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K-12 Education Reporter

Posted by | April 7, 2021 |

If you’re a journalist excited about the high stakes of K-12 education, the bare-knuckle politics, the challenge of closing an achievement gap and the promise of more than 6 million students each year, then you may be the next education reporter at CalMatters.

This is one of the most important issues in California and the single largest segment of the state budget. For a reporter, it’s an opportunity to reveal the politics and interests behind state education policy, to evaluate how major state programs are working and to hold educators and policymakers accountable. It’s a beat that will range from the California Capitol to district-level comparisons, classrooms and students.

The pandemic has made this beat even more vital, as Californians look for information about how schools are reopening and how to remedy lost learning and other consequences of a year of remote instruction.

Responsibilities include:

  • Report and write longform and short stories and multimedia presentations about California education issues with close attention to state policies and legislation, the lobby community and advocates.
  • Follow district and school examples that illustrate relevant responses to statewide issues.
  • Think creatively about formats and tools for communicating issues to a broad, statewide audience.
  • Appeal to a broad audience in a big, diverse state with keen awareness about social and cultural distinctions and story sources that reflect our population.
  • Participate in radio shows, public events and live video.
  • Work with our data, visual and social media journalists to maximize engagement.

These would be a plus:

  • There is a strong preference this reporter will be based in Sacramento
  • Experience covering K-12 education
  • An understanding of education policy, especially in California
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Partnerships Manager

Posted by | March 31, 2021 |

Code Nation (codenation.org) equips students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching corps that includes hundreds of professional web and software developers, Code Nation mobilizes the tech community to provide tuition-free coding courses and work-based learning programs that promote career readiness. Founded in 2012 (and formerly called ScriptEd), Code Nation currently reaches approximately 1,500 students per year in 46 high schools in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago.

Who We Want

Code Nation is committed to its mission and ensuring that our students are prepared for fulfilling tech careers. The Partnerships Manager will build strong partnerships with corporate partners, peer organizations and education institutions to identify meaningful engagement opportunities for our students and company partners. The Partnerships Manager will be responsible for leading new partnership initiatives to support Code Nation’s emerging student populations in the East Bay (Richmond) and South Bay (San Jose).

Ideal candidates will have a strong knowledge of the steps needed to secure strategic partnerships in the Bay Area, and will be capable of leveraging existing partner networks and identifying new opportunities. Candidates should be comfortable stewarding, managing, and leveraging relationships to secure donations and identify meaningful engagement opportunities for Code Nation students, companies and stakeholders. Candidates should enjoy working with both internal and external stakeholders, and can effectively tailor their communication style to address diverse audiences. The ideal candidate loves fundraising, will model a culture of philanthropy across the entire organization and has existing connections with Bay Area organizations and philanthropic circles.

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization; ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities.

Responsibilities

Development Strategy and Execution

    • Work closely with the Bay Area Managing Director on execution of Code Nation’s fundraising strategy at the local level in pursuit of our annual fundraising goals
    • Create and cultivate deep relationships with a portfolio of corporate and foundation partners; contribute to partner identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
    • Manage a diverse portfolio of funding and engagement opportunities that inspire company-wide giving and
    • Implement initiatives to deepen Code Nation’s relationship with fiscal partners; solicit donations from corporate, foundation, and individual
    • Support the Bay Area Managing Director in securing large donation
    • Track opportunity progress in

 Bay Area Program Partnerships

  • Work closely with the program team to identify programmatic partnership needs, including volunteer recruitment, student field trips, and event
  • Plan, execute, and attend events that support Code Nation’s program partnerships (volunteer recruitment lunch and learns, meet-ups, corporate volunteer days, )
  • Deliver excellent customer service to partner organizations by addressing challenges and responding to inquiries with timely communication
  • Develop cross-departmental processes that streamline communication and co-working between Partnership and Program
  • Identify and pursue new opportunities for partnership with higher education institutions, coding bootcamps and other community based organizations

Contribute Special Development Projects

  • Identify new corporate donors and program partnerships to support South Bay expansion efforts Support with org-wide development initiatives, led by the Director of Development (large events, EOY campaign, etc.)
  • Represent Code Nation externally, generating enthusiasm and new leads at conferences and other networking and community events

Who You Are

  • 2+ years of experience demonstrating a commitment to working against institutional inequities
  • Excited and eager to fundraise
  • Demonstrated success in a role securing and stewarding relationships with corporate partners, peer organizations and education institutions
  • Deep understanding of Bay Area philanthropic trends and landscape
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM software
  • Commitment to educational and tech equity
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to effectively communicate and collaborate across multiple teams
  • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated success managing many projects at once
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and entrepreneurial
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative working environment
  • Proficiency with Google Suite
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in computer science, technology, and/or collegiate education preferred
  • Ability to travel and to work extended hours, including weekends

What You Can Expect

Code Nation has a high-performing culture characterized by our desire to provide our staff members with the support, resources, and information they need to be successful in our organization and in the non-profit field in general. If you take on this position, you can expect to be offered a compensation package, including salary and benefits, that will be commensurate with your experience and competitive within the non-profit sector. Some of the benefits we offer to our staff members include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance and a Flex spending account for out of pocket medical costs
  • Generous Time Off policy-15 days of paid time off & 14 paid holidays/office closures
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Starting salary range for this position is $64,000 – $72,000 per year.
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Director of Development

Posted by | March 26, 2021 |

ABOUT CODE NATION

Code Nation is a community of teenagers, technologists, teachers, business leaders, and other champions. A movement spanning cities, cultures, and industries, our community builds bridges across social and economic divides and unites people with the power to change each others’ lives.

Code Nation equips students with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching cohort of over 300 professional web and software developers and a network of school and company partners, we provide coding courses and work-based learning programs to students who attend under-resourced high schools. Our industry-aligned curriculum and vast network of supporters provide students with the tech skills and social capital they need to break into the tech workforce.

During the 2019-2020 school year, Code Nation pivoted to reach 1,630 students in 72 programs across the Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City, 100% virtually. Software developers collectively volunteered more than 45,000 hours to provide in-person and remote learning in support of Code Nation’s mission in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City.

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization. Ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities. We believe that anyone can learn to code, and everyone should have access to careers in the thriving tech workforce. Check out our latest commitment with CS for All to provide coding courses, workplace experiences, and industry mentorship with a focus on equity and representation for 1,200 students across New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area by Summer 2021.

THE ROLE

The salary range for this position is $85,000 – 140,000. This range is wide because Code Nation is eager to meet candidates who have fully mastered all aspects of this role as well as candidates who would be learning some aspects for the first time.

Code Nation seeks a Development Director to lead our development work nationally and to support each of our regional leaders to strategize and execute in service of local fundraising goals. Our CEO loves fundraising and our board and Bay Area regional leadership council are highly engaged in fundraising. Our regional leaders have mixed experience with fundraising and we are still forming leadership councils in New York and Chicago. The Development Director will be a master strategist and project manager who will enjoy managing multiple solicitors in support of their successful fundraising outcomes, including regional leaders, board members, leadership council members, and other Code Nation champions. A successful Development Director will meet people where they are, diagnose opportunities to provide content expertise, and will lead Code Nation’s leadership on their journey towards fundraising success.

In the first ~six months, this Development Director will help us to close out our FY21 fundraising goal of approximately $5.9mm while learning all about what we think is a special program that is meeting the needs of our students. This amount represents the total of each region’s fundraising goals ($1.8mm in the Bay Area, $722K in Chicago, $1.4 mm in NYC, and $2mm for the National region). We had a strong fundraising year in FY20 and closed the year having raised approximately $5.3mm. A successful Development Director will support the Bay Area and NYC regions achieve slightly higher fundraising goals from last year ($1.6mm and $1.2 mm respectively) and assist Chicago with fundraising an approximate 70% increase from FY20 to FY21. Over the first two years in the role, the Development Director will help us to expand our fundraising primarily through increasing the number of individuals providing major gifts and developing and executing against a robust corporate partnerships strategy, which we are uniquely positioned to pursue given our role in workforce development.

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization; ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Development strategy, execution and tracking

  • Refine and support execution of Code Nation’s organization-wide fundraising strategy at the national and local level in pursuit of our annual fundraising goal (Code Nation’s FY21 fundraising goal is $5.9mm and will likely increase in support of programmatic growth)
  • Develop and implement a plan to increase the racial diversity of Code Nation’s funders
  • Create a cadence of support to the CEO and three regional leaders to offer strategic guidance, build capacity, and monitor progress
  • Lead periodic (e.g. quarterly) stepbacks to assess overall progress to goal against development goals
  • Lead organizational leaders and development team members through an annual development planning process to set realistic goals around fundraising and help to tether overall organizational planning to realistic revenue targets

Build strategy and drive execution to achieve national fundraising goal

  • Support and eventually own board engagement towards fundraising outcomes including fundraising sessions at board meetings and individualized communication outside of board meetings
  • Function as a “development Chief of Staff” for the CEO as primary solicitor including helping her set strategy, project manage donor engagement, and build capacity around donor materials and communications
  • Set vision for and project manage fundraising events

Partnering with regional leaders (Bay Area, Chicago and NYC) to drive fundraising at the regional level

  • Provide meaningful and differentiated strategic, operational, and development skill coaching to regional leaders in service of their learning and success
  • Create meeting and routine structures to help regional leaders to successfully plan and execute actions to deliver fundraising outcomes
  • Supporting the Bay Area regional team with substantial support to engage their regional leadership council to drive towards fundraising outcomes
  • Supporting the creation of regional leadership councils in Chicago and New York

Lead and manage the development and communications team

  • Hire, manage, coach, and retain a small team including three development and one communications staff members
  • Create a division of responsibility across the team that ensures that:
  • Data integrity is consistently upheld in service of strong project management and accurate forecasting
  • Team is executing on actions in support of the CEO and regional leaders both to drive efficiencies and help focus solicitor time on donor facing activities
  • Grant requirements are managed tightly without errors
  • Managing organizational communications with the primary goal of supporting fundraising and the secondary goal of communicating to Code Nation’s other key audiences (a vision for communications has recently been established by a communications consultant)

Donor program development

  • Lead organizational leadership to think expansively about opportunities to build donor facing programs including but not limited to:
  • Creation of “sponsor a student’ or “sponsor a cohort” donor programs or giving circles
  • Identifying and acting on opportunities to engage our volunteers who have means to donate
  • Development of a robust corporate partnerships program in pursuit of both volunteer hours and donations, likely with the assistance of a consultant expert, which will be largely driven by regional partnerships managers who will hold a dotted line relationship to the Development Director

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Success in this position will require, but not be limited to, the following proven experiences and competencies:

What you’ve accomplished (required):

  • Demonstrated ability to create and lead the execution of a development strategy that met or beat its objectives for either an entire organization of comparable size or for a region of a larger, geographically matrixed organization
  • Experience engaging board members towards fundraising outcomes
  • Successfully managed a small team in support of development work
  • Experience managing forecasting including regular progress to goals meetings and tightly managing data integrity to ensure accuracy

Other things you might have accomplished (preferred) or would be excited to learn here:

  • Managing institutional relationships including the full lifecycle of foundation grants
  • Setting vision for and executing towards a robust set of corporate partnerships resulting in donation of both time and money
  • Facilitating conversations across the organization to educate other staff about our donors and fundraising strategies while helping to sharpen thinking around living out our values in our fundraising (including recognizing, honoring, and reconciling any potential tensions)
  • Owning a vision for communications at the organizational level including management of a junior level communications staff member
  • Supporting organizational leaders to successfully engage and solicit high wealth individuals
  • An understanding of tech education and youth development programs

Skills you have developed and knowledge you have acquired:

  • Ability to organize and keep track of many projects, deadlines and priorities at the same time, specifically in the context of matrixed fundraising
  • Ability to organize and manage the actions of others who don’t report into you
  • Ability to manage a small team including both strong work outputs and facilitating an experience of fulfillment and belonging
  • Ability to manage self while leveraging manager for strategic support rather than accountability
  • Strong orientation towards customer service in a shared services context with a focus on meeting the needs of others without being asked
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in clear, concise, and linear ways
  • High level of self-awareness, humility, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
  • A baseline comfortability with tech concepts and terminology

How you work and what you value:

  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Comfortability with ambiguity while finding responsibility in driving towards and/or creating clarity
  • Enjoys iterative work
  • Self starter and entrepreneurial. Comfortable with failure as a path towards progress
  • Enjoys working on a team and operates in a way that will build trust with teammates (e.g. curiosity, integrity, consideration, etc.)
  • Driven by results
  • Enjoys fundraising
  • Sees themselves in our core values

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Code Nation has a high-performing culture characterized by our desire to provide our staff members with the support, resources, and information they need to be successful in our organization and in the non-profit field in general.  If you take on this position, you can expect to be offered a compensation package, including salary and benefits, that will be commensurate with your experience and competitive within the non-profit sector. Some of the benefits we offer to our staff members include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance and a Flex spending account for out of pocket medical costs
  • Generous Time Off policy-15 days of paid time off & 14 paid holidays/office closures
  • 401k Retirement Plan

TO APPLY

Code Nation is partnering with RCG Talent Solutions to find our next Development Director. Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@rcgtalent.com with the phrase “Code Nation Development Director” in the subject line. We ask that when writing your cover letter, you focus on naming both what interests you about Code Nation’s work and how your experience would lend itself to successfully leading our development function.

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Director of Talent and Equity

Posted by | March 8, 2021 |

ABOUT CODE NATION

Code Nation is a community of teenagers, technologists, teachers, business leaders, and other champions. A movement spanning cities, cultures, and industries, our community builds bridges across social and economic divides and unites people with the power to change each others’ lives.

Code Nation equips students with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching cohort of over 300 professional web and software developers and a network of school and company partners, we provide coding courses and work-based learning programs to students who attend under-resourced high schools. Our industry-aligned curriculum and vast network of supporters provide students with the tech skills and social capital they need to break into the tech workforce.

During the 2019-2020 school year, Code Nation pivoted to reach 1,630 students in 72 programs across the Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City, 100% virtually. Software developers collectively volunteered more than 45,000 hours to provide in-person and remote learning in support of Code Nation’s mission in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City.

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization. Ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities. We believe that anyone can learn to code, and everyone should have access to careers in the thriving tech workforce. Check out our latest commitment with CS for All to provide coding courses, workplace experiences, and industry mentorship with a focus on equity and representation for 1,200 students across New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area by Summer 2021.

 

THE ROLE

Code Nation is seeking our first ever leader of our human resources function, the Director of Talent and Equity. The Director of Talent and Equity will develop and manage our efforts to support a thriving team and an inclusive organizational culture. They will ensure equitable practices are infused throughout our internal processes, including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, professional development, retention, and team member engagement. The Director of Talent and Equity will have strong DEI experience, an inclusive and collaborative approach to the work, and the ability to build strong connections within our team. 

In the first year, the Director of Talent and Equity will refine our performance management system and processes, help inform our emerging compensation philosophy and strategy, and develop an approach for evaluating and updating our benefits that ensure we are meeting the needs of our staff and remaining competitive in recruiting talent. They will also design and coordinate onboarding and offboarding experiences that make our team feel valued. Our emerging vision is that a team member in each region will spend ~25-30% of their time working on HR initiatives (culture, hiring, etc.) and that the Director of Talent and Equity will implement their vision through thoughtfully centralizing some things and supporting these regional liaisons to implement locally (e.g.hiring, team culture, etc.) in service of regional program autonomy.

The Director of Talent and Equity will report to our COO, Fra Balbi. Fra and the Director of Talent and Equity will co-manage a Senior Manager of Human Resources and Finance. Code Nation currently has 34 full time team members with plans to grow to 40 by August 2021. The majority of our staff work on our regional program teams in the Bay Area, Chicago, and New York. 

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization; ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities.

The salary range for this position is $100,000 – 140,000.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Performance Management + Leadership Development
      • Work with leadership team to develop a vision for excellent management at Code Nation
      • Work with Managing Directors to develop robust and equitable staff, manager, and leadership development pathways across Code Nation to facilitate professional growth and provide a foundation for ongoing performance management
      • Serve as a trusted resource to all team members to help navigate career development, management, and ensure a great team member experience
      • In collaboration with Code Nation leadership, improve upon and scale current performance management processes, including ensuring staff received annual performance review and are equipped to engage in clear and collaborative conversations around workload, goals and performance
      • Work with managers to establish a culture of transparency and growth orientation with regard to performance and promotion through intentional habits and structures designed to facilitate feedback and nurturing professional development experiences
  • Talent Strategy
      • Lead Code Nation in maintaining and developing best practices across all areas of talent management and culture, including recruitment, hiring, professional development, staff management, performance evaluations, promotion pathways, and team member retention plans
      • Build and deliver long-term, data-driven professional development pathways and plans that positively impact individual and team performance, leadership, and Code Nation’s strategic goals
      • Develop robust, consistent onboarding procedures to welcome and orient new team members with the knowledge and support to thrive from the outset
      • Manage team member engagement processes, including developing and analyzing our annual staff culture survey and co-leading efforts to track organizational progress and integrate feedback into policies and practices
      • Manage periodic compensation analyses to ensure staff are compensated competitively and equitably
      • Consult with and advise programmatic staff regarding talent and organization development opportunities and solutions
  • Equity & Inclusion
      • Create and champion learning opportunities that build staff knowledge and skills for embedding equity and inclusion throughout our programmatic work, internal practices, and organizational culture; co-lead the design and implementation of organization-wide accountability measures, such as incorporation of equity core competencies into job descriptions and performance reviews
      • Establish methods for the ongoing tracking of the impact of our policies and practices to ensure they are equitable for all staff while identifying and recommending improvements
      • Develop robust recruitment processes and support to create the highest caliber candidate pools and provide guidance and coaching on explicit recruitment-focused responsibilities
      • In conjunction with leadership, work to ensure cultural changes are embedded across all levels and in alignment with strategic plans and desired business outcomes
  • Human Resources
    • Maintain team member handbook, including evaluating all human resources policies and procedures and identifying and implementing policy improvements
    • Work with Code Nation’s HRIS vendor to manage team member documentation; utilize relevant human resource and company systems to track candidate flows and manage team member performance management records (e.g., professional development plans, performance reviews, performance improvement plans)
    • Serve as a point person for Employee Relations, including confidential and sensitive personnel issues and management of the confidential internal grievance process

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Success in this position will require, but not be limited to, the following proven experiences and competencies:

  • What you’ve accomplished (required):
      • Minimum of 5 years in human resources or talent roles in an analogous setting (e.g. direct service or youth development program). We will eagerly consider candidates with compelling experience at other social sector organizations or from the private sector who demonstrate strong instincts around the needs of our organization in the interview process
      • Found success through influencing and managing people to execute when they do not report into you (through dotted line relationships)
      • Knowledge of human resources best practices, from compliance to strategic engagement
      • Experience helping organizations progress on their journey to become more equitable and inclusive, and receive constructive feedback
      • Ability to coach others; deep knowledge of adult learning strategies and tactics
  • Other things you might have accomplished (preferred) or would be excited to learn here:
      • Owning the talent life cycle from beginning (recruitment/hiring) to end (offboarding)
      • Developing an ongoing talent strategy including forecasting of future needs
      • Significant experience advancing equity as a mission-critical facet of your role
      • Facilitating staff experiences around diversity, equity, and inclusion or strong instincts around selecting and managing external vendors
      • Creating and/or managing an org-wide performance management system that is equitable and growth oriented
      • Developing and/or strengthening a comprehensive compensation policy that is equity driven
  • Skills you have developed and knowledge you have acquired:
      • Ability to organize and keep track of many projects, deadlines, and priorities at the same time
      • Ability to organize and manage the actions of others who do not report to you
      • Ability to manage self while leveraging manager for strategic support rather than accountability
      • Ability to set vision for a small dispersed team with dotted reporting lines while managing to strong outcomes and job satisfaction
      • Ability to produce work that is clear and accessible to all internal audiences
      • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback
      • Ability to coach others; knowledge of adult learning strategies
      • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in clear, concise, and linear ways
      • High level of self-awareness, humility, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence
      • Ability to track and research trends in organizational design and human resources strategy in a virtual, dispersed context
      • Ability to take hard data, qualitative information, feedback, input from internal and external stakeholders, to develop and inform talent strategies
      • Ability to prioritize actions that will efficiently produce the most desirable results while deciding not to take other worthwhile actions due to time constraints
      • Knowledge of how race, racism, class, classism, gender, sexism, and power and privilege and related equity issues show up in the work of mission-driven organizations and their programs
  • How you work and what you value:
    • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Comfortability with ambiguity while finding responsibility in driving towards and/or creating clarity
    • Enjoys iterative work
    • Self starter and entrepreneurial. Comfortable with failure as a path towards progress
    • Exemplary ethical standards, discretion, and an excellent track record of managing confidential matters and developing trust with colleagues at all levels
    • Enjoys working on a team and operates in a way that will build trust with teammates (e.g. curiosity, integrity, consideration, etc.)
    • Driven by results
    • See yourself in our core values

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Code Nation has a high-performing culture characterized by our desire to provide our staff members with the support, resources, and information they need to be successful in our organization and in the non-profit field in general.  If you take on this position, you can expect to be offered a compensation package, including salary and benefits, that will be commensurate with your experience and competitive within the non-profit sector. Some of the benefits we offer to our staff members include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance and a Flex spending account for out of pocket medical costs
  • Generous Time Off policy-15 days of paid time off & 14 paid holidays/office closures
  • 401k Retirement Plan 
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Director of Development

Posted by | February 25, 2021 |

ABOUT CODE NATION

Code Nation is a community of teenagers, technologists, teachers, business leaders, and other champions. A movement spanning cities, cultures, and industries, our community builds bridges across social and economic divides and unites people with the power to change each others’ lives. 

Code Nation equips students with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching cohort of over 300 professional web and software developers and a network of school and company partners, we provide coding courses and work-based learning programs to students who attend under-resourced high schools. Our industry-aligned curriculum and vast network of supporters provide students with the tech skills and social capital they need to break into the tech workforce.

During the 2019-2020 school year, Code Nation pivoted to reach 1,630 students in 72 programs across the Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City, 100% virtually. Software developers collectively volunteered more than 45,000 hours to provide in-person and remote learning in support of Code Nation’s mission in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City.

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization. Ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities. We believe that anyone can learn to code, and everyone should have access to careers in the thriving tech workforce. Check out our latest commitment with CS for All to provide coding courses, workplace experiences, and industry mentorship with a focus on equity and representation for 1,200 students across New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area by Summer 2021.

THE ROLE

The salary range for this position is $85,000 – 140,000. This range is wide because Code Nation is eager to meet candidates who have fully mastered all aspects of this role as well as candidates who would be learning some aspects for the first time.

Code Nation seeks a Development Director to lead our development work nationally and to support each of our regional leaders to strategize and execute in service of local fundraising goals. Our CEO loves fundraising and our board and Bay Area regional leadership council are highly engaged in fundraising. Our regional leaders have mixed experience with fundraising and we are still forming leadership councils in New York and Chicago. The Development Director will be a master strategist and project manager who will enjoy managing multiple solicitors in support of their successful fundraising outcomes, including regional leaders, board members, leadership council members, and other Code Nation champions. A successful Development Director will meet people where they are, diagnose opportunities to provide content expertise, and will lead Code Nation’s leadership on their journey towards fundraising success.

In the first ~six months, this Development Director will help us to close out our FY21 fundraising goal of approximately $5.9mm while learning all about what we think is a special program that is meeting the needs of our students. This amount represents the total of each region’s fundraising goals ($1.8mm in the Bay Area, $722K in Chicago, $1.4 mm in NYC, and $2mm for the National region). We had a strong fundraising year in FY20 and closed the year having raised approximately $5.3mm. A successful Development Director will support the Bay Area and NYC regions achieve slightly higher fundraising goals from last year ($1.6mm and $1.2 mm respectively) and assist Chicago with fundraising an approximate 70% increase from FY20 to FY21. Over the first two years in the role, the Development Director will help us to expand our fundraising primarily through increasing the number of individuals providing major gifts and developing and executing against a robust corporate partnerships strategy, which we are uniquely positioned to pursue given our role in workforce development.

Code Nation is committed to being an inclusive, pro-Black, and anti-racist organization; ideal candidates are committed to educational and tech equity and working against institutional inequities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Development strategy, execution and tracking
      • Refine and support execution of Code Nation’s organization-wide fundraising strategy at the national and local level in pursuit of our annual fundraising goal (Code Nation’s FY21 fundraising goal is $5.9mm and will likely increase in support of programmatic growth)
      • Develop and implement a plan to increase the racial diversity of Code Nation’s funders
      • Create a cadence of support to the CEO and three regional leaders to offer strategic guidance, build capacity, and monitor progress
      • Lead periodic (e.g. quarterly) stepbacks to assess overall progress to goal against development goals
      • Lead organizational leaders and development team members through an annual development planning process to set realistic goals around fundraising and help to tether overall organizational planning to realistic revenue targets
  • Build strategy and drive execution to achieve national fundraising goal
      • Support and eventually own board engagement towards fundraising outcomes including fundraising sessions at board meetings and individualized communication outside of board meetings
      • Function as a “development Chief of Staff” for the CEO as primary solicitor including helping her set strategy, project manage donor engagement, and build capacity around donor materials and communications
      • Set vision for and project manage fundraising events
  • Partnering with regional leaders (Bay Area, Chicago and NYC) to drive fundraising at the regional level
      • Provide meaningful and differentiated strategic, operational, and development skill coaching to regional leaders in service of their learning and success
      • Create meeting and routine structures to help regional leaders to successfully plan and execute actions to deliver fundraising outcomes
      • Supporting the Bay Area regional team with substantial support to engage their regional leadership council to drive towards fundraising outcomes
      • Supporting the creation of regional leadership councils in Chicago and New York 
  • Lead and manage the development and communications team
      • Hire, manage, coach, and retain a small team including three development and one communications staff members
      • Create a division of responsibility across the team that ensures that:
        • Data integrity is consistently upheld in service of strong project management and accurate forecasting
        • Team is executing on actions in support of the CEO and regional leaders both to drive efficiencies and help focus solicitor time on donor facing activities
        • Grant requirements are managed tightly without errors
      • Managing organizational communications with the primary goal of supporting fundraising and the secondary goal of communicating to Code Nation’s other key audiences (a vision for communications has recently been established by a communications consultant)
  • Donor program development
    • Lead organizational leadership to think expansively about opportunities to build donor facing programs including but not limited to:
      • Creation of “sponsor a student’ or “sponsor a cohort” donor programs or giving circles
      • Identifying and acting on opportunities to engage our volunteers who have means to donate
    • Development of a robust corporate partnerships program in pursuit of both volunteer hours and donations, likely with the assistance of a consultant expert, which will be largely driven by regional partnerships managers who will hold a dotted line relationship to the Development Director

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Success in this position will require, but not be limited to, the following proven experiences and competencies:

  • What you’ve accomplished (required):
      • Demonstrated ability to create and lead the execution of a development strategy that met or beat its objectives for either an entire organization of comparable size or for a region of a larger, geographically matrixed organization
      • Experience engaging board members towards fundraising outcomes
      • Successfully managed a small team in support of development work
      • Experience managing forecasting including regular progress to goals meetings and tightly managing data integrity to ensure accuracy
  • Other things you might have accomplished (preferred) or would be excited to learn here:
      • Managing institutional relationships including the full lifecycle of foundation grants
      • Setting vision for and executing towards a robust set of corporate partnerships resulting in donation of both time and money
      • Facilitating conversations across the organization to educate other staff about our donors and fundraising strategies while helping to sharpen thinking around living out our values in our fundraising (including recognizing, honoring, and reconciling any potential tensions)
      • Owning a vision for communications at the organizational level including management of a junior level communications staff member
      • Supporting organizational leaders to successfully engage and solicit high wealth individuals
      • An understanding of tech education and youth development programs
  • Skills you have developed and knowledge you have acquired:
      • Ability to organize and keep track of many projects, deadlines and priorities at the same time, specifically in the context of matrixed fundraising
      • Ability to organize and manage the actions of others who don’t report into you
      • Ability to manage a small team including both strong work outputs and facilitating an experience of fulfillment and belonging
      • Ability to manage self while leveraging manager for strategic support rather than accountability
      • Strong orientation towards customer service in a shared services context with a focus on meeting the needs of others without being asked
      • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in clear, concise, and linear ways
      • High level of self-awareness, humility, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
      • A baseline comfortability with tech concepts and terminology
  • How you work and what you value:
    • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Comfortability with ambiguity while finding responsibility in driving towards and/or creating clarity
    • Enjoys iterative work
    • Self starter and entrepreneurial. Comfortable with failure as a path towards progress
    • Enjoys working on a team and operates in a way that will build trust with teammates (e.g. curiosity, integrity, consideration, etc.)
    • Driven by results
    • Enjoys fundraising
    • Sees themselves in our core values

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Code Nation has a high-performing culture characterized by our desire to provide our staff members with the support, resources, and information they need to be successful in our organization and in the non-profit field in general.  If you take on this position, you can expect to be offered a compensation package, including salary and benefits, that will be commensurate with your experience and competitive within the non-profit sector. Some of the benefits we offer to our staff members include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance and a Flex spending account for out of pocket medical costs
  • Generous Time Off policy-15 days of paid time off & 14 paid holidays/office closures
  • 401k Retirement Plan 

TO APPLY

Code Nation is partnering with RCG Talent Solutions to find our next Development Director. Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@rcgtalent.com with the phrase “Code Nation Development Director” in the subject line. We ask that when writing your cover letter, you focus on naming both what interests you about Code Nation’s work and how your experience would lend itself to successfully leading our development function.