Associate Director of School Development



Associate Director of School Development

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA



Application Contact:

Constance Awenasa

Job Description:

  • Place of Performance: Washington
  • Supervisor: Director of Development
  • Direct Reports: None
  • Status: Full Time, Exempt
  • Travel Requirements: Monthly
  • Salary Range: $70,000-90,000 DOE
Washington is the 42nd state to open its public education system to charter schools and the charter school law puts a strong emphasis on ensuring that its charters are high-quality options for students that don’t have access to them currently. The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and develops high-quality charter public schools that meet the needs of systemically underserved students.
WA Charters knows that communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, low-income communities, and individuals living with disabilities disproportionately shoulder the burden of the impacts of inequitable access to high-quality public schools. Working for and in partnership with impacted communities is a critical priority of our incubation, school services, legal, advocacy, communications, and engagement work to support charter public schools at every stage of their development. By doing so, we believe charter public schools will be a lever to improve educational outcomes across charter and traditional schools for all students.
The Associate Director of School Development will work with and for schools to provide training and school-based support; develop resources and materials; and work at all stages of school leadership training, school planning, and school growth to provide fundraising capacity-building. Primary activities will include the development of trainings and supports for school leadership and school boards, one on one coaching and guidance, work with new school leaders in our School Leadership and Design Fellowship to develop fundraising plans as a part of their applications for authorization, and co-development of regional fundraising strategies for each of Washington’s twelve currently operating and open charter public schools.
Research and Assessment (20%)
  • Work with schools to identify and assess school-specific fundraising assets and areas for capacity building
  • Conduct research on regional funding and fundraising opportunities in all operating school regions and provide this research to schools
  • Identify top fundraising challenges and opportunities across sector and codify into a school-focused development analysis
  • Work with schools to evaluate fundraising skill building and success over a 3-year period
Resource and Materials Development (25%)
  • Work with operating and authorized school leaders and boards of directors to co-develop individualized development plans based on highest needs and staff/board expertise and capacity
  • Build a suite of resources and tools for schools, including fundraising event resources, email, online, and social media fundraising resources, and basic grantseeking resources such as case for support
  • Identify areas of shared needs for additional infrastructure support (e.g., software, giving platforms, essential resource libraries, etc.)
School Staff and Board Training (25%)
  • Work with WA Charters school programs directors to build out fundraising professional development modules for leaders and oard in each state of school fundraising (early stage, mid stage, and sustaining)
  • Develop and coordinate a statewide Professional Learning Community of school fundraising leads, including the development of an annual training series for schools and school boards
Ongoing School Coaching and Support (25%)
  • Work with schools to monitor operationalization of fund development plans and provide coaching and support as needed
  • Visit each school bi-monthly to provide on-the-ground coaching and fundraising strategy support
Contribute to WA Charters Strategy (5%)
  • Work with Director of Development to identify and apply for collaborative, aligned grantseeking opportunities and to develop and implement statewide fundraising campaigns
  • Lead annual fund drive across schools and state and in partnership with WA Charters Director of Development and WA Charters annual fund drive
  • Collaborate with the WA Charters team to chart our five-year course to a sector of at least 21 high-quality charter schools to inform organizational priorities and fundraising strategies.
  • Provide additional support across the organization by leading and participating in additional projects as needed.
WA Charters is seeking a team member that has the following essential skills and experiences:
  • Motivated, energetic leader with a passion for educational equity and program creation
  • At least four years of experience working in fundraising preferred
  • Strong self-starter will a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Demonstrated success in developing materials and trainings
  • Demonstrated success in developing and delivering trainings
  • Excellent customer service orientation and high-degree of professionalism with a range of stakeholders
  • A track record of working towards a set of goals and metrics—and meeting them
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and build consensus among people of varied backgrounds and experiences
  • Mastery of managing competing demands and quickly determining top priorities within a large-scale project
  • Ability to create, adjust, and implement strategic work plans
  • Strong writing, presentation, and facilitation skills, with an eye for details
  • A strong personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Valid Washington Driver’s License
  • High standard of professional behavior at all times
  • Willingness to share own ideas amongst staff, stakeholders, and board members
  • Excited by prospect of creating a continuously improving a program, at times working independently and at others with a team
  • A chance to transform Washington education
  • A passionate, fun, fast-moving, and collaborative team
  • Salary range $70-90,000, depending on experience
  • Medical, dental, vision, and Rx benefits; long- and short-term disability; and life insurance (details provided upon request)
  • 401(k) Plan with an employer match
  • PTO days and paid federal holidays
  • To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Constance Awenasa at
  • The position will remain open until filled; however, anyone interested in the position is encouraged to apply early in the process, as the preferred start date is June 15, 2019 or earlier.
  • If your skills are a match, we will contact you to schedule a phone interview, followed by an in-person interview with members of our team.
WA Charters is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Washington State Charter Schools Association
210 S Hudson St, Suite 324
Seattle, WA, United States

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