Director of Advancement: Delaware Art Museum

The Delaware Art Museum is seeking a full-time Director of Advancement to focus on individual giving, as well as oversee the Museum’s grants. This position will work under the direction of the Executive Director and will serve as a member of the leadership team.
Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences through a variety of initiatives, including substantial community partnerships; the Museum’s Performance Series, which ranges from concerts to cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary artists committed to social justice; and our commitment to a wide array of educational offerings.  The Director of Advancement is a critical contributor to the realization of the new direction.

Annual and Special Gifts Management (70%) – Utilize moves management to engage existing supporters and develop deep, meaningful relationships to increase annual giving. Work towards ambitious annual fundraising goal of $400,000. This includes: coordinating donor strategies with Executive Director, managing a portfolio of approximately 80-100 donors and prospects, developing and implementing outreach strategies to attract new donors, strategically executing proposal plans, and using the Museum’s Altru system to update donor profiles and identify gift capacity. This role collaborates heavily with Museum staff and board members to address fundraising needs. Fundraising priorities include unrestricted annual gifts, project-specific gifts, and legacy gifts. This position will also help craft messaging and tactics for the Museum’s semi-annual Annual Fund appeal campaigns, and devise strategies to move donors into higher giving categories.
Administrative (20%) –Work with the leadership team on a variety of Museum-wide projects and oversee the Board Development Committee to build and maintain an active donor pipeline drawing from Delaware Art Museum Members, volunteers, and Annual Fund donors. This position will also work with the Executive Director and Trustees to create and manage a corporate advisory committee in the near future.
Grants Oversight (10%) – Supervise the Museum’s Grants Manager. Assist with strategy and prioritization. Provide guidance for meetings with donors and feedback on grant narratives.

Required Qualifications
•    Proven experience in major individual gift fundraising, preferably in the visual arts, and in cultivating and soliciting prospects capable of five- to seven-figure gifts.

Candidates should have proven success in soliciting gifts at the $25,000 level and above with the ability to meet and exceed fundraising goals
•    Proven experience managing grants, especially foundation and federal grants
•    Knowledge and deep understanding of the principles of development and all aspects of the major gift/fundraising cycle
•    Some knowledge of tax laws and regulations related to charitable giving and estates
•    Knowledge about planned giving techniques preferred
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Office and internal donor software; Altru preferred
•    Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a diverse audience in a friendly and professional manner while demonstrating diplomacy, tact, and poise
•    Ability to articulate the Museum’s case for support effectively to secure donor commitments
•    Superb writing and editing skills
•    Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently especially in initiating contacts and following up with prospective donors
•    Ability to travel up to 20%  (Must be able to travel throughout the local area and occasionally to other parts of the country – When COVID travel restrictions are lifted)
•    Attention to detail and accuracy; commitment to flawless execution of detailed plans
•    Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage concurrent projects
•    Ability to work some evenings and weekends as necessary with flexible scheduling
•    Knowledge of greater Wilmington a plus
•    Knowledge or art history and/or a background in the arts or cultural organizations a plus
•    Commitment to values and mission of the Delaware Art Museum.
•    A collegial attitude and sense of humor

•    Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
•    5-7 years’ experience in major gifts fundraising; Experience with cultural institutions preferred
We invite you to apply.

About the Museum
For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most important Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.

Education Level:
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary expectations to  To learn more about the Delaware Art Museum, please visit our website at

The Delaware Art Museum is committed to inclusivity and encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Major Gifts Officer/Development Director: Independence Seaport Museum

HoursFull Time; occasional weekend and evening hours required. At this time Museum staff is working remotely.

Compensation: Exempt position; competitive salary, excellent benefits; commensurate with experience

Reports to: President & CEO

Description: An ambitious, outward facing, strategic thinker interested in building a Major Gifts program from the ground up. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Major Gifts Officer will lead Development colleagues, collaborating with Museum Leadership and Programming Directors, to raise funds for programmatic, operational, endowment, and capital priorities. This new position will be a key member of the ISM Development team, helping to build a major gift program as part of a long-term strategic plan to create enhanced fiscal sustainability for the institution.


  • Five to seven years of progressive Major Gifts and/or Development experience.
  • Proven track record of success in initiating contact with prospective donors as well as participating in individual cultivation and solicitation for fundraising campaigns.
  • An approach to management that brings out the best in colleagues and yields pride, ownership and a sense of team effort.
  • Successful candidates will have the ability to articulate the priorities and programs of the Museum, and identify and understand the philanthropic interests of donors.
  • A genuine passion and energy for contributing to the growth and evolution of the Independence Seaport Museum; the ability to work effectively with a broad range of constituents, providing strong support, inspiring them to action, and making their experiences rewarding.
  • Superlative interpersonal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of education and social backgrounds, and to demonstrate an honest respect for each individual.
  • The capacity to understand and translate technical and programmatic information for all audiences; clarity, crispness, and effectiveness in written and oral presentation.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
  • Proficiency in Windows, Raiser’s Edge (or similar software) and Excel is preferred.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop a strategy that will enable ISM to enhance alliances with current donors while launching a systematic initiative to identify and target new bases of support including individuals, corporations and foundations capable of making major gifts in the $50,000 to $1,000,000 + range.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of 100+ prospects and donors from within a larger group of current donors and by identifying new prospects.
  • Integrate ISM leadership, programmatic units and volunteers in this strategic framework, providing advice and support to the partnership.
  • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure, making face to face solicitations and involving additional staff and volunteers when needed.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to commence and market a planned gift program.
  • Work with the President& CEO to set and meet metrics, including goals for meetings, proposals submitted, gifts secured, Leadership Annual Giving gifts secured, and identification visits with prospects.
  • Collaborate with Leadership, Development, and Museum staff to ensure that annual operating support gifts are part of a holistic philanthropic approach with donors.

The Independence Seaport Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, inclusion, and equity as matters of fairness and effectiveness. We are committed to hiring and retaining a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, fostering an inclusive working environment where staff of all backgrounds feel welcomed and engaged in our mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

To apply:

Send a brief cover letter and your resume in an e-mail to Tim McGrath, at Recent writing sample of a funded grant application required; confidential and/or identifying information should be removed. No phone calls.

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, art and community.  For more information, please visit   We are located on Penn’s Landing at 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. The Museum is easily accessible by public transportation and nearby parking.

Associate Director of Communications: PA Horticultural Society

The Associate Director reports to the VP of Marketing & Communications and is responsible for building affinity for PHS’s work through strategic communications. This position oversees implementation of the multi-channel communications plan and is the primary driver of PHS’s media relations efforts. Successful candidates will have the ability to work as part of a cross-functional team with multiple internal and external constituents to execute plans and ensure the effective communication of PHS’s work to a national audience. Critical success factors will include cultivation of key media contacts, the ability to raise and sustain the level of awareness and engagement among target audiences and provide a skilled approach to conveying PHS’s impact.


  • Works with Vice President of Marketing & Communications and Chief Marketing Officer to develop and implement the strategic communications plan
  • Develops and implements detailed work plans
  • Serves as organizational spokesperson
  • Identifies and prepares subject matter experts as spokespersons
  • Identifies and secures speaking opportunities for PHS subject matter experts
  • Promotes PHS as thought leader in horticulture industry
  • Advises senior leadership on best practices in public relations
  • Develops organizational messaging and talking points as requested in collaboration with Vice President of Marketing & Communications and senior leadership
  • Works with department teams to align messaging in internal and external communications
  • Monitors progress of communications effort and provides reports as required
  • Manages consultants when applicable

Media Relations:

  • Identifies, builds, and maintains relationships with key local, regional, national and international media
  • Secures exposure in national trade and consumer publications, broadcast and digital media outlets
  • Identifies and secures strategic media partnerships that allow PHS to extend its reach and strengthen awareness of PHS brand identity
  • Maintains press room on PHS website
  • Oversees development, coordination and facilitation of media events (press conferences, theme announcements, openings, etc.) to promote PHS-related initiatives and activities
  • Manages onsite media operations for all PHS programs and events.
  • Provides planning, direction and oversight of media relations campaign for the Philadelphia Flower Show.


  • Manages internal written communications efforts in coordination with senior leadership
  • Creates communications in support of the organization, sponsors and partners, and other constituents, including columns, articles, presentations, speeches, etc.
  • Monitors, provides analysis and communicates progress on a monthly basis


  • Oversees recruitment and supervision of PR interns
  • Advises staff on media relations protocol


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism or related field
  • 7-10 years managing organizational communications
  • Self-motivated
  • Proven success working with local, regional, national print, digital, and broadcast media
  • Current working relationships with media at leading print and broadcast organizations
  • Proven ability to conduct strategic communications planning
  • Successful track record in media event management
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Ability to maintain excellent relations with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and shift priorities frequently
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Familiarity with news wire platform:  Cision, Meltwater, Vocus, etc.

Working Knowledge:

  • SEO
  • Website content management

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work from home and/or in open office environment (pending return to office)
  • Working extended days (some weekends) and hours as needed


To Apply

To Apply: ONLY canidates who apply on our careers page will be considered. Please visit the following link:

Director of Operations & Development: Center for Emerging and Visual Artists

With of mission to cultivate, nurture, and advance the careers of emerging visual artists while simultaneously expanding opportunities for the public to discover and connect with art, CFEVA’s services raise the profile of Philadelphia’s professional artists, foster artistic experimentation and innovation, and showcase how vibrant artistic communities boost civic engagement. Through fellowships, residencies, educational outreach, regional exhibitions, professional development, and city-wide events, CFEVA provides artists with the tangible resources needed to develop viable and sustainable careers.


CFEVA was founded by the late Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel in 1983 as the Creative Artists Network, and has transformed over the last 35 years into one of the region’s leading service providers for artists. The organization recently crafted a new Strategic Framework, which will guide the organization’s endeavors to remain at the forefront of the intersection between art and community and the region’s obvious resource for navigating a career in the visual arts. Goals include:


  1. Assure programs and services are relevant and responsive to visual artists. CFEVA’s goal is to make Philadelphia a hub for working artists.
  2. Enhance our relationships with individuals, peer organizations, area universities and colleges, and the business community to strengthen our resource network.
  3. Strengthen internal capacities to ensure CFEVA’s business model remains agile. After reconfiguring and growing the current staff, CFEVA will investigate a permanent solution for its physical space needs, with a goal of being in a new home by 2022.

Position Overview 

The Director of Development and Operations provides the leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination of CFEVA’s Development and Operations functions. Part of a two-person organizational leadership team, this position works in close collaboration with Program staff and reports directly to the Board of Directors. As CFEVA’s Chief Fundraiser, the Director of Development and Operations will spearhead all Development efforts, including cultivating and stewarding individual, corporate, government and foundation relationships with a goal to secure diverse streams of contributed revenue. This position also helps to raise the visibility of CFEVA’s mission with external constituents while balancing CFEVA’s business operations.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Craft and execute an annual Development plan that includes identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and institutional relationships.
  • Manage individual donor campaigns, including growing the Collector’s Circle leadership annual giving program, driving Annual Fund efforts, and securing major gifts through special appeals.
  • With support from interns and program staff, spearhead foundation and government grant-seeking efforts, including research, strategy development, proposal preparation, budgeting and reporting.
  • Identify and secure corporate relationships through CFEVA’s custom exhibition program and for exhibition and event sponsorship.
  • In partnership with the Development Committee, plan and implement CFEVA’s annual fundraising benefit—the CFEVA Art Party—including crafting the event theme, securing sponsorship and individual Host Committee support, managing vendor relationships, and coordinating logistical details.
  • Coordinate other special events, including Collector’s Circle events, POST fundraisers, and cultivation activities, and serve as a welcoming body at all CFEVA events.
  • In partnership with the Executive Artistic Director, craft a vision for CFEVA’s Marketing and Public Relations platform.
  • Guide program staff in executing digital marketing and social media efforts, draft and distribute press releases and media advisories, and track media impressions.
  • Actively prepare for and participate in all Board meetings and serve as the primary liaison to the Finance, Development and Executive Committees. Maintain positive Board relationships. Support the Board recruitment process.
  • Supervise a part-time Bookkeeper and co-manage program staff and interns.
  • Working with the Board Treasurer, Finance Committee, and part-time Bookkeeper, manage CFEVA’s financial systems, with a keen eye on A/R, A/P, and cash flow projections. Gather material in preparation for the annual audit, distribute 1099s and W-2s. Draft the organization’s annual operating budget.
  • Manage CFEVA’s benefits program, including serving as primary contact for the organization’s healthcare, dental, Simple IRA, and payroll providers. Document internal policies and procedures and ensure the CFEVA Handbook for Employees is followed. Annually renew CFEVA’s insurance policies

The Ideal Candidate 

CFEVA is a dynamic, fast moving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking while fostering strong teamwork and mutual respect among its staff and Board. The ideal candidate possess outstanding interpersonal skills, is enthusiastic, detail-oriented and a quick learner, and is able to tackle many projects at one time. They have a passion for the arts and possess the credibility and industry savvy to build rapport with many different kinds of constituents. This person is adaptable and flexible, able to effectively work under pressure, possess good judgment, and is willing to take a fresh approach to produce quality work.

Skills and Qualifications 

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to craft persuasive oral and written presentations.
  • Experience developing and implementing effective strategies.
  • Good leadership, including the ability to clearly and fairly set expectations, inspire confidence and commitment, and address challenges head-on.
  • Strong negotiation and advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated success working with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies, with a proven track record of securing major gifts.
  • Strong business and financial acumen with the ability to understand and work with budgets, adhere non-profit funding requirements, assess financial management issues and interpret the organization’s fiscal health for the Board and key stakeholders.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Donor Perfect or similar CRM and Microsoft Office Professional Suite. Knowledge of QuickBooks a plus.

This position requires a BA (MA preferable) and a minimum five years of experience in managing and building a fundraising program in a nonprofit environment, preferably in a cultural arts organization.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience, and full benefits package. EOE. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV or resume, three writing samples, and references to

Education Level:
This position requires a BA (MA preferable) and a minimum five years of experience in managing and building a fundraising program in a nonprofit environment, preferably in a cultural arts organization.
To Apply

Competitive salary commensurate with experience, and full benefits package. EOE. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV or resume, two writing samples, and references to

Director of Individual and Major Giving: Academy of Vocal Arts

Reports to: Vice President and General Manager

Important Staff Relationships: President and Artistic Director, Music Director, Vice President- Global and Artistic Outreach, Director of Advancement, Chief Financial Officer, Marketing and PR Manager, Box Office Manager, Special Events Manager, and Development Associate

Central Role

Direct the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors at all levels with an emphasis on increasing fundraising capacity and the solicitation of major gifts.  This position will work closely with the Vice President and General Manager and the Vice President for Global and Artistic Outreach to strategize and execute new and innovative strategies for increasing giving to AVA through current donors and new prospects.  This position is crucial for successful fundraising of roughly $2.0 million dollars annually.


  • Direct the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at all levels.
  • Maintain and grow a strong portfolio of 50+ current and prospective donors capable of making gifts at the $15,000 level and above.
  • Develop strategies for multi-year giving
  • Meet monthly and annual benchmarks for individuals through an active meeting schedule
  • Spearhead the Annual Campaign/Friend of AVA efforts twice annually through a combination of mailings, e-appeals, and online platforms.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date portfolio files for donors in Tessitura with contact reports and next steps.
  • Coordinate with Special Events Manager on the execution, seating, and other logistics for cultivation and donor events.
  • Maintain donor lists in coordination with the Development Associate.
  • Actively engage with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to identify prospects, strategize, and solicit contributions.
  • Produce monthly strategy reports for gift renewals of existing donors.
  • Attend performances, events, and other AVA activities.
  • Identify and cultivate possible new prospects for the Helen Corning Warden Society for legacy gifts.

Skills Desired and Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 5-7 year of front line fundraising experience preferred with demonstrated experience in creating and executing a successful cultivation and solicitation strategy
  • Demonstrated success in securing five and six-figure gifts as well as annual fund appeals
  • Experience working with donor databases and wealth research software, especially Tessitura and WealthEngine
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

Specialized Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of opera or classical music is an asset.
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia’s philanthropic network a plus
  • Ability to thrive in a small, collaborative, creative organization
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with and adherence to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement’s Statement of Ethics
  • Results oriented, motivated, and energetic with the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as required.
Education Level:
Bachelor’s Degree required
To Apply

An equal opportunity employer, the Academy of Vocal Arts is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to 

Policy Director: Education Law Center-PA

The Education Law Center, a statewide nonprofit legal advocacy organization that has played a leading role on key issues of educational equity and civil rights since 1975, seeks an experienced professional for a full-time policy advocacy position in our Philadelphia office.  The candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advancing the rights of underserved populations.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Leading ELC’s legislative and policy initiatives with a primary focus on our fair school funding advocacy
  • Working in collaboration with partners in other organizations to advance the rights of students
  • Informing and developing ELC’s policy positions at the local, state, and federal level
  • Supervising other attorneys on policy work

We are looking for a candidate with:

  • At least 8 years of legal and/or policy experience
  • Experience doing policy work at the local, state, and/or federal level
  • Leadership and/or supervisory experience
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community partners
  • Initiative, vision, and a willingness to use multi-strategy approaches to advocacy
  • Public speaking experience
  • Demonstrated interest in ELC’s mission and/or experience working with underserved clients or communities
  • Prior experience on the staff or board of a nonprofit is a plus
  • Preference for attorney with admission and good standing in the Pennsylvania bar or eligible for admission by reciprocity

About Us

The Education Law Center-PA, a statewide nonprofit legal advocacy organization that has played a leading role on key issues of educational equity and civil rights since 1975.

The mission of the Education Law Center is to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. ELC accomplishes this mission through multiple strategies, including direct legal representation, impact litigation, educating parents and students about their legal rights, working in partnership with community-based groups, and policy advocacy. Our work focuses on issues of access and equity for students historically underserved by public education, including students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, students experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ youth, and students involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. We work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, secure fair and adequate funding for public schools, and ensure that all children have access to the full range of opportunities.

Apply for this job

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae by email to with “Policy Applicant” in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Executive Director: Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools

The Executive Director has the responsibility for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission. In order to fulfill that responsibility, it is expected that the successful candidate for thisposition will have the competencies to be successful in four areas of concentration.
• Effectively advocating to assure that legislation and administrative policies provide accountability, transparency, and equitable treatment and funding for all forms of K-12
public education
• Driving to establish high standards of performance and consistently strong and fair authorizers for all charter schools
• Providing support to help member schools improve, with the goal of having every charter school in Pennsylvania become a high-performing public school relative to the mission for which the charter school was created
• Creating a strong and sustained financial base for the organization.

Desired Competencies, Experience, and Education
• The maturity, confidence, composure, and presence to effectively build relationships and promote policies and standards with legislators, legislative staffs, members of the
Governor’s office, the Department of Education, peers in other states, and the print and electronic media
• Knowledge of the issues and challenges facing education reform and school choice, the national charter landscape, and K-12 education
• A high level of integrity and the ability and tact to work effectively with persons across the entire political spectrum, and the entire public charter sector
• Superb listening and oral and written communication skills, including the ability to tailor and convey ideas and positions as a spokesperson for charter schools to a wide range
of constituent groups through position papers, press releases, print and electronic media interviews, testimonies, and social media
• The ability and integrity to promote an equity strategy to ensure racial and gender equity in education, often afforded through charter school enrollment, as well as working with experts and other relevant organizations to help execute this goal and ensure stakeholders view PCPCS as an effective and inclusive advocacy organization
• The skills to develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Trustees and facilitate Board and Leaders Council involvement in PCPCS actions
• The ability to work with the Board to obtain a strong and continuing financial base for the organization. This includes demonstrated skills in working with individuals and
foundations to raise funds, including writing and organizing grant proposals, and business development skills in working with charter schools to ensure relevance, growth,
and sustainability of the organization
• Demonstrated skill to develop and implement sound financial practices and ensure good fiscal and fiduciary responsibility, stewardship, and accountability
• An entrepreneurial spirit, including the abilities to initiate actions, seek appropriate and timely guidance, and achieve amazing results with limited resources; this includes being proactive relative to the aspirations of the organization as well as reactive to its immediate needs
• The ability to work with charter school leaders to provide the type of experiences and training needed to improve the operation and performance of their schools and ensure
ongoing programmatic excellence
• Legislative, advocacy, and legal experience combined with political savvy to understand the legislative, legal, and philosophical complexity of the charter school movement and
its opposition
• The ability to react rapidly to continually changing legislative, legal, and media needs
• The ability to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations
• At least 3 years of leading and managing organizations during periods of political uncertainty
• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred; degrees in education a plus

About Us

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is the largest, oldest, most inclusive, and most effective charter school organization in Pennsylvania. PCPCS is dedicated to achieving choice for parents, quality for children, and accountability for taxpayers through advocacy in the legislature, litigation in the courts, operational improvement in charter schools, and educational understanding in the media. PCPCS is a 501c3 organization which is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of at least
eight charter school leaders (currently 11) and at least two other persons not directly affiliated with a charter school but with special expertise or passion for children that benefits the charter movement (currently four). The charter members of the Board are elected by the 20-memberLeaders Council, which is elected by the member schools, and represents all geographic areas of the state and all types of charter schools. The other members of the Board are elected by the Board. Members of the Leaders Council also serve as advisors and sounding boards for actions of and positions taken by PCPCS. There are more than 165 brick-and-mortar charter schools and 14 cyber charter schools in
Pennsylvania serving 143,000 students and representing about 8% of all the children in K-12 public schools in the state. The number of students in charter schools has almost doubled in the past decade – and there are still tens of thousands of children on waiting lists to get into a charter school.

Apply for this job

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. However, for best consideration, applications should be submitted electronically by Monday, August 10, 2020. Applicants should include a cover letter introducing you to the Board of Trustees, explaining your interest in, and qualifications for, the position, and addressing what you see as the strategic priorities of the organization, along with a resume (max. 3 pages) and a list of three or more references who can offer insight into your abilities through their professional interactions with you. Upon initial review of those documents, the Search Committee will then ask preferred candidates to submit a document outlining his or her proposed strategy and communications priorities (more details to follow at that time). After reviewing those submissions, the Committee will conduct one or more rounds of interviews. All documents should be sent to PCPCS at PCPCS will require appropriate and valid background checks and clearances from all finalists for this position, and the hiring decision will be contingent on the results of those checks and clearances. The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a pool of candidates that is diverse in every way

Executive Director: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is seeking new leadership as its Founding Director will transition from her role by the end of 2020 (read more about this transition here).

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s administration and implementation of its strategic direction, as well as managing its staff and programs. Other key responsibilities include fundraising and oversight of marketing and community outreach.


1) Mission and Strategy Fulfillment: works with board and staff to ensure that the organization’s mission is fulfilled through programs, community outreach, and strategic planning, with responsibility for:

  • Envisioning and implementing Al-Bustan’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission (program implementation includes planning with staff, monitoring progress, assessing impact, and adjusting scope as necessary)
  • Envisioning and managing the implementation of Al-Bustan’s marketing campaign and communication strategy
  • Enhancement of Al-Bustan’s presence in the city and beyond by cultivating partnerships and collaborating with other professional, civic, and private organizations
  • Strategic planning to ensure that the organization can successfully fulfill its mission into the future

2) Operations: oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate, with responsibility for:

  • Effective administration of Al-Bustan’s operations
  • Hiring, retention, and management of competent, qualified staff
  • Overseeing independent contractors
  • Signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization

3) Financial Performance and Viability: develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization, with responsibility for:

  • Fiscal integrity of Al-Bustan to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization; overseeing preparation of 990 tax returns and liaising with accountant and auditor on all financial matters
  • Prudent fiscal management to include operating within the Board approved budget (currently around $500,000), ensuring maximum resource utilization, maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position, and reviewing/maintaining necessary insurance policies
  • Fundraising (grants, individual giving, corporate sponsors, earned income) and pursuing other resources necessary to support Al-Bustan’s mission

4) Board Governance: works with the Board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission, with responsibility for:

  • Leading Al-Bustan in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors
  • Communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions

Professional Qualifications Required:

  • Fluency in speaking, reading, writing Arabic
  • 7 to 10 years of senior non-profit management experience
  • Demonstrated transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of Arab culture, arts, and history
  • Financial management skills in budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational skills in planning, program development, staff/volunteers/board motivation
  • Experienced in fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to non-profit sector
  • Ability to convey a vision of Al-Bustan’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors

Professional Qualifications Preferred:

  • Experience in living or traveling in the Arab region
  • Advanced degree in Arts Administration, Education, Social Services, or related fields
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector

About Us

Rooted in Arab arts and language, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture offers artistic and educational programming that enriches cross-cultural understanding and celebrates diversity. “Al-Bustan,” Arabic for “The Garden,” is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that serves youth and adults of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, while supporting the pursuit and affirmation of Arab American cultural identity and playing a constructive civic role within broader American society.

In December 2019 Al-Bustan moved to a storefront location at 3645 Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia. This new administrative and programming hub enabled us to cultivate relationships with neighboring residents and business owners of Powelton and Mantua. We envision creating a welcoming cultural place for all by partnering with cultural, social service, and other neighborhood organizations. As the pandemic forced the closing of our hub since mid-March, our team has been working remotely and pursuing alternative means of implementing programs and engaging with community members outdoors and online, until it is deemed safe to re-open our hub.

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Qualified candidates can submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Board of Directors via email:

Executive Director: Starfinder

The Executive Director will champion Starfinder’s soccer for social change mission and work closely with the Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through high quality programs, strategic partnerships, and effective operations. The Executive Director drives strategic planning, ensures fiscal health, and cultivates a high-performing team.

The Executive Director will partner with the Board and staff to develop a strategic vision for Starfinder’s future, oversee the development and implementation of Starfinder’s programs and operations, and enhance Starfinder’s visibility by being active in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations. Additionally, the Executive Director will lead Starfinder’s efforts to develop a diverse and inclusive leadership and governance structure.

The Executive Director will serve as the primary spokesperson for the organization to its constituents, the media, and the general public. The Executive Director will also cultivate positive relationships with current and potential stakeholders to maintain and grow funding support and develop and sustain diverse funding sources, in partnership with Board and staff. The Executive Director will also drive marketing efforts to enhance organizational visibility.

The Executive Director will work with staff and the Board Finance Committee to prepare a comprehensive fiscal year operating budget and multi-year capital budget and projections. Internally, the Executive Director will ensure fiscal management to operate within the approved budget, maintain the organization in a positive financial position, and drive the growth of its resource. The Executive Director will work in conjunction with the Treasurer, Board, finance staff and auditors to maintain sound financial practices, reporting and systems with priority being given to keeping the Board fully apprised of the organization’s current and future fiscal health.

The Executive Director will be expected to oversee the successful administration of Starfinder’s operations, supervise a talented and committed team and ensure sound human resource practices are in place to maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and qualified staff. The Executive Director will also drive ongoing monitoring and evaluation to assess achievement of all organizational goals and objectives and to ensure that programs and services maintain high quality.

As it relates to Board Governance, the Executive Director will support the Board in executing its governance responsibilities and ability to make informed decisions by keeping it fully informed. The Executive Director will attend and participate in all Board meetings while serving as an ex-officio member of the Board and its committees, as appropriate. The Executive Director will also help the Board recruit Board members from diverse and inclusive backgrounds representative of Starfinder’s multiplicity of stakeholders.

Starfinder’s annual operating budget is nearly $950K and growing. Our three-year strategic plan guides our long-term vision and goals. Starfinder is poised to expand its reach while continuing to deliver highly impactful programs that foster long-term engagement.

Responsibilities for the Executive Director will include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading the development and implementation of a new comprehensive strategic plan, in partnership with the Board of Directors, that will guide the future path of the organization;
  • Acting as the chief spokesperson for the organization, cultivating strong relationships with major donors, network partners, stakeholders, volunteers and with policymakers at the local, state, and federal level;
  • Serving as an ambassador both internally and externally, to promote the organization’s mission and to gain necessary resources and support;
  • Fostering effective strategic alliances with community organizations and policymakers, utilizing network partners to advance the work of Starfinder;
  • Deepening and fostering strong relationships with Starfinder’s existing and potential funders; ensuring that fundraising goals are met, and resources are utilized and reported accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Supervising day-to-day operations, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results and taking corrective action in close collaboration with staff and Board;
  • Providing inspirational and motivational leadership for extraordinarily passionate, committed, and skilled staff and fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and collaboration;
  • Communicating consistently and proactively with the Board and other constituents in a thoughtful, clear, and diplomatic manner;
  • Designing and implementing clear expectations, in partnership with the Board, for its contributions to the governance and success of the organization;
  • Setting priorities decisively, assuring accountability, and allocating resources to ensure results;
  • Ensuring that all Starfinder financial standards, operating policies, and programmatic goals are met; and
  • Driving a data-driven approach to program evaluation and organizational performance.

Additional Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management .
    • Experience in managing and motivating staff and volunteers.
    • Successful and sustained history of significant fund-raising, including major gift acquisitions.
    • Proven experience in program management and evaluation, preferably education, sports and
      recreation, or economic development.
    • Fluency with financial management, including budget preparation, analysis, and reporting.
    • Track record of building and working in and with diverse and inclusive teams in both service-provider and governance contexts.
    • Exceptional skills in building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders.
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present and speak
      publicly on relevant issues.
    • Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required

About Us

Starfinder is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Philadelphia, PA that promotes positive youth development through high-quality youth sports programming. We use soccer as a tool to provide the opportunities and support youth need to be successful in their lives and to become healthy contributors to their communities.

We work with youth ages 6-18 in underserved communities throughout Philadelphia. We offer participants an experience through which they can excel in athletics while practicing life and leadership skills in a safe, fun, supportive, and challenging environment. Starfinder currently empowers over 900 children and teens annually through its programs at its indoor soccer and education facility in Manayunk and at community partner sites throughout the city.

At Starfinder we believe in the power of play. We know that fun is a great motivator and an effective amplifier for learning. We aim to reflect this – and all our core values – in our work practices. We are dedicated to creating a culture through which we continue to connect, learn, and grow.

Starfinder is seeking a new Executive Director. The ideal candidate for this unique opportunity will possess a passion for the mission, be a visionary and strategic leader, and someone with experience managing a team, fundraising and working closely with a dedicated Board of Directors. The Executive Director will understand the value of diversity, equity and inclusion and must be able to relate to the lived experiences of the people we serve. They must understand the power of relationships and consistently seek out opportunities to increase the organization’s impact with a range of stakeholders, especially our incredible program youth.

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To apply to this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to by August 31, 2020. Your cover letter must include: a description of your relevant experience, highlighting anything specific that makes you stand out as a candidate, and how you believe you can serve Starfinder as its Executive Director. Just Strategies has been retained to lead this search. For more information regarding this please contact Dwayne Wharton of Just Strategies at

Director of Development: Fred’s Foodsteps

The mission of Fred’s Footsteps is to provide a bridge of financial support for working families in the greater Philadelphia region who find themselves in crisis due to the costs associated with caring for a seriously ill, injured, or disabled child.


The Director of Development works to promote charitable giving and engagement with all members of the Fred’s Footsteps community through the cultivation, stewardship, and recognition of its donors. They are responsible for implementing a multi-faceted fundraising program that supports the organization’s strategic vision and overseeing initiatives that build

and strengthen relationships with constituents. They are responsible for managing and optimizing development operations processes to maintain data integrity, increase

revenue, and steward donors.

Employee Classification: Exempt, 12 months

Hours: 30 hours/week to be fulfilled in the Bryn Mawr office (work from home hours to be approved by position’s boss)

Reports to: Executive Director (ED)

Oversight and responsibilities:

  • Creates and implements a forward-looking, multi-faceted development plan, drawing on data analytics and metrics to set goals, develop strategy, and assess outcome.
  • Attends Board of Director’s meetings and is the critical leadership member of the Development Committee of the board. Prepares reports and provides strategic guidance on fundraising for the ED and Board.
  • Participates in strategic planning.
  • Directs strategies to secure annual, major, planned and capital gifts, and fundraising for diverse needs of the organization.
  • Oversees activities related to prospect research, donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, ensuring a systematic approach to working with donors.
  • Actively cultivates, solicits and stewards new prospects, with goals of mobilizing significant levels of support from donors, and building a pipeline of support for the organization.
  • Works to identify untapped capacity within the donor base and seeks out ways to increase giving through gift opportunities.
  • Supports and facilitates the Executive Director’s involvement and leadership in fundraising. Collaborates with the ED on key issues. Provides guidance and support for the ED and board members in all their fundraising responsibilities.
  • Maintains active and productive relationships with board members, donors and key volunteers.
  • Assist in planning and execution of all fundraising events.
  • Oversees systems for prospecting, research, and pipeline development. Conducts prospect research in support of major and annual giving programs. Maintains the integrity of the database, and ensures consistent and accurate data entry and processes. Ensures the security, confidentiality, and accuracy of donor records.
  • Liaises with operations office to maintain accurate financial records and support the audit process.
  • Supports community/program events.
  • Manage all current grants and research new grant opportunities.
  • Responsible for oversight of donor management software and donor information
  • Occasional attendance at local events to promote the Fred’s Footsteps brand
  • Other duties as assigned by the ED.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 5 years of fundraising experience, preferably in health and human services setting.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in all MS Office products
  • Collaborative, creative, positive, and growth-oriented mindset.
  • Strong organization skills & high attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strategic, analytical thinker with a proactive approach to problem-solving and ongoing process improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability in creating and promoting a collaborative and respectful team environment.
  • High demonstrated emotional intelligence and the ability to be both a leader and collaborator
  • Experience in staff, committee and volunteer management.
  • Ability to listen well and respond to donor interests.
  • Experience developing and maintaining productive and collaborative relationships.
  • Experience with and facility using fundraising and/or CRM software.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Established record of database management (fundraising software preferred; Donorperfect experience highly desirable). Experience and facility using CRM software desired. Commitment to continually grow database management and CRM skills and explore new approaches and solutions.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should forward a resume and cover letter to:

Subject line of the e-mail containing the resume should read:

Applicant Name, Development Director Application