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Director, Advocacy and Public Partnerships (NYC)

DonorsChoose.org engages the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable, and personal way to address educational inequity. In this clip, board member Stephen Colbert tells the organization's story.

Since its launch in 2000, more than 3 million "citizen philanthropists" have donated to classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, channeling books, field trips, technology, and other resources to more than 28 million students in public schools, overwhelmingly from low-income households. Along the way, the organization helped to pioneer the field of crowdfunding and is now making an impact beyond school supplies.

Thanks to its dedicated team and culture, DonorsChoose.org earned recognition as the #1 "Best Nonprofit to Work For" by the Nonprofit Times.

Team Overview

Teachers at three-quarters of all the public schools in the U.S. have created classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. The Advocacy and Public Partnerships Team works to establish deep and mutually beneficial relationships with school districts across the country, ensuring district administrators have the information they need to help teachers in their district secure classroom resources through DonorsChoose.org.

Primary Responsibilities

In this role, you’ll:

Be an ambassador to school districts

  • Build relationships with superintendents, their chiefs of staff, grants officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Officers, communications teams, auditors, and other school district officials
  • Work with school districts to shape how DonorsChoose.org can act as a tool to support their strategic priorities. Encourage school districts to share DonorsChoose.org opportunities with their teachers.
  • Work with school districts on fundraising policies that impact teachers’ usage of crowdfunding sites, with an eye toward sharing the accountability and safeguards DonorsChoose.org has in place for school districts

Work with partners to raise awareness of DonorsChoose.org with district administrations

  • Build and manage relationships with education associations to create and share content related to teacher crowdfunding
  • Attend education-focused conferences to meet school district officials and speak on behalf of DonorsChoose.org

Play a role in team administration and management

  • Manage one full-time staff member on the Advocacy and Public Partnerships team

Qualifications

This position might be for you if:

  • You’re a strategic relationship builder. You’ve got a track record of making professional connections left and right, and you focus your energy and time on forming the deepest relationships with the people who can most help the constituents you serve.
  • You think like an owner. At all of your past jobs, you have sought out opportunities for your organization to shine while also understanding the scope of what's possible for your team and when patience is warranted.
  • You’re interested in managing and have direct or cross-team management experience.
  • You’re detail-oriented and customer-centric: keeping track of the specifics within a portfolio of dozens-to-hundreds brings you joy.
  • When you’re working for a cause that you believe in, you don’t give up.
  • You’re a great writer and communicator, because even the simplest email tells a story.
  • You have at least 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • College degree required.

Work Demands

  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities approximately three to four times per month

Compensation and Benefits

DonorsChoose.org offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision coverage; a matching 401k plan (up to 5% of base salary); and annual professional development stipend, and 5 weeks paid vacation plus national holidays.

To Apply

Please submit your application online, addressing your cover letter to Katie Bisbee, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer.

A Final Note

The DonorsChoose.org team works toward a nation where students in every community have the resources needed for an excellent education. To do this we hire and support a diverse team of the best and the brightest talent available.

We are an organization increasingly representative of the varied races and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, and abilities that comprise our nation. DonorsChoose.org focuses on attracting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent because it makes us more effective, high-performing, creative, and resilient.

If you are passionate about our mission, highly skilled in your field, and looking for a place where you can bring all of yourself to work, we want you.

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