Director, Development

5 - 7 years experience  •  Education.

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/16/17
5 - 7 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/16/17

Primary Responsibilities
Development and Fundraising Strategy and Execution(90%)

  • Craft, execute and evaluate strategy to achieve the region’s funding goals annually, with a long-term view towards enduring regional sustainability and impact in collaboration with the regional leadership team.
  • Oversee all aspects of cultivation and stewardship for a portfolio of current, lapsed, and new individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects.
  • Significantly grow the base of corporate and foundation donors, identifying and securing at least $3 million in new support over the next 3 years.
  • Identify prospective board members
  • Manage direct report(s) towards achieving their goals, with an emphasis on strong coaching, development, and cultural leadership.
  • Collaborate with broader regional team to maintain a fresh narrative of regional impact, which includes obtaining and maintaining timely data on regional initiatives.
  • Oversee and execute multiple development related events of various scales.
  • Regularly assess and report on team wide progress to goals, identify what is driving and impeding progress, and developing solutions to address gaps and adjust course as necessary.
  • Ensure adherence to all grant and funding requirements as well as maintenance of regional fundraising collateral, including but not limited to producing proposals, reports, and marketing materials.

Ongoing Regional Responsibilities(10%)

  • Participate in and support various regional efforts, including some nights and weekends, to support corps members and alumni development.
  • Support efforts that impact corps members and alumni across the continuum including but not limited to corps member selection, newsletters, various alumni campaigns, ongoing AmeriCorps data collection and tracking, etc.
  • Serve as an “all hands on deck” team member willing to support the region in various ways as needs and opportunities arise, which embodies the spirit of  the TFA-Detroit regional team.

Prior Experience

  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience managing donor relationships in a non-profit setting


  • Deep love and commitment to Teach For America-Detroit and the larger education reform efforts happening throughout the community.
  • Critical thinker who enjoys spending significant time solving problems and developing opportunities with an uncommon level of personal responsibility, exceptional goal orientation, and a proven track record of success.
  • Exceptional relationship builder across diverse constituencies with 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.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce (preferred), Excel, and PowerPoint required.

Work Demands

  • Some weekend and evening work required
  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
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