Development Associate


Development Associate

Hiring Manager: Alex Cassanova, Director of Development Strategy & Operations

Location: Flexible/Remote; Chapter Locations Preferred (New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; St. Paul, MN; Boston, MA; New Haven, CT)

Application Deadline: 1/2/22

Role Tier: 2 - Associate

About Us

Our nation’s education system is leaving millions of students—including an overwhelming number of students of color and low-income students—unprepared for college, career, and life. While research shows that classroom teachers are the single most important in-school factor in improving student achievement, their diverse voices are consistently left out of education policy decisions. For far too long, teachers have been treated as subjects of change rather than as agents of change.  

Founded by public school teachers, Educators for Excellence is a growing movement of 34,000 educators, united around a common set of values and principles for improving student learning and elevating the teaching profession. We work together to identify issues that impact our schools, create solutions to these challenges, and advocate for policies and programs that give all students access to a quality education.

What We Do

Our Theory of Change is grounded in two long-term goals that are inextricably linked: better outcomes for our students and the elevation of the quality and prestige of the teaching profession. We achieve these goals by changing policy at the district, state, and federal levels and transforming our teachers’ union to be more student-focused, democratic, diverse, and anti-racist. United around our Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs, we are building a powerful movement to lead this change by:

  • Organizing educators who share a common vision of equity and excellence in schools,
  • Training and supporting teacher leadership, and
  • Advocating for teacher-led recommendations at all levels of government, within teachers’ unions, and in the public conversation around education.

Educators for Excellence envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession. 

The Opportunity
E4E organizes anti-racist, student focused educators, builds their leadership capabilities and collective power through issue based advocacy campaigns, and supports them to take on positions of leadership in their schools, districts, and most importantly, in their unions. Over our 10-year history, we have made incredible progress organizing teachers to take action to uplift their students and profession. Through E4E, tens of thousands of educators have signed on to a common vision for elevating the teaching profession and improving student outcomes; thousands of teacher members have successfully advocated for and won equity and excellence focused policy changes in their local communities; and hundreds have trained for and taken on positions of elected and appointed leadership in their schools, districts, and unions. 

In the coming year, E4E’s programming must build on this momentum while pivoting to meet the moment of dramatic crisis facing our students and teachers. We will be guided by the urgent goal of shaping policy solutions to help students, particularly low-income students and students of color, recover from a year of interrupted and unfinished learning, health and social emotional crises, and unrelenting racial trauma. We will do this by organizing and uplifting the collective voices of anti-racist, progressive educators, recognizing they have also faced significant personal and professional challenges to overcome. We know that our work is more urgent and important than ever during this unprecedented moment in our nation's education history, and as a result we are making strategic investments in our leadership team, infrastructure, and program model to continue to accelerate our efficacy and impact.

Educators for Excellence’s Development Associate is critical to increasing and diversifying support and in the long-term, to achieving local sustainability. Reporting directly to the Director of Development Strategy & Operations, the Development Associate will support fundraising efforts to build and steward exceptional relationships with funders. Working closely with the National Growth Team, the Development Associate manages development operations; supports team-wide communications and collateral development; supports donor prospecting efforts; and oversees and strengthens tools and systems. 

The Development Associate is an organized, systems-thinker with strong and effective communications skills and who is passionate about maximizing E4E’s impact in teacher-led grassroots organizing, policy and advocacy. Furthermore, the Development Associate will deeply understand the vital importance of partnership building and the connection between this work stream and our organization’s overall success.

With chapters currently operating in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Boston, and Minnesota, E4E’s organizing culture is grounded in our passion for impacting educational systems and revolves around an innovative, roll-up-your-sleeves spirit backed by a shared commitment to continuous professional growth.

Scope: What is the nature of the role?

Development Operations and Administration:

  • Manage development operations to ensure thoughtful stewardship of donor relationships and align with other streams around priorities (pipeline gift management, cash-in and acknowledgements, and donor communications logistics)
  • Manage all gift processing and acknowledgement activities
  • Organize and update development records in Salesforce and G-Suite
  • Manage development tools and systems, including ongoing maintenance,  improvements, adoption,  team trainings, and other needed support
  • Partner with finance staff to ensure ongoing alignment of records and clear and consistent processes for collaboration; partner with development team to accurately forecast future revenue to support planning 
  • Serve as administrative lead for the full development team


  • Craft, edit, proof, and consistently update high quality, compelling, and informative collateral for use by the full development team 
  • Project manage and develop content for grassroots fundraising appeals and donor cultivation opportunities
  • Manage relationships with vendors and leverage their expertise to strengthen E4E’s online giving platform

Team-Wide Development Support: 

  • Support team-wide prospect research efforts
  • On an as needed basis, support development team with other writing needs (drafting email correspondence, grant proposal and report writing, proofing)
  • Support the creation and execution of professional development opportunities 
  • Create and manage a resource bank of shared materials and exemplars 

Qualifications & Requirements:


  • 1-2 years of fundraising or related experience at increasing levels of responsibility
  • Significant exposure to development operations, tools/systems, grassroots fundraising, and/or prospect research
  • Passion and commitment to E4E’s mission; experience working on issues relevant to our work

Technical Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications to a variety of audiences
  • Exceptional organizational skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations and multiple projects at one time with precision
  • Comfort and fluency with G-suite, Slack, and presentation formats like Powerpoint 
  • Understanding of and experience with Salesforce, including reporting and customizations is a major plus

Transportation: Often works out of the office (or home office), with some travel possible (currently virtual due to Covid-19)

Core Values: What beliefs do you embody? How do you approach your work?

  • Equity - We look for opportunities to redistribute power in response to inequity.
  • Adjust Course - We take a resilient attitude towards roadblocks and adjust strategies to ensure progress to goal. 
  • Evaluation & Reflection - We look for opportunities to celebrate success & show growth in ourselves and in our work.
  • Communication - We value clear and thoughtful word choice, tone and body language.
  • Responsiveness - We keep each other in the loop to keep the work moving forward.
  • High Quality Work - We ensure all deliverables meet our standard of excellence.
  • Ownership - We take part in finding solutions for the problems we identify. 

Positional Skills - What can you do well? 

  • Organizing, Planning and Executing - Sense of urgency and demonstrated self-motivation, ability to work both independently and collaboratively to meet ambitious goals.
  • Cultivating Relationships & Collaborating - Excellent relationship-building and communication skills; a persuasive negotiator able to utilize relationships to mobilize others to action.
  • Making Decisions & Demonstrating Judgment - Wisdom and good judgment; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills to enable sound decision-making.
  • Influencing & Motivating - Inspires committed and positive action towards accomplishing individual and collective organizational work goals
  • Tracking, Measuring & Analyzing - Builds and maintains systems and procedures to track data and progress towards individual and organizational goals; analyzes data thoroughly to determine trends & opportunities
  • Learning & Developing - Pursues opportunities to deepen and expand skill set regularly; implements new strategies with fidelity and shares learning with others 

Functional Knowledge - What do you know a lot about?

  • General knowledge of fundraising best practices
  • General knowledge of one or more of the portfolio’s geographic regions (Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Boston, New York, Connecticut) preferred.
  • Fluency in education policy and political landscape preferred; alternatively, demonstrated capacity to quickly learn and deploy this nuanced content.
  • Comfort working with various stakeholders, including senior leaders, teachers, donors, board members, and other partners.

Compensation, Benefits & Applying

Compensation Policy

Educators for Excellence (E4E) is committed to valuing team members holistically in appreciation of their contribution to the organization’s success and for the good they create for society as part of our mission. While there are many facets of the “Total Rewards” package that come with working at E4E, compensation is a significant factor in a team member’s decision to work here. As such, we strive to attract, retain and reward top talent by offering competitive salaries and benefits that are equitably and transparently administered. Therefore, we do not engage in salary negotiations - our first offer is always our best offer! 

The salary band for the Development Associate role is $59,918 - $81,065

*based on NYC cost of labor and adjusted for candidates in different geographic regions.

Within this range, our competitive, non-negotiable salary offer will be based on a candidate’s relevant experience and credentials, role-related competencies assessed through our robust hiring process, and geographic location. 

E4E recognizes and appreciates the time required to progress through our interview process. Some of our positions will require the completion of a work-related project. All candidates selected to proceed to the project phase of the interview process will receive a tax-free stipend in recognition for the time commitment required to complete the project. 


Educators for Excellence (E4E) 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.

Applications should be submitted by our application deadline by January 2, 2022.

E4E 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 the communities we serve.


Full Time


80 Pine Street
28th Floor
New York, NY 10005
United States