Development Intern – Spring 2017

Interns at Success Academy Charter Schools are key players in our daily operation and our constant innovation. Join a dynamic team of development professionals responsible for securing critical funding and building strategic partnerships in support of our mission!

At Success Academy, we are redefining what’s possible in public education. Since opening our first school in Harlem in 2006, we have swiftly grown to 41 high-performing schools, from Bed-Stuy to the Bronx, serving nearly 14,000 scholars! We are scaling to 100 great schools serving 50,000 children across New York City, bringing transformational change in New York City and across the country. We believe all children, regardless of zip code or family income, deserve the life-changing opportunities that a world-class education brings.

In all grades, K through 12, our exploration-driven curriculum focuses on the whole child and includes chess, art, and other specialized subjects that bring excitement to the school day and foster a lifelong love of learning. To achieve exceptional results for children, we hire the best, the brightest, and the most highly motivated adults we can find. We value excellence, celebrate diversity, and are relentlessly committed to improving ourselves and our work to enhance the lives of our scholars. 

We are currently seeking ambitious interns to join our Success Academy Development team this spring!

The Development team is responsible for securing critical funding and building a strong, sustainable culture of giving on behalf of the Success Academy mission. They organize the activities of our network, school, and advisory boards, and they work with individuals, foundations and corporations, and public funders to develop ongoing support. They are our ambassadors, forging strong relationships and always working to broaden Success Academy’s community of support.

This is a full or part time, paid opportunity and requires a minimum 10-week commitment 

Success Academy Charter Schools internships provide a unique experience to observe and be part of the start-up phase of a highly ambitious and successful education-focused organization. You will have the opportunity to learn hands-on from talented individuals who are pioneers in the education reform movement. Interns receive ongoing mentorships and training throughout their program at Success Academy Charter Schools. Assigned to a team based on your skill sets and interests, you will work with a direct manager who will oversee your work, help identify project goals, and support your professional development. You will have the opportunity to attend department and network-wide meetings as well as organization-wide events. 

The Development Intern will actively support our fundraising efforts by:
- Performing research on prospective donors;
- Maintaining our database of current and potential donors;
- Providing support with school and network events;
- Offering logistical support for board meetings;
- Assisting team members with office administrative function; and
- Supporting with a wide range of development-related projects.

We are seeking candidates with the following competencies:
- Attention to detail
- A sense of urgency and ability to meet deadlines
- Ability to multi-task and shift priorities
- Flexibility in the face of change
- Strong organizational skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (and Google Suite)
- Willingness to go above and beyond

To join our team, please upload a cover letter and a resume that outlines your candidacy. Your cover letter should explain in detail your qualifications for the position. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed. 

Success Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Success Academy offers a benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

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