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Director of Development and External Relations

Status: Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director

About the Position:
LEDA is seeking a highly capable, strategic and passionate individual to join its dynamic and high-functioning organization at a critical and exciting stage in its 14-year history. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and External Relations will be responsible for planning, developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to increase individual and institutional investments in LEDA, as well as explore opportunities to help LEDA solicit investments in strategic growth efforts. S/he will direct the marketing and communications initiatives that support LEDA’s strategic goals, enhance the organization’s visibility, and cultivate LEDA’s brand. The Director of Development and External Relations will be a trusted advisor to the Executive Director, will participate in the long-term strategic planning for the organization, and will ensure that fundraising strategies are aligned with growth planning. S/he will manage the day-to-day administration of all development operations, including supervision of the Development and Communications Officer.

Key Responsibilities


  • Design and execute the organization’s fundraising plan for raising annual operating income, increasing overall support, and diversifying revenue streams;
  • Manage the strategic participation of key staff, LEDA Scholars and Board Members in cultivating and stewarding individual, foundation, corporate, and other donors;
  • Maintain up-to-date calendar and work plans for all fund development efforts, including grant proposals and reports, mailings, marketing activity, events, etc.;
  • Prepare and/or review grant proposals, and assist in developing methods for identifying and evaluating program outcomes;
  • Manage the donor database system for recording, acknowledging and encouraging individual, institutional, and corporate giving;
  • Serve as an engaging external representative of LEDA, nurturing relationships with LEDA’s Board, donors and partners;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the philanthropic landscape, especially as it relates to individual donors, major donors, giving trends, and charitable contributions in the field of education.


  • Direct strategic communications efforts to increase LEDA’s visibility, build the case for the LEDA’s value, and strengthen the brand;
  • Lead the content development of LEDA’s marketing materials and collaborate with consultants/vendors on the design and production of these materials;
  • Oversee content creation on LEDA’s website and social media strategy;
  • Identify new marketing and media opportunities;
  • Manage public and media relations;
  • Ensure all external, online, and electronic materials align with and enhance LEDA’s brand.

Event Planning

  • Oversee planning and execution of LEDA’s signature annual event, as well as smaller donor engagement events;
  • Ensure maximum fund development potential of LEDA’s special events, in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff.


  • Progressive experience in a nonprofit organization with a successful track record in fundraising, and development operations, and communications;
  • Track record of designing and implementing successful corporate fundraising programs and strategies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving education access for underrepresented students;
  • Working knowledge of the national and regional education funding landscape;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, for online and traditional venues;
  • Deep understanding of social media as a fundraising tool;
  • Track record in planning and executing special events;
  • Capacity to think strategically: quickly identify viable opportunities and balance competing priorities with limited resources;
  • Ability to work autonomously and take initiative in an innovative, entrepreneurial, and fast-paced environment;
  • Engaging personality that can cultivate strong relationships and work successfully in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including Board members, donors, and staff;
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment with strong values and culture; passionately committed to LEDA’s mission, vision and strategic direction.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to employment@ledascholars.org, with “Director of Development” in the subject line.

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