Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public
charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,500 employees currently
serve over 12,500 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 90%
low-income, and 81% first-generation college-goers. The School
Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools
rated Noble campuses as ten of the top twelve public high schools
in the city. Noble supports over 20,000 alumni with 98% of Noble
students accepted into college and almost 94% choosing to
The people we hire must have a commitment to being anti-racist in
all areas of our organization. In the past, we have diligently
worked toward pursuing the accomplishments listed above. We plan to
use that same determination, innovation, and diligence in our goal
to become an anti-racist organization. We believe our people are
the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful
in college and lead choice-filled lives - and welcome those ready
to join us in that pursuit.
The Director of Philanthropy (Communications) will re-design and
lead Noble’s communication strategy for an annual $9M fundraising
goal. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), this person
will work closely with the Director of Philanthropy (Operations) to
serve as deputies to the CDO and strategic and culture leaders to
the broader development team. The Director is expected to hire and
manage at least one staff member and lead the communications wing
of Noble’s Development Team. The Director will also manage a $1M+
portfolio of individuals and foundations, growing first-time grants
and increasing renewal rates from current donors.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Design a communications strategy that enables the Development
Team to respond to 90% of communications needs with best-in-class
materials in a two-day turnaround.
- Increase retention of donors in your portfolio by 5% YOY
through personalized relationship management based on donor
interest and strategic organizational priorities.
- Recruit five first-time grants of $50,000 or more through
networking with Board of Directors and other Noble advocates.
- Develop division of responsibilities for the Communications
wing of the Development Team.
- As philanthropic giving grows, hire and manage Philanthropy
Associate to achieve outstanding results.
- Serve as a culture and strategic leader for the Development
Team overall, working alongside your co-Director (Operations) and
Chief Development Officer to create a high-performing team that is
committed to inclusion, anti-racism and achieving goals.
Among the many qualifications we are seeking, the ideal candidate
for Noble’s next Director of Philanthropy, Communications should
- Unwavering commitment to Noble's anti-racist commitment and
mission of preparing students for college success and the firm
belief in the potential of every student.
- Clear alignment with Noble’s core values of Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion; Follow-Through; Humility and Self-Awareness;
Respect; and Results.
- Strong point of view on communication strategy and processes,
and a track record of creating outstanding marketing collateral
that influences others to actions.
- Demonstrated ability to manage associate/coordinator-level
staff in an equity-focused, results-oriented environment.
- Excellent project-management skills, and proven experience
working with others to backward-plan and anticipate
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with peers and serve as
a culture and strategic role leader.
- 7-10 years of experience in philanthropy or education with a
proven track record of results strongly preferred.
We strive to be among the best places to work in education, and our
employee benefits are
thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition. Compensation
is commensurate with experience for this role with an expected
salary for this position starting at $100,000 annually.
Application Timeline & Process
This process is expected to include virtual and in-person
interviews with a variety of Noble stakeholders, reference checks,
and time for both the candidate and Noble to deeply consider a
decision. We aim to complete final interviews by June 17, 2022,
with an offer being made in late June. Noble’s Director of
Philanthropy is expected to start July 12, 2022 but the start
date can be flexible for an ideal candidate. Please direct
inquiries about this role to email@example.com.