Job Opening: Director of Development and Outreach at Gateway Public Schools
Gateway Public Schools seeks a creative, experienced and energetic fundraising professional to join the school community as its Director of Development and Outreach. The Director will develop, implement and lead all aspects of a comprehensive development program that currently raises $1.6MM annually in support of strategic initiatives and school operations. Employing a multi-channel approach, the new director will develop innovative strategies for the identification, cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of individual and institutional donors.
Gateway's Director of Development and Outreach leads the planning, management and implementation of all major fundraising efforts for Gateway Public Schools and works in partnership with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees to help drive strategic advancement of the organization. The Director is part of Gateway's senior leadership team, and serves as an important representative with constituents and the greater community.
Major Job Functions:
Working with Gateway’s leadership, the Development Department, and the Development Committee, develop and implement annual fundraising goals and strategies. These goals and strategies will include the following:
o Major Gifts: Lead and implement major gifts program through the entire cycle of development. Serve as a key contact and liaison for Gateway’s major donors and oversee their ongoing cultivation and engagement by members of our community.
o New Donor Cultivation: Lead cultivation efforts (identification, research, and strategies) to connect new donors to Gateway and expand Gateway’s donor base.
o Fundraising Events: Administer, manage, and direct all development related events including the annual fundraising luncheon Matters of the Mind and additional events as determined during the year including oversight of event budgets.
o Foundation and Corporate Grants: Identify, research and write grant proposals to secure foundation, corporation, and public funding. Provide follow-up reports as required.
o Family and Alumni Annual Fund: Lead Gateway’s efforts to initiate and establish sustained relationships and annual giving opportunities for families and alumnae.
Growth campaigns: Working closely with Gateway’s leadership, help develop strategy, materials and game plan for growth campaigns. Gateway is in the midst of a multiyear major donor campaign intended to strengthen existing programs and grow Gateway’s impact on public education.
Management: Manage Gateway’s Development Team, Gateway’s Development Committee, and Gateway’s Campaign Committee, providing leadership, clear objectives and a strong sense of teamwork and opportunity.
Outreach: Oversee production of all fundraising, marketing, solicitation, and communication materials in coordination with the Director of Communications. Oversee community outreach and p.r. efforts including press relations, government relations, community events, etc.
Database and reporting: Oversee the preparation of reports and analysis and the management of Salesforce and gift processing. Provide timely, data driven reports to Executive Director and the Board and Development Committee.
Board Relations: Attend monthly Board of Trustee meetings as staff, and report at the request of the Executive Director. Work closely with Gateway’s Development Chair and Development Committee to encourage and support a culture of stewardship amongst our Trustees.
Desired Skills and Experience:
Development/Fundraising Experience: Proven success and extensive experience (7+ years) in development for a large nonprofit. Track record of achievement with major gifts, capital campaigns and multi-channel fundraising from individual and instituional funders.
Leadership: Demonstrated leadership, relationship management, and team building skills including experience managing a professional development team. Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects and events, including tracking and reporting on progress.
Entrepreneurial Spirit and Innovative Thinking: Ambitious about social impact and social change. Knowledgeable of innovative fundraising practices and avenues. Creative and strategic thinker who takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones. Positive, “can-do” attitude.
Communication Skills: Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including ability to passionately communicate Gateway’s mission and vision to various constituents. Excellent written communication, research and organizational skills, including grant writing and reporting. Skilled at establishing strong relationships across different levels of the organization and externally.
Technology: Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Salesforce and prospect databases, etc.
Please submit a cover letter specifically explaining your interest in the work we do at Gateway Public Schools and why you are a great fit for this position, as well as a resume, and letters of recommendation and/or references to the following:
Gateway Public Schools is a public, charter school organization located in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. Gateway High School was founded fifteen years ago by a group of parents to provide a college preparatory education to a diverse community of learners. Building on the success of the high school, in 2011Gateway launched Gateway Middle School. Today, both schools are fully e...nrolled with 775 students. Students are enrolled via lottery and annually 96% -100% of students graduate from Gateway High School and attend colleges around the country.
In addition to providing high quality public education to our students, we seek to accomplish two important broader goals:
1) By ensuring that each of our students (more than 75% of whom are students of color, more than 40% are first-generation college-bound, and more than 25% have diagnosed learning disabilities) has postsecondary opportunities, we hope to help change the demographics of the college-bound population in San Francisco;
2) By serving as model public schools, we hope to demonstrate that public education can and does work for diverse learners, share our best practices, and, as such, serve as a change agent within the public sphere.