National Director of Development

Posse Foundation | New York, New York


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.

Job Summary

Candidates are required to submit a resume and cover letter when applying. 

The national director of development reports to the vice president of development and works closely with senior leadership. With the vice president of development this person conducts and coordinates ongoing development programs to raise funds for the organization which has a current budget of $23 million.  The national director of development is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating fundraising activities, with an emphasis on grants and foundations. This position authors high level proposals for national initiatives and multi-site support.  The national director of development also manages special projects including the annual gala and provides training and technical assistance to all Posse development staff across ten cities. The national director of development coordinates communications between the national office and local site offices and ensures national protocols are followed regarding all fundraising matters.  Three national development staff members report to this position: grants officer, grant writer, and development officer.


  • Minimum 8 years of experience in development
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong experience with national nonprofit systems and practices
  • Knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, including individual major gifts, special events, grant writing, prospecting, stewardship and budgeting.
  • Detail oriented
  • Experience with database management
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience developing budgets for proposals
  • Excellent overall communication skills
  • Demonstrated belief in Posse’s mission and values
  • Proficiency in “Raiser’s Edge” software a plus
  • Salary commensurate with experience


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
  • 403B plan with employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Generous paid time off policy

How to Apply

To apply, please follow the link below:

Deadline for submission of application is Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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