Associate - Donor Engagement & Events Coordinator, Strategic Philanthropy

Dallas, Texas, United States | Philanthropy | Full-time

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The Strategic Philanthropy team plays an integral role in supporting the mission, vision, and impact of the Commit Partnership by cultivating and stewarding investors in the organization’s work.

Critical to the success of the Strategic Philanthropy Team, the Associate’s primary responsibility is to manage and deepen relationships with our investors. With a fundraising goal of $11.1M for this fiscal year and anticipated growth for next year, a key lever to meet our goals rests upon the relationship and engagement of our donors. The Associate will ensure that each investor understands the impact of their gift on the students in North Texas, is recognized for their contributions, and has the opportunity to engage with our work in a meaningful way. We don’t take this responsibility lightly – this is a fast-paced job with lots of deadlines to meet and relationships to navigate and we expect excellence and passion from our teammate. The Strategic Philanthropy Team is a six-person team that includes an Associate, two Managers, a Director, and a Managing Director. As a new role to Commit, you will have the opportunity to define your own success in this position as you work in close collaboration with all members of the Philanthropy team as well as the Communications and coalition teams to meet team and organization goals. Our team takes a “lead from your seat” approach to the work, so you will also contribute to departmental and organizational strategy. For us, that means you will:

  • Partner with coalitions to provide appropriate donor stewardship through the development and production of report templates, print and digital communication, and the creation of meaningful engagement and cultivation opportunities.
  • Manage the execution of activities, events, and projects related to personalized stewardship plans, intended to positively shape and impact an investor’s experience and foster personal engagement in Commit’s strategic initiatives, beginning at the time of cultivation and growing through the donor’s lifetime.
  • Maintain detailed electronic records for all stewardship related projects, including managing tracking of special engagement opportunities and events created for investors.
  • Manage appropriate, timely donor recognition through letters, emails, and printed and digital messaging.
  • Engage with local businesses to inform our local business community about the work of Commit, cultivate new investments, deepen community partnerships, and broaden our network of local business investment.
  • Cultivate relationships with funders and represent Commit and our core values through your work and interactions.
  • Lead sideways and manage up through ownership of some of the team’s key workstreams and initiatives.
  • Support senior leaders in preparing for meetings and responding to requests from investors and providing follow-up support as necessary.

What Commit Is Looking For

While Commit has certain credential requirements, the right person for this role will be an effective connector and strategic partner for our investors. Commit is seeking someone special and that means:

  • A TEDTalker: You take complex topics and distill them to their essential parts and you have an engaging communication style. We want someone who can write the novel and the CliffsNotes®, weaving a story with words and data.
  • Relationship- & Results-Oriented: You are more than a problem solver—you are a problem solver with a service mindset and a healthy dose of relationship charm under your belt. When given a goal and the bar for success, you outline multiple ways to ring the bell, managing a project from end to end as you marshal the necessary people, information, and resources to get the job done.
  • Lead with Strengths;  Grow with Intent: You know your strengths and how to put them to work for yourself and others. You openly acknowledge areas where you have room to grow and seek intentional development and mentorship to grow, learn, and lead.
  • A Nerdy Passion for Detail and Organization: Friends joke that they can’t move even a pencil out of place on your desk without your noticing. Your keen attention to detail spots an error in a magazine article, and you can absolutely tell when someone switches fonts in the middle of a document. You’ve never met a project plan you didn’t love (unless it was thrown together haphazardly and fails to specify roles and responsibilities with time-bound milestones).
  • Equity Focused: The students we ultimately serve come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. You have a deep belief in the potential of all students (every child, every day, no excuses) and a commitment to do whatever it takes to expand educational opportunities. Furthermore, you approach the work with a perspective informed by experience in low-income communities and an understanding of the systemic challenges of poverty and racism.

Required Education/Experience

  • Associate’s Degree in English, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or other related field or 2+ years of relevant experience.
  • Two+ years of experience in donor relations and event planning is preferred. Established, accomplished relationships with local and national funders preferred.

Location: Dallas, Texas

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including healthcare coverage, available vision & dental, and 401(k) match
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives

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The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.


About The Commit Partnership:

The Commit Partnership (“Commit” or “The Partnership”) is focused on the powerful idea that every child in Dallas County should receive an excellent and equitable education, preparing them to flourish in their careers. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.

 Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges. Our flagship effort, Early Matters Dallas, focuses on improving early childhood outcomes, while our second initiative, Best in Class, aims in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas to increase the number of effective and diverse campus educators serving DFW’s 1.2 million students. Our third initiative, Dallas County Promise, seeks to align our local higher education institutions to maximize the number of students who can access and complete a quality postsecondary education. Day-to-day work is supported by more than 40 full-time staff members who combine data, deep educational experience, and strategic thinking to collectively support Partnership efforts while advocating for Dallas County students at the state and local level and convening community conversations around the latest research and best practices. The net result is a shared roadmap for the future that civic leaders and local stakeholders own and hold themselves mutually accountable for its execution. In 2019, Commit helped secure the Texas Legislature’s passage of House Bill 3, a historic $6.5 billion investment in public schools, geared toward strategies that have improved student outcomes in North Texas and across the state.


Our Core Values:

The Partnership centers its work around five core values that inform how we approach improving outcomes for students in Dallas County.

  • Integrity: To best serve students, families, and the community we will act honestly and ethically in how we make both internal and external decisions, present data, and communicate with partners
  • Equity & Inclusion: We seek to help transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We do this by actively and explicitly working with others to create more equitable outcomes and processes.
  • Students First: Our decisions are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?
  • Systemic Impact: We are patient and persistent as we identify the most effective approaches to help create lasting systems change. Once identified, we prioritize and relentlessly attack systemic challenges with efficiency and excellence.
  • Humility: We embrace the fact that our community’s success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and to constantly learn.
  • Joy: It’s important we bring a constant sense of optimism and have fun while taking on this difficult work.