Development Manager – Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School

Mersky, Jaffe & Associates, a national executive search and consulting firm, has been engaged to conduct a search for the next Development Manager of the Academy of the Pacific Rim (APR).

Background and Mission

Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School (APR) is a free, public school offering a rigorous college preparatory program to 535 students in 5th through 12th grade. For 21 years, APR has been committed to serving students of Boston – our students come primarily from Mattapan, Roxbury, Dorchester, and Hyde Park – with the goal of closing the opportunity and achievement gap. We operate as an integrated middle and high school and provide extensive college placement and alumni supports, and we provide opportunities for students to travel and learn outside of our walls. Our work is grounded in the belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels. We have more than 500 alumni.  College persistence is a hallmark of our work.

Position Description

The development manager will work as a member of the management team of the school.  Reporting to the Executive Director and in consultation with the board, the Development Manager will design and implement a three-year strategic plan to raise unrestricted annual funds as well as capital funds.  In addition, the Development Manager will serve as the key staff person in the creation and implementation of a communications and media plan to increase the visibility of the school.

The school’s Executive Director and Special Projects Coordinator have historically raised approximately $100,000 in annual giving, and we would like to build upon current philanthropic efforts over the next three years. The Board is engaged in this work, and we are looking for a motivated professional looking to build upon our success and further engage donors in our ambitious and successful program.

Among other specific responsibilities and duties, the development manager will:

  • create and articulate the organizational case statement
  • develop a tactical fundraising plan that includes a timetable, gift table, stewardship and communications programs
  • prepare and monitor budgets for all development activities subject to the approval of the board and Executive Director
  • coordinate and monitor all development activities of the organization and regularly report results to the Executive Director, the Development Committee, and others, as required
  • supervise the development of proposals for foundations and corporations
  • design and implement a schedule for communicating with the various constituencies of the organization
  • organize, motivate and lead Board members to carry out their fundraising responsibilities
  • identify and recruit additional members to the Development Committee and volunteer infrastructure for the organization in order to expand the opportunities for major gift cultivation and solicitation
  • train the Board, Development Committee members and volunteers to serve as solicitors and cultivators of other prospects
  • create a system to support, track and recognize volunteers
  • supervise the research, cultivation and development of appropriate solicitation strategies for identified and new major gift prospects
  • engage in and direct personal solicitation of such prospects
  • coordinate and conduct all communication with donors and prospective donors
  • administer stewardship activities by supervising the maintenance of the database of contributors and gifts, track current and potential donors, and acknowledge, record and report all gifts with appreciation to donors
  • create a communication plan for donors and prospects including reports from the Executive Director, brochures and other communication tools that informs prospects and donors of special giving opportunities

The successful candidate will be:

  • an experienced professional with a proven track record in major gift solicitation and experience working with high level volunteers and philanthropists
  • a strong manager who is a self-starter who listens and is able to build a motivated team of volunteers and professionals
  • a hands-on manager with superior verbal and written communication skills
  • a creative, energetic individual committed to realizing the potential of the bold, innovative and dynamic vision of the enterprise

APR is committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the public. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law (“protected class status”). External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

Mersky, Jaffe & Associates is proud of its association with the Academy for the Pacific Rim and to be conducting the search for its next Development Manager. If you, or someone you know, might be a suitable candidate for this position, please forward, in confidence, the person’s name, cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information to Rachel Woda.