Senior Director, Development

The Position

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the charter school movement, seeks an extremely knowledgeable, determined, and organized Development professional to craft and implement strategies for raising funds to meet annual and multi-year goals. S/he will define and execute a fundraising strategy that will identify new sources of funding including individual and corporate donors. S/he will also support relationships with existing donors while helping to cultivate donor prospects. The Senior Director for Development will report directly to the CEO.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Serve as the principal development officer and oversee fundraising programs
  • Create and implement a comprehensive development strategy aimed at securing a robust database of high net worth individuals and corporate sponsors
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts from foundations, individuals, and corporations
  • Collaborate with CEO and executive team to ensure cultivation opportunities are aligned with travel and events
  • Ensure that CEO and executive team is well-prepared to leverage cultivation opportunities
  • Assist in developing cultivation strategies for board members
  • Drive grant application strategy and draft grant proposals, along with ensuring complete compliance and reporting
  • Oversee donation data entry and gift processing
  • Determine viability of direct mail and online campaigns
  • Draft fundraising collateral for all campaigns
  • Prepare detailed fundraising progress reports and analyses of funding strategies
  • Participate in the development of annual revenue projections
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of five years of professional fundraising experience
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, particularly related to proposal development (writing samples are required for consideration)
  • Ability to quickly analyze complex program and policy concepts and translate them into fundraising opportunities
  • High degree of initiative and independent thinking
  • Ability to work in a team and under tight deadlines with a problem solving spirit
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Foundation Search technology, and web-based research
  • Designation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) a plus
  • Knowledge of the education reform sector a plus

Organization Overview: The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools believes that all families deserve high-quality public school options. Charter schools are independent public schools providing families with a new set of public school options. Each of these schools is developed to be a partnership between parents, teachers, and students.

Increasingly, when given the option, parents are choosing to enroll their children in charter schools. In fact, the demand for charter schools is far outpacing the supply in most communities. What began as a small movement in a few states has grown to become a major force in education reform across the country. Through advocacy, research, and promotion, the National Alliance works to grow the number of high-quality charter schools available to all families, especially those who do not have access to high-quality public schools.

To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter (please include where you found this listing), writing sample, and salary requirements to

Position is open immediately. Closing date: open until filled

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse and multicultural work environment. NAPCS welcomes applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or any other category protected by law.