakthrough Central Texas. The Philanthropy Officer will manage a portfolio of mid-level and major gift donors and Breakthrough Honor Roll members with the goal of increasing giving, engagement and loyalty to Breakthrough’s mission. In particular, this position will play a key role in the growth of the Breakthrough Honor Roll, a new community of donors who provide philanthropic support, advocacy and volunteerism to help advance Breakthrough’s mission. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Develop and maintain a successful mid-level giving programming, including analysis of current program to help develop strategies for acquiring, renewing and upgrading donors with a goal of doubling mid-level giving within three years
  • Manage a portfolio of 200-250 mid-level and major donors ($600-$5,000 with opportunity to grow)
  • Implement a personalized and sustainable outreach plan that promotes gratitude, recognition and engagement of donors
  • Lead Honor Roll giving circle  and support steering committee to recruit and engage new Honor Roll members
  • Design and execute meaningful donor engagement opportunities throughout the year in partnership with Director of Philanthropy, Associate Director of Development and program and volunteer staff
  • Participate in regular moves management and qualification meetings
  • Track call notes, engagement, interests and preferences in donor database
  • Actively learn about Breakthrough’s programs and effectively communicates mission, theory of change and priorities to donors
  • Collaborate regularly and enthusiastically with all team members to ensure successful execution of all development strategies
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

ABOUT YOU

Results-Driven Direct Fundraising Experience

  • 5+ years of direct experience in nonprofit fundraising and/or membership programs with a focus on relationship building with donors via phone, email and/or in-person
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement fundraising initiatives including personalized cultivation and stewardship strategies as well as running successful giving circles
  • Proven success securing soliciting 4-5-figure gifts
  • Working knowledge of current trends in charitable giving

Relationship Management

  • Highly relational with strong ability to build relationships with donors, volunteers,  and colleagues across teams
  • Proven experience leading volunteers to support fundraising initiatives
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations

Mission Alignment

  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Expressed commitment to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages

and celebrates differences and incorporate inclusive practices in all areas of fundraising and stewardship efforts

  • Strong desire to learn and grow personally and professionally, with humility to their own competencies, identity, and positionality

Communication

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to develop compelling, on-brand messaging for donor communications
  • Tech savvy; proficient in donor management/CRM software, Microsoft Office and G-Suite 


Motivation & Teamwork

  • Willingness and ability to take initiative; a proactive problem-solver who is self-motivated and excels with good support and coaching/skill building rather than micromanagement. 
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as part of a team effort and independently with minimal supervision
  • Not afraid to ask for help when needed or to suggest new approaches to accomplish tasks.

 Commitment to Excellence

  • Disciplined, strong work ethic and comfort with working non-standard hours (weekends and evenings)
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and deliver commitments in a timely manner
  • Impeccable attention to detail

 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 

  • Competitive annual salary starting at $60,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance; Breakthrough pays 100% of employee premiums 
  • Optional 401K plan with matching available 
  • Generous PTO and leave policy 

ABOUT BREAKTHROUGH CENTRAL TEXAS

Founded in 2002, Breakthrough is a postsecondary access and completion nonprofit with the mission of supporting students to become first-generation college graduates. We start our partnership with…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 17, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

At least $60,000Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Benefits

Health, dental, and vision insurance; Breakthrough pays 100% of employee premiums 

Optional 401K plan with matching available 

Generous PTO and leave policy 


Health, dental, and vision insurance; Breakthrough pays 100% of employee premiums 

Optional 401K plan with matching available 

Generous PTO and leave policy 


Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Austin, TX
Associated Location
1050 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

How to Apply

Please apply at https://breakthrough.applytojob.com/apply/UjV8eWcbio/Philanthropy-Officer

Please apply at https://breakthrough.applytojob.com/apply/UjV8eWcbio/Philanthropy-Officer

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