The Learning Community, a vibrant public charter school, seeks a creative, energetic Associate Director of Development with very strong writing, editing, organizational and interpersonal skills who is excited to work as part of a fun, creative and dedicated team.  This position provides a unique opportunity for someone who is excited about cultivating individuals toward investment in a social justice-oriented school and our critical work of improving public education across the state.

This position is involved in every aspect of fundraising with special attention to grant writing and reporting; maintaining development data and contact reports; prospective donor cultivation; arranging visits to the school for prospective supporters and partners; and providing logistical support for events, mailings, and additional activities of the Development & Communications Team.  This position will provide the right people-oriented person with the opportunity to help advance public education in our region. 

The Learning Community, an innovative urban K-8 charter school with 84% of students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunch/the proxy for poverty rate, 37% English Language Learners and high student achievement, is a warm and welcoming school that believes deeply in the voices of teachers, students, and families. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits package. BIPOC candidates and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We strive to have a team that reflects the racial diversity of our students and families. It is important to us that our students can see themselves in the adults that surround them each day. The Learning Community is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
Warm and Professional Work Environment: We have an upbeat, proactive, and supportive atmosphere. Open communication systems ensure every person has a chance to voice concerns and ideas about all aspects of the school. We are known for responding quickly to the needs of both students and colleagues. We have among the best family engagement in the state, and strong support from our community.

Excellent Compensation:  We offer highly competitive salaries and health insurance benefits for full-time team members.

Shared Commitment to Educational Equity: Through their commitment to our families and our school’s mission, every team member creates and supports an environment for exploration, leadership and learning for both students and themselves. We believe that education is a fundamental right and existing inequities should not be a barrier to success.

Support Services: An extensive system supports student social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health needs. We follow through on the promise that no single student will keep themselves or others from learning. Every classroom teacher is supported by a team of professionals.

Professional Development: Teachers receive job embedded professional development and a variety of innovative options for growth, learning and sharing what they know. These include a two-week summer institute, professional development days throughout the school year, working with external consultants and attending professional development workshops.

Characteristics of the ideal candidate include:
  • Demonstrated commitment to The Learning Community’s mission and communities we serve
  • 3-5 years’ experience working in a nonprofit setting, preferably in fundraising
  • Creative and self-motivated with exceptional organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build and grow relationships with philanthropic supporters
  • Ability to work well under pressure and complete tasks efficiently by agreed-upon deadlines
  • Have excellent writing, analytical, and research skills
  • Ability to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner
  • Have a high level of computer literacy
  • Experience using online databases and other sources to locate philanthropic information
  • Ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form
  • Have a solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants
  • Experience planning small- and large-scale fundraising events
  • Have high standards
  • Display professional integrity and maintain strict confidentiality
  • Interact positively with students and colleagues
Position Responsibilities:
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Development on all fundraising activities and planning
  • Maintain the grants calendar with deadlines for proposal submissions and grant reports
  • Research prospects and maintain current information on all individual donors, corporate partners, and foundations
  • Support the Director of Development in building and growing individual philanthropic supporters
  • Develop and write grant proposals and donor communications to foundations and other grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating The Learning Community’s mission and programs
  • Assemble and submit grant requests and reports, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations
  • Ensure prompt acknowledgement of all donations and grant awards
  • Assist Communications Coordinator in ensuring Corporate and Foundation visibility commitments are met (social media, website, press releases, etc.)
  • Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals
  • Assist in planning fundraising and cultivation events, including our annual Get Smart! fundraising party
  • Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers
  • To apply please send resume and cover letter to:
    Job title/Melissa Lanni, The Learning Community, 21 Lincoln Ave, Central Falls, RI 02863.
    Or email melissa@thelearningcommunity.com with the job title in the subject line.

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