As The Opportunity Network (OppNet) launches a new
strategic plan and continues our significant growth, we are seeking
an Assistant Director of Development to help lead the vision and
strategy of our institutional giving revenue stream. Reporting to
the Director of Development, the Assistant Director of Development
is a key member of the Institutional Advancement Team at OppNet and
helps drive OppNet toward our current $13M revenue goal and
~$5.6M institutional giving goal (current and future
The Assistant Director of Development is responsible
for the development of grant proposals and reports; prospecting and
research of funding opportunities; cultivation of new and existing
funding relationships; liaising with OppNet’s program teams and
other departments to understand needs and programming; effectively
and compellingly communicating OppNet’s mission, programming,
accomplishments, and needs to external audiences in both verbal and
written form; and assisting with the development and management of
the systems and processes that advance the efficiency and function
of the Institutional Advancement Team.
The position requires excellent written and verbal
communication skills, organization and attention to detail, project
management skills, people management skills, initiative and
resourcefulness, professionalism and discretion, and the ability to
think creatively and strategically.
Since 2003, OppNet has ignited the drive, curiosity,
and agency of historically and systematically underrepresented
students on their paths to and through college and into thriving
careers, powered by our commitment to access and community. This
year, OppNet will reach more than 10,000 students of color across
the nation to support them in achieving their college and career
OppNet’s founding Fellows program works with 1,000+
students over the course of six years, from 11th grade through to
college graduation, to provide college guidance, five summers of
paid internships, career exposure and skills training, and support
in growing personal and professional networks.
OppNet’s Career Fluency® Partnerships program
works with 35+ schools, youth-serving nonprofits, and corporations
across 20+ cities to build their capacity to amplify college and
career outcomes for their own students.
Through Opportunity Ignited, OppNet provides advisory
services to corporations seeking to embed values of diversity,
equity, and inclusion in their businesses.
All of the work OppNet leads is in service of
realizing our vision of a nation connected through vibrant
communities and networks actively in pursuit of social justice and
educational equity—a nation where all young people can freely
create their own path to enduring success that honors their
passions, ambitions, and full identities.
The ideal candidate is a strategic and driven
individual with a passion for fundraising and for educational
equity. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to
meaningfully support the full lifecycle of institutional
fundraising, including grant proposal and report writing,
prospecting and research, and cultivation and stewardship.
The candidate should possess excellent, clear, and
compelling written and verbal communication skills (including and
beyond proposal and report writing) and be an attentive and
open-minded listener, with the ability to synthesize information
and connect the dots, while also knowing when and how to seek more
information, context, and rationale on directives and projects. The
candidate should have excellent project management skills; a
maturity in soliciting and receiving feedback; the ability to think
creatively, critically, and strategically; strength in
prioritizing; and be organized and pay attention to
Further, the ideal candidate will personally connect
to the important work OppNet does and value diversity, equity, and
inclusion (DE&I) across the organization. The candidate will
demonstrate DE&I values by actively participating in all
organization-wide learning sessions and self-reflection, as well as
working with others to enact changes that contribute to meeting the
organization’s DE&I goals.
Portfolio and Relationship Management (50%)
Manage a portfolio of funders and prospects, including
all information regarding the status of the relationship, proposal
and reporting deadlines, compliance requirements, and stewardship
strategy and communication.
Track national philanthropic trends and monitor giving
to like-minded organizations.
Research and apply keen and insightful analysis for
new institutional funding prospects for program initiatives,
capacity building, and general support grants.
Serve as lead copywriter and copy editor for letters
of intent, proposals, applications, reports, and other
communications to funders and prospects.
Liaise with program teams and other departments to
maintain up-to-date knowledge/understanding of program activities,
outcomes, and needs, and to keep teams abreast of funding
opportunities and grant awards, including, as appropriate,
reporting implications and needs.
Coordinate communications, meetings, and site visits
with funders and prospects to build relationships throughout the
year, including developing and/or adhering to processes that bring
other key OppNet staff and leadership along in the preparation for,
execution of, and debriefs on meetings, site visits, etc.
Maintain crisp, clear, updated files on institutional
funders and prospects.
Language, Systems, and Processes (20%):
Coordinate language development with Institutional
Advancement Team, including development of new language as
appropriate, as well as splicing, synthesizing, and expanding upon
existing language, depending on the specific needs and aims of each
piece of writing.
Assist in the maintenance of all team files, systems,
and processes, including taking ownership of certain existing
systems and processes, as well as partnering to conceptualize,
build, and maintain new systems and processes, where identified and
Maintain donor database (Salesforce), including data
entry, creating new records, entering revisions and updates, and
adding notes and actions.
Schedule, coordinate, and participate in external and
internal meetings as requested.
As needed, assist with volunteer, visibility, and
employee engagement opportunities.
Provide additional support to Institutional
Advancement and organizational projects.
People Management (15%)
Assign and oversee projects of OppNet’s development
consultant, ensuring all internal and external deadlines—including
submissions of LOIs, proposals, reports, and related
communications—are met with quality, accuracy, and timeliness.
Learning, Development, and Program Reflection
Participate in organization-wide DE&I learning
sessions, equity working groups, and optional identity-based
Attend weekly team meetings, All Hands meetings, All
Staff meetings, team retreats, and annual institution-wide
Develop professional and personal intentions as they
relate to OppNet’s DE&I commitment, incorporated into annual
5+ years of direct and consistent fundraising and
grant writing experience, with demonstrated success in managing a
growing portfolio of donors and prospects.
Excellent and persuasive communication skills, with
keen and strong facility in grant proposal and report writing and
acute ability to adapt messaging to fit audience and goals.
Demonstrated ability to research and qualify
prospects, as well as manage personalized interactions as a key
representative of the organization.
Self-motivated, resourceful, and detail- and
deadline-oriented, alongside ability to see “big picture,” think
strategically, and translate strategy into goals and actions.
Comfort in a team-oriented environment with open
communication and constructive feedback.
Commitment to The Opportunity Network’s mission, and
appreciation for and commitment to helping to operationalize equity
and inclusion across OppNet’s work.
Requirements to Work for OppNet
OppNet requires that all employees be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19, including new hires, unless an exemption has been
Hybrid In-Person: This position is classified as
one that will primarily work remotely; however, candidates for this
position must be available for scheduled and ad-hoc in-person
engagements with OppNet stakeholders throughout the year.
Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this role is $83,484
and is commensurate with skills and
OppNet also offers a competitive benefits package to
eligible employees, including
Medical (health, dental, and vision): OppNet pays up
to 88% for total premium costs
HRA (up to $4500 for families)
Flexible Spending Account (for Medical, Dependent Care
Family Leave (100% for twelve weeks of family
Life Insurance (100% of the insurance premium) and
Retirement (full-time employees are eligible to participate in our
403 (b) retirement benefit program).
Time Away from Work
Full-time employees are eligible for 57 fully paid
non-working days (22%)
PTO: Full-time employees earn 20 PTO days per year
Wellness: Full-time employees earn up to 12 wellness
(sick time) days per year
Birthday: Staff members can take one paid personal day
during the month of their birthday (which is not deducted from
employee’s PTO balance)
OppNet Extended Holidays (13 total days)
Winter Recess: December 19–30, 2022
Extended Memorial Day Weekend: May 26–29, 2023
Extended July 4th Weekend: July 3–4, 2023
All Federal Holidays (12 total days)
Please use this link https://tinyurl.com/4jbe25sr
to submit a resume
and cover letter, outlining how your professional background and
experience relate specifically to the responsibilities and
qualifications listed above, salary requirements, and earliest
available start date.