The Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) is a leading nonprofit venture philanthropy fund that identifies the nation’s best public charter schools, funds their expansion, and helps to increase their impact. Our portfolio includes 75 charter school networks that operate over 1,000 schools and serve more than 475,000 students in 31 states. We are committed to expanding the impact of schools that are closing achievement and opportunity gaps. Our investment strategy is like that of a venture capital firm for public charter schools. The diverse “portfolio” of schools and leaders that we support include single-site charter schools as well as established networks that operate schools in several states. Ultimately, we think our portfolio can serve more than one million students nationwide and in doing so, show how public schools can help students achieve excellent outcomes at scale.
CSGF is seeking a Director of Development to advance the organization’s efforts to and grow its base of 35 major donors as it develops and launches its next philanthropic fund, National Fund IV. This is an exciting role for someone who knows how to cultivate strategic partnerships, loves to connect people and ideas, and is passionate about expanding opportunities for underserved communities. The role involves a mix of independent work (planning, writing, editing) and relationship-building work (conceiving, planning, executing).
A successful Director of Development will:
Be a skilled relationship builder and influencer
Be able to develop flawless PowerPoint slides to guide rich conversations with donors
Excel at analyzing, visualizing, and explaining complex information in clear and compelling ways
Be highly detail-oriented and committed to continuous learning and improvement
Be comfortable leading projects from ideation to execution and facilitating in-person and virtual meetings
Have a demonstrated track record of meeting deadlines and collaborating across teams
Be able to navigate ambiguity and problem solve independently
Understand key issues in K-12 education and high-performing charter schools
Educational Background and Preferred Experience
Bachelor’s degree required
At least 5 years of professional experience
Experience in institutional giving or fundraising in a high-performing organization, preferably in a major gift solicitation, strategic partnerships, or business development role
WORKING AT CSGF
We are focused on hiring and developing great people and believe that building diverse perspectives across our team make us more effective in expanding our impact. (This is reflected in Our Commitment to Diversity Statement.) Our core values are:
Results. We work relentlessly to create efficient, measurable, and sustainable results. We strive for excellence and pursue our mission tenaciously. Ideally, you thrive working in a self-directed manner in a fluid environment where flexibility and tenacity are required.
Entrepreneurship. We embrace calculated risks and new approaches. We have an entrepreneurial spirit that welcomes innovation, diversity of ideas, and risk. We rely on you to question conventional wisdom and think independently.
Integrity. We are truthful, fair, and trustworthy in all aspects of our work. We hold ourselves and our partners to the highest ethical standards. We trust you will too.
Respect. We appreciate the challenges faced by education entrepreneurs and recognize the limits of our own knowledge. We understand that our ultimate success depends on that of our partners. Your humility will be key to building trusted and authentic relationships.
Teamwork. We value each of our team members as individuals but believe that we achieve the greatest results by working together. We willingly sacrifice individual interests and recognition for greater collective impact. We hope having fun at work is important to you and that you are a team player.
Compensation is commensurate with experience and education. CSGF offers a very competitive compensation package and this position is eligible for a performance bonus. Work authorization required (candidate must have permanent authorization to work in the US).
LOCATION AND TRAVEL
We prefer candidates who can be based in a CSGF office in metro Denver or Chicago and are willing to travel 3-5x times per year.
CSGF seeks candidates who can start immediately but not later than spring 2020.
The Director of Development will operate as part of a highly collaborative, results-focused Investor Relations team that has a strong track record of attracting and retaining significant donors. He/she will engage both directly and indirectly with funders by providing thought partnership to CSGF leaders, crafting compelling and engaging materials, and managing or executing critical next steps. Reporting to the VP, Investor Relations, and working closely with the CSGF leadership, key responsibilities will include:
Growing and diversifying CSGF’s donor base:
Serving as a co-strategist and partner in cultivating and soliciting multi-million-dollar grants
Crafting clear and compelling messages that describe the organization’s unique strengths and aspirations, often through development of strong PowerPoint presentations
Conducting research on and directly engaging with prospective donors
Providing excellent support to the CSGF CEO in his role as a key fundraiser
Writing grant proposals that will range from one-page memos to complex, multi-part documents that require collaboration with multiple team members
Leading year-round engagement with a subset of donors:
Managing a portfolio of donor relationships, by planning and executing meaningful touchpoints and providing personalized information and experiences aligned with donors’ interests
Developing reports and PowerPoint presentations that are customized to individual donors’ interests
Serving as the chief planner for a small number of events and strategic communications with donors and board members
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