Director of Development Foundation for Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW), a unique public charter school committed to providing the city of Baltimore with the next generation of exceptional, diverse female leaders, seeks a dynamic Director of Development to create and propel a powerful fundraising program that inspires broad engagement and sustained philanthropic investment.
Through a rigorous and supportive program of academics, arts, athletics, and social-emotional learning, the school seeks to instill BLSYW P.R.I.D.E. —professionalism, respect, integrity, diligence, and enthusiasm—and prepare girls to thrive as learners and leaders in school and beyond. The school’s goal is to create a perpetual pipeline of 540 homegrown, exceptional, diverse, female change-makers to provide our city with the civic and business leadership it needs for a future of achievement.
To ensure the sustainability of this mission, the school seeks an entrepreneurial and passionate professional to lead the Development Office. Working closely with and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Development will nurture positive relationships with all stakeholders, including BLSYW faculty and students, Foundation staff, a highly engaged Board of Directors, and current and prospective donors.
The Director of Development will be a results-oriented professional who will build on the strengths of the existing fundraising program to create a highly professional, donor-centered development office with clear lines of communication, efficient processes and consistent follow-through. Above all, the Director of Development will have a deep and demonstrated passion for the mission and vision of BLSYW and an understanding of fundraising best-practices.
The Director of Development will:
Establish, lead and manage the implementation of fund development strategies and goals, both long-term and annual, that position BLSYW for financial stability and long-term success.
Ensure alignment of donor vision and investment with BLSYW’s core needs and strategic goals.
Develop compelling messaging to communicate these goals and drive these strategies with internal and external stakeholders.
Serving as a member of the BLSYW leadership team, ensure integration and alignment between the Foundation and the school on strategic priorities and operational practices.
Develop and lead a professional development team and manage resources and systems needed to carry out the annual fundraising plan. Create a highly collaborative work environment and provide direction and supportive coaching to prioritize work tasks to achieve strategic and fundraising goals.
Develop processes that support the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects from the individual, foundation and corporate sectors.
Develop, implement and manage a comprehensive plan to seek and secure grants from local and national foundations to support BLSYW initiatives.
Serve as primary staff liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and ensure consistent, clear communication of fundraising strategy and messaging to maximize volunteer engagement and participation in fundraising.
Leverage best practices to develop and implement appropriate fundraising policies and procedures.
Ensure that a robust tracking system is put in place for all gifts and pledges by source and purpose and provide regular reporting on the status of fundraising initiatives.
Provide training to Foundation staff and volunteers in fundraising. Educate, motivate and provide feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process.
Build on the success of the annual EmPower Breakfast and other strategic events to maximize fundraising impact through targeted engagement and follow-up with donors and prospects.
Develop and maintain relationships with other fundraising leaders in Baltimore, continuously benchmarking best practices and representing the interests of BLSYW.
The successful candidate will possess these characteristics.
Mission: A passionate and authentic voice for the BLSYW mission. Demonstrated commitment to the empowerment of girls and women as leaders and learners. Knowledge of Baltimore and its philanthropic community preferred. A willingness and desire to build an ongoing understanding and working relationship with school leadership and faculty.
Leadership: Able to relate to and lead people from all levels and backgrounds with a genuine interest in each person’s perspective and potential.
Communication: Able to engage people within and outside of BLSYW and to articulate a clear and concise vision for the role of philanthropy in the success of the school. Adept at creating and communicating compelling narratives that inspire.
Operational Effectiveness: Insightful leader with strong strategic and critical thinking skills. Comfortable with innovation and an entrepreneurial environment. Able to invest resources in well-designed initiatives that deliver results to achieve objectives. Ability and interest to be a hands-on leader who enjoys doing the work as well as leading the work.
Personal Growth: Adept at sharing authority and demonstrating integrity, courage and humility. Dedicated to continuous learning to build new skills and knowledge of evolving best practices.
Minimum of five years leadership experience in fundraising with progressively increasing responsibility
Experience working with and promoting the success of board member fundraising efforts
Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including an ability to listen well
Experience with soliciting and closing major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations
Experience with donor-centered moves management practices (preferred)
Strong written and oral communication skills
Supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to develop a strong team culture
Knowledge of development database software (E-Tapestry preferred)
Strong knowledge of development operations processes and best practices
Please submit a cover letter including salary requirements, resume, and list of three professional references to email@example.com. The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit by April 20, 2018.
About Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
BLSYW was founded in 2008 by Brenda Brown Rever, a prominent Baltimore women’s advocate who identified a need for a school focused on the success of girls and young women who can become the next leaders of Baltimore. Working closely with Baltimore City Public Schools leadership, Brown established the first all-girls middle and high school in Baltimore, which opened its doors to a founding class of 120 sixth grade students in the fall of 2009. After the school’s first year, BLSYW moved to its new location in the former YWCA at the corner of Franklin Street and Park Avenue, growing each year to welcome a new class.
BLSYW enrolls approximately 510 students in grades six through twelve, offering a comprehensive all-girls’ experience unique in the city of Baltimore. Open to all Baltimore city young women, BLSYW accepts students through a lottery process with no admissions testing or screening. Ninety-eight percent of the student body and 65% of faculty are people of color.
BLSYW supports academic, emotional, and social growth through its four targeted program anchors—”Academics: Excellence and Enrichment,” “Leadership: Girl Power,” “S.T.E.A.M.: Girls Only,” and “Destination: Col...lege.” As a public charter school, BLSYW is publicly funded, with additional support for enrichment activities and professional development coming from the Foundation for BLSYW.