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Director of Development


The Writing Revolution - New York City, NY

About the Organization

The Writing Revolution (TWR) is a nonprofit organization supporting the adoption of proven strategies that enable students to improve their writing skills, elevate their critical thinking, and become better readers. By providing training, tools, resources, and feedback, we help teachers and leaders in underserved schools implement The Hochman Method, an evidence-based model for teaching writing in all subjects and grades. TWR believes every student deserves an education that is inclusive to mitigate the systemic inequities in education. In the U.S., only 27% of 12 th graders performed at grade level in writing—The Hochman Method has proven to be incredibly successful at retooling education in all subject areas by focusing on literacy, thereby addressing the national crisis in writing. Since its inception in 2014, TWR has trained more than 5,000 educators and reached over 150,000 students. Learn more about TWR at https://www.thewritingrevolution.org.

About the Position

TWR seeks an a passionate and achievement-oriented Director of Development to join its senior leadership team. The Director will be an integral member in leading TWR’s strategic development efforts. The primary responsibility of the Director of Development will be to manage all development activities to increase fundraising in order to advance the mission of TWR. The Director will oversee and implement TRW’s strategic development plan. The Director will build formal stewardship structures and processes, evaluate key metrics, and expand development initiatives to identify new donors and upgrade current donors. The Director will personally oversee a portfolio of major donors and manage a Development Associate. The Director will work closely with the CEO to meet with and cultivate relationships with current and potential major donors.

A successful candidate will embody a strong vision for a healthy fundraising culture, be able to effectively utilize fundraising tools and metrics to drive strategy, and take initiative to implement new programs while managing a number of deadlines and projects. The Director will possess exceptional communication skills, have interpersonal maturity, and have demonstrated success with major donor cultivation and solicitation. TWR values professionalism, independence and collaboration, and is inspired by the opportunity to build a national model with limitless potential to prepare students for college and the workplace.

This full-time position requires up to 30% travel in and around New York City as well as nationally for in-person meetings with major and prospective donors, and to represent TWR at relevant events and conferences. The Director will be based out of TWR’s office in NYC and report directly to the CEO and regularly present to the board. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes a full benefits and relocation package.

Primary Responsibilities

The Director of Development’s primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Execute TWR’s strategic development plan and coordinate systems and processes for fundraising efforts
  • Train and manage Development Associate
  • Oversee development messaging and communications
  • Oversee all major donors, including a personal caseload
  • Manage TWR’s foundation outreach program which includes foundation prospecting, sending grant proposals, managing grant reporting and meeting all necessary deadlines
  • Identify prospective donors, foundations, and partnerships
  • Build and maintain comprehensive grants calendar
  • Ensure accurate recording of calls, emails, meetings, notes, and gifts
  • Implement and oversee key department performance metrics
  • Evaluate the departmental performance quarterly to identify areas and methods for growth
  • Work collaboratively with the program team to strengthen messaging with donors
  • Represent TWR in the community
  • Support the CEO in fundraising efforts, as needed

Key Qualifications

5+ years of relevant fundraising and nonprofit experience is required, including experience directly cultivating a caseload of donors, and, preferably, have proven track record of raising $300,000+ annually.

  • Demonstrate close personal alignment with TWR’s principles
  • Possess strong ability to communicate the mission and build personal relationships with prospective and current major donors
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication
  • Reflect strong interpersonal maturity
  • Be proficient in analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to manage projects, deadlines, and remain highly organized and attentive to details
  • Ability to take initiative to drive collaboration and decision making
  • Have achievement-oriented personality
  • Possess proficiency in Salesforce or a comparable fundraising database
  • Have exceptional follow through and commitment to quality
  • Able to travel up to 30%, around New York City and nationally

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