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Director of Development and Marketing

Company: San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools
Date Posted: October 11, 2016

San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools

Position:  Director of Development and Marketing

Reports to:  Executive Director

Status:  Exempt


The San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools (“SDCCS”) supports a progressive, developmentally based, child-centered community for active and collaborative student learning where shared values of family, diversity, relationship, creativity and academic excellence flourish.

General Summary

The Development Director will be responsible for developing strategies to increase funding, student enrollment, as well as the image of SDCCS through effective communication strategies. 

Job Duties

Development & Fundraising

  • Fundraise for SDCCS programs, instruction materials, and capital projects that are in line with SDCCS’s mission and strategic plan. 
  • Develop, create and maintain partnerships that lead to financial and in-kind donations that benefit SDCCS.
  • Achieves fundraising goals as established by the Executive Director.
  • Identifies prospects for annual and major gifts and implements fundraising strategies.
  • Develops cultivation and solicitation strategies for prospects.
  • Cultivates, solicits and stewards prospects for all approved fundraising priorities.
  • Develops relationships with alumnae, parents and members of the San Diego community leading to solicitation of gifts that will result in increasing both the number and amount of contributions.
  • Establish and successfully manage a comprehensive direct mail and electronic solicitation program.
  • Writes proposals and grants for institutional priorities.
  • Works closely with the Executive Director on appropriate matters of fundraising including prospect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Identifies and coordinates the efforts of volunteers and other staff members as appropriate.

Outreach & Communication

  • Develop and execute new strategies to increase student enrollment at SDCCS. 
  • Develop and maintain SDCCS’s image and identity, including the use of logos and signage.
  • Supervise outreach staff, including but not limited to assigning, delegating and reviewing work, training staff, and evaluating staff performance.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise awareness of activities/issues important to SDCCS. 
  • Identify main client groups and audiences and determine the best way to communicate public information to them, as well as develop and implement a communication plan.
  • Prepare, formulate and/or write interesting and effective press releases.
  • Prepare, formulate and/or write information for media kits.
  • Oversee and update the SCDDS marketing related webpages. 



Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, marketing, or relevant field
  • Five (5) years of relevant work experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in fundraising, including demonstrable management and administrative skills; experience in non-profit schools or charter schools preferred
  • Proven record of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts
  • Proven record of knowledge in the full spectrum of philanthropic fund development, including special gifts, major gifts, annual giving, special events, prospect research, proposal development and gift planning;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teammates/colleagues
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively with a divergent audience both in writing and in person;
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire confidence, to motivate and to persuade;
  • Ability to recruit, organize and manage salaried or volunteer personnel as well as direct any individuals or committees of influence in fundraising protocol and competencies;
  • Willingness and ability to travel.





  • Commitment to working as a member of a team and collaborate with colleagues;
  • Strong sense of integrity and ethical conduct;
  • Strong interpersonal and sales/marketing skills;
  • Strong managerial and leadership skills;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to establish credibility and rapport with trustees and other key volunteers and prospects;
  • Knowledge of trends and issues in education, philanthropy and charter schools
  • Entrepreneurial, creative, self-starter and oriented toward action and results;
  • Ability to anticipate, recognize and solve problems;
  • Ability to organize time effectively, establish priorities, and manage a large number of tasks simultaneously;
  • Knowledge of SDCCS policies and procedure;
  • Ability to set and meet goals.
  • Knowledge of constituencies sufficient to render credibility in assessing fitness of prospects for major gifts.
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information, internally and externally.
  • An understanding of the full spectrum of development, including gift policies, donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, donor recognition, prospect research, high level boards, support groups and administration.
  • Willingness to travel and to solicit potential donors.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with all Microsoft Office applications and Google Docs for Business or Education tools.


About San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools:


San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools pioneered a school community that integrates parent participation and social-emotional curriculum to develop a child-centered, active and engaged learning experience to change the world.  As an Ashoka Changemaker School, SDCCS teaches students through music, PE, art, dance and academic core subjects to find positive pathways to express emotions and connect with other human beings.  SDCCS was founded in 2000 and began impacting students in 2002.  SDCCS serves Kinder-8th grade students and is in the first stages of developing a high school.  Known as the school where university professors’ children, world renowned artists, first time college families, and Harvard track learners all attend and flourish.


For the application to SDCCS for this position, the following must be submitted on Edjoin by October 26, 2016 @ 12:30PM.

Letter of Introduction (specific to this position and organization)

Current Resume

3 Letters of Recommendation (1 from current employer or former employer)

Complete the online application @  


Compensation:  $6,250 per month (gross) plus health benefits package.


Expected Start Date Range: November 10, 2016 to November 28, 2016.


Learn more about the organization by reading the newly revised strategic plan here:


If applicants have further questions related to the position requirements, please email  - or call Melissa Gonzalez at 858-496-1613.