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Director, Development
Leadership for Educational Equity in Washington, DC
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Date Posted 02/11/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership development organization dedicated to developing its members’ potential to ensure every child has the opportunity to receive an outstanding education. Our kids and communities need more leaders who believe that educational inequity is a solvable problem. We believe that when our members are organized and reach positions of leadership, they’ll serve as a transformative force for students, communities and the broader movement for educational equity. LEE is a diverse team of passionate and talented individuals committed to making a difference. We are a high-growth, results-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment deeply invested in continuous improvement.  If you would like to become part of our team and join the fight for educational equity, or if you would simply like to learn more about what we do, please visit

Position Summary:

The Supporter Relations (SR) team fuels LEE's growth and success by ensuring that the organization has a stable network of donors, supporters, and champions. The Director, Development is responsible for managing an exciting new initiative supporting LEE’s work to build a diverse movement of elected leaders. The Director will manage a plan, develop, and maintain a development program and lead inspiring events on behalf of LEE to enhance the mission and vision of the organization. The Director coordinates the efforts of the SR team as it relates to this portfolio of donors and special events, as well as supports management and growth of our portfolio of national and regional level partners. The Director oversees significant program and project management efforts for the SR team, as well as providing analytics and reports to LEE’s Board of Directors.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of fundraising principles and strong relationship-building skills to support cross-team partnerships within LEE, as well as with external facing partners and donors. This candidate will have excellent verbal communications skills to convey information accurately and interact effectively and diplomatically with donors, and superior writing skills to compose compelling stories that incorporate multiple inputs, and drafting a variety of business correspondence in different mediums (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint). The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated track record of excellent project management; strong organizational skills, superior attention to detail, and ability to organize material and information in a systematic way to optimize efficiency and minimize duplication effort. Additionally, this candidate will have experience working in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects with competing deadlines.

Position Location: Flexible; New York or Los Angeles preferred

Travel Requirements: 15-25%


Individual Donor Management and Special Events with an emphasis on c4 fundraising (55%)

  • Working in partnership with Executive Director and LEE partners, lead and execute inspiring events to engage new audiences and raise financial support for LEE member political candidates while building the organizational brand

  • Manage a portfolio of candidate donors, building deep relationships, providing timely and individually tailored updates, and ensuring an outstanding supporter experience so that our donors become champions and ambassadors of LEE

  • Develop and implement appropriate strategies to cultivate and convert event guests and other prospective supporters into LEE candidate donors

  • Work in deep partnership with LEE’s Elected Leadership team to stay current on LEE members who have filed and/or are considering running for office, develop a deep understanding of candidates and of the political landscape, and manage Supporter Relations-led fundraising efforts for candidates

  • Develop engaging collateral to support candidate fundraising efforts

  • Tell the story of LEE, and of our members running for office, in a consistent and compelling manner to donors and potential supporters

  • Design and implement a structured fundraising program and appropriate systems to manage candidate donors and special events

Management of National and Regional Partners and Prospective Funders (35%)

  • Work in partnership with Supporter Relations team to manage relationships with national partners and manage grants through complete life-cycle

  • Work in partnership with regional teams to support all aspects of regional fundraising efforts, including prospect research and strategy, follow up from funder meetings, developing proposals, and managing grants

  • Prepare compelling and inspiring grant proposals and reports for national and regional supporters that are catered to individual donor needs

  • Prepare accurate and engaging grant reports (e.g. metrics, narrative, financials) ensuring on time reporting

  • Participate in donor meetings, as needed, from cultivation through stewardship

  • Work collaboratively with staff members across the organization to stay current on member and team impact at LEE and to to identify avenues of economic support for programs/projects

  • Provide rapid response support as needed for upcoming funder meetings, including researching potential funders and developing relevant collateral, and support all follow up coming out of funder meetings

  • Manage donor systems and data tracking

Special Projects (10%)

  • Research, reporting and analysis projects to support fundraising efforts as needed

  • Project management of special projects for the Vice President and Office of Executive Director, as needed

  • Development of fundraising collateral in response to partner requests​​




Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5 or more years of professional work experience, with preference given for experience specifically in the areas of annual giving, foundation/corporate solicitations, communications, and special events

  • 2 or more years of direct experience in fundraising or development, including writing grants reports and proposals; preference given to direct experience in political fundraising and individual giving

  • 1 or more years of experience in a significant role planning and executing fundraising events

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to meet new people with ease and build strong relationships

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks

  • Strong organizational skills, superior attention to detail, and an ability to organize material and information in a systematic way to optimize efficiency and minimize duplication effort

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience driving cross-team partnership toward ambitious results

  • Experience working with geographically dispersed teams

  • Ability to scale or make bodies of work more efficient through technology

  • Fundraising experience with individual donors and with leading special events

  • Basic understanding of election cycles and political fundraising; preference for direct political fundraising experience

  • Deep alignment with the LEE mission

  • Basic understanding of 501(c)4 non-profit status and Political Action Committees (PACs)

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.  

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Leadership for Educational Equity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

An affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

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