The Director of Development (DD) will report directly to and work closely with the Managing Director, Growth Development and Partnerships. The DD is responsible for developing a diverse and sustainable local investor base in the Oklahoma City area and achieving the funding growth necessary to support regional scale. S/he will get to know the philanthropic landscape through self discovery and information gathering so that s/he can hone in, with focus and strategic insight, on the biggest opportunities and challenges in development in Oklahoma.
Teach For America in Oklahoma intends to double in size in the next 3-5 years, with over 600 corps members and an annual budget of nearly $14Million. To be successful, a DD must be a critical thinker who is able to set a bold vision, develop strategies and an operating plan to achieve this vision, and then skillfully manage team execution to achieve results. This individual must be comfortable in an entrepreneurial environment and possess an exceptionally high level of personal responsibility for achieving ambitious results. The DD will be responsible raising $2,300,000 from several key funding streams such as corporate, foundation, and individual funders while also working to build a cohesive understanding of education reform among influential community investors.
Oklahomans pride themselves on banding together, rising to meet challenges, and coming out stronger and smarter than they began. It is in that same spirit that leaders in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are approaching education - with determination to get it right for students in their cities. These leaders and their communities have welcomed our 300 corps members and 110 alumni with open arms. Our staff here forms a tight-knit family, working as part of the collective effort to give all kids in Oklahoma the opportunities they deserve.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites
- Working closely with the MD, GDP to create the long range regional development vision and annual strategic and operating plans
- Ensuring the region maximizes opportunities, meets its goals, and significantly grows funding while building long-term sustainability, specifically:
- Setting ambitious yet feasible revenue, donor quantity, and retention benchmarks to achieve both immediate (current FY) and long-term (next 3- years) development goals
- Developing and implementing strategies and tactical plans to achieve goals for different donor segments
- Regularly asessing team-wide progress to goals, identifying what is driving and impeding progress, developing solutions to address gaps, and adjusting course as necessary
- Managing a development team of one full-time development staff to progress toward goals and developing him/her as a professional. Specifically ensuring the team:
- Strategically builds and manages their donor portfolios by mapping out a path to their goals and designing and implementing donor engagement plans, thus building strong donor relationships, increasing donor renewal and upgrade rates, and expanding the donor base
- Prioritizes the right actions for the ED and the MD, GDP to take in order to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects and prepares/supports them to execute
- Conducts excellent donor interactions and communications (i.e., meetings, events, newsletters, grants)
- Develops and maintains strong operations (i.e., donor tracking systems, data management, meeting prep and download systems, gift processing)
- Cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of donors and partners in our work through external meetings, events, and correspondence
- Supporting the executive director and MD, GDP in regional advisory board management, including preparing for and participating in board meetings, managing board members on specific projects or activities, and corresponding with board members as needed
Application Requirements and Process
- Bachelors degree required
- 4-5 years of related professional work experience
- Management experience a plus
- Uncommon level of personal responsibility with exceptional goal orientation and a proven track record of success
- Critical thinker who enjoys spending significant time solving problems and developing opportunities in order to achieve the most meaningful outcomes
- Demonstrated ability to both motivate and manage superiors, peers, and direct reports to achieve ambitious, measurable results
- Keen understanding of the beliefs, contexts and motivations of others
- Strong verbal and written communicator: can speak compellingly about our organization, mission, and goals and has a mature presence
- Dedication and commitment to educational equity in the Oklahoma region
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.
One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
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