For more than a decade, the National School Climate Center (NSCC) has translated research into practice by establishing meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate. NSCC's vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional and intellectual skills to become healthy and productive citizens. NSCC's mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC now works with schools, districts, and State Departments across America.

Director of Development

Recognized internationally as a leader in school climate reform and social, emotional and civic education the National School Climate Center (NSCC) is a dynamic, not-for-profit organization located in New York City. NSCC is an organization that helps K-12 schools integrate crucial social, emotional and civic learning with academic instruction. In doing so, we enhance student performance, prevent dropouts, reduce physical violence, bullying, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults. NSCC's vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional, civic and intellectual skills to become healthy and productive citizens. NSCC's mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC achieves this through three sets of overlapping activities: Measurement; Transformation; and, Sustainability.

Position Summary: Director of Development

The Director of Development will be a seasoned and creative development professional, with a proven track record developing diversified funding streams. He/she will be capable of developing, implementing and leading a comprehensive fundraising program with a high degree of professionalism, sensitivity and integrity. This person will also be responsible for enhancing the public profile and revenue of the organization through creation and implementation of innovative fundraising and marketing concepts.

Reporting Relationships

Reporting to the President, the Director of Development will serve as a member of the Executive Management Team and will be the principal staff liaison to the Development Committee(s) of the Board of Managers. The Director of Development will work closely with the COO and Marketing Support staff to achieve core responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive professional fundraising program working closely with all stakeholders.
  • Oversee coordination of outreach and funding for a replication model of the organization’s core services, based on existing grant deliverables.
  • Create and implement short and long-term strategic development plans, priorities and strategies that include measurable yearly goals for each component of the fundraising operation.
  • Serve as the principal staff person and liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Managers.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors, both individual and corporate, and foundations in both the social service and public health worlds.
  • Evaluate current fundraising efforts including, but not limited to, special events with the goal of increasing the profitability of special event fundraising
  • Build and maintain relationships with key volunteers, individual major donors, foundation program officers and corporate contribution officers.
  • Develop and implement a significant individual major gifts program, including a planned giving program.
  • Evaluate and refine existing recognition programs, fundraising policies and guidelines.
  • Evaluate and refine the information and reporting strategies for development reporting, including contribution processing, acknowledgments and gift tracking.
  • Direct NSCC’s brand recognition, ensuring consistent communications across the organization and externally (annual reports, events, newsletters, social media, etc).
  • Provide effective and timely reporting to the staff and board on key fundraising efforts, potential, and strategic goals.


  • 5+ years experience as a professional fundraiser/ grant writer for non-profit organizations, including a year or more in a leadership role.
  • Demonstrated record of attracting and securing significant gifts from individual donors, corporations and foundations. Experience with federal grants a plus.
  • Superior communications skills, both oral and written, and the ability to translate ideas into comprehensive fundraising and development plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively assess and implement successful ways of identifying new donors and new sources of support from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in working with individual donors, board members and volunteer fundraising leadership.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budgeting and forecasting for expense and income.
  • Experience with database systems and procedures for donor tracking, record keeping, acknowledgement and development reporting.
  • Knowledge of the latest innovations in fundraising techniques and the skills to apply those that are appropriate to the environment.
  • A commitment to professional growth opportunities for staff.
  • Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of New York City philanthropic opportunities highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of the current U.S. education trends a must, especially related to social-emotional learning, school climate, bully prevention and discipline.

Personal Characteristics:

  • High energy, results oriented, and able to set and surpass goals.
  • Ability to influence and persuade key stakeholders.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate effectively with a team.
  • Comfortable working with a very high degree of autonomy and responsibility.
  • Well-organized and thorough with close attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Strong executive presence; professional and personal confidence and maturity.
  • Strategic, creative, progressive thinker.
  • Adaptive and flexible, and thrives in a change-oriented, fast-paced environment.

Salary commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.
Some travel is required.

As an equal opportunity employer, NSCC encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis. NSCC evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, a listing of three references, and information about availability via email.
Please note your name and the job title in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted. Contact: Jueqi He [email protected]