United Schools Network, Development Manager - Institutional Giving and Communications (2018-2019) (Columbus, OH)

Columbus, OH


Date published: 10-Sep-2018

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The United Schools Network (USN) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.  The network includes two high-performing middle schools and two high-performing elementary schools. We are seeking a Development Manager to join our network. The Development Manager is a full-time position designed to develop and steward key relationships with foundations and corporations that provide revenue and programmatic support for the schools within USN. The Development Manager uses his/her superior writing skills to lead grant application and communication efforts for the development team. The Development Manager reports regularly to and is evaluated by the Development Director.

Vision & Mission

Vision: For every child, an open door.

Mission: Transforming lives and our communities through the power of education.

Core Values

  1. All students have the ability to achieve academic excellence. 
  2. All students thrive in a highly disciplined school environment.
  3. All students must be prepared to excel in demanding high schools on their way to selective colleges.
  4. All students deserve outstanding teachers that produce outstanding results.

Our Students and Results

     Admission is open to all students; academic proficiency is not considered during the admissions process.

     75% of our students are students of color and 90% are economically disadvantaged.

     USN schools serve students in grades K-8 and have a robust alumni services program.

     USN 8th graders regularly gain acceptance to the top high school programs in the city.

Key Responsibilities

Corporate and Foundation Relations

  Develops and executes the annual campaign for corporate and foundation gifts and sponsorships

    Manages all minor to mid-range corporate and foundation relationships

    Oversees school tours with current and potential corporate and foundation donors

    Works collaboratively on moves management strategy and solicitation

 Coordinates with Chief Schools Officer to ensure grant- and foundation-funded relationships, programs, and opportunities continue from year to year

    Meets annual budgets and goals


  Maintains a robust grants calendar to capture research, submission and reporting deadlines, and status

     Researches and writes all grant proposals, applications, and reports

   Works with colleagues to ensure grant budgets and other financial requirements are accurate

     Ensures that all deadlines are met


   Collaboratively with Individual and Volunteer Relations Development Manager, oversees development and execution of all written and digital content that tells the story of USN’s mission and reports our successes

    Develops and oversees the execution of a comprehensive social media strategy

  Works collaboratively on communication strategy for the year and for projects or campaigns

     Writes all cases for support and key message documents, including press statements

  Documents stories, quotes, and other anecdotes to be used in grants, appeals, newsletters, social media, and other communications

     Creates donor and volunteer profiles to be used in communication efforts

Team Support

    Assists colleagues, cross-trains on systems, and supports the goals of the department and network

     Works in a manner consistent with mission, vision, and values of USN

Professional Development

    Attends conferences and seminars, studies best practices, participates in professional organizations, and shares knowledge with colleagues in the department and network

Other duties as assigned by the Development Director. 

  • This description is representative of the position requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Joining Our Team

United Schools Network will consider hiring a full time Development Manager - Institutional Giving and Communications with the following characteristics:

Skills, Traits, and Beliefs

    Demonstrates personal commitment to and enthusiasm for USN’s mission and financial success.

    Capacity to work well in a team environment or independently, and to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

    Openness to feedback, a willingness to take personal responsibility for the affairs of the network, and the ability to learn from one’s mistakes.

     Excellent technical and persuasive writer; able to provide writing samples upon request.

     Personal and professional integrity with willingness to abide by the Donor Bill of Rights, the AFP code of Ethics, and the Development Team Vision, Mission, and Core Values.

    Technological proficiency in Google, Microsoft Office, and DonorPerfect or comparable CRM.

     Adept at navigating the trends and best practices surrounding various social media channels.


        Bachelor’s degree required.

        3-5 years of experience in non-profit development or related field preferred.

Compensation and benefits are competitive; the Development Director will participate in Ohio’s State Educators Retirement System.  United Schools Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Apply here https://www.applitrack.com/cca/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Home+Office+Team.

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