College Possible Leadership Team
  • 20-Aug-2019 (CST)
  • Development Director- Washington
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers.

College Possible has a budget of $24 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2019-20 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 100 partner high schools and at more than 400 colleges. 

College Possible is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve.  We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.  For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education.

College Possible Washington, formerly College Access Now, recently joined the College Possible network and supports more than 2,200 high school and college students, including more than 600 high school students at 11 high schools in four school districts, and more than 1,600 college students in Washington State and throughout the country.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Portland, OR; and has Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: our goal is to serve more than 100,000 students annually and make a significant contribution to closing the degree divide. 

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Position Summary

The Development Director is responsible for managing, coordinating and achieving College Possible- Washington's revenue goals to support organizational priorities. This position works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to lead, support and achieve all fundraising activities through building relationships with corporations, foundations, individuals, organizations and government. In collaboration with the Executive Director, this position will lead in the development and implementation of the site's fund raising plan including grants, events, and all solicitations as well as the design and implementation of the site's marketing and communications plan.



  • Prospecting and Cultivation: Oversee prospecting and donor research for new donations. Strategize and work with the Executive Director to implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters to become donors and increase the number of donors to the annual operating fund.
  • Relationship Management and Stewardship: Build on existing relationships and improve donor retention through a meaningful stewardship strategy. Leverage Executive Director and board members in these efforts. Use tactics such as site visits, networking, etc. to increase revenue.
  • Strategic Planning and Analysis: Help build the annual fund raising and communications plans and oversee the implementation of both plans. Manage progress toward funding goals with the use of Bloomerang fundraising database. Assist the Executive Director with identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects.
  • Individual Fundraising and Special Events:
  • Major Gifts/Annual Fund: Oversee all management of an active major donor portfolio as part of the development plan. Oversee and ensure the development manager's success with the annual campaign and other lower level donor stratifies.
  • Special Events: Help ensure success and growth of College Possible Washington's flagship fundraising event, Spring Forward and other small events as appropriate.
  • Grant Writing and Management:
  • Develop, write and submit grant proposals and reports for major funders: Support achievement of revenue goals through superb stewardship, proposals and reports to local corporations, foundations, organizations and government.
  • Supervise the Development Manager (DM):
  • Oversee individual responsible for lower level individual, foundation and corporate giving. Oversee DM's coordination of the grants calendar, Bloomerang data base management, donor correspondence, annual campaign, and reports as related to donor and revenue goals. Actively participate in annual performance reviews and goal setting.
  • Communications, Marketing, Public Relations:
  • Oversee the Communications, Marketing and Public Relations efforts for College Possible Washington, working with a National Communications Team. Work in collaboration with National support staff for the creation of various materials.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.





  • Bachelor's degree required;
  • Master's degree and/or CFRE helpful;


Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years work experience, with a minimum of five years of experience in fundraising;
  • A minimum two years of supervisory experience;
  • Previous experience organizing events preferred;


Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel and donor database software;
  • Bloomerang and/or Raiser's Edge experience preferred.


Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Strong management abilities with significant experience managing people and programs;
  • Vision and demonstrated ability to develop, promote and deliver positive results;
  • Significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously;
  • Entrepreneurial skills and spirit, with demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Proven record of facilitating collaboration and cooperation with organizations and the community;
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through;
  • Comfort with data collection, analysis, and a strong focus on results;
  • Must have a commitment diversity, inclusion and/or equity in the workplace.



Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits (complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off program).


To Apply Please apply at: Include a resume, cover letter and a list of three professional references.



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