Director of Development: Steppingstone Scholars Inc. Philadelphia

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 11:14 am.


To establish and implement Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. (SSI) fundraising strategy and significantly grow the revenue pipeline; to diversify the base of support and nurture multi-year commitments among individuals, major donors, corporations, grant-makers, and foundations; to oversee events; to lead communications planning for the organization and to maintain, and further develop, holistic communications strategies.

The Director of Development is a senior management level position directly responsible for all development and communication activities across the organization including strategy, implementation, results measurement, and evaluation. He/she will work closely with the President, Board of Directors, Board Development Committee, and program staff on setting the long-term direction of the organization and in managing the overall organization. He/she will directly supervise one full-time Associate Director of Development and Communication and manage relationships with consultants as related to development and communications efforts.


Fundraising and Cultivation

  • Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies and tactics that support organizational and programmatic growth to achieve the organization’s strategic plan objectives.
  • Provide assistance and leadership to the President to build and maintain long-term relationships with donors and to cultivate effective, meaningful relationships with prospects that result in measurable results.
  • Secure funds from local and national sources (individuals, corporations, institution) and provide direction, support, and leadership to the President and Board of Directors, engaging and involving them effectively in this effort.
  • Lead, and actively participate in, efforts to increase the amounts of all gifts and grants.
  • Oversee the preparation of high-quality and timely grant proposals, solicitations, funder reports, acknowledgements, and any other communications required to support ongoing fundraising activities.
  • Oversee SSI annual fundraising event, cultivation events, and the development of additional special events.
  • Manage SSI’s donor/funder tracking programs and staff responsible for data entry.
  • Assist the Director of Operations with monthly revenue and forecast financial reports.
  • Supervise the Associate Director of Development and Communications

Board Cultivation and Management

  • Provide input to the President with regard to the composition of the Board of Directors; manage, help orient, and motivate board members toward the fulfillment of their fundraising responsibilities to the organization.
  • Implement and maintain an effective board fundraising committee structure; convene all Development Committee meetings and coordinate all board development efforts. Prepare and present all development reports.


Participate in the development of key messages for fundraising and program marketing initiatives; review and approve all messaging for donor cultivation and fundraising.

Other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will have 3-5 years of broad experience, demonstrating progressively increasing responsibilities and results in a non-profit environment. The candidate should have a demonstrated track record developing and increasing contributed revenue.

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Experience in fundraising and development with an emphasis on major gifts and institutional solicitation.
  • Excellent communication, written and speaking skills.
  • Experience developing communications, media, and social media strategies.
  • Knowledge and experience with donor management software.
  • A background working with diverse populations.
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working in a small and collaborative team environment.
  • Deep knowledge of nonprofit sector and strong interest in education.
  • Strong knowledge of Philadelphia education landscape, with emphasis on educationally underserved and low-income populations, is preferred but not required.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Must be committed to the mission of SSI.

Next Steps

Please send resume with cover letter to Sean Vereen, President, at

About Us:

Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., a Philadelphia based non-profit, is dedicated to helping educationally underserved students in the Greater Philadelphia region achieve academic success. Students with the potential and a community of support are prepared for admission to and success at the best public, non-public and independent college preparatory schools through a program of academics, mentoring and support. Steppingstone Scholars works with partner schools to create opportunities that lead to college degree attainment and career success. Our vision is that every child who is academically motivated will be prepared for college.

How to apply

Please send resume with cover letter to Sean Vereen, President, at

Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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