Manager, Philanthropy

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

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 Manager’s primary responsibility is to manage a portfolio of six- and seven-figure institutional investors through the entire donor cycle to reach a portfolio goal of $5M, laddering up to a teamwide goal of $11.1M. As a key lever to meet this goal, the Manager will translate the work and impact of Commit into compelling and customized fundraising narratives that secure meaningful investments from national and local funders.

We don’t take this responsibility lightly – this is a fast-paced job with lots of deadlines and we expect excellence and passion from our teammate. The Strategic Philanthropy Team is a five-person team that includes an Associate, two Managers, a Director, and a Managing Director. This role will work in close collaboration with all members of the team to meet team and individual 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:

  • Manage a portfolio of major institutional investors (primarily corporations and foundations), developing customized roadmaps and compelling narratives to secure their investment and reach your portfolio goal.
  • Collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to generate program and impact content, develop a deep understanding of the work of our coalitions, and serve as the Early Matters Dallas and Advocacy coalition liaison for the Philanthropy team.
  • Develop grant applications and related documents (e.g. required reports, budgets, decks, specific inquiries, etc.) for the purpose of submitting to the appropriate funder.
  • 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.
  • Research grant opportunities for the purpose of developing additional funding resources for both current and proposed initiatives as well as serving as a clearinghouse for potential grant funding opportunities.

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or other related field.
  • Four+ years of experience in fundraising (or related field), with a proven record of securing and retaining six- and seven-figure charitable investments and investors is preferred.
  • Established, accomplished relationships with local and national funders preferred.

 

Location: Dallas, TX

 

To Apply: Kindly complete application form and submit required documents (resume, cover letter and three professional references). Inquiries about the position can be sent  to careers@commitpartnership.org; reference “Manager, Philanthropy” in the subject line. For more information about The Commit Partnership, visit www.commitpartnership.org.

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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 is focused on the powerful idea that every child in Dallas County should receive an excellent and equitable K-12 education, preparing them to flourish at the collegiate level and beyond. 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 post-secondary education. Day-to-day work is supported by more than 40 full-time staff 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.

Our Core Values:

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.