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While widely known for its National Teacher of the Year Award, The Council of Chief State School Officers’ impact and contributions are far greater and extend nationally. It is the only education nonprofit whose membership represents the leadership of K-12 education systems in all 50 states. In addition, it serves educational leadership of the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. Collectively, CCSSO’s efforts help impact the educational needs of 50 million students, 3.8 million teachers, 98,200 schools, and 13,600 school districts.

CCSSO’s funding opportunities include foundation work and sponsorships/national events, as well as state membership, collaborative membership, and a comprehensive campaign. CCSSO has been selected as a trusted fiscal agent over numerous years and been awarded grants to deploy resources to states and consortia states to enact large projects. Major foundation funders have included: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, the Schusterman Family Philanthropies, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Blue Meridian and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. CCSSO events, which include the National Teacher of the Year program and the National Conference for Student Assessment, attract great attention and support. These events have been supported by partners including Google for Education, Clorox, Pearson, and Educational Testing Service.

CCSSO’s CEO seeks a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to partner with her and CCSSO leadership in diversifying and expanding funding to improve the organization’s long-term sustainability. See CCSSO’s Strategic Plan Framework 2021-2026 for further information about its priorities.

Key Responsibilities

  • The CDO will lead the fundraising and development strategy, including philanthropic individuals, foundations and corporate grants, and sponsorships.
  • The CDO will oversee submissions for grants to ensure each foundation is approached strategically to provide maximum benefit.
  • In addition to existing sponsorships, the CDO must open new, aligned doors.
  • Essential to success will be a collaborative approach that leverages the extensive network and program leadership of CCSSO’s Executive Team, and other CCSSO leaders.
  • The CDO is responsible for creating short- and long-term development strategies to ensure growth, sustainability, and success, in alignment with the Strategic Plan.
  • The CDO will work with the CFO to develop appropriate metrics to measure performance.
  • A member of the Executive Team, the CDO will report to the CEO and work closely with the CEO and Executive Team.
  • The CDO will oversee the Development Team, which is responsible for managing and prospecting grants and corporate sponsorships and working across the organization on fundraising and development goals.

Candidates should demonstrate experience in: corporate giving and sponsorship, foundation grantsmanship, the utilization of events for purposes beyond raising money, leadership in development strategic planning, and a passion for delivering on CCSSO’s mission and CCSSO’s equity commitments. CCSSO is based in Washington, DC, but will consider remote work options, with some travel required.

The salary range for this position is $190,000 – 220,000.

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Job country: United States

City: Washington

Category: Non-profit Organizations

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Job posted 2022-05-22

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