New Visions for Public Schools is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of public education in New York City. Since 1989, we have been the driving force behind groundbreaking improvements, including the creation of more than 100 new small schools and development of a nationally-recognized Urban Teacher Residency program. Today, we support nearly 350 public schools and thousands of teachers, serving more than 180,000 students, in their most critical work: deciding what and how to teach, helping keep students on track to graduation, and preparing students for success beyond high school. Our team includes more than 150 professionals with diverse experience in New York City and national educational leadership, and our annual operating budget is $25 million.
We are looking for an experienced Institutional Giving Manager (IGM) to join New Visions’ growing Development team. The IGM will report to the Managing Director of Development and work closely with the VP of Strategy and Development, other members of the senior management team and program staff to develop viable proposals for institutional donors that reflect New Visions’ needs and priorities. The IGM will handle a portfolio of grants that span New Visions’ major areas of focus -- Establishing Shared Infrastructure, Equipping Teachers and Leaders, Cultivating School Communities and Developing Systems for Success(more detailed descriptions can be found in our 2017-2018 Annual Report. This position will be responsible for cultivating and stewarding strong relationships with corporate, foundation, and government donors. The IGM will also work closely with program, finance and data staff to design viable initiatives that meet the needs of our constituents.
Core Duties and Responsibilities
In collaboration with program staff, develop and write compelling program concepts that advance New Visions’ mission, core strategies, and programs, and engage potential donors.
Manage the development of grant proposals, including collaboration with both internal staff and donors to ensure alignment between New Visions’ proposals and donor priorities. As part of this process, determine appropriate New Visions program officers for collaboration and manage the proposal development process from initiation to submission to project implementation.
Manage and steward a portfolio of five to seven-figure grants that fund New Visions’ programmatic initiatives, develop reports, and coordinate touchpoints to ensure the organization maintains strong relationships with donors and secures renewed funding where possible.
Research and vet prospective donors for new and existing programs, develop cultivation strategies, draft donor briefings and organize meetings and site visits.
Act as development department liaison to program staff, helping to refine goals, objectives and desired outcomes, track the progress of grants, establish relationships between the donor and the program, and fulfill all grant obligations. Communicate directly with select donors to deepen their involvement and keep them engaged in the organization’s initiatives.
Support maintenance of donor activity and research in Raiser’s Edge, google drive and hard files and contribute to broader development systems that track progress with donors and organize information.
Who You Are
You are passionate about mission-driven work that has a tangible impact on opportunities and outcomes for young people.
You are a strategic and analytical thinker with a natural curiosity for investigating issues and communicating insights.
You are an extraordinary writer with the ability to concisely and clearly express complex ideas to diverse audiences.
You are organized and pay attention to every detail, big or small.
You are a creative problem-solver, thoughtfully considering and weighing a set of options to address any given challenge.
You are collaborative with a strong sense of collective responsibility.
You are dedicated to continuous learning and skill-building, seeking out opportunities to develop your own new skills and to mentor team members in their professional growth.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred.
A minimum of five years of development and fundraising in a complex nonprofit or educational organization.
Consistent track record of success, securing grants from and sustaining relationships with foundations or institutional donors.
Excellent writing skills, grant writing experience and the ability to synthesize information, interpret data and incorporate feedback as part of the writing process.
Have a keen understanding of the landscape of philanthropy, what motivates donors, specifically in the context of K-12 education, postsecondary readiness and success, and economic opportunity.
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to “translate” and “market” complex ideas for donors and wider audiences.
Ability to lead multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, which involves setting priorities, meeting deadlines, communicating potential needs or problems, and responding when priorities unexpectedly shift.
Experience with Raiser’s Edge and CRM.
Experience with prospect research software & resources like iWave, FoundationSearch, LexisNexis, WealthEngine or others.
New Visions will request writing samples from applicants at a later stage in the interview process.
New Visions for Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of NVPS that all employees and applicants for employment will be treated in all respects on the basis of their merit and qualifications and without regards to their race, color, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, gender, military status, marital status, ancestry, or any other reason prohibited by law.
NVPS provides a comprehensive and competitive compensation and benefits package in addition to the opportunity to make a significant impact on education reform and in the lives of urban youth.
About New Visions for Public Schools
For more than twenty years, New Visions for Public Schools (New Visions) has focused its efforts on providing innovative solutions to deeply entrenched problems within New York City’s public schools through school creation, data-driven instructional and leadership supports, and applied research. Currently, New Visions serves as a Partner Support Organization (PSO) for 75 public schools, operates six exemplary charter schools, and runs evidence-based teacher and principal development programs. We support nearly 50,000 students across New York City and have achieved significant and consistent results in each of our major strands of work. Currently, we operate as both a PSO and Charter Management Organization (CMO) – the only hybrid organization of its kind serving both public district and charter students.