Legacy Charter School is a public charter school educating over 450 children in kindergarten through 8th grade in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood. Legacy believes in the possibilities of each child, and is committed to helping every child fulfill his or her potential. At Legacy, high expectations, lots of support, and a commitment to knowing and understanding each scholar are all elements in building strong foundations for sustainable success. Again this year, Legacy was designated a high performing “Level 1” school in Chicago Public Schools’ quality ratings.
Legacy’s mission is to be an outstanding center for teaching and learning for children and their families that recognizes and nurtures the potential of every child, provides a foundation for a college education, and educates our scholars to be creative and critical thinkers and responsible citizens in school, at home, and in the broader community.
Legacy’s new school building is well underway. Contractors are now building out the sunny classrooms, the gym and auditorium, meeting rooms, and offices that will soon be filled with Legacy scholars, parents, teachers, and staff. Equipped with infrastructure to support the latest technology, our new, energy-efficient building will be a great place for teachers to teach, for scholars to grow and learn, and for families to gather. We anticipate beginning the 2017-2018 school year in our new home, which we will celebrate and dedicate in the early fall of 2017.
The Development Manager will be instrumental in supporting Legacy Charter School’s efforts to engage donors and financial resources to sustain, improve, and expand the school’s program. The Development Manager will support the Board Co-Chairs and Fundraising/Marketing Committee Chair in identifying, cultivating, and maintaining donor and external relationships for Legacy Charter School. Important aspects of the job include investigating and coordinating the stewardship, solicitation, and cultivation of corporate, foundation, and individual donors, and governmental funding sources; providing high-level administrative and executive support to the Board; organizing and implementing event details and logistics; maintaining detailed event and donor data; and assisting in the administration of donations; and producing marketing materials including the monthly e-newsletter.
The ideal candidate has a minimum of 3 years of work experience, preferably in development or sales/marketing, impeccable communications skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Nonprofit experience is a strong plus.
Support donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation
Manage donor pipelines and solicitation and stewardship schedules
Research prospects and potential funding sources, including individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources; compose detailed and accurate prospect research reports, recommend outreach strategies for potential donors
Draft fundraising materials, including letters of inquiry and grant proposals
Work with Board Co-Chairs and Development Committee members in developing foundation and government grant proposals; generate acknowledgement letters and keep accurate records; track and submit grant evaluations and reports
Manage grant application administration, including distribution of applications, application documentation, committee meetings, preparing award letters, monitoring grantee reporting requirements, and maintaining historical records and files (hard copy and web) on grant awards
Work with Board Co-Chairs, Fundraising/Marketing Committee members, and Principal to plan cultivation events; manage correspondence and keep accurate records; and manage any administrative requirements
Generate donor acknowledgement and solicitation correspondence and keep accurate records
Assist in the development and execution of donor appeals and updates, including mail merges and email blasts
Support creation of marketing materials
Draft fundraising materials, including annual solicitation letters, newsletters, and donor-targeted content for online and offline marketing, and social media
Oversee events strategy and execution, with the goal of leveraging events to cultivate prospective donors
Assist with event planning, including compiling invitation lists, mailing invitations, tracking responses, preparing background information, and assisting with follow-up correspondence, and provide leadership in creative planning and execution
Donor/prospective donor “concierge”
Serve as “donor concierge” to individual donors and corporate sponsors to provide high-quality personal attention and ongoing cultivation
Listen carefully to feedback and comments from donors and adapt plans/actions accordingly
Work across the organization, building strong relationships with colleagues to stay informed of latest organizational and field developments
Manage volunteer inquiries; direct applicants to appropriate staff person
Represent Legacy Charter School and promote its mission at events and meetings
Create and maintain Legacy’s donor database, to ensure timely access to donor and administrative information, including
entering new constituents and gift records
updating existing records
Coordinate committee meetings, including room reservations/catering, and prepare materials needed for meetings
Attend meetings, when appropriate, and take and distribute minutes
Prepare committee correspondence as appropriate
Manage calendar of meetings and events/activities
Minimum of 3 years of work experience
Excellent verbal and written communicator, including strong writing, editing, and presentation skills
Strong and compelling writer with an eye towards messaging and marketing
Strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail
Demonstrable problem-solving skills
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Overall computer literacy and proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; an understanding of fundraising databases and donor research methods is a plus
Ability to prioritize, handle several projects simultaneously, problem-solve and follow assignments through to completion with minimal supervision
Demonstrated willingness and ability to work collaboratively on a team in a cooperative, problem-solving capacity
Ability to operate with purpose, urgency, and accuracy in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and deadline-driven environment
Energetic, conscientious, up-beat self-starter who enjoys working collaboratively
Candidates must be committed to Legacy’s mission and have a passion to create high quality educational opportunity for young people growing up in underserved communities
How to Apply
To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via email to Maria Goodyear's attention at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position and (2) describe the knowledge, skills, and abilities you would bring to Legacy Charter School. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Competitive salary and benefits.
Legacy Charter School is an equal opportunity employer. Legacy will not discriminate against any person in employment because of race, color, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source of income, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, need for special education services, or any other protected status. This same non-discriminatory consideration will be used in all employment relationships and in student admissions.
Our mission is to create an outstanding center for teaching and learning for children and their families that will recognize and nurture the full potential of every child, provide a foundation for a college education, and educate our scholars to be creative and critical thinkers and responsible citizens in school, at home, and in the broader community.