Director, Development (Detroit, MI)

The Role

Teach For America – Detroit seeks a Director, Development to lead the fundraising efforts for the Detroit region. The Director, Development will collaborate with the Executive Director and the regional leadership team to build a foundation for our current and future work. The Director, Development is responsible for developing a diverse and sustainable investor base throughout greater Detroit, raising approximately $3M annually. The Director, Development will report directly to the Managing Director, External Affairs and Operations.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a vibrant development team and innovative fundraising campaign. This individual must be able to build strong and sustainable relationships and have the capability to interact with within all levels of the organization and external constituents. To be successful, s/he must be strategic and able to operationalize complex plans, consistently learning and growing, compelling and inspiring in all communication, big-picture oriented but obsessive about the details, and laser-focused on achieving outcomes and moving the needle towards the regional vision.

The Team

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. Teach For America – Detroit is in pursuit of its 2020 vision to collaboratively create schools that perform at the top quartile of the state by meeting a critical need for education talent. Entering its seventh school year, TFA Detroit has entered a critical impact and sustainability phase. We now have over 700 alumni living and working in metro Detroit and the demand for Teach For America corps members and leaders continues to increase. The Detroit team is dedicated to the community and to increasing an inclusive set of student outcomes across our partner schools and districts. 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.


Primary Responsibilities

Development and Fundraising Strategy and Execution (90%)

  • Craft, execute and evaluate strategy to achieve the region's funding goals annually, with a long-term view towards enduring regional sustainability and impact in collaboration with the regional leadership team.
  • Oversee all aspects of cultivation and stewardship for a portfolio of current, lapsed, and new individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects.
  • Significantly grow the base of corporate and foundation donors, identifying and securing at least $3 million in new support over the next 3 years.
  • Identify prospective board members
  • Manage direct report(s) towards achieving their goals, with an emphasis on strong coaching, development, and cultural leadership.
  • Collaborate with broader regional team to maintain a fresh narrative of regional impact, which includes obtaining and maintaining timely data on regional initiatives.
  • Oversee and execute multiple development related events of various scales.
  • Regularly assess and report on team wide progress to goals, identify what is driving and impeding progress, and developing solutions to address gaps and adjust course as necessary.
  • Ensure adherence to all grant and funding requirements as well as maintenance of regional fundraising collateral, including but not limited to producing proposals, reports, and marketing materials.

Ongoing Regional Responsibilities (10%)

  • Participate in and support various regional efforts, including some nights and weekends, to support corps members and alumni development.
  • Support efforts that impact corps members and alumni across the continuum including but not limited to corps member selection, newsletters, various alumni campaigns, ongoing AmeriCorps data collection and tracking, etc.
  • Serve as an "all hands on deck" team member willing to support the region in various ways as needs and opportunities arise, which embodies the spirit of the TFA-Detroit regional team.


Prior Experience

  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience managing donor relationships in a non-profit setting


  • Deep love and commitment to Teach For America-Detroit and the larger education reform efforts happening throughout the community.
  • Critical thinker who enjoys spending significant time solving problems and developing opportunities with an uncommon level of personal responsibility, exceptional goal orientation, and a proven track record of success.
  • Exceptional relationship builder across diverse constituencies with keen understanding of the beliefs, contexts and motivations of others.
  • Strong verbal and written communicator: can speak compellingly about our organization, mission, and goals and has a mature presence.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce (preferred), Excel, and PowerPoint required.

Work Demands

  • Some weekend and evening work required
  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings.


  • 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. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit

About the Organization

There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children's potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.

Teach For America (TFA) finds, develops, and supports an ever-expanding network of outstanding and diverse leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children in schools, school systems, and in every sector and field that shapes the context in which schools operate. Representing the diversity of America and sharing the experience of having taught successfully in our most challenging public schools, TFA corps members and alumni form a network of change agents inside and outside of education who are grounded in the tremendous potential of our most underserved children and connected to families and communities impacted by educational inequity.

Founded by Wendy Kopp in 1989, Teach For America has since expanded to 36 states and 53 regions, reaching more than 10 million students. Now 53,000 strong and growing each year, the TFA community is leading across all sectors, including as teachers, school and school system leaders, elected officials, policy and advocacy organizers, social entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders. We support the individual and collective leadership of this network as they work hand-in-hand with students, families, and allies in the effort to realize educational equity and excellence for children across the nation.

Our Core Values:

Our core values define who we are at our best and guide our work together.

  • Pursue Equity: We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
  • Strengthen Community: We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
  • Achieve Impact: We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
  • Choose Courage: We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it's hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
  • Act with Humility: We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
  • Demonstrate Resilience: We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
  • Learn Continuously: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at the Center of Our Mission

At Teach For America, we aspire to embody the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for our nation. Unequal access to opportunity along lines of race, class, and other aspects of identity has deep roots in American history, and institutional racism and classism contribute to inequitable access to educational opportunity in our country today. Therefore, understanding race, class, and the intersectional nature of oppression along these and other lines is critical to eliminating educational inequity and creating an education system in which all students can flourish.

Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people—of diverse races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, political views, and other aspects of identity and spheres of influence—united around a common purpose and shared values. We know that the change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. We also know that progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences.

This understanding guides our strategy as we pursue our mission, and impacts how we allocate resources to recruit, select, train, support, retain, and engage corps members, alumni, and staff. In all we do, we act on the following beliefs.

→ Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America's greatest strengths.

→ The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.

→ The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.

In striving to grow as individuals who lead with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, we focus on:

  1. Understanding of self and self in relation to others. We examine our worldview and experiences to understand how they're influenced by power, privilege, oppression, and biases. As we deepen our understanding of self in relation to others, we seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.

  2. Understanding and interrupting systemic racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. We understand that our society and education system have been shaped by multiple forms of oppression, in particular racism and classism. We understand the role and impact of unconscious bias in establishing low expectations for children's capabilities, and we also see this play out in the workplace. Therefore, we commit to work together `to envision and implement new ways of operating that disrupt these systems and practices.

  3. Working toward equity. We leverage this understanding to surface and interrupt inequitable practices in our schools as well as within our organization. In classrooms, we are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports, and academic preparation they need to ensure full agency in their lives. In our organization, we're committed to allocating our resources and setting organizational policies, systems, and practices to reduce and eliminate gaps in experience and outcomes by demographic group.

  4. Building inclusive coalitions. We recruit and retain a corps and staff that reflects the inclusive coalition we need representing our nation. Simultaneously, we ensure those of us who have faced educational inequity shape our direction. We intentionally build authentic relationships across lines of difference; facilitate honest and productive conflict among diverse groups; create structures, policies, and processes that enable this effort; and value the diversity of ideas and perspectives required in this effort.

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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