About College Track
Founded in 1997, College Track is national non-profit organization that empowers students to achieve their dream of a college education. This organization exists to increase high school graduation, enrollment, and college graduation rates among students from low-income communities, thereby closing the achievement gap and creating college-going cultures for students who are under-represented in higher education. 100% of College Track seniors graduate from high school, 90% of our students are accepted to 4-year colleges, and 53% complete college in 6 years (the nationwide average for low income students is 22%). 80% will have the opportunity to be the first in their family to graduate from college.
Since its inception, College Track has grown each year; and in 2012-2013, will support close to 1400 students. By providing comprehensive college access services to students over the course of 8-10 years, from the summer before high school through college graduation, College Track ensures that each of its students has the resources needed to get into and graduate from college. In the next five years, College Track will double the number of students served and triple the number of students who graduate from college. Currently, with a staff of over 50 and an operational budget of over $9,000,000, the organization supports close to 1000 high school and over 400 college students at centers in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, Aurora, Colorado and Los Angeles.
To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org
Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Development Officer will create and manage an effective fundraising plan that supports significant growth and long-term sustainability in Los Angeles. This position will identify, cultivate and solicit local individuals, foundations and corporations as well as identify and complete government grant applications. This Los Angeles-based position will focus on major donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation as well as writing, researching, and building an expanding portfolio of institutional funders.
The Development Officer will:
• Create, implement and manage an effective fundraising platform that supports significant growth and long-term sustainability
• Support key fundraising deliverables and performance measures -- monitor results and provide the VP of Development with regular updates
• Initiate, cultivate, manage, and steward relationships with individual, foundation and corporate supporters
• Manage College Track’s current LA portfolio of approximately 12 major gift donors and, in the next 12 months, expand the portfolio to approximately 50-60 major gift donors
• Support the VP of Development in closing the final $1,000,000 gap for the Los Angeles expansion
• Cultivate foundations, manage relationships with Program Officers and work with College Track’s Senior Grants Manager to prepare and submit high-quality grants
• Manage and execute Los Angeles based fundraising events including local receptions and cultivation dinners. Work with event host to develop invite list, communication strategy, event program and all other details
• Oversee all activities related to the ongoing day-to-day fundraising efforts including implementation of a donor relations and stewardship program. Additionally, oversee gift processing, record keeping, and regular reporting
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. CFRE preferred
• Minimum of 4-6 years of demonstrated success in managing, soliciting and facilitating major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. Proven record in planning and providing direction for annual funds, donor stewardship and endowment campaigns.
• Substantial experience designing and implementing comprehensive fundraising plans for all funding streams including major gifts, corporate, and foundation giving
• Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills enabling the ability to build rapport with internal and external stakeholders
• Agility and the capability to think strategically while executing tactically within a lean and resource-constrained environment.
• Exceptional communication skills with demonstrable ability to write effectively, speak persuasively, and listen attentively
• Strong writing skills, including the ability to compose, edit, and develop proposals and documents collaboratively
• Superior organizational and project management skills with strong attention to detail
• Ability to be flexible, learn quickly, and be sensitive to the multiple cultures of the community in which College Track operates
• Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative attitude
• History of achieving results and willingness to do "whatever it takes" to reach goals. Focuses on delivering outcomes despite obstacles
• A desire for constant learning and interest in being a proactive, positive member of the team
• Ability to represent the CEO and organization with a high degree of professionalism and integrity, and to inspire prospective donors by making a compelling case for College Track’s priorities
Compensation and Benefits
College Track offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com
Please include “Los Angeles Development Officer” in the subject line.