IDEA Public Schools, Director of Annual Giving

IDEA Public Schools - Multiple Locations - Full time


IDEA Public Schools believes in college for ALL and everyone in the organization is committed to ensuring that all IDEA students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in similar communities.

IDEA was founded in 2000 in the Rio Grande Valley and has been averaging ~20% growth per year for the past decade. The organization now serves over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana, with plans for continued growth in IDEA’s current regions and upcoming launches in Tampa Bay (2021), Jacksonville, FL (2022), and Cincinnati, OH (2022). In 2021-22, IDEA will have 137 schools and 9,500 staff members serving 76,000 students.

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of the IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  

To learn more about IDEA, visit


IDEA Public Schools’ National Development team seeks a Director of Annual Giving to lead a best-in-class annual giving program for the organization. Reporting to the Managing Director of National Development, the Director of Annual Giving is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive annual giving program through a variety of marketing, communication and solicitation strategies focused on increasing philanthropic revenue and shaping a sustainable tradition of annual support. The Director will establish leadership/affinity giving circles, naming opportunities, stewardship programs and/or other strategies designed to increase philanthropic revenue, low-to-mid tier donor acquisition, donor engagement and retention. Initially, the Director of Annual Giving will initiate annual giving in Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, and the Rio Grande Valley before iterating and expanding the model to include additional IDEA regions and stakeholders year over year.

The Director of Annual Giving serves as a key member of IDEA’s National Development team and partners closely with teams across the organization, including Marketing and Communications, College and Alumni Success, and Human Assets.


The primary responsibilities of the Director of Annual Giving will be to:

  • Contribute to the national development team’s fundraising goal of $20M in support of IDEA’s growth, college matriculation goals, and programmatic needs.
  • Develop a 5-year strategic plan for a best-in-class annual giving program focused on increasing philanthropic revenue, donor engagement, and donor acquisition.
  • Progressively increase annual giving revenue while broadening the base for support via a comprehensive annual giving plan and appeal schedule.
  • Progressively increase the engagement of key annual giving donors via digital channels, giving circle participation, special event attendance, and other relevant donor experiences.
  • Create an Annual Giving Playbook that includes a suite of tools, trainings, and road maps to support the replication of annual campaigns across multiple regions/states.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience, preferably in a complex organizational setting with many stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated success implementing fundraising/marketing strategies that directly impact organizational revenue;
  • Substantial comprehensive annual giving campaign experience;
  • Prior experience with digital marketing/fundraising campaigns, online giving, social media fundraising;
  • Best practices in annual giving for educational institutions and/or medium to large national non-profit organizations;
  • Multi-channel marketing experience, including traditional channels (i.e., direct mail) and digital channels (i.e., email, websites, social media)
  • Strategic planning and project management experience;
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • Location:Living in Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley is highly preferred

To also perform the job successfully, competitive applicants should demonstrate the following values of IDEA:

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college;
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them;
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly;
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive outcomes;
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change;
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization;
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes;
  • Believes in education as a profession and holds self to a high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.


Salaries for people entering this role typically start between $82,000 and $100,900, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment.


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Zachary Harr at

IDEA Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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Austin, Texas
El Paso, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Rio Grande City, Texas


C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

IDEA Public Schools

IDEA believes in college for ALL and everyone in the organization is committed to ensuring that all IDEA students graduate from college. IDEA has grown from small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the US sending 100% of our students to college.
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