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Director of Development/Campaign Director

Company: The SEED Foundation
Date Posted: October 28, 2016

About SEED

As the first public, college-preparatory boarding schools in the U.S., SEED's mission and approach to education are unique. SEED schools are tuition-free and, by design, serve traditionally underserved students. Our schools and graduates are supported by The SEED Foundation. The SEED Foundation provides programmatic and operating support to SEED schools in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Miami. The SEED Foundation's College Transition & Success (CTS) team provides intensive, individualized support to each SEED graduate from their junior year of high school through their college graduation. The success of the SEED model has been showcased in media outlets and publications such as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in the documentary film Waiting for "Superman". The President of the United States has hailed SEED as "a true success story." For more information, please visit

SEED in Miami

The SEED Foundation collaborated with Florida state and local leaders to open The SEED School of Miami (SEED Miami) in 2012. SEED Miami will grow to serve 400 students in grades 6-12, 100 percent of whom will come from underserved communities across South Florida. Still in the ramp up phase, SEED Miami currently has 130 students in grades 6-8 and will add one grade each year until the school reaches capacity.

The success of SEED schools is, in part, based on their financially-sustainable funding streams. Public and private dollars fund the construction and ramp-up of the school, and public dollars sustain the school.  Philanthropic dollars are necessary to build the campus and cover the funding gap while the school grows. In addition, on-going development efforts will build community support to supplement public funding and enhance educational, cultural and social programs the benefit students.

The SEED Miami campaign has already raised roughly $15 million toward capital and operating expenses and boasts a core group of committed volunteer leaders who represent a broad cross-section of Miami.

Position Overview

The SEED Foundation seeks a talented, creative and experienced Director of Development/Campaign Director to spearhead SEED Miami's fundraising activities and department.  S/he will lead work on two tracks: securing the major and institutional campaign gifts to underwrite the purchase/construction of a permanent campus, and building a robust, comprehensive development program that facilitates broad community investment in SEED's success.

In this highly visible role, the Director of Development/Campaign Director will work closely with the SEED Miami Head of School and leadership team, the school's Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Committee, and The SEED Foundation's Chief Development Officer to develop our development function to successfully complete the capital campaign and to support the operations and growth of the SEED School of Miami.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include:

Staff SEED leadership as appropriate for prospective funding relationships; steward relationships at the 5- 6- and 7- figure giving levels. Develop a major gifts pipeline for SEED Miami. Begin to build an annual donor program, which will eventually supplement the public funds that SEED Miami receives to operate the school. Assess the Miami/Florida funding landscape and develop a strong understanding of the SEED mission and the education reform landscape. Understand who is giving to what, what opportunities and trends are emerging, and what marketing is required to support our development efforts. Forge relationships with board members to identify and cultivate new and existing prospective major donors. Attend board meetings, understand the views of the board, engage and/or educate the overall board on the focus of fundraising, and cultivate key board relationships. Implement strategies that demonstrate transparency, openness, and consistent follow-through, and execute major gifts processes that build trust and long-standing rapport with donors. Identify resources and create a cross-organizational culture of integrating all development-related data into the SEED database. Track and manage all major gifts activities. Provide regular reports and updates to leadership. Work with SEED leadership and partner with staff on marketing approaches. Work with SEED's communications teams in Miami and at The SEED Foundation to coordinate and integrate messaging into SEED marketing and PR. Facilitate a forum of on-going communication between fundraising and marketing teams at SEED Miami and with The SEED Foundation. Learn the history of SEED and the histories of SEED's core supporters. Establish relationship-building processes that foster the transition of previously established relationships from SEED co-founder to the Director of Development/Campaign Director.

Essential Experience, Skills & Competencies

SEED is seeking a candidate with:

5-6 years of experience in the development field

Growing knowledge of fund development practices and procedures

Highly capable of dealing with sensitive issues and handling confidential material

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Flexible, independent with a sense of humor and curiosity

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The SEED School of Miami is committed to the letter and spirit of equality. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and other programs.