Dec 04, 2019

Manager of Advancement

  • Good Reason Houston
  • Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Business Development Development and Fundraising Other

Job Description


Good Reason Houston is seeking a Manager of Advancement who is results-oriented, passionate about fundraising, and excited about working in a start-up environment to improve education for all children across Houston.  The Manager of Advancement will be a key member of the Advancement team, helping ensure Good Reason Houston is thoughtfully cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding funders to reach ambitious organizational goals.


Good Reason Houston’s vision is that every child, in every neighborhood, excels in a world-class public school and thrives in the Houston of tomorrow. To grow more great schools in every neighborhood in Houston, the organization focuses on four key strategic levers:

  • Driving System Innovation
  • Developing Game-changing Educators
  • Advancing Equitable Access
  • Engaging the Community


As the Manager of Advancement, you will be responsible for the implementation and management of systems and processes related to donor management to ensure that we meet our goals, as well as creating strategic donor cultivation and stewardship materials.  This will include assisting in aggregating and organizing narratives, data and metrics for complex programs and investments; and developing data reports on donor information.  You will be charged with drafting high-quality proposals, reports and other communications to donors and prospects. 

This position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and will play a key role in ensuring that Good Reason Houston realizes its vision that every child, in every neighborhood, excels in a world-class public school and thrives in the Houston of tomorrow.


Passionate about Relationship Building : You have a passion for building relationships and are an excellent communicator.  You will work to understand donor prospect motivations and find ways that their interests and priorities align with our financial needs.

Driven by Data and Research: You like research. You enjoy digging into a prospect’s giving tendencies, and you are great at looking for opportunities and uncovering new prospects.  You are obsessed with donor data and reporting on progress.

Organized and Detail-Oriented: You are extremely organized and exceptional at managing many details at once.  You create detailed calendars with proposal timelines, stewardship activities, and close dates. You implement a moves management system for each donor and use it to triage and make strategic decisions.  No prospect or donor is left behind.


Donor Cultivation and Stewardship Support

  • Provide strategic support for meeting preparation, including monitoring and anticipating needs, coordinating with program partners and drafting prep materials
  • Draft high-quality donor communications that meet cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship objectives, including proposals, letters, follow-up correspondence, updates, acknowledgments, reports, and other materials as necessary
  • Work across Program and Strategy & Investment teams to develop narratives, data and metrics for complex gift proposals
  • Develop program and donor knowledge and context to effectively strategize donor communications.

Donor and Database Management

  • Implement and manage effective gift-processing system to ensure team’s ability to track progress to goal, coordinating with finance team as necessary
  • Manage donor database, ensuring donor records are accurate, uploading appropriate documentation and tracking moves management
  • Conduct prospect research and remain apprised of local philanthropy news by reading local papers, journals, society pages, etc.
  • Assist team in managing and regularly improving team-wide policies, procedures and systems to increase efficiency and improve collaboration and communication.

Donor Engagement

  • Support the development and execution of grassroots fundraising campaigns, including online and peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Provide support for event execution and donor experience for all Good Reason Houston events
  • Other duties as assigned, as the organization’s fundraising program grows


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum 3-5 years professional work experience required, with nonprofit fundraising experience highly preferred
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Experience using donor database, such as eTapestry, Blackbaud, Salesforce, etc., highly preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills, with a demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles and ambiguity
  • Exceptional writing and communications skills with experience writing in a professional setting
  • A data and research orientation – including a curiosity and urgency around data collection and analysis
  • Experience managing multiple projects and ability to manage teammates, volunteers, and stakeholders on short-term projects
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in changing environment
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Passion about the mission, vision, and goals of Good Reason Houston and how this position contributes to the organization’s success

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