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Director of Development

Company: Summit Public Schools
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: May 20, 2023

Job Description:

The Director of Development is in charge of establishing and cultivating a diverse coalition of regional and national funders and partners that advance Summit's strategic objectives to ensure that Summit and its network of schools are sustainable and thriving.
The Director of Development is responsible for the oversight, proactive planning, and successful implementation of all development activities at Summit Public Schools. This includes cultivating a culture of philanthropy, spearheading fund and partnership development, and contributing to Summit's strategic planning. The Director of Development will report directly to Summit's Chief Executive Officer and will work closely with other members of the Summit Leadership Team.
The ideal candidate is a self-directed individual who loves a challenge and enjoys building strong, meaningful relationships. As a self-starter, the ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced, hands-on, and collaborative work environment, and has strong relational and negotiating skills and experience in any business or nonprofit sector.
Who We Are
Whatifallstudentsgraduatedhighschoolwiththe knowledge, skills and habits they need to lead a fulfilled life? This is the question that guides our mission at .
Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 14 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready and Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.
We need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned individuals to join our team to help prepare our students for a fulfilled life. Join us!
What You'll Do:
Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Consult and strategize with organizational leadership to launch exciting new fundraising strategies to support Summit's mission.
  • Work with high-net-worth individuals to connect their personal passions to Summit's mission, goals, and programming.
  • Build and manage a portfolio of individual and foundation donors, working with the CEO on all stages of engagement all the way through to partnership.
  • Identify and analyze prospective donors who are aligned with Summit Public School's mission.
  • Offer prospect strategy counsel to Summit's Leadership Team to effectively leverage connections for the organization's benefit.
  • Create powerful and compelling collateral and experiences to support program efforts, including an annual in-person signature event, school site visits, quarterly phone conferences, annual reports, and quarterly reports.
  • Develop and manage the operational systems required to track and implement a high volume of outreach and engagement as part of the program.
  • Provide regular reports on the success and status of fundraising to organizational leaders.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between Summit and external partners (i.e., funders).
  • Build capacity within Summit to steward philanthropic work.
  • Serve on the leadership team of Summit.

    What You Need:
    Key Qualities and Skills

    • Bachelor's Degree required.
    • 5-7 years of professional experience. Experience in education, development, and/or investor/partner relations is a plus.
    • Commitment to uphold Summit's values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
    • Experience writing substantive professional external-facing documents, including grant proposals, grant reports, prospectuses, business plans, annual reports, and/or related materials.
    • Experience delivering presentations to and interacting with high-level audiences, such as senior organizational leaders, board members, investors, or prospective clients/partners.
    • Experience leading multiple complex and dynamic projects simultaneously across multiple teams within the organization and many external stakeholders.
    • Experience leading projects across multiple teams in an organization.
    • Experience relating the needs and interests of prospective partners or clients to the needs and interests of the organization.
    • Experience creating and analyzing complex budgets and budget reports.
    • Experience using data to make decisions, translating strategy to action and achieve ambitious targets.
    • Creative, tenacious, and inventive, with an ability to work successfully in a cross-functional environment.
    • Experience working in a dynamic environment under tight deadlines, and ability to be flexible.
    • Growth mindset, willingness and excitement to build new strategies.
    • Ability to maintain and track donor data.
    • Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides. Proficiency in database management such as Salesforce preferred.
    • Clear health and background check.

      Who You Are:
      About You

      • You maintain highexpectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
      • You thrivewhilecollaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in shared successes.
      • You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and are excited to make an impact on the public education landscape.
      • You are empatheticandculturallycompetent. You're proactively facilitate courageous conversations to advance anti-bias anti-racist practices and dismantle racism in our organization.
      • You are data driven and have the ability to collect, evaluate, and utilize data in meaningful ways.
      • You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
      • You take initiative and ownership in driving your work to meet personal and team goals.
      • You possess strong people management and relationship skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and communicate with a diverse group of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members.
      • You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
      • You have a strategic mindset when it comes to executing professional development initiatives.
      • You thrive in innovative environments, and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
      • You're committedtocontinuousimprovement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.

        What you get:
        In addition to joining a highly motivated team and engaging in meaningful work, you'll have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits including a retirement plan, unlimited "take what you need" PTO policy, 12 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of organization-wide closures during the year. You and your dependents will have access to multiple health, dental, and vision plans at 25% cost (we cover the other 75%) and employee life and disability insurance at no cost. Our compensation policy strives to be equitable and transparent. The salary for this position starts at $100,000 and goes up to $140,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.
        Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work and honor each other's voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are members of historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
        To see Summit Public Schools' full non-discrimination statement as it relates to students and parents along with designated compliance coordinators for each school, see and . To see Summit Public Schools' full non-discrimination statement as it relates to employees, see and .

Keywords: Summit Public Schools, Redwood City , Director of Development, Executive , Redwood City, California

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