Director of Development (Metro Atlanta)

The Role

The Director of Development (DD) will support our regional campaign to raise $6 - $8 million dollars in operating revenue annually. The DD will report to the Managing Director of Development and work closely with the Executive Director to execute the regional strategic and operating plans for development, ensuring that the region maximizes opportunities, meets its goals, and significantly grows funding while building long-term sustainability. The DD will join a talented team of leaders and also build meaningful relationships with a broad portfolio of investors and prospects, with a focus on the region's relationship with corporations and individual donors.

The Team

In 2017, Teach For America – Metro Atlanta celebrates 17 years of service in the Atlanta community. Since 2000, over 3,000 Teach for America – Metro Atlanta corps members have taught close to 200,000 Pre-k through twelfth-grade students across the region's lowest-income communities. Additionally, over 1,300 alumni live and work in the region and support educational equity and excellence from inside and outside of the classroom. This year, over 500 corps members and alumni will teach in regional school districts and charter school networks, contributing to the opportunity for every child in Metro Atlanta to receive an excellent education. The Teach For America – Metro Atlanta staff is comprised of approximately 25 members across four functional areas: Instructional Excellence; Alumni Affairs; Regional Impact; and Operations and Organizational Advancement.


Primary Responsibilities

Development Strategy and Execution Support (40%)

  • Support the Executive Director and Managing Director of Development in executing the strategy and tactics to meet or exceed year-over-year and five-year strategic goals, including:
  • Analyzing the interests of donors and prospects to develop compelling pitches, engagement strategies and stewardship plans
  • Conducting excellent donor interactions and communications (e.g. meetings, events, newsletters, grants, etc.)
  • Developing and maintaining strong operations (e.g. donor-tracking systems, data management, meeting-prep and downloads, gift processing, etc.)
  • Cultivating new relationships and managing those from nascent to ardent partner
  • Prioritizing key actions for the executive director to take in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors through external meetings, events and correspondence, etc.
  • Support comprehensive records in TFACT, the content management system, on the status of funder relationships, moves management, gift processing, etc.

Portfolio Management (40%)

  • Manage a portfolio of donors, including individuals and key corporate and foundation investors who are integral to the region's strategic direction, to secure gifts ranging from $5000 - $99,900.
  • Support the executive director in regional advisory board execution, including helping to:
  • Preparing for and participating in board meetings as needed
  • Liaising with board members on specific projects or activities and corresponding with board members as needed

Marketing and Communications (20%)

  • Manage all mass communications, both traditional and web-based, to shape the regional brand and ensure communications consistency to corps members, alumni and partners. (newsletters, blogs, etc.)
  • Visit corps member classrooms, alumni in action and other programming opportunities to ensure authentic experience with TFA – Metro Atlanta's direct-service and widespread-impact work.
  • Lead the marketing and communication aspects of major events and other development campaigns (ideas may include charity sporting events, alumni-giving campaigns, web-based giving programs, signature galas, etc.)


Prior Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience (i.e. development, fundraising, non-profit)
  • Experience in Metro Atlanta highly preferred
  • Proven achievement and ability in the areas of annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, planned gifts, special events and in-kind contributions (quantifiable financially)
  • Demonstrated experience with the prospect and donor management capabilities of current fundraising software applications like or similar CRM system

Work Demands

  • Willing and able to work some early mornings, evenings or weekends when that furthers team or regional goals
  • Willing and able to travel 2-3 times per year for professional development purposes
  • Willing and interested in contributing to evening or weekend regional or corps-member events that support regional programming and add to real-time context


  • Uncommon level of personal responsibility with exceptional goal orientation and a proven track record of success
  • Critical thinker who enjoys spending significant time solving problems and developing opportunities in order to achieve the most meaningful outcomes
  • Experience executing projects to reach and exceed ambitious goals
  • Extreme optimism about what is possible even in the face of daunting challenges
  • Strong storyteller able to narrate what is inspiring, compelling, and important about our work
  • Keen understanding of the beliefs, contexts, and motivations of others
  • Superb inter-personal skills and demonstrated ability to both motivate and manage superiors, peers, and direct reports to achieve ambitious, concrete results
  • Strong verbal and written communicator: can speak compellingly about our organization, mission, and goals and has a mature presence
  • Highly organized and motivated to manage self and others on complex projects and work streams
  • Passionate about our mission, believes deeply in the importance of investing others in our mission and work and has high expectations for how Teach For America is viewed by external constituents
  • Embodies our core values and is committed to being a steward of TFA and these core values


  • 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 this 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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