Director of Development

Newark, NJ
BRICK Empowerment Office Positions
Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK) aims to place all children on a positive life trajectory by providing our students with the academic and character skills they need to be college-ready, and by addressing the elements of adversity that impede their academic success so that they can all become successful adults.
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Here is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting entrepreneurial organization that focuses on turning around chronically failing schools and starting high performing schools. We are looking for an individual who will help build an organization from the ground up. If you are interested in being part of success at a greater scale and looking to invest in a theory of change that actually works – then this is your organization.

Candidate Profile

As BRICK looks toward the future, a new Director of Development will be critical in expanding and diversifying the donor base. This will take place through thoughtful relationship-building, the creation of long-term development systems for the organization, and hands-on partnership with senior leadership and the Board of Directors. BRICK seeks a dynamic, creative, and entrepreneurial development professional who wants to make a difference by joining this vibrant management team and providing strategic leadership across all areas of development.

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, this position is responsible for strategy and facilitation of all facets of individual and institutional giving. The ideal candidate will work closely with the CoS, Founder and the Board of Directors to identify, solicit, cultivate, and increase general operating and program support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources to meet or exceed a fundraising goal $3 million annually.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a collaborative, entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and natural fundraiser. This will be someone who is well-versed in all aspects of the fundraising loop from cultivation to solicitation to stewardship and back again. With flexible hours and work location, the Director of Development will need to be highly self-motivated and personally accountable.

Working closely with the CoS and Founder, the Director of Development will need to build a culture of giving amongst the Board of Directors, engaging with them and working in tandem with them to accomplish fundraising goals 

Development Operations and Leadership

    • Create and maintain a yearly development plan to implement new strategies
    • Develop and maintain a pipeline portfolio of high-net worth donors and prospective donors
    • Create a strong database (using internal system) inclusive of moves management, call reports, and acknowledgements
    • Create annual income and expense budgets and manage the Development Department in a fiscally sound manner
    • Provide detailed and accurate reports on fundraising progress to the CoS, Founder and Board of Directors on a regular basis

Frontline Fundraising

    • Develop and implement strong stewardship programs to engage and maintain donors year over year, with weekly donor visits
    • Manage donor-related events and programs, including school visits
    • Research, cultivate, and secure new institutional funding prospects
    • Work closely with Director of Communications and External Affairs to ensure that all development materials convey a clear, consistent, and effective message
    • Manage an experienced grants/communications & content manager responsible for the preparation of all corporate, foundation, and government grant proposals

Development Communications

    • Send timely and accurate acknowledgement letters
    • Create new or update existing communication tools to engage with donors and prospective donors
    • Utilize social media tools to cultivate interest and excitement for BRICK programs and outreach to potential funders
    • Segment solicitation letters/emails

Board Management

    • Create Board reports to share fundraising progress and success
    • Cultivate and steward Board relationships
    • Work with the CoS and Founder to implement board standards, roles, and responsibilities
    • Create ways to use Board Members thoughtfully in the fundraising process

Successful candidates will most closely meet the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of fundraising experience
    • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and bring fresh ideas and approaches to development initiatives
    • Passion for public school education reform or issues related to social justice and economic/educational equality
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills, with particular attention to detail and the demonstrated ability to manage multiple ongoing projects from start to finish
    • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, including the poise and presence to be effective with a wide range of constituents
    • Experience taking initiative to develop new methods, procedures, and approaches
    • Excellent writing and editing skills
    • Knowledge of the New Jersey and New York City philanthropic community (individuals, corporations, foundations) and experience with a donor database
    • Flexibility, drive, a sense of humor, and a “roll-up-your-sleeves” approach
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

BRICK is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.