The Posse Foundation is a nationally recognized youth leadership development and college access program that identifies, recruits, and trains diverse teams—Posses—of public high school students and sends them to top colleges and universities. To date, more than 7,000 Posse Scholars have been accepted into top-tier institutions of higher education throughout the country. These young people have received more than $1 billion in full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s college and university partners and have been agents of positive change on their campuses.
Posse’s unique and carefully structured, three-month selection process identifies candidates using criteria beyond academic achievement, including leadership talent, desire to succeed and ability to work constructively with people from diverse backgrounds. Posse’s high school through college programming makes it one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation. In 2010, The Posse Foundation was identified by President Obama as one of 10 national non-profit organizations to receive a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize grant. The foundation is poised to double in size over the next ten years and dramatically increase its national impact.
Posse’s current university partners include Agnes Scott, Babson, Bard, Boston U., Brandeis, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Carleton, Case Western Reserve, Centre, Colby, Wooster, Connecticut, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Denison, DePauw, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, George Washington, Grinnell, Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, Illinois Wesleyan, Kalamazoo, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lehigh, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oberlin, Pepperdine, Pomona, Sewanee, Smith, St. Olaf, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Trinity, Tulane, Union, UC Berkeley, U. Michigan, Puget Sound, Rochester, UT Austin, U. Virginia, UW Madison, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Wellesley, Wesleyan, and Wheaton.
Posse’s 2017 budget of $23 million supports programs in Atlanta, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Posse has a staff of 170 nationally. There is a national board of directors, as well as advisory boards in each city.
The development officer supports Posse Bay Area individual, corporate and foundation giving. S/he is responsible for working with the site director and Posse’s national development team to meet the annual revenue goals and reach higher revenue goals each year. The development officer is responsible for grant reports and writing proposals with accompanying budgets, conducting prospect research, drafting thank you letters and other donor correspondence, planning events, soliciting corporate donations for events, managing development communications with the site director, gift entry, monthly financial reporting, and supporting the work of the rest of the development staff, locally and nationally. S/he also represents the program to board members, donors and various other constituent groups. The development officer reports to the director.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Write and submit foundation and corporate proposals, reports and letters in a timely manner. Track all proposal and report deadlines.
- Maintain communication with all organizational donors (particularly foundation and corporate donors and prospects).
- Work with director to identify and research prospects.
- Track prospective donor contacts and set up prospect meetings. Assist Director with prospect meeting strategies.
- Maintain all administrative development activities and maintain donor files, including electronic files through Raiser’s Edge Database.
- Organize and implement several annual donor mailings.
- Help facilitate communication and follow up with the Bay Area Advisory Board.
- Manage logistics for development special events.
We are looking for someone who is collaborative, innovative, hard working and thrives in a fast paced environment. The successful candidate will have these qualities/qualifications:
- Bachelors degree
- Three plus years of work experience in development or related field
- Motivated and able to work independently as well as with a team
- Willingness to take initiative
- Ability to multi-task, manage concurrent processes/projects, and focus on the small but important details in all projects while keeping the bigger picture in mind
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including grant writing
- Excellent office and computer skills. Proficient in Word, Excel and experience working with a fundraising database
- Able to establish and maintain cooperative professional relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers and the public
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills
- Demonstrated belief in Posse’s mission and values
Posse is proud to offer competitive benefits to our employees. Some of our benefits include:
- Employer paid medical, dental, and life insurance plan for employee
- Paid parental leave
- 403(B) plan with employer match
- Flexible Spending Account
- Generous paid time off policy
How to Apply
Candidates are required to submit a resume and cover letter when applying. To apply, please follow the instructions in the link below:
Deadline for submission of application is Wednesday, September 13th.