Executive Director and Director of Development

The CCSA Foundation has an exciting leadership opportunity as Executive Director and Director of Development in advancing educational diverse youth opportunities in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Foundation seeks a strategic and results-oriented leader to drive all fundraising initiatives and cultivate relationships with stakeholders. As Executive Director and Director of Development, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Chester Charter Scholars Academy, ensuring its financial sustainability, and fostering collaboration with the board, donors, and school leadership.
About CCSA Foundation
CCSA Foundation is dedicated to supporting educational excellence at Chester Charter Scholars Academy. With a focus on fundraising and fund development, the Foundation aims to secure resources that allow the school to provide high-quality education to students in the Chester community.
Background of A Highly Favorable Candidate:
An ideal candidate for the Executive Director and Director of Development role at CCSA Foundation is an accomplished development professional with a robust background in strategic fundraising, organizational development, management and mentorship in a non-profit setting. Possessing a minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible development experience, this candidate has a proven track record in successfully leading development strategies, major gifts solicitations, and campaigns, particularly within the education sector. This individual excels in articulating a compelling vision, aligning strategic goals with the Foundation's mission and School’s vision, and has a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Their experience in driving successful fundraising initiatives positions them as a transformative leader poised to elevate the impact and financial sustainability of the Foundation through exceptional interpersonal skills, enabling them to foster strong relationships with major donors, Board members, and key stakeholders. An advanced degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, or a related field is preferred.
Professional Characteristics:
  1. Minimum of 7 years of progressive development leadership experience.
  2. Proven track record in fundraising, financial oversight, and strategic planning, preferably in a nonprofit/social impact-oriented setting.
  3. Strong financial acumen and budgeting skills with familiarity with nonprofit financial systems and operations.
  4. Excellent communicator and collaborator with diverse stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  6. Interest/experience in education or other nonprofit organizations sensitive to the needs of diverse communities.
Fundraising & Revenue Generation Oversight:
  • Lead annual fundraising efforts to minimally raise $1.1M, vital for CCSA Foundation's financial stability.
  • Drive the strategic $10 million Endowment Campaign, of which more than half has been raised, collaborating with the committee and ensuring successful major campaigns and events.
Development Strategy Leadership & Stakeholder Relation:
  • Collaborate with the Board for comprehensive fundraising strategies aligned with CCSA's mission.
  • Forge strong partnerships with CCSA School Leadership to secure funding and serve as the primary steward of major donors.
Donor Engagement:
  • Cultivate major donors, drive new revenue, and oversee significant foundation applications ($20,000+).
Organization Leadership & Financial Management:
  • Articulate the school's vision as the lead spokesperson for the Foundation, collaborating with the Board on key decisions.
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of financial obligations, utilizing efficient tools for accurate fund management.
Board & Committee Engagement:
  • Collaborating and actively participating in Committee-related meetings, and providing essential support to both the School Board and Foundation Board.
Staff Management & Development:
  • Directly manage and develop Foundation staff, leading recruitment and championing professional development initiatives.
  • Stay updated on national education reforms and charter school regulations, ensuring CCSA compliance.
$120,000 with competitive benefits in alignment with industry standards.
Organizational Information:
The Executive Director and Director of Development reports directly to the Board of Directors and collaborates closely with school leadership. The position oversees Foundation staff and works collaboratively with the Board of Directors and various committees
Relevant Financial Information:
CCSAF's most recent 990 indicates total revenue of $3.5M of which roughly $1.8 million is comprised of contributions and grants.
Service Area / Industry Information:
Providing educational leadership and development in the Greater Chester area.
Application Process:
Email your resume to Kori Beaman at ccsa.foundation@diverseforce.com by 04/08/2024. This is the final date for applications. Confirmation of receipt of application will be sent by return email. Virtual screening with preferred candidates will be arranged forthwith. No phone calls, please.