About Permian Basin
Permian Basin is a large region encompassing the majority of West Texas. When you think of the Permian Basin, think oil country, Friday Night Lights, sunny days, and gorgeous sunsets. The two major cities that IDEA Public Schools will serve are Midland and Odessa, located about 15 miles from each other and situated almost exactly halfway between El Paso and Fort Worth.
Though only 17% of residents have a college degree, the community is eager to innovate, partner, and transform the education system for the next generation of scholars. IDEA Public Schools is proud to launch in Permian Basin as a high-quality education opportunity for families, with a commitment to serve over 10,000 students at scale by launching 14 schools across Midland and Odessa.
Role Mission: The Regional Director of Development for the Permian Basin is charged with cultivating, navigating, and maintaining the external relationships for the fundraising needs to support regional growth and programming. The Director of Development – Permian Basin is responsible for meeting ambitious stewardship and board development goals. These goals are met through: a) best-in-class cultivation of key constituents in the Permian Basin region in order to recruit and onboard an engaged, diverse regional advisory board in partnership with the Permian Basin’s Executive Director; and b) targeted donor stewardship through a diverse portfolio of events, meetings and school tours.
This role will be supported by an advancement operations team charged with ensuring the appropriate infrastructure is in place to execute high caliber cultivations and stewardship operations across IDEA’s regions. Through the advancement operations team, the Director of Development will have events, data analysis, communications, and gift processing support. The Director of Development will report to the Vice President of Regional Development and sit on a team of fellow regional fundraisers who share best practices, collaborate and have fun together.
A masterful communicator and relationship builder, the Director of Development is passionate about educational equity in Permian Basin, and is a strategic planner and executer.
1. Steward regional donors to secure target fundraising goal in funding renewals to support the Permian Basin region by June 30, 2022.
- Lead stewardship with IDEA’s largest funders in the Permian Basin region
- Build relationships with local individuals, corporations and foundations to support IDEA Permian Basin
- Plan and lead regional tours, working with the development operations team and the regional schools’ teams to prepare for funder and prospect visits
2. Ensure 100% of board members give financially; and 100% of board members experience at least one programmatic touchpoint.
- Create individualized annual plans for each board member
- Manage all Permian Basin regional board correspondence, meeting schedules, agendas and presentations, working with Permian Basin Executive Director to plan a minimum of 3 regional board meetings a year with 90% attendance
- Partner with Executive Director to develop and execute recruitment strategy to recruit and onboard additional, qualified advisory board members
3. Meet or exceed regional event goals by June 30, 2022.
- In partnership with the Permian Basin Executive Director, develop an events strategy for the 2020-21 school year.
- Plan and lead at least one local fundraising (or “friendraising”) campaign (e.g. Giving Tuesday, holiday appeal, etc)
- Lead on strategy and planning for any donor-related events: meetings, luncheons, dinners, groundbreakings, etc.
- Prepare materials for and coordinate campus tours, working closely with school staff (leading logistics, ensuring constituent materials, internal and external, are best-in-class)
- Lead campus communication pertaining to school tours and relevant events
- Train student ambassador volunteers via ongoing curriculum and regional ambassador events
4. Build a sustainable coalition of Permian Basin donors with a strong belief in IDEA’s mission and willingness advocate on behalf of IDEA.
- Champion board and community partnerships for the region and provide appropriate level of detail, preparation, and context for the Executive Director to support cultivation and continued engagement.
- Set strategic goals around the number of new, lapsed and upgraded donors needed in FY21 and beyond to create a healthy, sustainable donor base long-term
5. We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:
- Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
- Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
- Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
- Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
- Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
- Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
- Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
- We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students
Knowledge and Skills:
- Ability to synthesize multiple facts, data points, and stories into compelling narrative explaining IDEA’s educational vision for the region to others
- Communication- ability to explain IDEA’s story, program, vision and accomplishments in the Permian Basin to a diverse group of constituents, prospects, and funders
- Superior writing ability and attention to detail
- Knowledge of the Permian Basin philanthropic landscape including various philanthropic organizations and business development organizations
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- 5 years of experience in a development, advocacy, fundraising, grant writing, grant management or similar role
- Proven track record of personally achieving success
- Belief in IDEA’s mission and an understanding of what it takes to achieve the goal of college for all children
- Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $96,000 and $119,000, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.