We have set out to build a creative team capable of turning big social problems into transformative possibilities. Since launching in 2011, The Future Project has built a movement to unlock the greatness in every young person in America. Our core method to date has been simple: we embed full-time Dream Directors transformational leaders trained to unlock the passion and purpose of young people in high schools across the country. We've built a nation-wide team of 100+ brilliant and generous leaders, an extraordinary group of advisors, and have raised $40MM in national venture philanthropy and millions more in regional funding from values-aligned investors. We look for people who can contribute unique genius to our team, who make dreams happen, and who bring the same passion and purpose we instill in our students to their work with TFP and to their work in the world. To make this possible, we pay competitively--including generous benefits, progressive parental leave policies, and unlimited vacation)--and work flexibly from a centrally located, beautifully designed Manhattan office. And, we work with some of the best minds in the country on challenges of national consequence. In 2011, a passionate team of dreamers and builders came together around a big but simple vision: to make it possible for every person on the planetstarting with young peopleto discover their power and learn to build a better future for all. Together we designed an innovative, research-based service for schools, centered on a new role in society: the Dream Director; delivered that service to more than 35,000 students across eight states from coast to coast; recruited a diverse national team and community; and built what has become one of the fastest-growing non-profit (or, as we like to say, for-people) organizations in the country. Over the next several years, fueled by the lessons of our first phase and in response to tremendous demandand urgent needs we see in the worldwe will aim to open our community to the world. We will release new, more accessible programs and service offerings, further build our science and evidence base, host major flagship events, and grow our global network of young people, advisors, supporters, and more. At this exciting moment of growth and change, it is more important to us than ever to protect the quality, humility, and magic that The Future Project strives to embody. We are looking for talented new team members to help us do just that. Responsibility Overview The development team exists to increase The Future Projects widespread impact and secure $13MM annually in financial resources in service of unlocking possibility in young people. The Deputy to The Chief Growth Officer (Growth Deputy) will play a critical function to ensure we execute on those goals and priorities powerfully. The Future Project seeks a highly organized, relationship-oriented development professional who is comfortable in a fast-growth organization. Reporting to the Chief Growth Officer, the Growth Deputy is responsible for partnering with the CDO to cultivate and track key relationships, coordinating external events across the Development Department and ensuring that the Development Team is operating with efficiency, order and impact. Thanks to your efforts behind the scenes, we will leverage maximum benefits from all members of the Development team, run exceptionally effective internal and external meetings, and stay on target with our ambitious goals of growth. To do this, the Deputy must be highly strategic, committed to breakthrough learning and innovation, and able to build systems, organize work, think critically and support a high-functioning team. This is a full-time Director-level position that can be based in our New York office or remote; requiring some travel. Specific Accountabilities - External: In partnership with the Chief Growth Officer -- build, track and grow a portfolio of donors and prospects Cultivate and track relationships with donors, journalists, celebrities, policymakers and industry leaders Arrange interviews, presentations, pitch sessions and fundraising meetings and prepare pre-meeting briefs, background research and presentation materials Facilitate post-meeting debriefs and collaborate with the Chief Growth Officer to expeditiously follow through on meeting outcomes and to capitalize on introductions, connections and opportunities Partner with the Chief Growth Officer to ensure impeccable stewardship of donor relationships In Partnership with the Stakeholder Engagement Manager, plan, curate and execute external facing events on behalf of the Development department to showcase The Future Project and build our donor base, including site visits, Jeffersonian dinners and milestone annual events Specific Accountabilities - Internal: Coordinate the Chief Growth Officers internal responsibilities and support strong management of department and direct reports by CGO Streamline the CGOs workflow and priorities by schedule management, prioritizing appointments, arranging meetings/conference calls, and making travel arrangements Support the coordination of effective weekly team meetings with the development team to keep our work on track and running smoothly, and track any key ideas or items for follow up Collaborate with Relationship Managers to strategically steward donors to higher giving tiers Identify needs, roadblocks, and opportunities within the development team and work with the Chief Growth Officer to ensure team members are supported, inspired, & clear on priorities. Coordinate across departments to identify and capitalize on opportunities for collaboration, publicity and fundraising efforts Manage special projects as needed by the Chief Growth Officer Minimum Requirements: Who You Are: You are an experienced, highly organized and efficient fundraising professional, known for your ability to develop meaningful, measurable relationships with a strategic balance of innovation and accountability. You have experience raising philanthropic support and you are looking to leverage that experience internally. You are a hard-working, detail-oriented team player who can successfully juggle and complete competing priorities on tight deadlines. You thrive on developing and implementing efficient systems and enjoy managing complex projects that span from travel logistics to data analysis to the planning of a high-level investor summit. You are an exceptionally clear, precise and confident communicator, with impeccable verbal and written skills, and a high degree of emotional intelligence. You are known for your enthusiasm as well as your ability to address setbacks, troubleshoot issues, and seamlessly direct multiple priorities at the same time. You are diplomatic and compassionate, strongly motivated by goals and wins, positive when facing challenges, and persistent through setbacks. You are passionate about unlocking potential in young people and reimagining school. Skills of the Ideal Candidate: Have 4-7 years of experience in a professional fundraising role/shop at a nonprofit organization or institution Must have strong interpersonal acumen and ability to anticipate and address supervisor and team needs Track record of success as a project manager with a strong ability to organize teams, workstreams, goals, priorities & projects to accomplish a larger goal. Proven results as a strategic relationship-builder Strength in multi-tasking, goal-setting, workload prioritization and project management Clear communication skills to enable collaboration with local and remote staff and donors High degree of comfort and experience with donor management system i.e. Bloomerang, Raiser's Edge or Salesforce. Must excel in a deadline-driven role, and be self-motivated to meet goals Additional Qualifications Be highly organized, self-motivated, proactive, and positive. Strong ability to think strategically & help plan projects & workstreams toward achieving goals, especially in the realm of development and fundraising. Be eager to learn & grow within TFP and within the field of youth development. Familiarity with structures, processes, practices of a high functioning development team & how to build a great culture & systems for such a team.
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