Position: Senior Associate, External Relations
Reports to: Partner, External
Start date: January 2024 (earlier if
Application Deadline: October 29, 2023
Note: The Senior Associate, External Relations is expected
to work locally in Washington, DC; our office is on a hybrid work
schedule. To be qualified for employment at Education Forward DC,
individuals must comply with the organization’s COVID-19
vaccination requirement or receive an approved
The Challenge &
Washington, DC has dramatically outperformed peer cities in
overall improvement in its public schools over the last decade,
though like most jurisdictions, has also experienced significant
drops in performance following the pandemic. Despite significant
pre-pandemic gains, only 1 in 9 of the city’s most vulnerable
students (those with special education needs and those living in
extreme poverty) are on track for college and career success. It is
more critical than ever that we redouble our efforts to build on
past successes by working to ensure that all students and families
– particularly those furthest from opportunity – have access to a
Forward DC (Ed Forward DC) is a nonprofit organization
founded in 2016 in Washington, DC. Guided by our core
values, we work to advance quality and equity in
public schools to ensure that every DC student gets a great
education. Our goal over the next five years is that schools emerge
from the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a
reimagined experience for students that meets their full academic,
social, and emotional needs. Specifically, we aim to double the
proportion of schools providing high-quality, high-equity
experiences for students.
Ed Forward DC accelerates the work of local leaders by
aggregating and disseminating local and national philanthropic
dollars to local grantees who are committed to transformational
change. We take an active role with each grantee in
our portfolio to help them create sustainable
organizations that generate breakthrough results for the students
As Senior Associate, External Relations, you will support the
Partner, External Relations and Senior Manager of Development in
executing an ambitious fundraising and governance program that will
provide the resources needed to reach our five-year goals. You will
play a central role in fundraising and governance, primarily
through content development, event coordination, and project and
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Advancing fundraising strategy
Work with External Relations team members to develop, update,
and execute against long- and short-term fundraising strategies and
to monitor progress against those strategies on an ongoing basis,
adjusting course as needed.
Draft proposals to secure critical funding to allow Ed Forward
DC to execute on its impactful $62M strategic plan to ensure every
DC student can go to an excellent school.
Lead the project management and draft content for the
collaborative work to prepare and submit reports on our impact for
funders, including our annual Impact Report and reports required by
individual funder grant agreements.
Help create materials, including PowerPoint presentations, Word
documents, and emails, to communicate the work of the External
Relations department to the team as well as external stakeholders
including the board and donors (including monthly board email
Board stewardship and cultivation
Lead thoughtful and robust project management and be responsible
for execution of critical meetings of our key stakeholders,
including four board meetings a year, three donor Investment
Committee meetings a year, and donor cultivation events, which
require collaboration across all areas of our team to produce
materials, develop facilitation plans, and otherwise execute
high-quality and engaging cultivation and stewardship
Help develop and be responsible for tracking and adhering to
annual agendas for board, board committee, and donor Investment
Team and systems management
Track grant proposals and agreements, including reporting,
payment, and metrics schedules, through our donor
Track touchpoints with donors at all stages of the grant
cultivation process through Bloomerang CRM system (launching in
Ensure the successful completion of the CEO’s annual evaluation
by direct reports and the board.
Produce a monthly Development Dashboard Digest with relevant
fundraising updates for full team and act as a touchpoint for
Skills and Qualifications
Collaborative team player who is excited about building strong
relationships among diverse communities.
Excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to develop,
update and maintain professional materials (e.g., spreadsheets,
written memoranda, presentations).
Exceptional project management skills.
Meticulous attention to detail.
Excellent technical skills, including fluency with Microsoft
SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Familiarity with
Bloomerang is a plus.
Self-directed, self-starter with a track record of successfully
managing multiple priorities and projects.
Communication skills and personal presence necessary to
effectively interact with senior internal and external
Humble and responsive to feedback, with capacity to learn
quickly and continuously.
Education and Experience
Minimum three to five (3-5) years of work experience. Non-profit
fundraising, governance, and/or K-12 public education experience
Bachelor’s degree required.
The Tangible Good
The salary range for this position is $67,000 – $90,000. We
offer a comprehensive benefits package, including a 401(k) program
with a 4% match that is fully vested day one and 100% of
health/dental/vision premiums fully covered.
We are Deeply Committed to Equity &
We are on a mission to build a team that reflects DC’s students,
and strongly encourage candidates of color to apply. Education
Forward DC is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race,
color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender
expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status,
military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. We encourage anyone for
whom this overview resonates to apply.