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Company / Organization: Reading Partners
Position Title: Development Manager, North Texas
Job Location: Dallas, TX
Salary Range: $65,000 - $67,200
Application Deadline: 8/25/2023
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Development Manager, North Texas

Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy, and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners.

The High Level

Reading Partners North Texas seeks a highly organized and creative self-starter for our Development Manager role. This position is an exciting opportunity for someone who has experience in nonprofit fundraising with a focus on communications and corporate and individual giving. They must adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace.

The Development Manager reports to the Development Director and works closely with team members across all departments. The Development Manager will support the achievement of regional fundraising and volunteer recruitment goals in close partnership with the Community Engagement and Development teams by driving development operations and managing external communications. This position is full-time and based in our North Texas office. The Development Manager will be responsible for the activities below at varying points throughout our fiscal year.

What you’ll do:

Manage a portfolio of corporate, foundation and individual relationships to contribute to the development team’s goal of over $1.2M annually.

  • Lead our North Texas Giving Day and annual appeal fundraising campaigns from August through mid-January to raise approximately $50K-$60K, which includes donor mailings, online campaign creation and campaign analysis.

  • Coordinate additional fundraising campaigns needed in the spring and manage any peer-to-peer campaigns throughout the year

  • Work closely with the development director and executive director to implement our individual giving strategy including the engagement of multi-year and major donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders 

  • Assist in writing foundation grant applications and reports for an assigned portfolio of stakeholders.

  • Play an integral role in annual budget planning helping to predict and weigh future donations and advise on individual and board member donor strategy to create realistic revenue projections for the annual $2.6M+ budget

  • Manage the stewardship plans for recurring and multi-year donors 

  • Assist with the management of corporate donors and planned giving stewardship plans

  • Assist with the planning and logistics of events including fundraisers, supporter appreciation events, etc. 

  • Manage the development pipeline and build strategies to diversify our individual and corporate donor pools

  • Other duties as assigned to advance the mission of the development department

Oversee fundraising operations, research and database management:

  • Manage the donor database and act as the quality assurance officer and collaborate with and consult National to improve development operations

  • Produce reports and analyze data to inform and advance our development strategy

  • Process 500+donations annually and issue tax receipts and acknowledgments in a timely manner

  • Innovate and find new ways of thanking and acknowledging our donors 

  • Conduct research on high-net-worth donors and prospects through WealthEngine and make recommendations for an outreach approach 

Other responsibilities

  • Contribute to the building of the organizational structure, culture, and the improvement of internal processes

How You’ll Do It

  • Relationship Development & Collaboration: Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Regularly deliver convincing messaging and tailored experiences. Demonstrate a genuine joy in connecting with donors and all internal and external stakeholders. Internally, establish highly collaborative relationships with all team members. Demonstrate a desire to learn, grow, support, and add great value. Regularly seek to understand all aspects of our model to convey to donors.

  • Communication: Effectively write and edit high-quality donor communications, grant proposals, and reports that demonstrate deep knowledge of our program and promote our mission. Through exceptional writing, serve as an ambassador of Reading Partners. 

  • Project Management: Pay strong attention to detail and manage competing priorities effectively. Create innovative solutions in the face of competition for resources, time, etc. with a high degree of adaptability and flexibility. Anticipate challenges and/or questions, and proactively execute solutions. Understand larger strategic priorities and make measurable progress against these larger goals. 

  • Problem Solving & Decision Making: Demonstrate an ability to problem-solve through challenges and failures, finding win-win solutions. Make quick, sound, and on-the-fly decisions that consider all stakeholders. See the bigger picture and drill down to smaller details to connect the dots.

What we offer

Reading Partners offers the full package – great benefits, a great place to work, and the opportunity to have a glowing and growing career.

  • We offer competitive compensation that is commensurate with experience. This is an exempt, full-time position. Pay for this position starts at $65,000 - $67,200.

  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flex spending accounts, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and currently a 403(b) match option.

  • We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us. As such, we provide ongoing professional development opportunities.


The other things you need to know

  • Travel: This position sometimes travels throughout the DFW area. 

What’s Next?

If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners team, please submit the following application materials to our online job posting:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Reading Partners and how your past experience has prepared you for this role. Please include your salary needs.

  • Resume

At Reading Partners we respect and honor the diversity in our workforce, and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minimum Qualifications:

About you!

You’ll be successful in this role if you:

  • Have 2+ years of previous fundraising/development experience or related role

  • Boast a deep belief in and passionately promote our mission

  • Have experience in donor communication, cultivation, and stewardship 

  • Demonstrated experience in donor database management and fundraising operations

  • Have a high level of comfort with new technology systems including Salesforce, Classy, Google Apps, and Microsoft Office Suite

  • Comfort with donor research and prospecting

  • Demonstrate the ability to learn quickly and adapt to new situations

  • Can prove eligibility to work in the U.S. legally

  • Boast a deep belief in our mission

  • Root your work in our core values

  • COVID-19 vaccination is required unless a medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved. Please review our Vaccination Policy

Bonus Points if you:

  • Have experience with Salesforce and/or Classy

  • Have experience with Act-On or similar marketing platforms

  • Have experience with contributing to social media at an organizational level

Date Posted: 5/26/2023