Associate, Individual Giving

Job Type

Full Time




San Francisco
United States


Team: Bay Area (External Affairs, Operations, and People)

Location: Bay Area (San Francisco)

Reports To: Director, Individual Giving

Status: Non-Exempt



As the Associate of Individual Giving on the Bay Area Development team, you will play a critical role in building a community of individual supporters who are deeply connected to our effort to double the number of great schools serving our low-income students and students of color by 2025. You will report to the Director of Individual Giving, and collaborate with the Manager of Individual Giving, Senior Managing Director of External Affairs, and Executive Director to execute a strategy to deepen engagement with current supporters and cultivate new champions in our flagship fundraising campaign, Sponsor A Teacher. You will manage all operations related to this portfolio, including event planning, prospecting, drafting written communications, and database management and analysis. You will contribute to the success of the Individual Giving team and entire Development team by raising critical funds and growing our pipeline of champions, ultimately helping the region meet its programmatic and financial goals to execute our long term strategy. 


There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities. Teach For America’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission and core values and are ready to join us in this global movement.


You are obsessed with details. You notice things other people don’t, and you understand which details must be perfect. There’s something you love about personalizing a note with a small detail, remembering a donor’s beloved pet’s name, proofreading a final document, or making sure that data is aligned across different reports – you love finding and catching those critical points because you believe that details matter.


You are a superb executor and project manager. You have a proven track record of managing multiple projects simultaneously and an ability to balance execution of short-term/urgent tasks with long-term project management. You understand how your daily actions align with your longer-term ambitious goals and can balance between the two, regardless of the day-to-day chaos you might find yourself in. Your customer-service orientation enables you to respond to urgent needs with grace, flexibility, and a commitment to quality.


You prioritize relationships. You believe that strong, authentic relationships are critical to build meaningful experiences for current and potential supporters. You seek to discover the motivations of people and tailor your messages, actions and interactions accordingly. You naturally notice connections among people (donors, teachers, partners, teammates) and feel joy when you can leverage those connections to grow a person’s commitment to our mission.


You are self-driven and dedicated to continuous improvement. You take personal responsibility for the quality of your work and hold yourself to an exceptionally high bar. No matter what the day throws at you, you adjust course and view each experience as an opportunity to learn and improve. You enjoy identifying root causes to improve our systems and processes. You consistently seek and implement feedback as part of your personal and professional journey.


You are a utility player. You're willing to help out wherever needed and thrive in a face-paced, entrepreneurial environment.


  • Execute donor cultivation and stewardship (35%)Compose, plan and execute donor communications, including our annual appeal, marketing materials, renewal notices, and event invitations to increase donors’ understanding and commitment to TFA
  • Plan and execute events to cultivate potential individual donors and steward current supporters, including Meet Your Teacher and Sponsor A Teacher events
  • Support, influence and motivate corps members to represent TFA via our Sponsor A Teacher campaign
  • Support the execution of our largest fundraiser, the Bay Area Annual Dinner
  • Manage a portfolio (30%)Manage our flagship campaign Sponsor A Teacher, including managing a portfolio of individual gifts of $20K and below, executing a strategy to renew and upgrade our current base and bring in new supporters
  • Manage the year-long cadence of Sponsor A Teacher, including all teacher and donor communications and events and strategic matching of corps members and donors, and collaborate across teams to elevate stories of impact
  • Maintain accurate donor records using Salesforce-based constituent relationship management (CRM)
  • Data management, analysis and research (25%)Research, analyze and prospect new and existing donors and update internal systems accordingly 
  • Analyze regional development landscape and data to inform short-and long-term planning, strategy development, and implementation efforts for individual giving
  • Create meeting briefs for the Executive Director and/or other staff members who have meetings with current and prospective supporters
  • Continuously seek opportunities to improve system efficiency 
  • Broader organizational vision, mission and culture (10%)Engage in regional learning through attending meetings and professional development opportunities
  • Staff Teach For America - Bay Area events


  • Prior ExperienceMinimum 2 years of work experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, as well as Salesforce, Raiser's Edge, or other donor database preferred
  • Experience with event logistics and/or operations preferred 
  • Passion for education reform
  • SkillsKnowledge of Salesforce CRM preferred
  • Work DemandsSome weekend and evening work required; ability to travel around the Bay Area
  • EducationBachelor’s degree


  1. In the Bay, access to opportunity is currently largely determined by the zip code into which you’re born. At Teach For America-Bay Area, we are committed to changing that. Our vision: By 2025, we will double the number of great schools serving our low-income students and students of color. We will achieve that goal through four key strategic levers:We will grow our corps 20%, from 330 corps members teaching today to 400 teaching in 2021.
  2. We will partner strategically with schools and districts, ensuring strong partnerships that advance each school’s vision of excellence. 
  3. We will provide our corps members with best-in-class training to ensure they close achievement and opportunity gaps for the students in their classroom.
  4. We will deploy our 3,000+ alumni against the systematic barriers to more great schools across the Bay, including a Bay-wide shortage of school leaders.



By joining staff, you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a full benefit plan that has proven to be pretty competitive. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.



Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.


Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


*This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.


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Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree