The Director of External Affairs is responsible for all aspects of fundraising, advocacy/government relations and communications This position is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES *perform other duties as assigned.
Develops and executes strategic plan for NLCP’s Development Office regarding fundraising, advocacy/government relations, and communication.
Supervises the Development Officer and Grants Program Manager
Manages a portfolio of current and prospective donors.
Ensure the accurate reporting of financial status.
Prepares regular reports (gift income, pledge, campaign, prospect, financial, etc.) as well as project-specific reports for leadership.
Develops relationships with prospects through various cultivation calls, letters, visits and handwritten notes.
Identifies and implements meaningful engagement activities for donors and prospects; including campus tours and student mentoring.
Develops written donor cultivation materials, acknowledgements, trainings, and reports as needed.
Participates in all aspects of the gift cycle:
Initiates contact with current and potential major gift donors.
Develops appropriate cultivation strategies for them.
When appropriate, moves potential donors in a timely fashion toward solicitation and closure.
Maintains stewardship contacts with donors; adhering to the highest ethical standards.
Demonstrates a positive disposition, perseverance and conveys sensitivity to the needs of donors.
Builds relationships with prospects and leverages institutional knowledge in order to identify entry points and connections.
Actively visits and speaks to donors and prospects, and keeps them informed.
Produces personalized proposals for donor solicitations.
Assists in the coordination and execution of individual and major giving events and other donor meetings for cultivation and stewardship (staffing volunteers as needed).
He/she will work strategically and collaboratively with NLCP’s Board, Associate Board, President, Development Team, other NLCP staff and volunteers to achieve fundraising goals.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Bachelor’s degree from four-year College or University
Successful experience in major gift fundraising (minimum of five years preferred)
Highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the six-figure range.
Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and NLCP
Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
Demonstrated passion for education and a dedication to promoting NLCP’s fundraising priorities.
Experience working with high-level volunteers, donors and colleagues on collaborative activities.
Strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with donors.
Detail-oriented with a strong focus on quality and accuracy.
Able to manage confidential information with discretion.
Self-directed and proactive.
Technologically savvy with excellent written and verbal communication.
About North Lawndale College Prep High School
North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP) is a coed, public charter high school with two campuses that serve ~ 750
students in grades 9-12. NLCP exists to create a better future by developing and empowering transformational
leaders. We do this by equipping students with the academic skills and the personal resilience necessary for
college graduation. Our success is distinguished by an academic model that addresses all areas of college
readiness; high levels of student and employee engagement; and a unique image of excellence and
individuality that attracts students, talent, community partners, and donors. We seek professionals who build
community, have high expectations for students and themselves, maintain a solutions orientation, and are
resilient in their pursuit of student success.