Director, Corporate and Foundation Relationships (Newark, New Jersey)
The Director, Corporate and Foundation Relationships (DCFR) supports our Development Team's efforts to raise $1M from corporations and foundations annually. As a member of the team, the Director reports to the Managing Director, Development and works alongside the front-line fundraising team to achieve its collective annual revenue goals. After several years of growth, the New Jersey region is focused on sustaining its size and deepening its impact. The Director is instrumental in ensuring the continued strength of our institutional donor base—including creating compelling grant proposals and reports, maintaining up-to-date donor files, and setting forth a vision and strategy to expand our corporate giving base. The Director may also collaborate with lobbyists and TFA's public affairs team to pursue state funding.
Teach For America is a national non-profit dedicated to closing the achievement gap. What started in a Princeton, NJ dorm room 25 years ago by our founder Wendy Kopp is now an unstoppable movement for educational equity in 52 regions across the country. Today, over 100 corps members and 1,200 alumni in New Jersey are working on the front lines of the education reform movement—leading districts, schools, classrooms, and community organizations. After several years of growth, the New Jersey region is focused on stabilizing and deepening its impact and is depending on creative, passionate team members to help tell the story of our region and chart its path forward.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Portfolio Management (70%)
- Oversee all aspects of cultivation and stewardship for a portfolio of 40-60 donors and prospects, including producing 40—60 grant proposals and reports annually
- Secure meetings with funders and prepare meeting briefs for the Managing Director, Development and Executive Director
- Collaborate with other teams on the development and execution of restricted grants and maintain timely data on regional initiatives to fuel the narrative of our region in grant proposals and reports
- Track fundraising progress to goal, in part by managing accurate and up-to-date records and data on donors in Salesforce
- Analyze fundraising progress to goals, identify what is driving and impeding progress, and work with the Managing Director, Development to develop and implement solutions
- Identify new local and national corporate and foundation prospects, including developing a strategy for engagement and cultivate these prospects with the goal of significantly growing the base of corporate and foundation donors
- Support an ambitious state funding strategy in collaboration with lobbyists, and develop and manage all associated narratives, reports, and plans
Strategy and Planning (20%)
- Develop and implement a multi-year strategy for ambitiously increasing the size and number of corporate and foundation gifts
- Develop a compelling corporate engagement strategy and corporate benefits package
- As appropriate, collaborate with Associate, Development and other New Jersey team members to execute on inspiring fundraising and cultivation efforts to steward corporate and foundation givers
Team Responsibilities (10%)
- Participate in regional and team activities, including corps member orientation, corps member selection and matriculation, staff meetings, team meetings and retreats
- Attend all-staff meetings, professional development conferences and experiences
- 4-5 years of work experience
- Experience in non-profit development or communications
- Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications
- Exceptional ability to build and execute a project plan
- Strong ability to conduct research and translate data into actionable solutions
- Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
- Strong ability to prioritize tasks and demonstrate good judgment
- Strong ability to build relationships and tailor approach toward the perspective of others across a variety of stakeholders
- Limited travel; 1-2 times quarterly.
- Bachelor's degree required
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
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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:
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