July 22, 2014

Senior Director - Supporter Relations

Leadership for Educational Equity

New York, New York

Executive officer
Program officer

Field of Interest
Public policy

About Leadership for Educational Equity:

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonpartisan leadership development organization that inspires our members towards civic engagement.  LEE is dedicated to empowering Teach For America corps members and alumni to grow as leaders in their communities and help build the movement for educational equity. For more information on LEE’s mission, vision and core values, please click here.

LEE is a high-growth, results-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment and is committed to continuous improvement.

Position Summary:

The Senior Director, Supporter Relations, plays a critical role in maximizing support for LEE’s mission.  The individual will lead a small team to manage a portfolio of national and regional donors and prospects, aiming toward a vision of maximizing opportunities to develop and cultivate partners who share a commitment to achieving educational equity in our time.

The Senior Director needs to set the long-term vision for supporter relations, be an excellent writer and strategic thinker who is both detail oriented yet able to identify and manage toward the long-term vision. Skills include a strong ability to understand and build complex, restricted budgets in addition to well-written and specifically tailored grant materials.  In addition, the individual will need to be adept at project management, able to work both independently and in teams, and be a creative problem solver.  Furthermore, this individual must be highly organized, flexible, and able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.  The Senior Director will report directly to the Vice President, Strategy and Operations, closely work with our Executive Director and Leadership Team, manage a small supporter relations team, coaching staff and helping them to develop the skills they need to succeed in their roles.

Critically, the Senior Director needs to believe deeply in LEE’s mission and spend a portion of their time engaging with LEE members to support them in their leadership journeys. We believe a personal connection to LEE’s mission is vital to being able to effectively communicate and develop support for the type of impact LEE members have in their communities.

Position Location: New York City or Washington, D.C.


The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

The Senior Director’s  responsibilities will include (but will not be restricted to):

  • Setting vision and direction for the supporter relations team
  • Utilizing a range of communication and outreach tools
  • Managing our approach to new gift and renewal conversations
  • Driving proposal development, reporting, and the continued cultivation, engagement and stewardship of donors throughout the grant cycle and beyond.
  • Developing a strong understanding of internal programs and the broader external environment in which LEE operates.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5-7 years of professional experience, including writing grants with demonstrated success
  • Exceptional ability to build relationships with diverse constituencies and influence others
  • Record of achieving ambitious goals and creating effective systems to manage multiple projects
  • Exceptional written communication and ability to develop tailored materials that appeal to the perspectives of others
  • Ability to be entrepreneurial, proactive, and flexible in a fast-paced, diverse, results-oriented culture while remaining in touch with and responsive to external developments in the broader field
  • Ability to vision set and think creatively about maximizing opportunities with current and prospective champions
  • Collaborative yet able to operate independently and to take initiative for identifying most strategic use of time given many competing priorities and requests
  • Excellent detail orientation and organization when striving toward results for the team
  • Ability to organize, synthesize, and interpret data in logical, meaningful ways for internal and external audiences
  • Proficiency and comfort with Microsoft office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is required
  • Extensive travel required (40-50%)
Benefits and Salary:

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

TO APPLY: VISIT LEE'S WEBSITE, CREATE A PROFILE AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE http://educationalequity.force.com/careers/ts2__JobDetails?jobId=a1c40000002C7a7AAC&tSource=

Date Posted
June 25, 2014

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