Development Associate

New Classrooms - New York, NY - Full time


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About the Role

New Classrooms is seeking a skilled writer and flexible team-player to serve as our Development (External Relations) Associate. Reporting to the Senior Manager, External Relations, the Development Associate will be responsible for writing grants and other written content to support the External Relations team’s fundraising goals and grant deliverables. You will also support various research, marketing, and operational projects on the team, including planning and execution for Geek Out, our signature annual event in NYC, as well as smaller dinners and gatherings in various locations. This position will also work closely with the CEO and our Growth and Expansion team.

This is an exciting period for New Classrooms, and the External Relations team is instrumental in helping position the organization for future growth. The External Relations team aims to raise $18M+ in 2017, including local and nationally. and will continue to increase revenue targets over the next 3 years. This is a fantastic position for strong writer who wants to make an impact in a collaborative and fast-paced organization.

About You

  • You have exceptional writing skills and high degree of intellectual curiosity.
  • You can synthesize complex information into clear and compelling narrative for various audiences.
  • You’re interested in supporting a variety of functions on a growing External Relations team - such as key donor communications and leading research projects.
  • You are a self-starter with the ability to take initiative, build relationships and maintain deadlines.
  • You are excited to support the growth of an innovative organization that’s changing the educational landscape.
  • You embrace change and roll with ambiguity. You’re excited to roll up your sleeves and get exposed to a variety of tasks on a fast-moving development team.

What You Would Do

  • Write proposals for new and renewal funding from national and local institutional philanthropic partners.
  • Support the reporting process for current grants, including tracking deadlines, writing narrative reports, and working with members of the program team to analyze data and report on project activities.
  • Support the External Relations team to research and build a pipeline of prospective funders and grant opportunities, including individual, foundation and corporate funders.
  • Coordinate fundraising events in partnership with the CEO and the External Relations team.
  • Work with CEO to write concept papers describing new initiatives and partnership opportunities.
  • Work across various program and academic teams to understand and articulate New Classrooms’ multifaceted model.
  • Prepare necessary collateral materials to support fundraising initiatives.
  • Work with the External Relations team on special projects as needed such as coordinating logistical details for donor events both in New York and other key geographies.
  • Track current and prospective funder touch points and maintain internal CRM.

What We Are Looking For

  • 1-2 years of professional experience in grants and proposal writing. Candidates without a development background, but with extensive writing experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated success writing proposals and reports to private foundations preferred.
  • Comfort with working with numbers and explaining and interpreting budgets and data analysis preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in and experience in managing logistics for events and key donor gatherings.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to meet firm deadlines.
  • Experience using and managing a CRM system (e.g. Salesforce, Zoho, etc.) and/or email marketing systems (e.g. Mailchimp, Constant Contact, etc.).
  • Experience with donor research systems such as Foundation Center and GuideStar preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience thriving in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • A strong work ethic, supported by commitment and excellent follow up and follow through.
  • Willingness to “pitch in” and work as a team player on a spectrum of activities from supporting initiatives administratively to contributing to and executing strategy.
  • Strong desire to work in a highly collaborative, dynamic, fast-paced start-up environment.


Commensurate with experience

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Equal Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.

Work Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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Experience Level

Entry Level

New Classrooms

About New Classrooms

New Classrooms is a nonprofit organization that leverages classroom design, teacher talent, and technology to enable personalized learning for more than 10,000 students in 28 pioneering schools. New Classrooms' first-of-its-kind technology draws from tens of thousands of high quality lessons to create a customized and dynamic curriculum for each student each day. Our flagship instructional model, Teach to One, integrates large group, small group, and individual instruction in ways that enable students to not just learn skills but apply them in real world contexts.

Teach to One grew out of a New York City pilot program called School of One, which TIME magazine named one of the best inventions of 2009. Visit to learn more about our efforts to unleash a wave of innovation in K-12 education that will dramatically improve outcomes for all students.

We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that continually looks to match our team members with roles that fit their strengths and interests. We look to bring on new team members who share a deep-seated interest in improving our nation’s schools, solving problems in innovative ways, getting things done in a fast-paced and highly collaborative work environment, and growing professionally.

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