Development Director

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    Full-Time Job

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    Development / Fundraising

Basic Description

In a nationally growing organization expanding as a single 501(c)(3), the Development Director is responsible for managing, coordinating and achieving site revenue goals to support organizational priorities. This position works closely with the Executive Director and the local Board of Directors to lead, support and achieve all fundraising activities through building relationships with corporations, foundations, individuals, organizations and government. In collaboration with the Executive Director, this position will lead in the development and implementation of the site’s fund raising plan including: grants, events, and all solicitations; as well as the design and implementation of the site’s marketing and communications plan.

Essential Job Functions
Prospecting and Cultivation: Oversee prospecting and donor research for new donations. Strategize and work with the Executive Director to implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters to become donors and increase the number of donors to the annual operating fund.
Relationship Management and Stewardship: Build on existing relationships and improve donor retention through a meaningful stewardship strategy. Leverage Executive Director and board members in these efforts. Use tactics such as site visits, networking, etc. to increase revenue.
Strategic Planning and Analysis: Help build the annual fund raising and communications plans and oversee the implementation of both plans. Manage progress toward funding goals with the use of Raiser’s Edge fundraising database. Assist the Executive Director with identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects.
Communications, Marketing, Public Relations: Oversee the Communications, Marketing and Public Relations efforts for College Possible Philadelphia, working closely with the National Communications Team. Develop timelines, oversee creation and production of printed and electronic newsletters and press releases, guide media relations and social media strategy. Work in collaboration with National site support staff for the creation of various materials.
Develop, write and submit grant proposals and reports: Support achievement of national revenue goals through superb grant writing for proposals and reports to local corporations, foundations, organizations and government.
Development Operations: Oversee correspondence and reports as related to donor and revenue goals. Assist with the operations and accounting staff to reconcile accounting and revenue receipts.
Special Events: Organize and oversee all aspects of fund raising events including logistics, communications, presentations, etc. to advance fund raising and community awareness.
Volunteer Management: Maintain volunteer database by assisting in the recruitment and engagement of volunteers through various opportunities. Work closely with leadership team to identify volunteers.
Supervision: Supervise the External Relations and the Development AmeriCorps VISTA members.
Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned: Work with the Executive Director on projects as assigned. Work closely with National leadership team members on various projects such as the Annual Report, donor reports and newsletters.

Professional Requirements (Skills & Qualifications)

In addition to the requirements below, College Possible staff and service members are expected to demonstrate the Idealistic Leader traits of Strive to be Delightful, Energize those in your Presence, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Challenge Cynicism, Practice Empathy, Learn to be Grateful and
Have Fun, as expressed in our organizational value statement and have a significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion.


• Bachelor’s degree required.

Related Work Experience:

• Three or more years of experience in fundraising or transferrable related skills (sales, nonprofit management, relationship management, volunteer management);

• Minimum one year of supervisory experience;

• Prefer previous experience organizing events or managing volunteers.

Computer/Software Skills:

• Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel and donor database software; Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills;

• Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously;

• Problem solver, flexible and adapt easily to change;

• Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through;

• Some evening and weekend work, as well as occasional travel, is requir

About Us

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching low-income students to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model earns top-offield results: a 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student’s chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers.

College Possible has a budget of nearly $20 million, approximately 125 full-time employees and more than 250 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2017-2018 school year, we are serving approximately 30,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and 350 colleges. College Possible Philadelphia has an expense budget of $1.1 million, 7 full-time employees and 21 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2017-2018 school year, we will serve approximately 360 High School students, 600 College students and 1000 Middle School students.

College Possible is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with the communities we serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; Omaha, Nebraska; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. We’re joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to serve 50,000 students.

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