Executive 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, systemwide 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

The Development Director will:

  • Lead the execution of NSNO’s development strategy to raise $8-10 million annually to support NSNO operating and programming costs
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to craft exceptional grant applications — including performance measures, project work plans, and budgets – and compliance reports
  • Lead complex grant processes, including for federal grant funding
  • Develop pitch decks, one-pagers, and other communications materials on NSNO’s strategy
  • Manage development staff, providing support and leadership to ensure successful achievement of organizational fundraising goals
  • Ensure that NSNO is meeting all grant requirements, reporting deadlines, goals, and milestones
  • Lead meetings with select funders and support leadership (CEO, COO, Chief of Strategic Advancement, and other C-level staff) in preparing for and conducting meetings with funders
  • Coordinate with NSNO’s finance department to track grant spending and to update budgets as needed
  • Ensure effective execution of events, donor visits, operations, tracking systems, and donor communications required to support fundraising efforts
  • Support the Chief of Strategic Advancement in preparation for NSNO Board meetings
  • Identify new major donors; develop and implement cultivation plans for these donors

Competitive salary based on previous experience

Requisite Qualifications

  • Exceptional communication skills: the ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively
  • A high degree of conscientiousness leading to excellent work product, strong attention to detail, and the ability to both set and meet deadlines
  • Experience effectively managing a high-performing team
  • Sophisticated relationship-building skills: the ability to build trust and adapt communication styles to work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Structured thinking skills: the ability to organize, analyze, and synthesize disparate pieces of information
  • Project management skills: the ability to manage large projects with multiple stakeholders by effectively communicating and managing “up” and “across” the organization
  • 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 – specifically, a high-degree of comfort with Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel
  • Completion of a 4-year college degree
  • Belief in NSNO’s core values of Solutions, Excellence, Passion, and Equity

How to apply

Please send a tailored cover letter and a resume to HR@nsno.org. 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.