Mar 04, 2019

Director of Development

$75,000 - $80,000 yearly
  • Teaching Trust
  • Dallas, TX, USA
Full-time Development and Fundraising Education

Job Description

The Director of Development will advise and execute on a multi-year fundraising strategy that enables the growth of Teaching Trust’s presence in North Texas public schools and across the state. He or she will take a leadership role in meeting with funders and designing stewardship and renewal strategies to ensure ongoing engagement and investment our work.

What You’ll Take On

The Director of Development will design and execute on strategies that effectively communicate our story and impact, and secure revenue to ensure financial health including (but not limited to):

  • Developing an outreach plan to cultivate relationships with business community and source potential corporate giving leads
  • Submitting grant proposals in support of corporate fundraising leads
  • Preparing Managing Director of Development and External Officer for donor meetings
  • Managing and assisting senior leadership staff in major and principal gift solicitations
  • Executing fundraising events needed to meet revenue targets
  • Ensure the timely and accurate creation and distribution of updates to donors and briefings to senior leadership; oversee the creation of highly personalized proposals for top prospects
  • Build and manage productive relationships with prospects and donors through visits, correspondence, and regular communication
  • Working with Development Manager to ensure updated records for donor prospects in Salesforce

Additionally, in FY20 (ending June 30, 2020) you will source potential corporate and individual donors by:

  • Sourcing potential corporate donors and acting on existing leads by
    • Reviewing, adapting and growing cultivation plan targeting North Texas to meet fundraising goals
    • Actively cultivating fundraising prospects  in the business community and a broader set of racially and ethnically diverse individual donors that reflect the rich diversity of our school communities
    • Building on initial plan to identify organizational resources to assist in ongoing cultivation of a widening universe of donors,  and
    • Soliciting 1/3 of your prospect list
  • Mapping relationships between donor prospects and Teaching Trust board members, staff leadership and influencers to advise successful outreach strategies
  • Driving development of grant proposals for all new revenue opportunities from the corporate sector

What You’ll Bring

We are looking for someone who is excited to use their development expertise to help organizations amplify their impact to achieve educational equity.  

  • You have demonstrated experience exceeding fundraising goals. You have delivered on strategic and creative development strategies that have helped grow organizational budgets year after year.
  • You are a story-teller: You tap into both heart and mind to leverage the most compelling parts of our story and impact to create excitement around our work.
  • You lead with stewardship. You are keenly focused on systematic yet differentiated communications with donors to keep them apprised of our growth and development and look for opportunities to engage them.
  • You work ambitiously and thoughtfully to close the deal. You don’t fear ‘the ask’ and are driven to solidify values aligned partnerships that create conditions for increased organizational reach and impact.
  • You are fiercely passionate about educational equity. Your personal values drive you to be courageous in conversations, inclusive, and ambitious in driving initiatives that support closing the opportunity gap for students in low-income communities and students of color.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • 5-7 years of professional fundraising experience in which revenue targets were met or exceeded
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, demonstrating resilience and a growth mindset
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with ability to influence, collaborate, and build trusting relationships to drive results
  • High level of comfort taking and implementing frequent feedback to improve the work
  • Ability to work well with people with a very wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics; must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style
  • Passion to work at an organization focused on ameliorating educational inequity
  • Strong desire and ability to innovate and adopt new approaches to achieve results
  • Exceptionally strong project management and time management skills
  • Authorization to work in the United States required

Additionally, alignment with our core values is essential for the success of any candidate:

  • Educational Equity: We prioritize work based on its impact in eliminating the achievement gap.
  • Disciplined Behavior: We are unapologetically results and competencies driven.
  • Courage and Resilience: We take risks, rebound and persevere.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: We own our outcomes and act with urgency.
  • Reflection and Growth: We seek feedback and modify behavior to achieve results.


Who We Are

Teaching Trust is a nonprofit organization grounded in the conviction that school leadership is the single largest lever to improve public education. We develop strategic, visionary leaders at multiple levels within schools and school systems to engage and lead accountable, collaborative teams. These teams in turn ensure schools have high quality teaching and learning and aspirational cultures, which are necessary to provide an education that eliminates the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color.

We work in the following ways to provide education opportunities that eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities and give our students choice for their life path:

  • We train, develop, and support school teams to grow leadership capacity
  • We collaborate with partners to transform principal preparation programs
  • We build a community of educators through our work
  • We influence the practices of the school systems with which we partner

What We Offer

Teaching Trust offers a competitive salary for this role. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and ensuring compensation equity for our staff, the salary for this role will be aligned based on level and tenure with the organization. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision plans. Other benefits include disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, a generous vacation and holiday schedule, and a Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching. Teaching Trust also offers a one-time moving stipend to new hires who are relocating for the role.


Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Teaching Trust evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.

Teaching Trust positions are contingent on securing relevant contracts.

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