East Coast Director of Development
Washington, DC 
Posted 23 days ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

Rocketship launched its first school in San Jose, California in 2007 with a vision to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime. The network has grown to now serve students and families across four regions nationwide - the Bay Area, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Washington D.C. Rocketship's D.C. network launched three years ago and now serves over 1,000 students across two schools in historically underserved communities in southeast D.C. Rocketship D.C. has quickly established a reputation for serving all students with excellence and already ranks among the highest performing public charter school networks in D.C. serving predominantly "at-risk" students.
The Position
Rocketship is looking for an individual to lead development in Washington, D.C. and the broader East Coast region. The East Coast Director of Development will have significant autonomy in this function and will be responsible for managing all relationships with our East Coast prospects and donors. The East Coast Director of Development will be directly responsible for raising the $1M needed to meet Rocketship D.C.'s growth goals each school year. To accomplish this, the East Coast Director of Development will help set the strategy for D.C. development and marshal support from internal Rocketship teams to achieve our goals. He or she will report directly to the Vice President of Marketing and Communications and partner closely with Rocketship Public Schools' D.C. Regional Director and DC Board Chair.
As the East Coast Director of Development, you will work alongside a talented team of change agents who are working to improve equity and excellence in public education. You will have the unique and exciting opportunity to build the development infrastructure and shape the direction of our regional development strategy.
Essential Functions
    • Lead the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of new donor prospects, including corporations, foundations, and high net worth individuals
    • Develop the regional strategy to increase our major gift donors in D.C.
    • Collaborate with the National development team on proposals and reports and with the D.C. Regional Director, D.C. Board Chair, D.C. Board Members and Founder/CEO on cultivation and stewardship
    • Manage cultivation initiatives, including small to mid-sized events
    • Produce donor reports for meetings and end-of-year updates
    • Attend events and gatherings to serve as an ambassador for Rocketship
    • Ensure all donor and prospect relationship knowledge is captured in repositories and incorporated into future interactions
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Over 5 years of substantive work experience with increasing responsibility in non-profit development.
    • Knowledge of DC philanthropic community highly preferred.
    • Experience working with institutional funders and high net-worth individuals (giving over $25K)
Skills & Capabilities
    • Exceptional goal orientation, extensive experience and demonstrated success in development, fundraising, and major donor or grants management.
    • Advanced interpersonal and relationship-building skills with people at all levels, including staff, board members, external partners and donors.
    • Excellent organizational skills, detail orientation and demonstrated capacity to manage a high volume of work to achieve ambitious goals in a fast-paced setting, and to do so in collaboration with diverse stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications.
    • Critical thinker who displays strong judgment in prioritizing problems to solve and opportunities to pursue.
    • An entrepreneurial spirit, strong appetite for handling a degree of ambiguity and ability to lead through change.
    • Mission driven with a passion to advance educational equity and excellence in underserved communities.
Work Location
    • This position is based in Washington, D.C. with occasional domestic travel. This position requires some evening hours for events and professional conferences, but also allows for a flexible schedule when appropriate.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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