Director of Development

Alliance for Decision Education

Posted: 9/18/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Education

City: Bala Cynwyd

Postal code: 19004

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

We Are Building a National Education Movement

The Alliance for Decision Education (formerly How I Decide Foundation) is dedicated to the belief that better decisions lead to better lives and a better society. Our mission is to improve lives by empowering students to be better decision makers. In 2014, we began working with education experts to create engaging and award-winning programs that introduced decision skills to students across the country. Informed by our success, we realized we had to do more.

Today, the Alliance for Decision Education is gathering education and industry leaders, researchers, policymakers, teachers, program providers, and parents from across the country to ensure Decision Education becomes a critical part of every middle and high school student’s learning experience. We are building the field of Decision Education and creating a national movement that can, and will, make a difference in the lives of students for generations to come.

What We Believe

  • Better decisions lead to better lives and a better society.
  • Individuals can improve their decision skills.
  • Students can and should learn decision skills.
  • It is time to bring Decision Education into the classroom for every middle and high school student.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Position Description
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Development will set, guide, and execute the strategy for all development efforts. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function. S/he will be responsible for developing our efforts to solicit gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations both for our operational support and for supporting other organizations and initiatives in the field of Decision Education. The Director of Development will ensure that the Alliance is viewed as the central reference, disseminator, and conduit of funding within this diverse constituency.

The Director of Development will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the development partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

  • Design, implement, and evaluate the development plan both in the short-term and long-term

  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors

  • Oversee organization and execution of special events

  • Develop and oversee a consistent call time program for Executive Director, Board Chair, and others

  • Write grants and support grant writing efforts of partner organizations

  • Manage implementation of a development information system/CRM

  • Collaborate with the Board’s Development Committee

  • Hire, mentor and lead team members responsible for the organization’s Development efforts

  • Track and measure all aspects of Development efforts with clear accounting and accountability


The Alliance for Decision Education is seeking a talented Director of Development who consistently demonstrates intelligence, integrity, and energy. They have ideally served in a leadership role within a complex (based on number and variety of constituents) nonprofit entity, and been individually productive in areas such major gifts, donor relations, grant writing, event planning, Board engagement, and information systems and reporting.

We seek someone with the demonstrated skills to identify opportunities, develop promising approaches, work with high net worth individuals and corporations of every size, and shepherd stakeholders through all parts of the development life cycle. The ultimate goal is to build an engaged, sustainable, and growing base of financial support for the foundation and other participants in the field of Decision Education. This is an excellent opportunity for a talented, intellectually curious go-getter who is ready to build a development department from scratch.

Qualifications of ideal candidates include:

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing development strategies

  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills

  • A strong track record as a self-starter who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently

  • Ability to adapt to changing development conditions and focus

  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”

  • High energy, emotional maturity, integrity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position development discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels

  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters

  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives

  • Experience working with individuals or organizations within the financial sector is a plus

  • Experience or interest in education and/or cognitive science is a plus


We offer a generous benefits package and paid time off policy. The Alliance for Decision Education is an equal opportunity employer.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please email your resume, a cover letter (stating minimum salary requirements), and samples of previous relevant writing to [email protected] by October 31, 2019. 


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