Reading Results Development Director

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Organization:  Reading Results

Position Title: Development Director

Compensation: $65,000 + generous benefits package

Status: Full-time exempt

Reports To: Executive Director

Organization Background

Working toward the vision that all children have the right to read and succeed, Reading Results partners with schools serving low-income students to provide a proven reading intervention program.  Reading successfully by third grade is crucial to a child’s educational development and is a leading indicator of future academic success.  Reading Results plays a critical role in eliminating the opportunity gap and improving our region’s economy by helping struggling learners get on the path toward academic success and a brighter future.  We do this by providing students with data-driven, explicit reading instruction delivered by highly trained, culturally responsive tutors.

Fulfilling Professional Opportunity

Reading Results seeks a mission-driven development professional with proven nonprofit experience to lead a full range of fundraising activities for an organization focused on literacy as a social justice issue.  Playing a key role as part of dedicated team working toward a shared vision, the Development Director is charged with creating an achievable plan of action and empowered to implement innovative strategies to strengthen and expand a diversified base of support.  This is a roll-up-your-sleeves position ideal for a development director currently running a small shop and looking for new inspiration, or for an experienced development manager in a larger organization ready to shine in a leadership role.  The ideal candidate will bring creativity and energy to the position, along with outstanding communications and relationship building skills.  They will contribute to the big picture while attending to the daily details, and strive for excellence in all aspects of the job.  If you are a motivated, outcome-oriented, and resourceful collaborator who believes a level playing field in the classroom can propel children toward opportunity and success, Reading Results is the place for you.

Essential Responsibilities and Outcomes

The goal of this position is to ensure the resources necessary to achieve the Reading Results mission by leading efforts to raise a baseline of approximately $750,000 in annual program and operating support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and events; and to deliver consistent revenue growth each year by increasing and fostering community investment that supports maximum access for children in need of reading support.

Primary duties/success for this position looks like:

·         A multi-year fundraising plan is developed and implemented that aligns with the organization’s strategic plan and ensures that activities meet fundraising goals

·         Relationships with individuals, corporate and foundation donors, partners, and prospects are initiated, cultivated, and stewarded with strategic intention to secure meaningful gifts

·         Mission-focused events and innovative fundraising initiatives are developed and effectively managed to both raise funds and expand the Reading Results community

Additional duties:

·         Manage broad-based fundraising strategies, including face-to-face solicitation, direct mail, online fundraising, corporate support, special events, and community partnerships

·         Manage a variety of communications activities, including print and electronic/social media, that elevate public profile, motivate engagement, and generate investment

·         Interface and communicate regularly with donors, prospects, and partners to build loyalty and increase giving

·         Support the Executive Director in developing a fundraising portfolio and “manage up” to ensure the completion of related tasks

·         In partnership with the Executive Director, staff the Resource Development Committee of the Board of Directors

·         Coordinate grant strategies and manage a calendar of submissions and reports; oversee contracted grant writer

·         Manage the CRM database and effectively utilize it as a fundraising/cultivation tool

Qualifications and Experience:

·         3-5 years of fundraising experience with increasing responsibility and proven success in generating revenue from multiple sources

·         At least 2 years leading multi-faceted development activities at a senior management  or director level

·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience

·         Mission-driven, focused on creating the highest level of positive impact for students served by the program

·         Thorough knowledge of non-profit organization operations, including demonstrated ability to develop, implement and manage organizational systems and processes

·         Team player with a collaborative spirit who can work effectively with peers and other staff members within a friendly, collaborative, and dynamic work environment

·         Relationship-based fundraising sensibility and a commitment to meaningful donor stewardship

·         Successful track record in developing, executing and meeting fundraising goals

·         Experience with personal solicitations, both individual and corporate, expanding and cultivating contributor relationships over time

·         Skills that support the creation and delivery of effective communications strategies

·         Professional experience establishing and managing relationships, partnerships, and supervision of staff/contractors and/or volunteers

·         Excellent written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal communication skills

·         Strong project management and attention to detail

·         Technology skills: experience, knowledge and proficiency with fundraising databases as well as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

Core Competencies:

·         Equity: demonstrates awareness, attitudes, knowledge and skills that foster a climate of equity and inclusion

·         High Standards: driven to achieve a standard of excellence with our work and outcomes

·         Time Management: ability to prioritize, juggle multiple demands, plan ahead, manage workload

·         Data: driven to utilize assessment data to guide instruction and curriculum and coach others how to use data

·         Compliance: Honors Reading Results and school district policies

·         Delights in children: is responsive, creative, and flexible to a child’s academic and behavioral needs

·         Coachability: receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embraces continuous improvement

·         Initiative: takes ownership of work, does what is needed without being asked, uses multiple strategies to support student success, regularly asks questions specific to accelerating student achievement, asks for direction or support as needed

·         Collegiality: is helpful, respectful, approachable and team oriented, builds strong working relationships and a positive work environment


Environment and Conditions:

·         Reading Results provides a generous benefits package that includes PTO, 10 paid holidays, employer-paid health and dental coverage, long-term disability, and life insurance.  Reading Results offers a comfortable, collegial and flexible work environment

·         This position works from the Reading Results office, with regular external appointments. Some evenings and weekends may be required to accommodate fundraising activities.  Position requires reliable transportation; mileage between work sites is reimbursed at the standard IRS reimbursement rate.

  • Occasional lifting of boxes up to 20 pounds may be required.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. This is not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added and/or this description may be amended at any time.

Reading Results is working to be an inclusive employer and reflect the students we serve: People of color and from all walks of life are encouraged to apply.

Please complete the application questions and attach a current resume and cover letter.  All applications will be reviewed and considered.

Application Deadline:  October 16, 2017

Location: Portland, OR
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