Chief Development Officer

Fugees Family, Inc - Remote - Full time

Fugees Family, Inc - Remote - Full time

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Fugees Family, Inc, is hiring a full-time Chief Development Officer (CDO) for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Fugees Family operates an independent, community-based middle and high school, Fugees Academy that emphasizes academic and character development of refugee children. Our student body represents 22 different countries, including Burundi, Iraq, African Central Republic, Burma, and Syria. The school is in its eighth year, and is SAIS and SACS accredited. It blends creative teaching with academic fundamentals, interwoven with leadership and character building. The Fugees Academy packs a normal K-8 education into three years of middle school so that students are then ready for a college preparatory curriculum in high school.

The Fugees Academy serves a pressing need that is not currently being met by the traditional public education system – the education of refugee children in an environment where their unique academic challenges are understood. Through small classes, high expectations, and targeted instruction, Fugees Academy empowers the most vulnerable of students–child survivors of war—to become independent thinkers and high-achieving scholars. Working as a team both on and off the field, members of the Fugees Family community strive to support each other while working to achieve individual goals. We believe that this team mind-set nurtures and prepares young adults who will be the next generation of international and community leaders. The core design principles of the school include an extended school day, a low teacher-student-ratio, interactive instruction, a comprehensive tutoring program, a soccer-focused athletic program, and intensive wrap-around support services for students and their families.

The Fugees Academy is the first school in the United States dedicated to refugee education; we are looking to develop a national model that can be applied across the country. The Fugees Family is currently in the process of planning to open its second 6-12 community school in Columbus, Ohio in the summer of 2018.

Job Description

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) holds primary responsibility for to lead our efforts to sustainably grow and to become a national cause of choice. The CDO will be charged with:

Leading the vision, strategy and execution for our development work, including maximizing the time, talent and treasure of the Fugees Founder, Board of Directors and programmatic assets.

Developing complementary communications and marketing priorities and materials to enable the Fugees Family vision of being a national cause of choice.

Hiring and managing a team of staff and contractors toward desired results.

This role will afford an individual the opportunity to build a sustained development operation for a high-impact nationally expanding program with a dynamic mission, a strong reputation for achieving results, and a charismatic founder.

The successful applicant will be an exceptional critical thinker who is able to set a bold vision, develop strategies and an operational plan towards this vision, and skillfully manage team execution to achieve results. This individual must have a strong ability to build relationships and influence others, both internally and externally.

Core Values & Competencies

You are a creative team player. You're prepared to build a new model of fundraising in a groundbreaking role. Fugees Family has a unique business model that requires innovative approaches to provide sustainable operating funds. You are creative yet also data-driven and comfortable developing and implementing strategic plans. You are an architect and multi-tasker who can manage multiple initiatives and are skilled at measuring your impact and results.

You are a strong manager and can be part of an organization. You are skilled at reports and at defining what you need from a team. You can analyze business processes to remove inefficiencies, improve results, and increase productivity. You use data and research to guide decision-making, and easily think outside the nonprofit box. You have a passion for developing staff and thrive in an environment focused on team efforts and results.

You have a remarkable track record. You have a history of leading successful initiatives with measurable results that have impacted the bottom line. You have demonstrated repeatedly the ability to achieve ambitious results despite obstacles. You have years of applicable experience that have cultivated your wisdom and nuanced creativity for this position.

You are strategic. You have the strategic prowess and social intelligence required to build scalable models that leverage Fugees Family brand, assets, relationships and opportunities to meet aggressive growth goals.

You re an inventor, an innovator. Fugees Family is committed to constantly inventing new ways to connect people with the direct impact of their gifts. You thrive in a creative, inventive, fast-paced start-up environment, with people who are passionate about their work and mission.

General Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a national overall development strategy to achieve goals, including innovative approaches to engage new prospects and strengthen donor relationships across individual, foundation and corporate giving.
  • Assess progress against funding targets to inform pursuit of emerging opportunities, determine risks, and create contingencies.
  • Develop strategies, products, and initiatives to drive funding to support staff and operations.
  • Assess current systems, processes, and procedures and, where necessary, design and implement new systems, processes, and procedures that efficiently support the organization and enhance donor experience.
  • Analyze supporter data to find new opportunities, ensure all activities are measurable to drive efficiencies and maximize results.
  • Expand the experience for major donors, with a focus on unrestricted supporters.
  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit and to assist in the management of grant proposals.
  • Manage a calendar of grant deadlines and reports; track the solicitation and progress of grants; Assume responsibility for grant accountability.
  • Develop and grow corporate strategic partnerships.
  • Develop and manage the marketing of fundraising initiatives
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, driven and sophisticated professional excited by the opportunity to help shape the future of the development department and the organization. This cutting-edge position will be strategic, entrepreneurial, resourceful, and a savvy relationship builder – able to translate vision into action by motivating others and moving the agenda forward. He/she will be energized and passionate about the mission and activities of the organization. The ideal candidate has:

A minimum of 5 years of fundraising, sales, marketing, or brand leadership experience on a national level.

Strong management skills and a proven track record of building new products, processes, and initiatives to drive results.

Outstanding communication (both written and oral) skills, articulate and persuasive, with well-honed relationship building skills.

A team-orientation and strong work ethic, essential for this demanding environment that continually strives for excellence.

Highly developed interpersonal skills with the executive presence and personal style to represent the organization to multiple constituents.

Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred

Required Skills and Competencies

Highly developed interpersonal skills with the executive presence and personal style to represent the organization to multiple constituents

Strong leadership skills with the ability to lead a team of high performers to achieve highly ambitious results

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Diplomacy and sensitivity to different cultural situations

Solid organizational and administrative skills

Must be a person of unquestionable character – high integrity, hardworking, honest

Reports to: CEO & Board of Directors

Location: Location flexible; will require 25% travel

Start Date: October 2017

Benefits and Salary: The Salary range for this position is $90,000 - $110,000. In addition, a comprehensive health and dental package is included.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should review our website to ensure his or her professional goals and educational philosophy align with The Fugees Family. Please send your resume and cover letter to CEO, Luma Mufleh, to Be sure to indicate which position you are applying for. Candidates with less than five years of fundraising, sales, marketing, or brand leadership experience on a national level will not be considered. Email is the preferred mode of communication – no phone calls please.

The Fugees Family is an equal opportunity employer. Fugees Family is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from those with a refugee/immigrant background, women, and minorities.

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