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Managing Director, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships
New York, NY
The quality of public education in the United States has reached a crisis point. Our nation lags behind nearly every other industrialized nation in both student achievement and educational equality. Millions of our children are condemned to failing schools doomed to perpetuate a cycle of poverty that has trapped families for generations. In New York City, the magnitude of this crisis is heartbreaking. Hundreds of thousands of black and Hispanic students, attending largely segregated and unequal schools, are woefully underserved: only 24 percent are at grade level in math, and only 29 percent are proficient in reading.
Success Academy was launched in 2006 to tackle this crisis in New York City and beyond. The organization set out to reinvent public schools, with scaling as its watchword and educational excellence as its north star. Over the past 12 years, Success Academy has found bold new ways to structure, implement, and support schooling. The resulting K-12 school design, now tested and scaled across nearly 50 campuses, is profoundly innovative and extraordinarily effective. Success Academy is reimagining public education.
Success Academy's mission does not stop in New York. Success Academy wants all children to have access to the life-transforming opportunities of a great education. To power reform across the national landscape, the organization has launched the Success Academy Education Institute (Ed Institute), which shares Success Academy's rigorous curriculum, effective training model, and proven management practices with educators across the country. The Ed Institute encompasses a robust digital platform that provides free, open access to Success Academy's curriculum and school design, and a state-of-the-art training facility and lab school that hosts workshops, conferences, and networking events. It introduces an unprecedented resource for new ways of thinking about schooling, and for planning, managing, and executing the work of education.
Over the past decade, Success Academy has grown faster than any charter network in the nation, building a vibrant network of elementary, middle, and high schools. Success Academy's 15,500 children – mostly poor and minority – are out-performing students at top city and suburban schools across New York State. Success Academy's goals for its second decade are even more ambitious: to grow to 100 schools and to educate 50,000 children across New York City in a uniquely holistic K-12 system. At 100 schools, Success Academy will be one of the larger school districts in the country – on par with Atlanta or Boston – ensuring that the charter sector is large enough in New York that it cannot be turned back.
Amid this positive environment, replete with visionary leadership, financial stability, undeniable educational and social impact, dedicated board membership, and entrepreneurial, forward-driving momentum, Success Academy seeks an ambitious Managing Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships to join its deadline-driven development team. Reporting to the Senior Managing Director of Advancement, the Managing Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships (Managing Director) will lead a team to advance relationships with current and prospective corporate and foundation partners through a proactive process of identifying, cultivating, and managing all aspects of expanding philanthropic and other support. The Managing Director focuses primarily on large fundraising opportunities (six to eight figures) and seeks to understand the needs and philanthropic and civic priorities of the prospective/current institutional partners and align them with the priorities of Success Academy. Applying a team approach, the Managing Director engages senior administrators, educators, trustees, and donors, as appropriate, to deepen strong, lasting, institutional partnerships with Success Academy. The Managing Director must be a proactive, creative thinker who will identify ways to take the Corporate and Foundation Partnerships department to the next level of achievement.
Required qualifications and experience:
- Passion for addressing educational disparities and advancing academic achievement for all children
- Bachelor's degree, 7+ years of relevant experience, 3+ years of supervisory experience
- Track record in corporate and foundation grant writing and donor services
- Eager to work in an entrepreneurial nonprofit setting
- Commitment to managing, leading, and developing direct reports
- Strength in developing case statements and strategic plans to meet goals and objectives
- Experience working with senior staff and engaging various groups and constituents
- Ability to strategically move institutions across the spectrum of prospect development
- History of securing six and seven-figure grants or gifts, as well as sponsorships at various levels
- Experience engaging board leaders in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors
- Ability to analyze data to advance prospect strategy and create strategic plans
Success Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Success Academy offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.
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