Development Coordinator

Posted by Philadelphia School Partnership on June 30, 2020

Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 60 schools, creating new educational opportunity for more than 30,000 students. PSP also works to create the conditions that enable great schools to grow and thrive, including a strong pipeline of qualified teachers and principals, resources and initiatives to empower parents and families, and policies that enable entrepreneurial school leadership. Nonpartisan and data-driven, we work with government officials, business leaders, education leaders and practitioners, and community groups to pursue the promise of a great school for every child.

PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

Position Summary

The Development Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day efforts of the Development Team, consisting of the Senior Director of External Affairs and the Development Director. The ideal candidate will be able to effectively communicate with donors, schools, team members, Philadelphia School Partnership constituents and others primarily in writing (grant applications, correspondences with constituents, reports to donors) and orally through one-on-one meetings and phone calls, building relationships with prospective donors, program directors at foundations and during PSP events. The Development Coordinator should be a confident and able writer and communicator and be a stickler for details relative to everything from branding and communications to the maintenance of constituent databases. The Development Coordinator will report to the Senior Director and work closely with the Communications Team.

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