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Senior Development Manaer


Start Date:  Winter 2023/2024

Location:  Harlem & Bronx, NY & Bridgeport, CT

About Capital Preparatory Schools

Capital Preparatory Schools is a charter school management organization operating a network of educational communities. Our mission is to build a path where there was none. From its inception, the Capital Prep community—our students, parents, faculty, and staff—have come together to create a compelling and meaningful educational experience. The Capital Preparatory Schools has four school locations: one in Harlem and one in the Bronx, New York and two locations in Bridgeport, Connecticut providing students in grades K–12 with a year-round, college-preparatory education that encourages students to become scholars and agents of change.

At Capital Preparatory Schools, we believe that all children, when given the right conditions and environment, will succeed and excel in their academic and social-emotional growth. This is achieved by blending elements of academic models that successfully support students from historically disadvantaged populations, with innovative approaches that get 100% of our graduates accepted to four-year colleges.

Focusing on the key attributes of leaders, our learner expectations are designed to develop students who are:

    collaborators; information processors; problem solvers; knowledgeable people;  responsible and empathetic citizens.

With the support of the Capital Prep team of skilled and compassionate educators, students realize their academic abilities, advocate for social justice and fulfill their civic responsibilities. As leaders of social justice, we expect our students to use their education to improve the lives of others.

Capital Preparatory Schools is committed to teaching and learning that promotes the success of every student by:

    Creating a safe and enjoyable educational environment that encompasses our social justice model and that ensures every graduate moves on to attend college; Providing individualized instruction and enrichment opportunities for students to ensure that gifted students are challenged and struggling students are supported;  Hiring and growing quality teachers and leaders and empowering them to use their craft to inspire students to achieve at the highest levels.

 Senior Development Manager

    Reports to: Executive Director of Communications and Development

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

    Lead the end-to-end process of developing compelling and successful grant applications and reports; this includes researching, writing, submitting, and tracking applications and reports in collaboration with relevant colleagues across the organization Manage the the day-to-day development activities, including:
      drafting and distributing timely internal and external fundraising communications  developing annual and grant specific timelines  maintaining master development calendars  organizing, tracking, and archiving donor and development files partnering with Marketing to develop, maintain, and update CPS donor materials as needed working closely with the Finance to maintain overall grant compliance and reporting, including outcome measurement and grant budget development research new opportunities to diversify funding pool and amplify donor engagement strategy prepare meeting agendas, recaps, and strategic fundraising plans 
    In partnership with the Executive Director, Communications & Development, serve as a primary point of contact for current foundations, organizations, and partners to whom we regularly submit grant applications and reports Cultivate new and maintain existing funder relationships (foundation, corporate, individual) that result in large on-going donations to the organization, collaborating with Head of Schools and Executive Director, Communications & Development) when needed Manage customer relationship management system including updating database, communications with donors, and tracking of donations and acknowledgments Enter donations into the network’s customer relationship management system and ensure timely acknowledgments of donations Support large scale, school-specific fundraising initiatives, network annual giving campaigns, and annual events  In partnership with the Executive Director of Communications and Development function as a primary contact for all funder and prospective funders for all purposes including, but not limited to the following:
      manage inquiries from current and prospective funders and ensure timely and effective responses facilitate engagement with funders through maintenance of a master calendar of giving based on historical giving collaborate across departments, particularly with School Leadership, to gather and assimilate content related to grant applications and reports lead all grant/funder proposals, reports, budget creation, budget compliance, outcome measurements, and deadlines track funding usage once funds are received to ensure compliance with legal/grant mandates  work with data team to compile, as well as understand and analyze, key data points needed for grant proposal and report submissions
    Support Board meetings as needed Coordinate with outside consultants as needed Perform other tasks as requested 

Skills and Characteristics - the person in this role should - 

    Be a positive team player who shares the organization’s values and mission Show initiative and a proactive problem solving skill set Demonstrate exceptional written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills Be a people person and a storyteller Have technological know-how Have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining priorities, focus, and attention in a face-paced environment Be a self-starter who can work well independently and is driven to perform at a high level with minimal oversight Be highly reliable, with strong organizational systems and project management skills, and must pay close attention to details and follow through Build strong relationships throughout the organization and within the communities Demonstrate a high level of emotional and social intelligence 

 Educational Background and Work Experience

    Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Nonprofit Management, Business Administration or similar 5+ years in development and/or communications
      Experience with nonprofit administration, grant writing, or fundraising is preferred Experience with donor development or CRM software systems is preferred
    Experience in education is a plus

               *Weekend or evening work and travel is required.


Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience range $112,000 - $120,000.  Additionally, CPS offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This is a full-time, 12 month exempt position, which is vacation eligible. Position shall be in-person at the sole discretion of leadership.

CPS is an equal opportunity employer.

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