As a member of CityScape Schools, Inc. senior leadership team, the Director of Philanthropy will create, execute and evaluate all philanthropy strategies with a donor-centered philosophy to ensure a diverse and sustainable revenue portfolio to support CityScape Schools’ mission. He/she also will create and effectively manage the organization’s communications plan to build a consistent brand, and to develop and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders. Plan and implement foundation, corporate and individual donor cultivation, stewardship, outreach events & activities. Make donor and potential donor appointments, calls and visits and solicit funds and other resources for the organization. Market CityScape Schools to potential parents and their students, increasing the size and efficacy of the school’s wait list.
The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for donor cultivation, major gifts, community and civic giving, planned giving, and capital fundraising, create a plan that promotes CityScape Schools mission, achievement, and financial sustainability.
Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in philanthropy, public relations, marketing or related field preferred, and three years’ successful experience in fundraising, community or public relations activities; or any combination of experience and training which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Experience in cultivation of donors and securing major gifts. Experience in donor software. Experience working with board of directors, donors and volunteers.
In concert with Superintendent create a comprehensive philanthropy strategy and annual operating plan to achieve plan goals.
Create annual communications plan for the organization with measurable deliverables.
With support of Communications/Marketing Specialist, execute plan, including production of monthly e-newsletter, updating of website content, marketing special events, managing production of all print/electronic collateral and ads, coordinating all media outreach and social media for the organization, and managing staff and interns working on the plan.
Cultivate and nurture donors, securing major gifts and planned giving, capital fundraising.
Research, identify and secure potential donors including individuals, groups and foundations.
Responsible for major gift donation reporting and acknowledgement, donor correspondence, donor recognition with support from Development staff.
Responsible for coordinating all aspects of capital fundraising.
Schedule and conduct tours of the schools’ facilities.
Work with volunteers and parents and staff on special events and fundraisers when needed.
Work with administrative leadership with community relations, including promotional events and media communication.
Perform outreach to create awareness of CityScape Schools (the school) activities in the community.
Coordinate, prepare or assist with development of promotional items such as brochures, videos, photographs for the purposes of securing major gifts and cultivating new donors.
Help seek opportunities for speaking engagements about the school’s mission
Attend staff, board and community meetings as directed.
Provide regular reports to the Superintendent describing fundraising efforts.
Maintain a streamlined system for donor, foundation, corporate and potential donor records using in-depth understanding of databases, from the conceptual to the tactical.
Maintain comprehensive donor records, coordinate funding requests, prep donor materials and maintain efficient development systems.
Develop and maintain annual budget as it relates to philanthropy and communications.
Lead and inspire staff and board to participate in philanthropic activities.
At the end of each fiscal year, create an Annual Philanthropy Report of endeavors and outcomes, with statistics, photos, graphs, etc., to be presented to the Superintendent and School Board of Directors.
Market CityScape Schools, Inc. to potential parents and students for the purpose of recruiting new students.
Coordinate support staff in stakeholder relations, to include parents and students.
Document effective communication regarding recruitment of new parents and students.
Meet and exceed budgeted average daily attendance, while positively contributing to new school locations, student population growth and student retention.
Effectively market and communicate to parents and children on the waiting list.
Increase the size and efficacy of the school’s wait list.
Sustain and positively affect population growth of new locations as directed by the board of trustees.
Fundraising techniques and strategies including donor relations, foundations, endowments and planned giving.
Familiarity with community profile, including community leaders, businesses, and charitable organizations.
Community outreach and marketing principles and techniques.
Public relations and marketing principles and practices.
Skills and Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Assemble, organize, and present factual information.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Speak comfortably before small and large audiences including media when appropriate.
Work independently and as a team member.
Problem solve and develop creative approaches
Able to manage time to meet required deadlines.
Communicate effectively with staff and volunteers.
Comfortable with and skilled in building donor relationships with individuals, foundations and businesses.
Demonstrated ability to build a culture of philanthropy within an organization and to enthusiastically and successfully engage in one-on-one solicitation and ongoing donor stewardship.
Comfort and facility with a wide range of philanthropic work, including solicitation and stewardship of individual, foundation and corporate donors, donors and potential donor cultivation and research, grant writing, and special events.
A successful track record in executing on strategy, setting priorities, managing multiple projects and working effectively under pressure to achieve individual and organizational goals.
Highly organized, detail-oriented, reliable and flexible; thrives in a fast-paced environment; a driving force who manages toward clarity, finds solutions and is able to think strategically about the organization.
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to listen to and balance, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
A keen and developed visual aesthetic, which contributes to CityScape Schools’ brand management.
A consummate team player with a flexible, collaborative and creative approach who can lead from behind and empower teammates to contribute their best.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, donor databases, web-based applications and use of the internet for research required.
Keen interest in learning and developing as a professional, staying on top of best practice research.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to CityScape Schools’ mission.
Additional Salary Information: As a "key employee" the Director of Philanthropy receives a car allowance of $6,000 annually, also the School contributes $9,384 annually towards health insurance.
Internal Number: key_emp
About CityScape Schools
CityScape Schools is a free public charter school in Dallas, TX.
We believe each and every child that walks through our doors is college-bound. Our goal is to provide the fertile ground that nurtures them towards that goal. We work closely with parents to cultivate students’ strong thinking skills, self discipline, and healthy relationships. Our teachers know what a difference a strong education can make, because their own lives were changed in just that way.
Every morning the doors of East Grand Preparatory open, ensure your child’s success. East Grand Preparatory employs a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our scholars. We embrace the diversity of our community. We enhance our scholars' cultural competence to be better prepared for a multicultural, global future.