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

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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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