College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of $22 million, more than 130 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-19 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at more than 350 colleges.
College Possible is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education.
Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Portland, OR; and has Catalyze partnerships in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students.
To learn more, visit CollegePossible.org.
The Development Support Specialist will provide support for the CEO and CAO as they advance the work of College Possible through fundraising efforts. The Development Support Specialist will coordinate communication with donors and prospects by writing briefings, email correspondence, securing and supporting key fundraising meetings, researching donors and conducting prospecting. This important role will also provide support for the College Possible Board of Directors and committees of the board. The Development Support Specialist will play a role in the execution of the annual fund and will provide support for development operations.
Essential Job Functions
Provide executive support for fundraising leadership: Work closely with CEO and CAO to support their portfolio management, including meeting scheduling, preparation, donor communication, research, and stewardship.
Board of Directors and Committee Support: Coordinate logistics for Board of Directors, Fundraising Committee and Governance Committee meetings. Assist with agenda creation, board communications and other tasks related to Board leadership.
Execute individual giving strategies: Under the direction of the Director of Individual Giving, lead on prospecting, appeal execution and annual fund strategies to build a donor base for College Possible National.
Support fundraising operations: Work closely with Development Operations Manager and Data Entry Associate on report creation, appeal analysis and gift processing to ensure adequate support for the organization during peak giving seasons.
Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned.
Professional Requirements (Skills & Qualifications)
In addition to the requirements below, College Possible staff and service members are expected to demonstrate the Idealistic Leader traits of Strive to be Delightful, Energize those in your Presence, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Challenge Cynicism, Practice Empathy, Learn to be Grateful and Have Fun, as expressed in our organizational value statement and have a significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion.
Bachelor's degree and one year professional experience in fundraising or communications
Experience working with senior leadership preferred
Superb attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
Problem solver; flexible and adapt easily to change
Strong computer skills, including demonstrated experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and donor database software; Raiser's Edge experience strongly preferred
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits (complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off program).
Please apply at: www.CollegePossible.org/careers Include a resume and cover letter.