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The Colorado League of Charter Schools is a great place to work. Employees are passionate about working to meet the League's vision of ensuring that all children have access to a high-quality public school option. 

 

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New School Development Specialist

Major Gifts Officer

 

  


 

Job Title: New School Development Specialist

 

Reports to: Director of New School Development

 

Organization: The Colorado League of Charter Schools has 18 staff members, a statewide membership of 250 schools with over 120,000 students, a distinguished 25-year history, a prominent 13 member board of directors, and a strong fiscal position. The League’s mission is to improve student achievement by supporting Colorado’s charter public schools, positively reshaping the public school landscape, and advancing opportunities for innovation and expanded high-quality public school choice. The League’s vision is for all Colorado students to have access to high-quality, publicly-funded school options. The League’s expectation is that all employees of the organization will champion its mission and vision with passion and dedication.

 

Position Summary: The Colorado League of Charter Schools exists to improve student achievement and expand choice among high quality public schools by serving and supporting Colorado’s charter schools. It is the expectation of the League that all employees of the organization support this mission and other principles of public school choice. In addition, all League employees should be self-motivated, flexible, effective communicators, service-oriented and collaborative. The League is seeking a full-time New School Development Specialist to assist with the daily operations of the New School Development (NSD) department. The NSD Specialist will need to be able to multi-task and manage time sensitive deadlines while providing excellent customer service and support for internal staff, developing and member schools.

 

Essential Job Duties:

• Work collaboratively across League departments to optimize new school supports for developing through year-three schools

•Facilitate the grants requirements and implementation for the department

• Provide direct technical assistance to new school developers throughout their process of designing a new school, writing a charter application, and opening a new school.

• Using the League’s database, maintain contact information for new school developers in Colorado and communicate regularly with relevant resources and news via a monthly e-newsletter.

• Assist in the management of the fiscal sponsor program; including entering and monitoring fiscal sponsor agreements, sending donor acknowledgement communication, reviewing program materials for updates and efficacy and collaborating with legal and operations League staff for compliance issues.

• Assist in maintaining a process for continuous improvement by: reviewing supports regularly to identify gaps, creating new supports where necessary, staying apprised of external resources available to new school developers and using periodic surveys to review level of satisfaction among new school developers.

• Support the planning grant administration for the department

• Assist with planning for the annual conference and other trainings

• Assist with tracking expanding and replicating schools

• Visit with new school developers and provide technical assistance

• Facilitate new school mentor/mentee connections

• Identify and source new consultants across critical areas of school development

• Update and maintain critical lists, resources and documents

• Review charter applications as needed

• Review planning grants as needed

• Uphold effective organizational norms & operations, including financial practice, staff culture, team routines, healthy communication, transparency and accountability for performance

• Other priorities & tasks as assigned

 

Position Qualifications:

• First-hand experience in new charter school development (preferably in Colorado) and operations is essential. The ideal candidate will have managed or assisted a school planning and start-up process and/or served in a leadership or management position at a new school or with a school organization that has successfully opened or replicated.

• An understanding of the characteristics of high quality charter schools and a commitment to developing high quality charter schools.

• Organizational planning skills, including the ability to define goals, design projects tailored to achieving goals, and oversee project implementation.

• Knowledge of the school chartering process in Colorado and a familiarity with the state’s diverse demographics, community characteristics (e.g.; rural, suburban, urban), state and local educational climate, and the educational needs of specific communities.

• Superior writing and editing skills.

• Creative problem solver, ability to multi-task without compromising detail or quality, and comfortable and resourceful within a small, growing nonprofit organization.

• Willingness and ability to travel (primarily in state). Limited overnight stays involved.

• Self-directed and motivated, with an entrepreneurial spirit.

• Comfortable and resourceful within a small, growing nonprofit organization.

• Superior communications, analytical and interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage in a collaborative work environment.

• Commitment to the charter school sector and the mission and vision of the League.

• Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

• Excellent project management skills with experience in managing administrative projects

• Experience managing and/or writing grants preferred

• Strong command over written and verbal communication

• Good understanding of the organization's overall business and its objectives

• Ability to work within a team and provide support to staff at various levels

• A multi-tasker with strong ability to work under pressure

• Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail

• Proficient in using computers with related knowledge of software programs and Internet

• Passionate about ensuring that all families and students have access to high quality educational options.

• Self-starter who works independently, learns quickly & easily, and takes pride in doing excellent work.

• Enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where change is embraced.

• Strong work ethic with a commitment to maximizing organizational excellence.

• Diligent, well-organized, timely.

• Take pride in following through on projects and requests to completion.

• Bachelor’s degree preferred

 

Compensation/Benefits: The position will be paid competitively. This full-time position will include salary, opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus, generous paid time off, attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits, and the opportunity for upward mobility.

 

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Teresa Tate, Vice President of School Services, at careers@coloradoleague.org with a subject line that reads: New School Development Specialist. Applications are requested by June 15, 2018. The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified.

 

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

  


Job Title:                    Major Gifts Officer

                                               

Reports to:                 President

 

Organization:            The Colorado League of Charter Schools has 18 staff members, a statewide membership of 250 schools with 120,000 students, a distinguished 25-year history, a prominent 13 member board of directors, and a strong fiscal position. The League’s mission is to improve student achievement by supporting Colorado’s charter public schools, positively reshaping the public school landscape, and advancing opportunities for innovation and expanded high-quality public school choice. The League’s vision is for all Colorado students to have access to high-quality, publicly-funded school options. The League’s expectation is that all employees of the organization will champion its mission and vision with passion and dedication. Over the past 10 months, the League has raised $1.3M in grant commitments to support its 2018-2022 strategic plan under the incoming president, who began his tenure on June 1, 2017.

 

 Position Summary:   The Colorado League of Charter Schools exists to improve student achievement and expand choice among high quality public schools by serving and supporting Colorado’s charter schools. It is the expectation of the League that all employees of the organization support this mission and other principles of public school choice. In addition, all League employees are self-motivated, flexible, effective communicators, service-oriented and collaborative. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for managing institutional advancement to ensure that the League has adequate resources to fulfill its mission and achieve the desired impact. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for spearheading the development of an individual giving program, playing an instrumental role in institutional fundraising and grants management,  strengthening long-term relationships between the League and its constituencies, and promoting the League’s visibility, accomplishments and contributions in accordance with the League’s strategic plan. 

 

Essential Job Duties:

Program Research & Management

  • Partner closely with the president, vice presidents and program directors to build an individual giving program that can garner resources towards key strategic priorities.
  •  Identify prospects with an affinity for the League’s mission and vision as well as the capacity to make significant annual gifts.
  • Work alongside the League’s event coordinator to begin convening events where interested business executives, public officials, grant-makers and education leaders can learn about the life-changing work being done by Colorado public charter schools and the League’s important sector leadership role.
  • Create a prospect research program to locate and use publicly available resources for identifying prospective donors for each donor segment appropriate to seeking major gifts.
  • Engage prospects with a thoughtfully designed, individualized outreach and education approach.
  • Cultivate prospects through the development of professional relationships to understand and deepen their interest in our impact and organization.
  • Grow major donor gifts by continuing to identify new or increasing opportunities to further  impact through additional gifts and other forms of support.
  • Work closely alongside the president, vice president of finance and other team members to manage and grow foundation grant-seeking, relations and reporting.
  • Expand the promotional and fundraising capabilities of the League by soliciting volunteer assistance and seeking out major grant opportunities.
  • Oversee grant receipts and expenditures, and ensure timely reporting.
  • Write and coordinate preparation and submission funding proposals.

 

Position Qualifications:

  • Strong track record of fundraising for one or more non-profit organization with a presence in multiple states that serve children and youth from under-served communities.
  • Extensive background in major gift development including prospecting, engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding high-net-worth donors.
  • Strong institutional and individual philanthropic network in Colorado and nationally.
  • Well researched knowledge of education including public charter schools and charter management organizations.
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills – written and verbal – with a practiced ability to adapt to meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals and families.
  • Unquestionable mission-commitment, professionalism, ethics and integrity.
  • Availability to attend evening and weekend events, as needed.
  • Minimum 3-5 years development experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree, and relevant certification.

 

Compensation/Benefits:

The position will be paid competitively.  This full-time position will include salary, opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus, generous paid time off, attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits.

 

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Teresa Tate, Vice President of School Services, at careers@coloradoleague.org with a subject line that reads: Major Gifts Officer.  Applications are requested by June 15, 2018.  The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified.

 

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 

 


Consider Serving on a Charter School Board 

If you are interested in serving the Colorado charter school community, a great way to do that is to serve on a charter school governing board. Contact a charter school near you to see if they need board members, or sign up for our board bank by emailing your resume to ttate@coloradoleague.org. 

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