Individual Giving Associate
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 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.
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 next 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 locally, our National Development Team is hiring an Individual Giving Associate. Reporting directly to the Individual Giving Manager, the Individual Giving Associate will support building a robust, partnership-driven individual giving portfolio of five-to-seven figure annual donations during a critical time of growth for E4E. The Individual Giving Associate will work closely with the Individual Giving Manager and the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development to coordinate portfolio management and manage leadership donors. The Individual Giving Associate will provide key support for partnership building, including prospect research, meeting preparation, communications and materials creation, tracking key information, and maintaining robust systems.
As the successful candidate, you will:
Manage a portfolio:
- Partner with the Individual Giving Manager to help develop and implement a multi-year strategy for ambitiously increasing the size and number of gifts.
- Support team understanding of donors and prospects through research and synthesized recommendations.
- Own the creation and delivery of compelling and meaningful communications such as memos and updates.
- Support the team in the design and execution of engagement and stewardship plans.
- Maintain donor records with updated information, communications, and stewardship plans.
Help cultivate and steward donors:
- Help cultivate and maintain excellent relationships with donors and prospects.
- Distill, track, and help manage the execution of next steps and interactions with multiple partners.
- Conduct research on donor prospects and create thoughtful, strategic meeting briefs.
- Develop an understanding of chapters' programmatic work and the local landscapes, as well as maintain systems for information collection, in order to support effective external communications about organization-wide or program specific work.
- Support the execution of accurate and compelling interactions with funders in partnership with the Individual Giving Manager, Director of Strategy and Regional Giving, Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development, and Co-CEOs.
- Ensure accurate gift processing and acknowledgements as necessary.
- Prior fundraising experience and/or exposure to fundraising in a previous position
- Demonstrated ability to produce clear and concise formal and informal oral and written communications for a variety of audiences
- A high sense of urgency and demonstrated self-motivation, a focus on goals, and commitment to high-quality execution, including working weekday evenings and some weekends as needed
- Tenacity, grit, and the ability to take initiative and thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
- Demonstrated record as both a team player and a self-starter, including commitment to building a strong development team culture across chapters
- Grace, professionalism, excellent judgment, discretion and high ethical standards
- Exceptional organizational skills, a high level of efficiency, a strong customer service orientation, and an ability to manage operations and multiple projects at a time with precision
- 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
- Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience.
- At least one of the following experiences: pre K-12 classroom teacher experience or similar form of teaching, school-based professional experience, student-based professional experience or previous work with educational non-profits
- At least three years of experience supporting client management/sales/direct fundraising, preferably over a wide geography
- A proven track record of success in supporting donor/client portfolio development
- Strong project management experience
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership ability to motivate others
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
- 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
- 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
Benefits & Applying
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.
Applications can be addressed to Ryan Parris, Individual Giving Manager, and should include a resume and a cover letter. Please ensure that all materials address relevant experience and your understanding of how this position connects to the overall mission of E4E.
Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with low-income communities of color. Therefore, though race and other legally protected characteristics 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.