Nov 21, 2021

Director of Development

  • KIPP Texas
  • Dallas,TX
Full-time Special Education Support

Job Description

Company Description

ABOUT KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.

Job Description

The Opportunity
The Director of Development will work alongside the Chief Development Officer to ensure that all fundraising objectives are met. Responsibilities include successfully fundraising for the capital campaign, general operating, and special events across giving segments including individuals, foundations, corporations, and individual donors. The Director of Development will build and maintain relationships, internally and externally, to stay informed of the needs of KIPP Texas - Dallas as a whole and the individual schools specifically. The Director of Development - DFW will work closely with the Chief Development Officer to establish the strategies and targets for the Dallas region. This position furthers the mission of KIPP Texas - Dallas by delivering financial donations that provide funding to offset the region's annual operating deficit and position the organization for growth.
Key Responsibilities
The Director of Development will:
  • Work in partnership with the Chief Development Officer to develop the strategic fundraising plan for KIPP Texas - Dallas Fort Worth and create a diversified funding base to sustain KIPP Texas ongoing financial needs
  • Manage a portfolio of current donors & prospects and capture, document, and track all actions and next steps in the donor database
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new and lapsed Dallas donors for general operating, capital gifts, and the annual fundraising event
  • Promote KIPP Texas-Dallas Fort Worth through in-person, phone, and email conversations and seek out potential corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • Work in partnership with the Chief Development Officer to cultivate, solicit, and steward Dallas Regional Board Members and prospects
  • Prepare materials for Dallas Regional Board Meetings, and meetings with major donors
  • Develop and execute strategies to nurture a perpetually growing list of individual donors
  • Serve as representative of KIPP Texas to external Dallas funding community
  • Develop an understanding of each KIPP Texas - Dallas Fort Worth school's culture and personality to connect donors' missions to specific school initiatives and school programs
  • Manage and coach the Development Manager in Dallas
  • Connect the Development Team members with a variety of resources that will help them with KIPP Texas - Dallas Fort Worth fundraising
  • Participate as an active member of the Development Leadership Team and lend your knowledge and skills to enhance the overall strategy and effectiveness of KIPP Texas' fundraising efforts
  • Build and maintain internal relationships to develop knowledge of KIPP Dallas needs and priorities across functions
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Development Officer

Qualifications

Education
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • A proven track record of closing gifts of $100,000+
  • 5+ years of securing major gifts, leading a team, and delivering results
  • Experience with a variety of fundraising methods and techniques including direct mail campaigns, capital campaigns, and grant writing is preferable, but not required
  • Experience in the public education sector is a plus
  • Experience with prospective donor research
  • Knowledge of charter schools and the local philanthropic community
Skills
  • Strong record of engaging board members, and direct solicitation of major donors, including individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Experience working with non-profit or education organizations in a fiscal capacity
  • Comprehensive experience tracking development in relation to income projections and departmental budgets
  • Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have the ability to act in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication and facilitation skills
  • Personnel management experience
  • Evening and weekend hours required at certain times of the year
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, MailChimp, Raiser's Edge, and social media
  • Model positive and healthy character traits and habits, such as being organized, consistent, and understanding
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KIPP Texas mission

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits
In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas' competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.

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