Citizens of the World Los Angeles

  • Director of Development

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
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  • Overview

    Organization Overview

    The mission of Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC LA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world. CWC schools:

    • Service a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community;
    • Develop students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
    • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity


    The CWC LA network is growing at a rapid rate and currently enrolls 1,900 students in three high-performing schools, growing to well over 2,000 students over the next several years. CWC LA’s schools rank in the top 8% (English) and 7% (math) out of 758 LAUSD, magnet and charter elementary schools, and all subgroups outperform the district and state. Our schools include:

    • CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010, renewed charter approved in December 2014, currently TK-5th grade);
    • CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012, renewed charter approved in November 2016, currently TK-8th grade); and
    • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, renewed charter approved in December 2017, currently TK-6th grade and growing to TK-8th grade over the next two years).


    CWC LA has a Regional Support Office that supports all CWC LA schools. We work with our network partners at Citizens of the World Charter Schools, linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in other parts of the country.


    Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

    • Excellence: we demand lasting quality
    • Diversity: we are better and stronger because of our differences
    • Authenticity: we are our true selves in this work, and we are candid
    • Community: we care deeply about people. We share and build partnerships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times
    • Change: we welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways


    Position Description

    CWC LA is seeking a strategic, driven, and reflective leader who will be responsible for raising more than $3 million per year with the support of the Executive Director, Board of Directors of CWC LA, Principals, parent leaders, and other stakeholders in the region. The duties include leading external fundraising with foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as supporting and managing fundraising within the CWC community. A Development Coordinator will directly report to the Director of Development and numerous other staff and volunteers will indirectly report to the role.


    Responsibilities for external fundraising include developing prospects and overall fundraising strategy, writing grants and developing other communication tools, organizing school-site tours, and developing a stewardship program. This work would be done in close partnership with the Executive Director and several CWC LA board members. Responsibilities for fundraising within the CWC community include managing a Development Coordinator who will support project timelines for major fundraising events, work closely with parent committees to design and manage fundraising events, ensure fiscal and operational compliance of all fundraising initiatives, manage technology solutions to support fundraising committees, develop fundraising reports and forecasts for the Board of Directors, ensure funds are collected based on pledges, and manage the process to track incoming donations. Finally, the Director of Development will lead the implementation of any capital campaigns for facilities projects, including a current capital campaign for a new building for the CWC Silver Lake campus.


    This role has enormous potential for impact. The Director of Development will work closely with all of the CWC LA stakeholders, and will have an opportunity to build a long-term development strategy and team. The Director of Development will be a key member of the CWC LA regional team and will report to the Executive Director. This position is based in CWC LA’s regional office, but will also require travel to each of our schools and external meetings on a regular basis.


    The Director of Development’s job responsibilities include:

    • Raise more than $3 million per year
    • Develop an external fundraising strategy and tracking system in collaboration with other CWC LA leaders
    • Identify and network with key prospects
    • Lead the donor cultivation, engagement, and stewardship process
    • Prepare for donor meetings (including site tours) with the Executive Director and Principals
    • Create fundraising communication materials and collateral
    • Write grants in collaboration with Executive Director, Board members and other staff
    • Manage full-time Coordinator of Development
    • Support school-site fundraising committees in developing and managing project timelines for the Annual Family Give Campaign, Walk-a-Thon peer-to-peer fundraisers, and evening events (12 campaigns total) along with other smaller scale events
    • Develop fundraising processes and protocols, including technology solutions, to support each school’s fundraising goals
    • Develop annual fundraising budget with parent fundraising committees; ensure all parent events are on-track and proactively troubleshoot any challenges
    • Create fundraising forecasts for monthly Board of Directors meetings
    • Manage donor database and pull reports as necessary
    • Work closely with each Principal to develop a fundraising culture reflective of their school
    • Update websites with fundraising content and create donation pages as necessary
    • Other duties, as assigned by the Executive Director




    The ideal candidate will have the following:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university; Master’s degree a plus
    • Experience working in a fast-paced educational non-profit environment or other professional setting; teaching experience a plus
    • Professional writing experience; development and grant writing experience a plus
    • Experience working with diverse stakeholder groups and collaboratively solving problems
    • Track record of exceeding both individual and team goals



    The Director of Development must have:

    • Alignment with the philosophy, mission and core values of the organization
    • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
    • An entrepreneurial spirit and capacity to manage complex tasks with competing priorities
    • Energetic and compelling oral and written communication skills
    • An ability to influence and motivate through strong leadership
    • Excellent time-management and problem solving skills
    • Enthusiasm for building strong and invested teams
    • Ease at managing competing demands, working under pressure, and determining priorities independently
    • A strong drive to surpass objectives and take initiative
    • Adaptability when faced with shifting priorities
    • Humility and self-reflection as a life-long learner
    • Strong quantitative analysis skills
    • Strong computer and technology skills, including proficiency with Excel, Word and PowerPoint; experience with Nation Builder (or other CRM) a plus; ability to learn new systems quickly



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