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Director of Major Gifts - YES Prep System Office (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

Department: Advancement
Location: Houston, TX

POSITION: Director of Major Gifts 

REPORTS TO: Chief Advancement Officer 

POSITION TYPE: 12-month 

LOCATION: Houston, Texas 

THE CHALLENGE 

Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 18 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities. 

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).  

THE OPPORTUNITY 

YES Prep needs a dynamic Director of Major Gifts, with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.  

To put it simply, you will play an integral role in securing a minimum of $750,000 from to ensure that YES Prep students have the necessary resources for a rigorous, high-quality public education. 

THE ROLE 

When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include: 

  • Securing $750,000 to support YES Prep students, faculty and families. 

  • Developing a major gift solicitation strategy to meet annual fundraising and capital fundraising goals.    

  • Identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts of $50,000 or greater.  

  • Managing a portfolio of at least 50 donors (lifetime giving of $50,000 or above) and prospects. 

  • Developing case statements and other documents for proposals and stewardship reports.  

  • Supporting the CAO in all fundraising activities. 

  • Attending Advancement team meetings and donor tours. 

  • Collaborating with the Director of Communications to set the vision for the advancement team and to ensure all fundraising communication needs are met. 

  • Supporting the CAO in providing staff support to the Board, Trustees, Finance Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee, and Campaign Committee and Subcommittees.  

  • Additional duties as assigned. 

THE PERSON 

We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of students. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility.  

THE MUST HAVES 

  • Seven years of overall fundraising experience preferred, a minimum of five years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, external relations, or comparable field preferred; evidence of strong project management and relationship management.  

  • Demonstrated success in establishing, maintaining, and managing effective donor relationships. 

  • Demonstrated success in securing gifts of $50,000 and greater. 

  • Demonstrated success in managing large-scale projects and special event fundraising. 

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills, to interact with senior leaders, board members, trustees, and other high level volunteers, donors and prospects including the ability to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

  • Experience facilitating meetings and successfully managing volunteers. 

  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment. 

  • Proficient in MS Office 365.  

  • Proficient in Salesforce CRM or a comparable cloud-based CRM application. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution. 

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools. 

  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team. 

  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once. 

  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress. 

THE PERKS 

  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience. 

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance–  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

  • Paid Time Off – 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar 

  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to a medical reason, YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave 

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.  

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY 

YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 

THE NEXT STEPS  

If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here

If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at talent@yesprep.org

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