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Teaching Trust
Dallas, Texas

Category: Development officer
Field of Interest: Education

Job Description:

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Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Managing Director of Development to lead all fundraising initiatives for the organization. This position reports to the Chief External Officer and is available for immediate hire.

What You’ll Take On

The Managing Director of Development will partner with the Chief External Officer to establish the vision, goals, priorities, and plans that will form Teaching Trust's multi-year revenue generation strategy, fueling our growth and expansion across the state of Texas. In this role, you will lead, manage, and grow your development team to deliver on these ambitious development goals that ensure the long-term financial health of our organization.

The Managing Director of Development will provide strategic direction and support for all fund development efforts including (but not limited to):

  • Build and manage productive relationships with prospects and donors through visits, correspondence, and regular communication

  • Craft strategies to engage a more racially and ethnically diverse individual donor base that better reflects the rich diversity of our school communities

  • Manage relationships with a growing network of institutional investors and develop a systematic grant-writing and reporting process

  • Establish cooperative working relationships with other frontline fundraisers within the region and across the country, sharing best practices

  • Partner regularly with key internal stakeholders including program and learning team pods

  • Ensure team keeps accurate and up-to-date records of regional activity in Salesforce

  • Regularly participate in the creation of necessary materials to inform the Board of Directors of ongoing regional development activity, successes, and needed resources

  • Work with Director of Development to formulate strategy to strengthen relationships with local and statewide business community and grow organizational revenues

Additionally, in FY20 (ending June 30, 2020) you will:

  • Drive team toward execution of a FY20 plan to generate $3MM in private revenue, placing special emphasis on the development of a corporate engagement strategy and diversification of individual donor base to deepen our existing  and new supporters’ connection to and investment in our work in North Texas.

  • Establish strong rapport with development team and learn their strengths and areas of development to create trusting manager-direct report relationships and formulate development plans that effectively leverage your team’s skill sets.

  • Craft a strengthened FY21 development plan that leverages lessons learned from current year

What You’ll Bring

We are looking for someone who is excited to use their development expertise to help organizations amplify their impact to achieve educational equity.  

  • You motivate and influence others: Your keen understanding of the motivations and barriers of various leaders has enabled you to inspire others to make asks on your behalf and become powerful advocates for your cause.

  • You lead with stewardship. You understand, embrace and act in a collaborative and donor centric matter. You manage experiences that lead donors to want to know more about the organization.

  • You love to develop people and teams to get the best results. You are focused on being a great manager and creating a great environment for the Development team to grow, learn, and thrive.

  • You have a proven track record of results leading a strong development function. You lead your teams to ambitious outcomes, time and time again. You have built, tested, and refined a toolkit of messages, data, and strategies you can leverage to reach your ambitious fundraising goals.

  • You are strategic.  You balance meeting short-term needs with our long-term vision for achieving impact. You prioritize so that “what matters most right now”  happens and doesn’t get crowded by the “urgent but not important” work.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • 5-7 years of experience professional fundraising and development with demonstrated experience expanding and cultivating an existing donor base over time.

  • Experience leading a team of direct reports toward achievement of ambitious development goals.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, demonstrating resilience and a growth mindset

  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to influence, collaborate, and build trusting relationships to drive results

  • High level of comfort taking and implementing frequent feedback to improve the work

  • Ability to work well with people with a very wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics; must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style

  • Passion to work at an organization focused on ameliorating educational inequity

  • Strong desire and ability to innovate and adopt new approaches to achieve results

  • Exceptionally strong project management and time management skills

  • Authorization to work in the United States required

Additionally, alignment with our core values is essential for the success of any candidate:

  • Educational Equity: We prioritize work based on its impact in eliminating the achievement gap.

  • Disciplined Behavior: We are unapologetically results and competencies driven.

  • Courage and Resilience: We take risks, rebound and persevere.

  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: We own our outcomes and act with urgency.

  • Reflection and Growth: We seek feedback and modify behavior to achieve results.

Who We Are

Teaching Trust is a nonprofit organization grounded in the conviction that school leadership is the single largest lever to improve public education. We develop strategic, visionary leaders at multiple levels within schools and school systems to engage and lead accountable, collaborative teams. These teams in turn ensure schools have high quality teaching and learning and aspirational cultures, which are necessary to provide an education that eliminates the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color.

We work in the following ways to provide education opportunities that eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities and give our students choice for their life path:

  • We train, develop, and support school teams to grow leadership capacity

  • We collaborate with partners to transform principal preparation programs

  • We build a community of educators through our work

  • We influence the practices of the school systems with which we partner

What We Offer

Teaching Trust offers a salary of $105,000 annually for this role. In 2018, Teaching Trust implemented a new approach to our compensation philosophy. We are deeply committed to being an organization that not only talks the talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion but also walks the DEI walk. Equity, in particular, shows up in many ways - but is often most palatable in the practices and policies an organization pursues. We believe our approach to compensation is one way to demonstrate our commitment to equity. Our staff all have salaries that are aligned by level and tenure with the organization in order to achieve compensation equity. The salary for this role reflects that philosophy.

We also offer a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision plans. Other benefits include disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, a generous vacation and holiday schedule, and a Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching. Teaching Trust also offers a one-time moving stipend to new hires who are relocating for the role.

Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Teaching Trust evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.