Development Manager: Byerschool Foundation

Posted February 7th, 2018 at 4:48 pm.

The Byerschool Foundation (“Foundation”), a 501(c)(3) organization was created in 2001 to support the mission of the Russell Byers Charter School(RBCS).  The Foundation serves as the fundraising, public relations and government relations arm of the school.  Critically important, the Foundation raises and allocates funds for the annual operations, pilot programs, and long-term sustainability of RBCS.

At the Russell Byers Charter School (RBCS), we are relentlessly committed to preparing our 597 4K through 7th grade students and over 500 alumni for lifelong success.  Located in the heart of Center City, RBCS provides our students a safe, stimulating environment with a rigorous education based on the innovative hands on academic program, Expeditionary learning. Over the past sixteen years, RBCS has created a school that parents value, demonstrated by the enrollment lottery in which applications far exceed student openings.

The Development Manager, as part of a small but dynamic development team and reporting to Laurada Byers, President/CEO of the Foundation has responsibility for the overall fundraising program of the Foundation including individual, Foundation and Corporate fundraising, managing grant proposals, direct mail, prospect research and budgeting.  This position will serve as the main support for the President/CEO and as required liaise with the staff and Board of the RBCS.

Major Responsibilities and Duties include:


  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Manage outside grant writer as needed.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations, corporations and individuals to evaluate prospects.
  • Create a giving pipeline to be updated weekly with the President/CEO.
  • Work with school faculty and leadership team to gather information necessary to develop programs/grant proposals.
  • Work with external vendors to gather information necessary to report to funders on proposed, current and/or completed grant programs.
  • Assist the President/CEO in preparing for on-site visits and tours for foundation/corporate funders.
  • Manage and grow EITC program, identifying and cultivating prospective funders, tracking donations and correspondence.

Donor Fundraising

  • Responsible for coordinating the full range of activities required to expand and strengthen Foundation and RBCS individual donor fundraising program.
  • Prepare introductory mailings to prospective donors, and coordinate follow-up activities with the President /CEO.
  • Coordinate direct mail solicitations.  Assure timely mailings for strongest budget impact.
  • Develop/coordinate ongoing communications program for current and prospective donors, including print and electronic communications, social media and photography.
  • Prepare acknowledgment letters.

Overall Fundraising Program

  • Assist the Foundation President/CEO with developing/implementing the annual development fundraising plan and aligning fundraising goals with school needs.
  • Prepare regular fundraising progress reports for internal tracking and coding purposes.
  • Maintain current records (database/paper files), including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Assist, as needed, with the development of promotional materials.
  • Participate in professional development activities to enhance knowledge and skills,
    including subscribe to and read fundraising periodicals, journals and e-newsletters and attend professional development conferences.
  • Act as liaison with school faculty, staff and Board.


Other Responsibilities

  • Prepare budgets and financial reports for funders and Board.
  • Attend staff meetings and participate in organization-wide planning activities.
  • Attend meetings of the Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Assist, as needed, with the overall maintenance of the Foundation and its offices.
  • Manage Foundation scholarship program.
  • Recruit, manage and maintain volunteer program.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication and editing skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive fundraising documents.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Core computer skills in Windows, Microsoft WORD and EXCEL, Adobe Acrobat, and electronic communications (such as e-mail, creating distribution lists, participating in listserves, generating e-newsletters, etc.)
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Sets priorities that support the goals of the Board and President/CEO.
  • Works independently but also becomes a valued team player.


  • Bachelors Degree required.
  • Fundraising certificates a plus.
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising in the Philadelphia area.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and handle multiple concurrent assignments.
  • Experience in an educational setting a plus.

Desired Supplemental Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience in developing an annual fundraising plan.
  • Experience in developing project and organization-wide budgets.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information resources, particularly for foundation and corporate grantseeking.
  • Grant writing experience.

Education Level:

Bachelors Degree
To Apply

Interested candidates should send resume and two writing samples to:

Byerschool Foundation

1911 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA  19103

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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