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Director of Development
Literacy Trust, Inc.
Development and Fundraising
New York

Organizational Overview:
Literacy Trust, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was established to implement the highly effective Reading Rescue™ program. Reading Rescue™ is a literacy intervention program that provides schools with professional training that prepares staff members to accelerate literacy among the lowest performing students in grades 1-2. Reading Rescue™ brings expertise in literacy intervention into schools; not only do the students who are tutored excel, but our training provides school staff members with a clinical experience in literacy development, and the combination of training, daily program implementation, and ongoing support significantly enhances pedagogical knowledge and skills.

Literacy Trust, Inc. is currently bringing Reading Rescue™ to over 90 schools throughout New York City in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. In future years, Literacy Trust, Inc. will expand to additional NYC schools and develop strategies to make Reading Rescue™ available to schools across the country.

To learn more about Literacy Trust, Inc. and the Reading Rescue™ program, please visit

Position Summary:
Literacy Trust, Inc. is seeking a strategic, energetic, and passionate Director of Development to develop and execute the fundraising strategy for this growing organization. With primary responsibility for developing revenue sustainability, the Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director to expand and oversee all donor relationships in order to diversify funding streams. Specifically, the Director of Development will build and manage a portfolio of individual donors, identify and pursue grant opportunities, leverage the Board, and lead the development and execution of strategic special events.

This is a tremendous opportunity for a results-oriented development professional to play a key role in establishing the processes for both external donor relations and internal development operations within a mission-driven organization. As the founding Director of Development, this person will play a key role in establishing an effective infrastructure for the development function at Literacy Trust, Inc.

Position Outcomes
A successful Director of Development will:
  • Drive the design and implementation of a strategic fundraising and communications plan, in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board, to meet Literacy Trust, Inc.’s revenue and expansion goals and to build long-term sustainability
  • Ensure that internal systems and processes are in place to support development activities
  • Establish a donor management database for tracking prospects and recording and acknowledging gifts, and develop processes for continual and accurate maintenance of the database
  • Develop new and expand existing best practices around fundraising operations and stewardship, with a particular focus on expanding individual and major gifts and diversifying funding streams
  • Assist the Executive Director in managing, leveraging, and developing the Board, including developing fundraising activities for the Board and designing a potential Advisory Board to inform further program development

Key Responsibilities
In order to achieve the preceding outcomes, the Director of Development will:

Prospect Research
  • Research and prepare strategy and briefing materials on individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors and prospects and proactively identify opportunities for increased giving from donors and prospects
  • Lead all efforts to secure grants and corporate sponsorship, including drafting letters of intent, grant applications, and reports and drafting corporate sponsorship proposals
Major Gifts
  • Build and continuously expand a major gift pipeline by cultivating relationships with high net-worth individuals
  • Develop customized cultivation and solicitation plans for major gift donors and prospects, with a particular focus on increasing the number of individual donors
External Relations and Board Management
  • Develop agenda items and meeting materials for quarterly Board meetings, design and leverage Board fundraising activities, and brainstorm potential structure for an Advisory board
  • Represent the Literacy Trust, Inc. at local community and networking events
Development Operations
  • Oversee fundraising database and provide regular reports to the Executive Director and Board tracking progress towards goals
  • Design all solicitation and stewardship correspondence and activities, including drafting acknowledgements and appeals, and developing and executing fundraising events
  • At least five years of relevant experience in nonprofit fundraising or external relations, including quantifiable fundraising successes across a variety of revenue streams
  • Experience building and executing fundraising strategies that identify and cultivate gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations, ideally with a track record of securing significant contributions
  • Motivation to set and achieve a desired goal and ability to plan, monitor, work towards it proactively
  • Ability to be both strategic and tactical when implementing solutions in a growing organization
  • Ability to utilize effective interpersonal skills and a variety of strategies and techniques to reach mutually beneficial goals over time
  • Ability to utilize verbal and writing skills to effectively communicate a message particular to an audience and to meet relevant goals, using a clear, concise, and compelling style
  • Understanding of the New York philanthropic landscape and national education funding landscape is preferable but not required
  • Ability to work independently in an innovative, fast-paced environment
  • Passion for Literacy Trust, Inc.’s mission and impact and interest in investing external stakeholders in the work
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

To Apply 
Using the link below, please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Tiffany Zapico, Executive Director, Literacy Trust, Inc. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Literacy Trust, Inc. offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.  Literacy Trust, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

About Commongood Careers
Literacy Trust, Inc. has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Development. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of Literacy Trust, Inc.’s mission and culture, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 700 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

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