Development Manager

New Classrooms - New York, NY - Full time

About the Role

New Classrooms is seeking an entrepreneurial fundraising or business development professional to serve as our Development Manager. Reporting to the VP of External Relations, you will serve as a key partner in researching and identifying potential donor sources and implementing team-wide organization systems to meet ambitious fundraising goals. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of Development, VP of External Relations, and the CEO to manage existing partnerships with high-network individual funders and identify and pursue new opportunities throughout the country.

This is an exciting period for New Classrooms, and the External Relations team is instrumental in helping position the organization for future growth in partner schools across the country. The External Relations team aims to raise $15M in national dollars in FY18 and will continue to increase revenue targets, particularly for individual contributions, over the coming years. This goal is part of a three-year campaign to raise $48.5M for New Classrooms’ strategic plan. We are well on our way to reaching this ambitious goal and seek a team member who is energized by the opportunity to be part of this effort to build out our pipeline of individual donors and prospects. We also aim to identify new opportunities to engage corporate partners as part of the campaign. This is a fantastic position for someone that wants to be part of something big and to build relationships with high-caliber philanthropic partners in a collaborative and fast-paced organization.

About You

  • 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.
  • You pay close attention to details and have strong follow-through with partners and collaborators.
  • You are clear and concise communicator in both written and verbal communication channels.
  • You are a skilled relationship builder and beginner fundraiser.
  • You have exceptional communication skills and high degree of intellectual curiosity.
  • You’re interested in supporting a variety of functions on a growing External Relations team - such as donor communications and 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.

What You Would Do

Funder Research & Cultivation

  • Conduct prospect research on potential national donors
  • Maintain the upkeep of current and prospective funder touch points and develop and execute cultivation strategies to move these opportunities donors
  • Support the External Relations team to help develop and implement new programs to attract and engage individual and corporate donors
  • Develop targeted communications and approaches for key segments of the donor market
  • Represent New Classrooms as a brand ambassador when engaging with current and prospective regions and donors.

Event Management & Cross-team Collaboration

  • Support in strategy and execution of NC’s annual fundraising event, Geek Out.
  • Coordinate and monitor event timelines to ensure deadlines are met
  • Assist with creating and maintaining the invitations and RSVP list
  • Oversee event logistics including registration, speakers, materials
  • Coordinate the implementation of strategic stewardship events and engagement opportunities to cultivate new prospective donors and engage current funders
  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications team to create relevant fundraising materials and organizational collateral

Development Operations

  • Establish and maintain an effective organizational system for the External Relations wing
  • Create and edit the appropriate materials for all External Relations meetings, events, and campaigns
  • Support the CEO to help manage and maintain key donor relationships
  • Maintain all current and accurate information on funder and stakeholder touch-points and contact information in Salesforce
  • Pull data reports and perform database maintenance on a regular basis
  • Work with the VP of External Relations and CEO on special projects, as needed

What We Are Looking For

  • 2+ years of professional experience in fundraising or sales in the non-profit, start-up, or political space preferred
  • Thrives in a fast paced, entrepreneurial, goal-oriented work environment
  • Demonstrates a high degree of flexibility, optimism, and sense of possibility
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to convey complex ideas in a digestible and donor-friendly manner
  • A strong work ethic, supported by commitment and excellent follow up and follow through
  • Must be self-directed, organized, creative, proactive, and detail-oriented, with a strong ability to prioritize and execute
  • 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
  • Adaptable to changing environment and circumstances
  • Strong desire to work in a highly collaborative, dynamic, fast-paced start-up environment

Application Information

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, veteran status, genetic information, 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

Mid Level

New Classrooms

New Classrooms is a nonprofit organization that leverages classroom design, teacher talent, and technology to enable personalized learning for more than 13,000 students in 37 pioneering schools in 10 states this fall.

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