Urban Teachers is at a pivotal point in its maturation. Last year, Urban Teachers made significant investments in its programmatic and administrative infrastructure to prepare for, and operationalize, deeper partnerships in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Dallas-Fort Worth and other cities.
About Urban Teachers
More than a half-century after Brown v. Board of Education, American schools remain profoundly unequal. High school and college graduation rates are distinctly lower for Latinx and black students than their white peers. In addition, Latinx and black children are much more likely to attend a school where most of the students come from predominantly poor families.
At Urban Teachers, we believe that every child deserves a great teacher, every day, regardless of where they live. We further believe that great teachers are key to combating racial and socio-economic inequality. Unfortunately, however, urban students often receive instruction from the least effective and least experienced teachers. Because many new teachers arrive at these schools with little preparation or support, they are unable to deal with challenges and leave the classroom before reaching their potential. High teacher turnover negatively impacts student learning outcomes and creates school instability.
At the heart of Urban Teachers is the need to redesign teacher preparation in order to build a highly effective urban teacher workforce that provides students with skills and knowledge needed for their future success. By producing a pipeline of gap-closing teachers who stay in the profession and are committed to the communities they serve, students receive the quality education they deserve.
As Urban Teachers continues to grow, it is critical to invest in development infrastructure to address both current and future philanthropic activity. To meet revenue targets nationally, and in each city in which Urban Teachers operates, an expanded development team is necessary.
This exciting stage in Urban Teachers' trajectory provides a highly specialized, entrepreneurial opportunity for a dynamic leader to join an exceptional team as Urban Teachers' Chief Development Officer (CDO). The CDO will help achieve strategic organizational goals during Urban Teachers' next period of growth. Specifically, the CDO will shape and significantly enhance Urban Teachers' fundraising strategy, build development and external relations infrastructure, and seize near- and long-term opportunities for expanding revenue and organizational visibility, ultimately creating a foundation for long-term financial sustainability.
Strategic Leadership & Management
Reports to the CEO and serves as a member of the Executive and Leadership Teams; leads the overall development and advancement efforts for Urban Teachers.
Creates a strategic development plan for identifying and expanding new and existing revenue sources to support organizational goals.
Works with CEO, CAO and CFO to establish performance measures and monitor results, predict future opportunities for growth, and monitor/manage revenue risk.
Attends Finance Committee and full Board meetings to report on progress against agreed-upon goals and metrics, and to discuss development strategies for new and current donor prospects.
Staffs Board Governance Committee in board development role.
Serves on Communications and Marketing committee to implement development strategies, tactics, and messaging.
Participates in organization-wide strategic planning efforts.
Builds and leads development team of development officers in three regional sites and a grant writer.
Creates and manages Development budget.
Development and Relationship Building
Builds and sustains a successful philanthropic culture at Urban Teachers.
Oversees national and regional site development directors; advises and oversees fundraising strategy development for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of current and future donors and for end-of-year campaign, including Giving Tuesday.
Oversees grant manager regarding development operations, including prospect research, proposal development, grant reporting, gift management systems and reports, monitoring of contributed revenues against goals, etc.
Manages portfolio of nearly 100 current and potential donors capable of six-figure and larger national foundation grants; requires relationship building, cultivation, and stewardship of foundation program officers and executives.
Oversees process to secure renewed AmeriCorps funding (serves as liaison to AmeriCorps program officer), including application and report preparation.
Works with Marketing on organizational branding and messaging — including overall strategy as well as specific tactics such as e-newsletter
Works with Marketing, Communications and Digital Communications on development of new materials and presentations that create a compelling case for financial support from corporations, foundations, individuals and government sources
Fosters collaboration between the Development team and other teams at Urban Teachers, including Finance, Program Evaluation, Recruitment, Curriculum and Professional Development.
Leads and drives the identification, initiation, and development of strategic partnerships to further Urban Teachers' mission and cultivate the brand, particularly among potential corporate partners.
Urban Teachers has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Stephen Milbauer. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.
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