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Development Manager

MINDFUL SCHOOLS

Emeryville, CA, USA

The Organization: 

The mission of Mindful Schools is to train the world’s educators in mindfulness and in how to teach mindfulness to K-12 youth in an organic, sustainable way.

With an enthusiastic team of 16 and a budget size of $3.9 million, Mindful Schools provides online and in-person courses and content to a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 U.S. states and 100+ countries. Our courses and curricula are designed to serve under-resourced public schools facing high turnover rates and toxic stress as well as college-prep schools with more access to resources. We give educators simple, effective tools for self-care, classroom engagement, and increasing learning readiness while connecting them with a vibrant, supportive peer network.

Position Overview: 

Mindful Schools is seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to build the fund development program during a period of growth for the organization. The successful candidate will work directly with and report to the Executive Director (ED) and the Mindful Schools board to develop and implement an ambitious multi-year fund development plan for the organization.

The Development Manager role is a new position and an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated self-starter who is able to build a department from the ground up. As the the sole fundraising position within the organization, the Development Manager will be responsible for research, cultivation and stewardship of Mindful Schools’ institutional funders and individual donors through relationship management, board engagement, prospect research and cultivation, and media strategies.

The ideal candidate will be able to plan and execute complex projects with excellence; have strong relationship-building and stakeholder management skills plus meticulous attention to detail; value a collaborative and collegial approach; and be passionate about the Mindful Schools’ mission. She or he will have impeccable integrity, judgment, maturity and discretion, with a sense of humor while being able to embrace an adaptive startup culture.

*This could be a remote position for the right candidate.*

Responsibilities:

Fund Development

  • Work alongside the Executive Director to build an innovative and strategic fund development program including Annual Campaign, Major Gifts, Foundation and Institutional support

  • Coordinate and support development efforts by the ED, staff, and Board of Directors

  • Personally solicit major gifts from individuals

  • Manage cultivation, solicitations and stewardship of institutional funders, including grant writing and reporting

  • Manage the current Salesforce development database and implement system for tracking donor activities and moves management of donor prospects

  • Manage annual appeals process with individual donors; both in the fall and spring

  • Partner with MIndful Schools Marketing Team to create compelling communications for key foundation, institutional and individual supporters

Prospect research, preparation, and follow-up

  • Establish and meet quarterly stewardship and cultivation goals for annual donors

  • Develop a deeper prospect pipeline for future donor cultivation

  • Produce accurate research and profiles on individual prospects

  • Prepare documents for donor meetings including research, strategy and appropriate materials

  • Serve as thought partner in identifying strategic cultivation and stewardship opportunities

Board Development

  • Staff the Board Development Committee

  • Support the work of the ED and Board in the identification, cultivation and recruitment of board members

  • Manage board relationships, communication, and deliverables to ensure successful engagement and participation of individual board members in fundraising

  • Enlist board members in personalizing outreach and solicitations

Development Events

  • Oversee successful event strategy that leverages key staff and Board towards raising awareness about Mindful Schools among donor prospects

  • Prepare relevant program and materials to enable an excellent donor experience

  • Develop guest lists and manage donor prospect outreach and responses

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3-4 years experience of demonstrated success as a fundraising professional, preferably with a multi-faceted fundraising program

  • Grant writing and grants management experience

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with a range of stakeholders including board members, funders, donors, clients and staff

  • Excellent communication skills; proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively

  • Extremely well organized with a commitment to quality, detail and deadline accountability

  • Experience with donor databases, Salesforce a plus

  • Strong interest in K-12 education, mindfulness, and social/emotional learning

  • Tremendous commitment, work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile

  • Self-confidence to work independently with a positive, proactive and achievement-oriented work style

​Salary & Benefits:

This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive salary that is dependent on experience and qualifications, with a generous benefits package that reflects our values, including:

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

  • 403(b) retirement plan with up to a 4% employer match

  • Generous PTO

  • Flexible work hours and support for a healthy work-life balance

  • Great organizational culture in a quiet, sunlit office space in Emeryville, CA

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please go to: https://mindfulschools.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=8&source=nonprofit-jobs

Please submit your resume and a detailed cover letter outlining your specific interest in this position and your relevant experience.

 

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