The iCivics team is on a big mission: to revolutionize the way students learn about U.S. government and civil society. This is an exceptional opportunity for a hands-on leader to play a significant role in realizing this mission. The Deputy Director will report to and partner closely with the Executive Director and will be charged with strengthening and leading an effective, collaborative, and scalable operational model for the entire organization. S/he will be charged with leading the organization through its next phase of innovation and development, managing a three-person leadership team, and providing best-in class coaching and development. To thrive in this position, you will be resourceful, adept at thinking strategically, and able to translate plans into action. You must be excited about jumping into a growing team with a results-oriented, startup culture.
Who We Are
Founded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to reverse the decline in civic education and engagement, iCivics has become a leader in digital learning. We are a growing non-profit that develops innovative games, lesson plans, and other interactive resources to prepare middle and high school students for informed participation in American democracy. Our first generation product platform provides teachers with free resources aligned to standards, and has been recognized through awards from the MacArthur Foundation, Gates Foundation, Common Sense Media, and the American Library Association. We are committed to keeping our program effective and relevant for the more than 100,000 educators and five million students who rely on iCivics annually.
What We Offer
In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, iCivics provides an excellent compensation and benefits package competitive with positions requiring similar skills and experience. iCivics compensation and benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and generous paid time off, pre-tax transit program, and a friendly work environment.
Chief Development Officer
iCivics is on a big mission: to revolutionize the way students learn about American government and civil society. The Chief Development Officer will play a key role as the organization’s fundraising official, responsible for setting and achieving goals, as well as securing support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Working closely with the Executive Director, iCivics Board, and its supporter network, s/he will combine a deep understanding of development strategy with metrics to measure success in growing the iCivics organization.
To thrive in this position, the ideal candidate will be resourceful, adept at thinking strategically, and able to translate plans into action. This is a great opportunity for driven professionals who are excited about jumping into a growing team with a results-oriented, start-up culture.
● In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, create strategic plans for all development efforts, including major gift solicitation, fundraising events, cultivation of corporate charitable funds and sponsorships.
● With support from a Program Assistant and Grants Writer, research grant opportunities and develop proposals for federal, foundation, and corporate grants.
● Create an individual giving strategy by researching, identifying and cultivating existing and potential major gift donors.
● Create annual revenue projections with the Executive Director, and develop and implement fundraising goals, strategies, and activities to achieve revenue goals.
● Analyze and report on trends regarding individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
● Work closely with the Executive Director and Outreach Director to create promotional materials designed to enhance fundraising efforts, build relationships with donors, and increase visibility for iCivics.
● Direct all fundraising appeals and other donor communications with assistance from the Program Assistant.
● With the Executive Director, cultivate, secure, and manage key relationships with funders and partner organizations, build and maintain community relationships, and attend community events when appropriate.
● Ensure timely, accurate, and comprehensive monitoring and reporting of contributions, income, and expenses.
● Develop, manage and continually evaluate systems, processes and protocols around donor stewardship.
● Manage a small but growing development team, including a Program Assistant and Grant Writer.
● Maintain up-to-date understanding of iCivics events, media and Board news.
● Create content, write, and edit external communications for social media, solicitation letters, and other collateral as needed.
● Participate in public outreach efforts and events on behalf of iCivics.
● Oversee all strategy and management of fundraising events in partnership with, and supported by, the Outreach Director.
● A minimum of ten years of progressive fundraising experience and demonstrated success raising funds for growing nonprofit organizations; experience growing the individual donor base of an organization.
● Strong passion for civic education and engagement; ability to articulate the mission and value proposition of iCivics.
● Substantial experience implementing fundraising plans and cultivating relationships for all funding streams, including high net worth individuals, foundations, events and corporations.
● Strong work ethic; ability to lead by example and work effectively in a start-up, results-oriented environment.
● Exceptional written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to donors and prospects.
● Demonstrated strategic and analytical skills combined with a flexible and entrepreneurial spirit and ability to execute within a resource-constrained environment.
● Ability to make decisions independently combined with an ability to work collaboratively.
● Ability to accommodate national travel for fundraising events; travel approximately 20%.
● Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and/or concentration in journalism, communications, marketing, business or other related area of study preferred.
Send your resume, cover letter, and two relevant writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your last name and the job title in the subject line of your email. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are only able to make personal contact with individuals invited for interviews. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you to schedule a convenient date and time.
iCivics has offices in Boston, MA and Washington DC. iCivics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or political or other viewpoint in making any employment decisions.