Development Director

Job Description

Development Director

Full Job Description


Every student is capable of achieving academic success, yet the public education system was not designed to meet students of color where they dream — instead they marginalize them and underestimate their abilities. TAF partners with school districts, educators, and organizations to challenge the current public education system. We address the entire public education system, from top-to-bottom, providing STEM skills and equitable, anti-racist education environments where all students can succeed and by working with emerging and established education leaders of color to improve representation at every level. We:

  • Co-manage two public STEM schools where we provide industry-relevant and equitable curriculum and experiences

  • Partner with existing public schools and coach students and staff using our successful STEMbyTAF learning model

  • Empower early-career educators and established school leaders of color through educational equity and liberation pedagogy

Our ability to continue being successful in our work depends on investments individuals, foundations and corporations and the talents of volunteers. Our fund development team works hard to increase our network of supporters as we expand our reach within the public school system. We take pride in ensuring these investments are put to work with efficacy and care. As the leader, the Development Director plays a critical role in the success of our fundraising efforts and the growth of the department

We’re looking for a dynamic team leader with great fundraising fundamentals and an entrepreneurial spirit who gets excited about building a high functioning team that annually surpasses all the goals they set.

The Development Director will have the opportunity to expand TAF's annual fundraising capacity to support scaling of our programs and build unrestricted reserves to ensure TAF's stability and flexibility into the future.


The job duties of the Development Director include but are not exclusive to building and managing a results-oriented, effective funds development team and infrastructure to support all fundraising and stewardship activities of TAF, providing leadership in managing a team and expanding it over the next few years to accommodate organizational growth, and working hand and hand with the Director of Communications to ensure the creation and distribution of all communications that support the fundraising efforts.


  • Create and lead the implementation of annual fundraising plans and workplans with benchmarks for measuring performance

  • Lead and support Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff involved in the solicitation process with reliable donor research, solicitation materials, coaching, and follow-up

  • Manage a portfolio of high-level donors through a moves management process that includes cultivation, solicitation and stewardship including donor acknowledgement and recognition, annual reports, and informing donors of the impact of their gifts

  • Understand and interpret for private contributors, a range of giving opportunities consistent with TAF’s priorities and strategic directions, especially those opportunities that result in major and endowed gifts

  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements

  • Oversee the implementation, growth and retention of the Alliance Program

  • Direct all annual fundraising drives

  • Lead the development and implementation of fundraising and special events

  • Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives

  • Oversee the use of fundraising database and tracking systems

  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies


  • Manage and support the Development staff to ensure all team members meet their annual goals

  • Devise a strategy for departmental growth

  • Perform annual performance review

  • Set annual Development Team budget


  • Partner with the Director of Communications to create fundraising materials including, but not limited to newsletters, social media, stories, videos and website updates

  • Work with the Executive Director to exchange information about high end donors and prospects in each other’s portfolio

  • Provide input for the TAF organizational strategic plan


  • Demonstrate a passion for racial equity and willingness to participate in TAF’s work to become an anti-racist organization in every part of what we do

  • Consistently seek new experiences and opportunities for learning

  • Demonstrate deep reflection both verbally and in written form


  • Openness to participate in Racial Equity training to recognize personal bias and improve performance through a racial equity lens

  • Must embrace the mission of TAF and our goal of running an equitable organization

  • Willingness to lead the team in an equitable, anti-racist manor

  • Ability to represent the needs of students of color


  • Experience raising annual budgets over $3M

  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated successful, progressively increasing achievement in fundraising, as well as team leadership, and direct experience leading a significant major gifts campaign execution

  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated managerial experience leading a team

  • Intellectual depth, maturity, wisdom, and mentoring skills to lead and manage Familiarity working in diverse and multi-cultural and bilingual environments

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively; ability to compile data accurately

  • Pass all required criminal and child abuse background checks.

  • Possess a valid Washington State Drivers’ license and reliable transportation


  • Postsecondary degree or professional certification in fundraising is required

  • Direct experience launching major fundraising campaigns is a plus

  • Education coursework in fund development are strong pluses

  • Knowledge of the local philanthropic community is desirable

  • Knowledge of the K-12 public school system

  • Fluency in languages other than English is a plus


  • 100% Healthcare for you and your minor children

  • Individual Retirement Account

  • Generous vacation and sick policy including annual TAF week off

Salary Range: $100,000-120,000


Upload resume and cover letter to the Attention, Human Resources. Your cover letter should express why you’re interested in this role and address the following questions:

  • What does it mean for you to have a commitment to anti-racism?

  • have you demonstrated that commitment and how would you see yourself demonstrating it at TAF?

TAF is a proud equal opportunity employer that complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and follows guidelines to select the best-qualified person for each position within the organization. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or other physical or mental disability.

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