Director of Development



Over the past decade, New Orleans has witnessed unprecedented growth in student performance, including dramatic increases in ACT scores, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates. While we have moved beyond a state of crisis, New Orleans still has a long list of systemic challenges, gaps, and inequities. NSNO estimates that approximately 16,000 students in New Orleans are in unstable or low-performing schools. We must do better. New Schools for New Orleans’ (NSNO) mission — delivering on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans — drives everything we do. To achieve this mission, NSNO invests in proven, promising, and new charter organizations to open new schools, turnaround low-performing schools, or expand existing high-quality schools. NSNO uses data around academic performance and growth, system-wide capacity needs, equity practices, and other quality indicators to ensure that NSNO’s investments will have maximum, long-term effect in improving the life outcomes of New Orleans’ students.

Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Director of Development helps to ensure that NSNO meets its development goals and fully funds its annual budget of $12-14 million. The Director of Development largely focuses on the development of complex foundation and federal grant applications.

  • Developing and revising written content for foundation, corporate, and federal grant opportunities, including:
    • articulating NSNO’s strategy in a compelling way
    • working with program teams on the development of grant application materials, including project metrics/milestones
    • crafting a “story” of NSNO’s work that meets the needs of specific funders
    • conducting and synthesizing complex research
    • meeting all deadlines to ensure timely submission of materials
  • Project managing and developing content for grant reports, including:
    • gathering content from team members to provide data on progress of program implementation
    • working with the finance team to ensure accurate reporting of financial information
    • writing, revising, and finalizing report content; meeting all deadlines to ensure timely submission of materials
  • Performing prospect research to identify new funding opportunities and initiating contact with funders, when appropriate

Requisite Qualifications

  • Exemplary writing, editing, and proofreading skill, including the ability to craft a compelling narrative about NSNO’s work
  • The ability to organize, analyze, and synthesize disparate pieces of information into a coherent narrative
  • Ability to conduct research and synthesize that research into writing to support an argument
  • Project management skills: the ability to manage large projects with multiple stakeholders by effectively communicating and managing “up” and “across” the organization
  • A high degree of conscientiousness leading to excellent work product, strong attention to detail, and the ability to both set and meet internal and external deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to generate and follow work plans and meet deadlines, while remaining flexible to others’ needs and priorities
  • An eagerness for continuous personal development and a history of executing on feedback to improve performance
  • Willingness to exceed the “typical” job expectations on specific occasions (i.e. working late hours and/or weekends when project deadlines, events, or travel require it)
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs
  • Completion of a 4-year college degree
  • A commitment to NSNO’s core values of Solutions, Excellence, Passion, and Equity

Competitive salary based on previous experience

How to Apply

Please send a tailored cover letter and a resume to Phone calls regarding this position or mailed applications will not be accepted.

New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team. As such, it is the continuing policy of NSNO to consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.




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