Capital Preparatory Schools is a charter school management organization operating a network of educational communities. Our mission is to build a path where there was none - providing historically disadvantaged students with the college and career readiness skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice.
From its inception, the Capital Prep community—our scholars, parents, faculty, and staff—have committed to creating a compelling and meaningful educational experience. Capital Preparatory Schools has four school locations: one in Harlem, NY, two locations in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and our newest location in Co-Op City in the Bronx. As a network, we provide students in grades K–12 with a year-round, college-preparatory education that encourages students to become scholars and agents of change.
Capital Preparatory Schools believes that all children, when given the right conditions and environment, will succeed and excel in their academic and social-emotional growth. This is achieved by blending elements of academic models that successfully support scholars from historically disadvantaged populations, with innovative approaches that get 100% of our graduates accepted to four-year colleges.
Focusing on the key attributes of leaders, our learner expectations are designed to develop scholars who are:
Collaborators, by showing respect and cooperation to achieve individual and common? goals,
Problem Solvers, by using appropriate personal and team strategies to address? interpersonal, intrapersonal, and group conflicts,
Researcher/Information Processors, by looking for and listening attentively to? important information and utilizing the information to make positive choices/decisions/conclusions,
Empathetic Citizens, by acting responsibly, safely and thoughtfully to create positive? change for all members of the school, local, and global communities,
Pillars of Knowledge, by modeling the above expectations in our words, actions and?
Capital Preparatory Schools is committed to teaching and learning that promotes the success of every student by:
Creating a safe and enjoyable educational environment that encompasses our social justice model and that ensures every graduate moves on to attend college;
Providing individualized instruction and enrichment opportunities for students to ensure that gifted students are challenged and struggling students are supported;
Hiring and growing quality teachers and leaders and empowering them to use their craft to inspire students to achieve at the highest levels.
Director of Development and Partnerships
Reports to: Executive Director of Communications & Development - CPS
Job Duties include but are not limited to:
Design, lead, and execute strategic fundraising programs for Capital Preparatory Schools (CPS) with a minimum annual fundraising goal of $3 million.
Grant/Proposal writing and management
? Lead the management of ongoing relationship/communication with current potential funders
? Research, write, submit, and track grant applications
? Work with the finance head to create budget(s) aligned with funder requests and applications and track funding usage once received assuring compliance with all legal mandates.
? Manage Customer Relationship Management system including updating database, communications with donors, and tracking of donations and acknowledgments.
Design, lead, and execute future annual events, e.g. gala
Design, lead, and execute the annual giving campaign
Develop and/or support large scale, school-specific fundraising initiatives
Work closely with leadership, including the Head of Schools, Executive Director of Communications & Development, and Director of Data and Accountability, to effectively communicate school and student achievement storylines that engage donors and drive contributions
Accompany Head of Schools on appropriate speaking engagements to cultivate new donor relationships and/or manage existing donor relations
Assist in the content creation of websites, social media, etc. relative to donor pages and programs
Coordinate with outside consultants as needed.
Perform other development related tasks as requested
Skills and Characteristics:
Be a positive team player who shares the organization’s values and mission
Show initiative and a proactive problem-solving skill set
Demonstrate exceptional written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills
Be comfortable engaging with donors from diverse backgrounds
Have technological know-how with respect to CRM systems, file management, and formatting of documents
Have the ability to manage multiple fundraising/development projects simultaneously while maintaining priorities, focus, and attention in a face-paced environment
Be a self-starter who can work well independently and is driven to perform at a high level with minimal oversight
Be highly reliable, with strong organizational systems and project management skills, and must pay close attention to details and follow-through
Build strong relationships throughout the organization and within the communities
Demonstrate a high level of emotional and social intelligence
Educational Background and Work Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications or related field is preferred
8+ years successful experience in fundraising/development with demonstrated ability in securing at least one million annually.
Existing connections to philanthropic foundations and corporate giving programs that support K-12 education, educational equity and school choice preferred or strategy on how to achieve such connections.
Successful grant writing track record
Weekend or evening work and travel may be required.
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, CPS offers a comprehensive benefits package.
About Capital Preparatory School
Since 2006 Driving Force Group (DFG) has led individuals, foundations and corporations in race equity and social impact solutions. Driving Force Group reflects the values and importance of an? anti-racist society within its culture, staff, board, clients and projects.