Dec 16, 2019

Director of Development - East

  • National Math and Science Initiative, Inc.
  • Remote (Chicago, IL, USA)
Full-Time Remote/Virtual Development and Fundraising Remote/Virtual Role

Job Description

What will you do all day?

At NMSI, our people mean everything to us; they are the lifeblood of the organization. NMSI is looking for a Director of Development, Growth to drive forward development plans that support the multi-region growth plans of NMSI’s programs. You will support the Vice President, Growth in implementing short- and long- range strategies to fund NMSI’s strategic plans and priorities. 

What are the details?

Located in central or eastern United States, the Director of Development reports to the Vice President, Growth and will be responsible for managing a Senior Manager of Development and Grants, a Manager of Development and Individual Giving, and a Manager of Development. As Director, you will be responsible for identifying funding opportunities— private philanthropy, corporate partners, government agencies/grants, and high net worth individual givers—to support NMSI’s core programs; College Readiness Program, Laying the Foundation, Teacher Pathways (UTeach) and strategic initiatives tied to our five-year strategic plan (NMSI Next). You will develop, champion and implement a regional development plan for Georgia and New York (Metro) area, as well as opportunistic geographic locations east of the Mississippi River.  You will lead a sophisticated fundraising operation while managing and coaching a diverse team to set the short- and long-term fundraising vision and direction for the region. As part of this, you will:

  • Track and assess team-wide progress to goals and maintain strong operational systems for efficient and effective team execution
  • Liaise and align funding opportunities in conjunction with NMSI colleagues leading school district cultivation efforts
  • Manage and increase a donor pipeline to increase awareness and understanding NMSI programs, as well as solicit renewed and upgraded gifts from existing donors
  • Quickly build strong, dynamic partnerships with key stakeholders within the STEM community and beyond

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Grow a major gifts program via identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors
  • Oversee federal and state grant seeking, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
  • Meet prospective donors and supporters of NMSI on a continual basis to establish a robust fundraising pipeline
  • Develop compelling and effective pitches, proposals, fundraising campaigns and tactical plans to reach various donor segments, including private philanthropy, corporate partners, government agencies/grants, and high net worth individual givers
  • Establish and maintain a major gift prospect list for the region
  • Support programmatic funding for UTeach, Fine Arts, and Strategic Initiatives
  • Strategize and facilitate fundraising special events
  • Supervise and collaborate with other Growth fundraising and school cultivation staff (and outside consultants)
  • Represent Growth as a fundraising leader within NMSI on cross-functional teams
  • Coordinate the creation of publications and materials that support fundraising activities
  • Supervise a regional gift recognition program
  • Other duties as assigned

What are we looking for?

  • Who you are. You are a bright, imaginative and capable fundraiser with a passion for reaching ambitious goals
  • Education & Experience. You have a bachelor’s degree with five or more years of fundraising experience such as private foundations, corporate partners, high-net worth individuals, and unrestricted gifts. Prior knowledge of Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred.
  • Industry Expert. You possess strong fundraising knowledge.
  • Analytical and Strategic Thinker. You have an analytical approach with a strong ability to think creatively. You think analytically, prioritize tasks and develop processes that monitor progress and performance. You rely on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Connected. You’re hyper-aware of philanthropic trends in STEM and education spaces. You have strong relationships with charitable leaders.
  • Entrepreneurial. You live for the hustle that’s required to forge new paths. You collaborate well with others to make things happen. You work best when you have lots to do with multiple competing priorities. 
  • Relationship Builder. You have a knack for building relationships quickly and inspiring those around you. A room full of strangers doesn’t make you nervous.
  • Organized & Productive. You possess strong organizational skills while working in a fast-paced environment. You can work on multiple projects with multiple deadlines.
  • Inclusive. You can work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or job type—or any other factor that makes us unique!

Want to learn more?

The National Math and Science Initiative is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in today’s classrooms and ensuring that all students have the knowledge and skills to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century. Founded in 2007, NMSI began by dramatically improving student participation and success in rigorous Advanced Placement math, science and English courses in 85 courses across seven states. Today, NMSI has scaled its proven program to serve more than 1.5 million students, 50,000 teachers, 1,000 high schools and 45 universities across 40 states, and is having a demonstrable and lasting impact on student outcomes.

NMSI Next, our five-year strategic plan, deepens our commitment to transform our current programs. In doing so, we will also launch a bold approach to partnering with school systems that drive outcomes not only at the student and school system levels but also at the regional and national levels. NMSI Next is anchored on the concept that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts and that our teamwork and program work go hand in hand.  Additionally, we believe that our impact on the school system, regional, and national levels will reinforce itself to ensure population-level outcomes.

We believe STEM education is the greatest lever to accessing opportunity and is unmatched in unlocking student potential. Specifically, NMSI Next will implement the following strategic levers so that all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem solvers and lifelong learners, pursue their passions and tackle the world’s toughest challenges.

  • Catalyze bold thinking and enduring solutions for all students nationally
  • Collaborate with regional stakeholders to drive sustainable changes
  • Provide school systems a world-class K-12 solution set
  • Build a strong, sustainable, and nimble organization positioning us to deliver exponential impact

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities.   Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NMSI complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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