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25 Feb 2019

Research and Policy Director of Regional Giving and Systems

Educators for Excellence

Job Description

The Opportunity

E4E has realized a number of critical achievements over the past several years, including rapid growth in staff, budget, and impact, and now stands poised to accelerate its progress over the coming five years. As we move forward, we will focus on deepening teacher engagement, developing the vision and tools for transformative teacher leadership, and bringing internal systems to the next level to ensure the organization has the infrastructure, resources, and supports necessary to achieve our goals.

To support this work nationally, our National Development Team is hiring a Director of Regional Giving & Systems (DRGS). The DRGS reports directly to the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development and is an essential link between E4E’s national development team and local chapters’ development efforts. E4E currently fundraises national support from national partners — the Foundations and Individual Giving leads manage these partnerships. Additionally, each E4E chapter is working to grow their base of local donors with the local Executive Director and Managing Director of Development responsible for local fundraising efforts. The DRGS is an essential bridge between national and local work, ensuring that all chapter and national fundraising staff operate as a cohesive team. The DRGS coaches and supports local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development in our six chapters; coordinates organization-wide projects between the national and local development teams; oversees data and systems-wide initiatives across local and national development teams; and ensures timely and accurate information-sharing among these teams. In some cases, the DRGS will also steward external relationships with donors and prospective partners in local communities.

In this position, you will:

Strategically Plan and Analyze:

  • Create a comprehensive, multi-year organization-wide fundraising strategy and coordinate local fundraising efforts
  • Develop high-level strategic plans for internal and external work
  • Work in partnership with local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development to set vision and direction for local fundraising
  • Develop and support local implementation of a multi-year strategy for ambitiously increasing the size and number of gifts
  • Coordinate across relevant national streams and local teams to implement integrated fundraising activities
  • Collaborate with national and local development teams to support the creation of development-specific materials and communications.


Build Systems:

  • Create systems to codify information and share best practices across chapters
  • Create systems to share local updates and information with National Development team members and Co-CEOs when relevant
  • Oversee the rollout and continued maintenance of Salesforce for pipeline tracking, donor communications, and moves management
  • Guide local fundraising efforts by identifying trends to create and execute trainings, learning opportunities, and professional development for Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development in partnership with the Regional Giving Manager and Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development


Build Relationships and Coach and Develop Staff:

  • Coach and support local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development in the creation of stewardship plans, the analyzing of data and trends, the identifying of new donors, and the execution of fundraising activities
  • Build strong relationships across chapters and between the national and local teams to create a strong, single fundraising team that simultaneously supports organization-wide and local efforts
  • Strategize, coordinate, and support the execution of timely, accurate, and compelling interactions with funders in partnership with the Executive Directors, local Managing Directors of Development, the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development and Co-CEOs
  • Work with the National Development Associate and Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development to understand new site fundraising landscapes and support execution of new site fundraising efforts
  • Serve as main point of national contact for local chapters and help lead the development and communication of organization-wide opportunities for fundraising (online appeals or campaigns) as well as best practices across chapters
  • Liaise with the Office of the Co-CEOs on critical projects and initiatives on a consistent basis in order to ensure prioritization of the most critical projects that drive the organization to achieve its short and long-term goals
  • Manage the planning and execution of meetings with the Board of Directors
  • Manage the Regional Giving Manager and the National Development Associate

As the ideal candidate, you have:


  • Eight to ten years of professional leadership and management experience, including roles focused on direct and lateral management and advising senior leaders
  • At least 4 years of direct fundraising experience managing portfolios at the $5M+ level annually
  • At least one year of professional experience in the political/advocacy fundraising sector or education nonprofit sector, including K-12/higher education; school-based professional experience, or student-based professional experience


  • A proven track record of success in leading teams and motivating others, in a variety of circumstances, to reach and surpass ambitious goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and prior experience coaching and developing others to accomplish results
  • Exceptional organizational skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations with precision
  • Strong project management experience
  • Ability and willingness to achieve results through others and laterally manage Senior Leadership Team members as well as peers
  • A high sense of urgency and demonstrate self-motivation, a focus on goals, and commitment to high-quality execution
  • Commitment to building a base of mission-aligned partners who are excited to bring their diverse resources (ideas, networks, time, skills, and experience, in addition to financial resources) to bear in order to achieve our mission
  • Excellent judgment, discretion, and impeccable ethical standards
  • Ability to understand the motivations of others, inspire and compel others to action, and quickly build authentic and deep relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications
  • Comfort with traveling to various E4E chapters during the year, up to 40% of travel time
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word required; Adobe Illustrator and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience preferred 


Moreover, all E4E staff demonstrate our Core Values:

  • Respect and Professionalism: We act with personal responsibility, respect, and commitment to high quality work, to our organization and to each other
  • Solutions Orientation: We consistently approach even the most complex challenges with positivity, proactive solutions, and the assumption of best intentions
  • Growth Mindset: We intentionally create opportunities to develop ourselves and others in order to learn and continuously improve
  • Dynamic Leadership: We courageously take ownership, empower others, set bold visions, think strategically, and adapt to change
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness: Educational inequity is linked to race, power, and privilege, and so we take action to shift this paradigm by reflecting on our own identities, creating an inclusive and diverse community, and leveraging our differences as strengths

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online and should be addressed to Jelena Dobic, Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development. Please include a resume and cover letter, and ensure that all materials address relevant experience and your understanding of how this position connects to the overall mission of E4E. Educators for Excellence believes in providing employees with benefits to support self-care, wellness, and financial stability. We value the whole person and provide benefits such as; paid time off, health insurance plans, competitive salaries that include pre-tax benefits, and cell phone reimbursements. See more information about our benefits here. Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with low-income communities of color. Therefore, though race and other identity markers are never used to make final hiring decisions, we place a particular focus on recruiting staff members who share the backgrounds of our communities.

Bureaus: - National -. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Research and Policy. Job Tags: fundraising management. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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