Development Coordinator, Teach for America

Posted by on February 14, 2011

Development Coordinator (Philadelphia)

Posted on: February 1, 2011

Position Summary

As we continue to expand our impact in Greater Philadelphia and surrounding communities, we are seeking a Development Coordinator to ensure that our development team maximizes the opportunity for growth and sustainability in the region and best positions Teach For America as a ‘ philanthropic cause of choice’ across our community. We are seeking a coordinator to lead the administrative, logistical, and event support operations of the growing Greater Philadelphia development team in a way that maximizes the team’s effectiveness and enables the region to reach its ambitious development goals. The development coordinator provides critical operational support through execution of projects and events, database management, and logistical and administrative support for the development team. The coordinator will report directly to the Managing Director of Development, and serve as a member of the Greater Philadelphia operational leadership team, working alongside a team of six coordinators or assistants to design and implement strategy around cross-functional administrative support, and regional office culture.

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.

In the 2010-2011 school year, more than 8,200 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members will be teaching in 39 regions across the United States. Since 1990, Teach For America corps members have reached more than 3 million students. More than 20,000 Teach For America alumni are working in education and many other fields, where they continue to advocate for students and families in low-income communities. While only one in six corps members say they were interested in the teaching profession before joining Teach For America, nearly two-thirds of our alumni remain in the field of education.

We are a high-growth, outcomes-oriented organization, with a $220 million budget and over 1,500 staff. We operate in an entrepreneurial environment, maintain focus on quantitative measures, and are committed to continuous improvement.

Team Overview

Founded in 2003, Teach For America – Greater Philadelphia has more than 350 corps members reaching more than 22,000 students in Greater Philadelphia public schools. Additionally, over 800 alumni are working from all sectors to close the achievement gap in the area. The region is supported by a funding base of over $7 million, and approximately 30 regional staff members work to train and support corps members, continually strengthen relationships with local schools and districts, foster the leadership of local alumni, and continue to grow the regional funding base to ensure that Teach For America can have an even greater impact.



Administrative Support

Assuming a proactive role in increasing the efficiency and organization of the development team

Preparing meeting packets, toolkits, proposals and mailings

Schedule and calendar management and coordination for regional development team

Managing the administration and logistics for advisory board meetings and on-going board correspondence

Supporting the management of the regional “Sponsor A Teacher” campaign (our fundraising campaign that matches individual donors to Teach For America teachers) by working with the Executive Director to ensure ongoing communication between corps members and their sponsors

Other responsibilities as determined by organizational need

Development Operations

Maintenance of a comprehensive fundraising database (Raiser’s Edge data entry, report generating, database maintenance, donor hard files are up to date)

Processing contributions in funder management database and generation of acknowledgments of contributions

Managing the deadline-driven calendar of all development activities related to corporations and foundations, by researching grant guidelines and submission of grant materials on time

Maintaining the electronic and hard copy development files systems

Conducting preliminary funder research, supporting other development team members in cataloging and collecting information and data necessary for grant reports and updating proposals and supplementary materials

Conduct excellent donor interactions and communications, ensuring that current and prospective donors have highly effective opportunities to engage with our program, including:

Producing high-quality written communications (e.g., letters of intent, proposals, follow-up correspondence, update reports, thank you letters, etc.)

Planning and running inspiring receptions and events
Partnering with the national office to adapt templates and best practices

Facilitating the participation of teachers

Improving and managing the operational systems required to manage a high volume of donor cultivation, stewardship and research (i.e., managing tracking systems and the integrity of our donor database; gift operations: tracking, school district invoicing, cash collection, processing, acknowledgment; hard and soft copy files, etc.)

Writing and Communications

Editing and compiling proposals, mid-year reports and final reports for foundation and corporate grants

Editing and coordinating mailings to funders, including thank you letters and tax acknowledgments, update letters and newsletters/e-newsletters, and introductory letters

Assisting in the creation of compelling fundraising communications

Executing Events

Coordinating and executing all of the region’s development related events (includes formal receptions as well as school visits/tours for donors and prospective donors) and ensuring cross-team collaboration

Oversee events budget and external vendor communications


Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

Bachelor’s degree or high school diploma with experience required

Prior administrative experience is preferred

0-5 years of experience

Excellent organization skills and attention to detail

Excellent ability to multi-task accompanied by a spirit of flexibility and positive outlook

Strong written and interpersonal communication skills

Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

Strong research and analytical skills

Strong customer service ethic

Knowledge of MS Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel are preferred

Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and/or ability to learn new software applications quickly are preferred

Benefits and Salary

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

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Application Requirements and Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.

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