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Director of Development and Partnerships
MAGNOLIA EDUCATIONAL & RESEARCH FOUNDATION in Los Angeles, California
 
 
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Date Posted 02/21/2022
Category
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Philanthropy-Administrative-Non-profit
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

The Director of Development and Partnerships leads and manages initiatives to raise funds and strengthen the organization’s relationships with its supporters, educational partners, alumni and greater community. Working closely and under the supervision of the Chief External Officer, the Director of Development and Partnerships will direct all areas of development and partnerships for Magnolia Public Schools. This position is responsible for researching, developing and executing effective and efficient programs that identify, cultivate, track and solicit prospective government, private, and family foundation sources for gifts to fund the organization’s identified priorities. Additionally, the Director of Development and Partnerships will ensure that Magnolia’s partnerships strengthen and uplift the work each school is leading and closely support the Magnolia Public Schools mission of providing a college preparatory educational program emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in a safe environment that cultivates respect for self and others.


The Director of Development and Partnerships will work collaboratively with the Outreach and Communications department in conjunction with the Chief External Officer, all individuals within the department, and work closely with the executive C-Team and Board of Directors.


Specific Responsibilities Include

Development – Shape, manage and drive the implementation of successful fundraising strategies to support organizational and project development needs, including:

  • Meet a minimum annual fundraising target of $500,000

  • Build relationships that inspire investment

  • Create systems and procedures to support a sustainable work plan for identifying, evaluating and selecting grants and funding opportunities aligned with the development strategic plan

  • Lead and Collaborate with grant writing consultants and utilize workflow management systems to plan, implement, and evaluate specific fund development programs and campaigns

  • Collaborate with Magnolia departments including academic, accountability, finance, and others to proactively budget for future projects supported by philanthropy. In addition, work closely with the school sites to meet fundraising goals for the year

  • Oversee grant reports at the organizational level

  • Cultivate and manage individual and institutional donor relationships, including high-net-worth individuals, foundation representatives, corporate executives, and government leaders in collaboration with the Chief External Officer and the Chief Executive Officer

  • Lead successful campaign strategies to generate philanthropy to fund strategic initiatives, ongoing capital investment, and current operations

  • Actively serve as a key steward and liaison for major donors and the MPS Development and Educational Partners committee

  • Use specialized skills to promote ideas or vision, be able to read the audience, and persuade others to act.

  • Present a compelling case to catalyze interest, link donor aspirations to needs and secure support

  • Create and implement a cost-effective fund development program involving individuals, businesses and private and family foundations.

  • Develop calendars, plans, and marketing material for fundraising events and appeals

  • Establish recognition, acknowledgments, and incentives for donors and volunteers

  • Meet donor needs by providing strategies and opportunities that raise revenue and other resources while building trust and benefiting both parties

  • Focus on donor, actively listening to needs, interests, and passions and connect to community work

  • Engage with donors year-round, recognizing the impact of gift, communicating progress and results, inspiring involvement and ensuring a quality experience aligned with the donor stewardship plan

  • Create opportunities to outreach to MPS alumni and leverage their connection to encourage a focus on giving


Partnerships- Build sustainable relationships with key community partners at every MPS School site and org wide, nurture critical community connections at the local, state and national level.

  • Responsible for coordinating strategic community partnerships that positively impact student learning and achievement, including school business partnerships, volunteers, mentors, and special projects that support organization initiatives.

  • This position will prioritize building and managing dynamic partnerships focused on cause marketing, corporate and in-kind giving, artist and influencer-related engagement, brand awareness campaigns, immersive programming and events including the Portrait of a Graduate work.

  • Regularly ideate on ways to improve the educational partner experience to ensure a smooth, streamlined journey that engages and re-engages the Ed partner and grows retention

  • communication – Effective, engaging and innovative communication, write and produce articles, newsletters, presentations, infographics, and other communication materials promoting partner engagement

  • Demonstrate diligence with timely and appropriate follow-up with partners and donors, including completing any needed paperwork for the partnership such an MOU

  • Promote and lead capacity building with school leaders as local leaders and points of contact for building organiz partnerships

  • Self-starter who can communicate key learnings to wider teams and continually improve partnership management project after project

  • A critical thought partner and team player who works to maximize the organization's presence to the external community.

  • Ensure that Magnolia’s communication efforts complement strategic goals and priorities, particularly regarding development, and marketing and closely support the Magnolia Public Schools mission

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive year-round communication plan to keep donors, supporters, and partners informed and engaged.

  • Coordinate messaging and communication efforts across Magnolia Public Schools departments and schools as needed focused on building partnerships

  • Coordinate and align messaging with key partners and allies such as LACEPS and CCSA

  • Ensure Arts Ed Collective strategic plan implementation

  • Support STEAM initiatives

  • Manage art partner relations


Skills and Qualifications

The ideal Director of Development and Partnerships candidate will possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Deep commitment to Magnolia Public Schools mission to provide a college preparatory educational program emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in a safe environment that cultivates respect for self and others.

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • 10+ years of professional experience working in challenging roles with increasing levels of responsibility

  • Strong understanding of the nonprofit Charter Management Organization sector preferred

  • Experience working in management, marketing, communications, brand/product management a plus

  • Significant experience setting the strategic direction of large, complex initiatives and driving work to fruition in pursuit of results

  • Strong track record of achievement and meeting/exceeding ambitious targets

  • Significant experience leading and managing teams

  • A knack for communicating and bringing fresh ideas to the table

  • Excellent communication, writing, presentation and organizational skills and ability to lead client relationships as well as cross-functional internal communications

  • Proficient in Google Suite tools (Docs, Slides, Sheets), MS Office and productivity suites

  • Strong understanding of digital content, music and video production processes, timelines and coordination

  • Ability to work under high pressure situations and under limited guidance

  • Ability to successfully organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects under strict deadlines

Skills and Qualifications

The ideal Director of Development and Partnerships candidate will possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Deep commitment to Magnolia Public Schools mission to provide a college preparatory educational program emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in a safe environment that cultivates respect for self and others.

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • 10+ years of professional experience working in challenging roles with increasing levels of responsibility

  • Strong understanding of the nonprofit Charter Management Organization sector preferred

  • Experience working in management, marketing, communications, brand/product management a plus

  • Significant experience setting the strategic direction of large, complex initiatives and driving work to fruition in pursuit of results

  • Strong track record of achievement and meeting/exceeding ambitious targets

  • Significant experience leading and managing teams

  • A knack for communicating and bringing fresh ideas to the table

  • Excellent communication, writing, presentation and organizational skills and ability to lead client relationships as well as cross-functional internal communications

  • Proficient in Google Suite tools (Docs, Slides, Sheets), MS Office and productivity suites

  • Strong understanding of digital content, music and video production processes, timelines and coordination

  • Ability to work under high pressure situations and under limited guidance

  • Ability to successfully organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects under strict deadlines

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, bend, and sit for long periods of time. The employee must also be able to listen and hear students, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and be appropriately mobile, including by escorting students across campus as needed. This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the only duties, responsibilities, and qualification for this job. Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire related job skills and perform other related work as required or assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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