Position Description

Development Officer (GHA - PHO 2020-21)
Location GH America
Job Category Lead Office (Finance, HR, Development, etc.)
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LOCATION: Great Hearts Phoenix Office

REPORTS TO: Major Gifts Manager 

EEO Classification: Professionals

FLSA STATUS: Exempt ($45,000-$55,000)


Organization Description

Great Hearts Academies is a nonprofit charter management organization (CMO) that operates classical preparatory K-12 public charter schools. Our academies cultivate the minds and hearts of students through the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty.

We currently serve over 15,000 students in 29 schools through Arizona and Texas and are dedicated to serving new communities with our liberal arts model of public education and restoring excellence to American public education. We proudly prepare students for success at the best colleges and universities in the nation, but see our larger purpose as producing great-hearted graduates that are prepared to be intellectual, moral, and engaged citizens.

Great Hearts Academies’ primary goal is to graduate thoughtful leaders of character who will contribute to a more philosophical, humane and just society. As our national network grows, we will offer this opportunity to more families and educate more great-hearted graduates, serving as a catalyst for reforming public education. Additional information can be found at http://www.greatheartsamerica.org/ .

Position Summary

The Development Officer is responsible for advocating and driving support for the multiple development efforts that Great Hearts Academies has underway at any point in time. He/she will execute, and continually strive to improve robust fundraising efforts through building relationships with prospective donors, researching and soliciting corporate gifts of support for CMO funding and event sponsorships. He/she will work with foundation partners to secure grant funding at the direction of the Major Gifts Manager for Great Hearts Arizona. In addition, the development officer will work with the Major Gifts Manager to execute any and all special events related to major gift fundraising for the CMO team in support of internal and academy based major gift cultivation and stewardship activities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, coordination, and execution of various CMO development campaigns including individual major gift solicitations associated with CMO funding narratives and associated campaigns.
    • Breakdown of responsibilities to include:
      • 75% - Special Event Management and Fundraising Goal Achievement
      • 10% - Corporate Partnership Management
      • 10% - Grant writing & Grant writing support
      • 5% - Direct individual gift solicitation with support of the Major Gifts Manager
  • Responsible for the recruitment and management of campaign chairperson(s) and campaign committees for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of campaign revenue.
  • Ensure that a consistent and effective campaign strategy is used, moves management and status process deployed with consistency and accuracy, and that best practices are implemented for all responsible campaigns or other assignment development activities.
  • Work with campus leadership and Academy Giving Managers, as necessary.
  • Author and submit proposals and grant application for associated campaign portfolios.
  • Convey unified message and narratives to campaign donors in conjunction with Great Hearts communications team and development staff.
  • Serves as direct solicitor and prepares donor proposals & grant requests for responsible campaigns.
  • CMO funding narrative needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.                                                                                                                     

Required Qualifications, Experience and Special Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 2-4 years fundraising experience.
  • 1-2 years special event management experience.
  • Foundation relationship and grant writing experience.
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud or a similar CRM.
  • Strong Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint) skills experience.
  • Outstanding written, interpersonal, verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Excellent computer and database skills.
  • Thrive in managing multiple high-level, time-sensitive projects that require strong organizational ability and deft coordination.
  • Passion for the mission of Great Hearts Academies and commitment to Great Hearts’ core values.
  • Knowledge of the educational and philosophical landscape in which Great Hearts operates.
  • Ability to cast a convincing vision for potential donors while maintaining firm command of details.
  • Familiarity with various major gift programs such as individual solicitation, capital-intensive projects, volunteer management, moves management, and fundraising aptitude.
  • Achievement-oriented, have a great deal of stamina to work hard, and take satisfaction from being productive.
  • Must be available to work some evenings, weekends and extended hours for meetings and events.

This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not exclude or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Additional Requirements

Type of fingerprint clearance: Must possess or obtain valid Arizona Department of Public Safety IVP fingerprint clearance card.

Physical functions: Requires but is not limited to standing, sitting, repetitious hand and body movements, bending, squatting, and reaching. May be required to move or position equipment up to 15 pounds approximately.

Travel required: May need to travel locally to the various academies within the Phoenix metro area.

This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not exclude or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Great Hearts Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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