Director of Development: Chester Charter School for the Arts/The Chester Fund

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 12:15 pm.


In 2014, the Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA) in Chester City, PA had the third-highest academic improvement among 800 district and charter schools in the five-county Philadelphia region. Highlights of CCSA’s arts-integrated curriculum include a comprehensive reading program led by five reading specialists, and full-time dance, music, theater and visual art instruction.  CCSA currently serves 420 students in grades K-8. In September 2015, the CCSA High School will open for grade 9, adding a grade each year through grade 12.

The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts (TCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that raises substantial private funds, augmenting public allotments, to create CCSA’s stellar academic program.

To learn more about CCSA and TCF, visit and

Job Purpose

The Director of Development will (1) launch a multi-million-dollar Campaign for CCSA to create a state-of-the-art learning environment serving grades K-12, (2) direct the TCF Development Office, and (3) lead TCF in the creation and implementation of an organizational strategic plan.

Organizational Structure/Working Relationships

  • Reports to TCF Board Chair and works closely with TCF Board of Directors, CCSA Board of Trustees, and CCSA Head of School.
  • Supervises two full-time TCF staff:  Director of Annual Giving and Administrative Assistant.
  • Oversees all contract personnel, which may include PR/Communications and/or Grant Writing.


  • Oversee the development and execution of targeted cultivation and solicitation plans for corporate and major-donor gifts, and foundation and government grants.
  • Provide primary leadership in the formulation and implementation of the Campaign for CCSA, including developing and managing the campaign budget.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising plans to support annual budgetary obligations to CCSA, working in collaboration with the Director of Annual Giving.
  • Create, oversee and manage TCF’s operating budget, in collaboration with business-management contractor.
  • Write foundational pieces for key TCF/CCSA documents such as principal grant proposals and grant reports; review and approve grant documents and other publications before their distribution.
  • Provide support to TCF and CCSA board members, CCSA Head of School, TCF Founder, and Director of Annual Giving in fulfilling their fundraising responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the education of underserved youth.
  • 7-10 years of relevant experience at an executive level in development and fundraising with a nonprofit organization, including demonstrated success in campaign design and implementation, soliciting major gifts, grant writing, and institutional planning and budgeting.
  • Superior oral and written skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and supervisory skills.  Priority-setting and time-management are paramount
  • Connections in the philanthropic arena, especially in the Philadelphia region.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with boards and staff, and to build positive relationships with targeted individuals and groups of varied backgrounds.
  • Familiarity and facility with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and DonorSnap or similar donor software.


To Apply

Salary commensurate with experience.

Some evening and weekend hours required.

To apply, reply immediately by sending cover letter, resume and any salary requirements to:  Wendy Emrich,

Education Level:  BA/BS required; advanced degree preferred.
Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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