Jun 05, 2019

Development Director, NewSchools Venture Fund

  • RCG Talent Solutions
  • Oakland, CA, USA
Full-time Development and Fundraising

Job Description

Oakland, CA - Full Time


Nationally recognized nonprofit venture philanthropy seeks a Director of Development to lead the vision and execution of the organization’s overall fundraising strategy.


NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising and innovative education entrepreneurs and leaders, and that helps them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the schools, students and educators they serve. We are committed to helping students graduate high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. Through our investing, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reimagine PK-12 education.  

NewSchools was founded by venture capital luminaries John Doerr and Brook Byers and social entrepreneur Kim Smith on the belief that entrepreneurs could bring about positive change in K-12 schools, just as they had done in other sectors.  NewSchools operates as a fund – pooling resources from generous individuals and foundations to support the organizational strategy for three or more years at a time. The NewSchools board covers general operating expenses so every dollar donated goes to support promising education ventures.  With a 20-year track record of building philanthropic partnerships with the country’s most committed philanthropists and foundations, NewSchools seeks a Development Director who will steward long standing donors with care, while bringing an entrepreneurial hustle to the identification and cultivation of new supporters. The person in this role will be most successful when she/he fully leverages NewSchools’ strengths, including a committed board, a visionary CEO and Leadership Team, and a cause that is a top priority for many of the nation’s most generous philanthropists.

We have a passionate, inclusive, bold, accountable and connected culture where employees at all levels have the opportunity to grow and contribute.  Please visit our website at www.newschools.org to learn more about NewSchools Venture Fund and our core values.  


NewSchools is in year two of a three-year fundraising cycle with ~$93mm raised against a goal of $125mm for this cycle. The Director will lead the organization to successfully execute fundraising for the current cycle while also building the strategy for the next fund (2021-2023). While managing two direct reports, your key responsibilities include:

Overall strategy and donor cultivation

  • Set the overall organizational development strategy in conjunction with the leadership team and board
  • Ensure that the case for support expresses NewSchools’ unique value proposition and takes into account donor interests and trends in the field
  • Develop and execute high-level tailored campaigns and strategies to reach new donors and donor segments, including leading the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of high net-worth individual donors
  • Work closely with the CEO and Leadership Team members to raise funds for the three investment areas, including development of customized strategies and management of execution as needed
  • Support the CEO’s portfolio of donor relationships, providing the structures, insights and recommended strategies so that the CEO is set up to engage with the overall fundraising strategy and individual donors at the optimum level

Board management and reporting

  • Activate the existing board, working closely with board members to help drive their individual fundraising activities
  • Lead development of new board structures to increase overall fundraising engagement, and onboard new board members to increase overall fundraising capacity
  • Report out to the full board on fundraising strategic plans and overall progress to goal on a regular basis

Managing team execution

  • Manage two full-time staff to progress toward goals, coaching and developing them to maximize their impact and build their skills
  • Ensure that the full development team: strategically builds all donor portfolios and engagement plans, conducts donor interactions and communications at a high level, and executes individual operational plans in order to meet team goals
  • Lead assessment of pipeline health, and measurement of progress to current year revenue and multi-year fundraising goals
  • Provide strategic oversight for donor stewardship events throughout the year
  • Develop and guide team structure going forward, including leading hiring process for new team members


  • Ability to think critically and innovatively to build the vision for and lead the short- and long-term fundraising strategy
  • Experience managing and leading a team to achieve strong fundraising results, and can work across multiple high-level internal and external stakeholders to be able to drive execution
  • Ability to create and deliver compelling formal and informal communications about our organization, mission, and goals, and can convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials
  • Has a mature presence, and can demonstrate experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences
  • Ability to work independently, with a strong ability to build clarity out of ambiguity and stay laser focused on high-level goals and priorities in fast-changing environments
  • Obsessive about building long-term donor relationships, and can effortlessly interact with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences
  • Demonstrated pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion; direct experience and content knowledge of DEI practices highly valued
  • Ability to travel approximately 2-3 times per quarter
  • Working style suited to a small-office setting with limited support staff, where teamwork and resourcefulness are highly valued      


The Director of Development will demonstrate a passionate commitment to the Partnership’s mission and a strong desire to support an effective launch of the organization.

The ideal candidate will have 10-plus years of professional experience, including a fundraising background. However, candidates who have strong strategic thinking, writing and interpersonal skills along with a demonstrated deep commitment to the organization’s mission and goals will be considered.

Additional sought-after experience and qualifications include:

  • Experience in or strong knowledge of the PreK-12 education sector
  • Proven success in development, including experience implementing high-level fundraising plan and especially working with high net worth individuals
  • Evidence of effective management skills and experience.
  • Undergraduate degree required. Advanced degree preferred.


A competitive compensation package including base salary, performance bonus and complete benefits is available. 

NewSchools Venture Fund has a strong commitment to diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

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