The Director of Development works closely with the Superintendent to meet critical timelines, data benchmarks, and development tasks related to the organization’s fundraising plan. This position will have five key areas of responsibility and focus in order to ensure the organization is meeting our fundraising goals, following our ten-year fundraising plan, and ready for our next moves. The five focus areas include cultivation and stewardship of donors, tracking gifts and data analysis, grant writing and reporting, board engagement, and executing our comprehensive campaign.
Identifying and Cultivating Donors
Meet with prospective donors and successfully message the organization’s mission, needs, and data.
Plan and execute school tours, luncheons, and other cultivation events.
Plan and execute any ribbon cuttings or funder thank you events.
Plan and execute at least one large fundraising event annually
Tracking and Data Analysis
Identify and select a fundraising software to use for tracking and reporting purposes.
Receive training on software and train any additional staff members as needed.
Record all gifts, pledges, and contributions in accordance with CASE standards.
Conduct regular analysis of fundraising data.
Use our tracking system to improve our year over year engagement of donors.
Send correspondence, tax letters, and thank you letters to all donors.
Grant Writing and Reporting
Partner with the Superintendent to meet deadlines and reportings for national grants.
Write LOIs and grant applications for existing funders and potential prospects.
Maintain and update grant tracking.
Ensure all deadlines are met.
Update the Leadership Team and Board of Directors on grant applications, reporting, and spending.
Schedule and execute any school tours/visits needed for current funders and prospective foundations.
Work with the Board Chair to ensure the 10-year fundraising plan is on track.
Give regular updates to the Board Chair and Board of Directors regarding fundraising.
Work with the Board Chair to create any fundraising materials, pitch decks, or prepare for upcoming funder meetings.
Ensure 100% Board Member participation in annual giving.
Work with Board Members to identify additional ways they can support fundraising and potential donors in their networks.
Work with the Board Chair and Superintendent to raise at least 25 million in the next 10 years.
Work with the Board Chair and Superintendent to secure gifts and pledges.
Provide updates on the campaign to existing funders, Board of Directors, and to staff.
Engage Board Members, Staff, and families in the capital campaign.
Provide monthly progress to goal updates to both the Resource Development Committee and the Superintendent.
Bachelor’s required, master’s degree or CFRE preferred.
A minimum of three years of fundraising experience including experience leading a campaign of at least $1.5 million.
Expertise and experience with individual, foundation and corporate fundraising.
Experience with federal, state and/or private grant writing.
Experience with development software, Salesforce or Raiser's Edge/NXT is a plus.
Experience fundraising for K-12 is preferred.
Experience and knowledge of the Houston philanthropic community is preferred.
A demonstrable commitment to pursuing equity.