About Education Pioneers Education Pioneers is a groundbreaking national nonprofit organization that accelerates education reform by attracting and developing top leaders, managers, and reformers with diverse backgrounds and professional skills to ensure a public education system in which all students receive a quality education. Founded in 2003, Education Pioneers is building an extensive network of education change agents who work primarily outside of the classroom. We know that a thriving public education system needs great people at all levels - from the classroom to the district office to state and federal government - and by creating a broad, deep bench of top talent to accelerate reforms outside the classroom that will transform the system, Education Pioneers ensures high student achievement and success.
Through our Fellowship programs, Education Pioneers identifies the best and brightest graduate students and early career professionals, and connects them with the most impactful organizations and promising initiatives throughout the education sector. Education Pioneers is also committed to developing a pipeline of diverse future leaders including those whose backgrounds reflect the students and families we ultimately serve. In 2011, we received 2,712 applications for 337 Fellowship positions. Over 40% of Fellows participating in our program nationally identified themselves as a person of color. Partnering with over 130 of the country's leading education reform organizations to hire Education Pioneers' talent, we assist over 70% of our alumni launch full-time careers in education.
Position Overview Education Pioneers seeks a highly-organized, collaborative, and talented individual to develop and execute the organization's local fundraising strategy. Local fundraising activities are in their infancy for Education Pioneers' Chicago site, so this position offers the exciting opportunity to BUILD a local fundraising base, rather than simply grow or maintain an existing base. Consequently, the ability both to think strategically and implement effectively is a must. The Development Associate role encourages an individual to take initiative and be creative. The Development Manager will report directly to the Chicago Executive Director and will contribute to the local site team's efforts to close the achievement gap in Chicago by supplying education organizations with the great talent necessary to ensure every child receives an excellent education.
Responsibilities Primary responsibilities include the following:
Identify prospects, conduct research, analyze capacity, and assist in developing strategy for cultivating foundation, corporation, and individual donors
Serve as primary author for grant proposals, LOIs, reports and formal written communication with local donors
Lead event planning efforts for donor cultivation and special events, including coordinating activities with staff/volunteers; managing related mailing and
follow up; keeping events on schedule; reporting on budget for events; and preparing post-event analysis
Manage the organization and maintenance of all prospect and donor information; maintain an up-to-date, accurate database of records
Assist with preparation and follow-up for local advisory board meetings
Generate new ideas for events, outreach, and communication with current and potential donors
Drive development-related systems and processes
Experience and Qualifications
Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree preferred
At least 3-5 years of professional work experience, in a nonprofit development/fundraising, or sales capacity with grant writing experience
In depth knowledge of the Chicago nonprofit and fundraising landscape
Understanding of basic accounting principles
Knowledge of Chicago's Corporate landscape (Preferable)
Superior oral and written communication skills
Exceptional planning, organization, and prioritization skills
Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness
Ability to work in and across several communication platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) and internal systems; experience with Salesforce, Foundation Directory
Online, and/ or Wealth Engine preferred
Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player
Ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment with a small team
Strategic thinker with a passion for education reform
Innovative, resourceful problem solver
A strong commitment to Education Pioneers' mission and core values of courage, optimism, collaboration, and action
Equal Opportunity Employment & Commitment to Diversity Education Pioneers believes it is critical for leaders in urban education to reflect the urban communities they serve. We actively recruit people of color to join our team. We support equal opportunity for all people and we strongly encourage people of color to apply for positions in our organization.