Coordinator, Development Operations (Detroit, MI)

The Role

As the Coordinator, Development Operations, you will provide administrative support for the Teach For America – Detroit External Affairs Team and Executive Director, enabling the region to move more efficiently and effectively toward reaching our ambitious development goals. You will increase the efficiency our regional fundraising efforts by building capacity, developing systems, and providing administrative support to our External Affairs Team. You will report directly to the Managing Director, External Affairs and will work closely with the Executive Director.

The Team

Teach For America – Detroit is in pursuit of its 2020 vision to collaboratively create proof point schools that perform at the top quartile of the state by meeting a critical need for education talent. Entering its seventh school year, it has entered a critical impact and sustainability phase. As the education reform movement continues to gain momentum in Detroit and Michigan, demand for Teach For America corps members and leaders continues to increase. The cultivation of relationships with school partners, schools districts, community organizations, and supports has resulted in its positioning to achieve the 2020 vision. We currently have approximately 75 corps members and 150 alumni teachers working across the region. In addition, we now have over 700 alumni living and working in metro Detroit. The Detroit region's staff is dedicated to the Detroit community and to increasing an inclusive set of student outcomes across our partner schools and districts.

About Detroit

Once known as the Arsenal of Democracy, the Paris of the Midwest, and the home of the Motown Sound, Detroit is now reinventing itself as a center of innovation, art, and entrepreneurial spirit. An increased national spotlight is slowly revealing to outsiders what locals have known for years – Detroit is a city of energy and passion that is on the cusp of a renaissance. Author and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dubbed the city "a national treasure," arguing that "wherever you may live, you wouldn't be there – and wouldn't be who you are in the same way – without Detroit." The New York Times lauded the city for, "the passion one finds on the streets of Detroit these days, where everyone from the doorman to the D.J. will tell you they believe in this city's future." In Detroit, you not only have the opportunity to help improve a school system; your work will contribute to the continued revitalization of one of America's most historic and culturally important cities. Outsiders often think of Detroit and imagine desolation. Here in Detroit, we see an incredible opportunity to make the city great again.


Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Writing Development Communications (40%)

  • Draft compelling development communications in the form of, but not limited to, proposals, grant applications, development reports, meeting briefs, press releases, event packets, and donor correspondence.

Managing Internal Logistics, Operations, and Systems for our Development Team (40%)

  • Ensure our Development Team's donor engagement records and systems are consistently up-to-date and accurate.
  • Harvest, synthesize, and analyze data to help our development team assess our progress-to-goal; then, collaborate with our team members to strategize and implement key actions to push progress to goals.
  • Maintain and oversee a portfolio of donors/prospects.
  • Research current and prospective donors.
  • Partner with Executive Director to plan and execute development events.

Partnering with Critical Internal and External Stakeholders to Achieve Goals (10%)

  • Prepare our Executive Director and other strategically-selected Teach For America movement members to engage with our current and prospective donors.
  • Support our efforts to develop a regional board and manage their involvement with, and understanding of, development initiatives.

Be a Steward of our Regional Team and our Movement (10%)

  • Select incoming corps members to join our movement.
  • Support regional efforts to ensure admitted corps members accept their offers.
  • Help plan and participate in all-region meetings and events throughout the course of the year.
  • Interface with other Teach For America teams that contribute to our broader regional and national efforts.
  • Participate in learning opportunities that improve your expertise and knowledge as a Teach For America Development Team staff member.


Prior Experience

  • 2+ years professional experience required
  • Experience in Development highly preferred


  • Superb organization, detail-orientation, project management, and execution skills
  • Ability to critically identify system inefficiencies, anticipate challenges and gaps, and contingency plan accordingly.
  • Ability to "not miss a beat" in an entrepreneurial, goal-oriented, fast-paced and frequently changing environment
  • Experience managing projects to reach and exceed ambitious goals
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work independently and to take ownerships for critical projects
  • An unwavering sense of possibility and a deep belief in the potential of our corps members, alumni, and our city
  • Ability to create strong and compelling written materials
  • Exceptional customer service ethic

Work Demands

  • Some weekend and evening work required
  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities occasionally


  • Bachelor's degree required

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff:

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

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