Development Associate, Minnesota (Deadline - September 3rd)

  • Location: Minneapolis MN
  • Team: Minnesota Chapter
  • Posted: 8/13/19
  • Hiring Managers: Holly Kragthorpe
  • Application Deadline: 9/3/19

About Us

Our nation’s history of racism and oppression have led to inequities across sectors of society, including education, 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 over 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 this by:

  • Building a movement of forward-thinking teachers through grassroots organizing in communities across the country
  • Identifying and training teacher leaders within that broader movement to take on key positions of influence in their schools, districts, states, and perhaps most importantly, within their teachers unions
  • Creating teacher-led policy recommendations in order to bridge the divide between policymakers and the classroom
  • Advocating for implementation of teacher-generated policy ideas
  • Scaling this model to reach critical mass in the communities we serve and across the country

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

Reporting directly to the Deputy Director, the Development Associate will support local efforts to build and steward exceptional relationships with local funders. Working closely with the Deputy Director, National Development partners, and other Minnesota chapter members, the Development Associate manages critical development team systems and operations such as data tracking and analysis and prospect research; supports donor communications and stewardship such as communications writing and creation of donor-facing materials; and collaborates on cross-stream and vital team-wide projects, including site visits and grant reporting.

The Development Associate will be a strong and effective communicator who enjoys thoughtfully and strategically developing and supporting relationships with donors and colleagues in a fast-paced environment with a passion for 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.


Relationship Building and Donor Communication (45%):

  • Support the design and execution of engagement and stewardship plans for a portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation donors
  • Craft high quality, compelling, and informative donor communications in multiple formats: email correspondence, longer monthly updates, and grant reports and proposals 
  • Design donor-facing external messaging plan and materials
  • Identify new potential opportunities for philanthropic partnerships
  • Help execute comprehensive grassroots fundraising campaigns 
  • Integrate development best practices by leveraging relationships with other fundraising professionals (internal and external)

Organizing, Planning and Executing (40%):

  • Track and analyze donor activity including communication and giving history, and maintain the integrity of donor contact and biographical info in our Salesforce database
  • Set project plans, draft content, and work collaboratively with team members to gather information for funding proposals, reports, and ongoing communication
  • Oversee internal development calendar, managing deadlines for upcoming proposals, reports, cultivation meetings, Local Advisory Board meetings, etc.
  • Support donor and prospect research and local landscape analysis
  • Work with the Executive Director and Deputy Director to manage all gift processing and acknowledgement activities (i.e. handling all check processing, sending thank you notes, etc.)
  • Work with Deputy Director, Executive Director, and Program Coordinator to assist with meeting scheduling and preparation
  • Support event planning & logistics for fundraising events

Support Cross-Team Collaboration (15%):

  • Work with chapter team members to integrate fundraising into programming & outreach efforts, as well as authentically engage donors and prospects in E4E’s organizing & advocacy work 
  • Support the Outreach Directors in logging member actions and pulling reports in order to have accurate donor reports
  • Support special projects for the Deputy Director as needed.

Minimum Requirement(s): 

  1. 3-5 years of professional experience
  2. Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications to a variety of audiences
  3. Exceptional organizational skills, high level of attention to detail, efficiency, and ability to manage operations and multiple projects at a time with precision

Ideal Candidate: 

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  1. Professional experience as a Pre K-12 classroom teacher; some form of teaching, school-based professional experience, student-based professional experience or previous work with a non-profit 
  2. Previous experience in development 
  3. Strong project management experience
  4. Ability to understand the motivations of others, inspire and compel others to action, and quickly build authentic and deep relationships
  5. A high sense of urgency and demonstrate self-motivation, a focus on goals, and commitment to high-quality execution
  6. A self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit; one who can work independently to propose next steps and solutions and achieve goals after receiving broad direction
  7. Grace, professionalism, excellent judgment, discretion, and impeccable ethical standards

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

Benefits and Salary

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.

To Apply

Candidates must start the application process no later than Thursday, August 30th.

  • Step 1: Resume + Questions: Upload your resume and answer a few short questions.  Note: Should you move forward in the process, your responses to these questions will be read by every member of the selection committee, so please take the time to respond thoughtfully.   
  • Step 2: Video Interview: Select candidates will be invited to record a one-way video interview which needs to be completed by the application deadline of September 3rd @ 11pm CT. Our candidates love this flexibility because they get to complete the first part of our screening process whenever and wherever they want and on their schedule! (Note: Check your SPAM for this email).
  • Step 3 & 4: In-person Interviews: Four finalists will be invited to interview with the hiring committee in-person (or over video conference) if necessary. In advance of your interview, you will be asked to submit a short performance task, that will be utilized during your interview day.

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



Full Time


2446 University Ave West, Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55114
United States