Leading Educators (LE) is a national nonprofit committed to ensuring that all students - no matter their background - have access to high quality teachers and schools. We partner with districts and charter management organizations to help highly effective teachers develop the content, pedagogical, and leadership skills needed to successfully design and deliver rigorous content in their classrooms and throughout their school. We work to strengthen the instructional skills of teacher leaders who, in turn, lead their peers in similar efforts through intensive job-embedded coaching, professional development, and powerful cohort-based learning experiences. Our goal is to extend the reach and impact of highly effective teachers, build internal capacity within school districts, and dramatically improve student outcomes. Please visit leadingeducators.org to learn more.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Storytelling and Development (SVP), the Managing Director of Development (MDD) will help lead efforts to build and steward exceptional relationships with national funders (individual, corporate, and foundation) during a rapid period of growth for the organization. The MDD will work closely with the SVP, CEO, and the Director of Development to design and drive a fundraising strategy to support Leading Educators’ ambitious five-year strategic growth plan.
The MDD will cultivate and manage his/her own portfolio of donors and support the stewardship of specific national donors with the SVP. The MDD will manage a team of two to three development team members and will also lead the design of tools, systems and processes to support effective collaboration both within the team and with other internal and external partners.
This is an exciting opportunity for a driven professional with strong philanthropic networks, demonstrated success in reaching ambitious fundraising goals, and an interest in helping to drive system-wide, catalytic improvements in K-12 education. The MDD is a new role that will be critical to Leading Educators’ ability to raise essential support that will sustain the organization and expand its impact over the long-term.
Fundraising Planning and Analysis:
Partner with the CEO, SVP, and Director of Development to design and implement a multi-year strategy for ambitiously increasing the size and number of gifts, including creating and presenting development plans and projections;
Leverage research, local landscape knowledge, and fundraising expertise to make strategic recommendations;
Develop a robust pipeline of new national funding prospects, cultivate relationships with these prospects, and solicit funding support, including relationships with foundations, high-net worth individuals, and governmental/public funding entities (e.g., U.S. Department of Education);
Develop compelling fundraising proposals for a range of public and private funding opportunities that reflect a deep understanding of our prospects and donors and their contexts
Track and analyze portfolio activity to ensure key deliverables and deadlines are met, and provide regular updates to the CEO and SVP - with input from the Director of Development and Associate Directors of Development - to continuously improve team strategy.
Strategic Organizational Planning and Management
Coach and develop team members to support their professional learning and growth and to ensure achievement of ambitious goals;
Partner with Managing Directors and key staff from across the organization to build systems and tools to strengthen collaboration, information-sharing, and efficiencies within and among teams;
Collaborate with other departments and staff to communicate initiatives, programming goals, and accomplishments to donors and funding stakeholders;
Integrate fundraising into cross-functional team efforts in order to increase all staff members’ ability to serve as effective champions for the organization.
Flexible location, with a preference for Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; or New Orleans, Louisiana.
Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience. In addition, Leading Educators offers a very generous benefits package including 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees. Additional premium costs are covered 60% by Leading Educators for partners and dependents on medical, dental, and vision plans. We also offer a 4% matching 401k plan, Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare and commuter expenses, as well as an employer-sponsored Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Benefits are valued at or above $8,000 for employees.
Additionally, Leading Educators offers generous time off with pay in order to support a sustainable high performance work culture. During the first three years of employment, full time staff accrue 22 days a year. Five additional days are accrued after the third and sixth year of employment. Leading Educators also offers 16 additional paid days off for various holidays, including three floating holidays staff may use at their discretion.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT
Leading Educators strongly values equity and challenges historical inequity with a persistent focus on dismantling systemic racism. We work towards a more just society and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate: 5 - 7 years of fundraising experience, with at least 3 years at the senior level; A passion for and commitment to educational equity; Exceptional experience in raising dollars through a range of sources, such as federally funded programs, school district partnerships, foundations, and high net worth donor networks; Track record of successful donor solicitation, ideally with experience raising $3M or more; Proven experience developing and writing large-scale grant proposals, including successful federal proposals to the US Department of Education, among others; Demonstrated experience successfully leading teams; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Demonstrated experience developing internal tools, systems, and processes to increase organizational effectiveness; Confidentiality and integrity when managing sensitive information; Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills; High level of organization and strong attention to detail as well as an ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; Ability to develop deep content knowledge quickly and to share that knowledge in effective and compelling ways with potential partners The desire and ability to work collaboratively and virtually with staff members across teams; Previous work with non-profits required; school-based or student-focused professional experience or previous work with educational non-profits preferred; Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.