Development Director

Providence Promise

Posted: 11/6/2019

Position Type: Part-Time (Paid)

Function: Business Development

Primary domain: Education

City: Providence

Postal code: 02903

State: Rhode Island

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M


Mission statement:

Mission: Providence Promise promotes high educational aspirations and more equitable opportunities for Providence Public School students by advocating for college savings accounts and family engagement, increasing financial literacy, and reducing the financial burden of higher education.

Vision: To increase the K-12 and postsecondary success of Providence Public School and Charter School students and to help ensure a brighter future for the students, their families, and the community.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Part Time Development Director

A unique and exciting opportunity for the person seeking to make a

difference in the life of Providence, Rhode Island’s families and children.

An Innovative Approach: Providence Promise’s unique, multi-pronged structure is designed to holistically address the challenges faced by Providence students in their pursuit of higher education.

●       Early Enrollment: parents/guardians enroll their children by the time they enter the Public School system, except through 2019 when children from birth to grade nine are eligible.

●       College Savings: upon enrollment, families open a 529 College Savings Account for each child and contribute an average of 1% of their gross annual household income into each child’s account for a period of up to 15 years. Providence Promise provides an initial contribution of $100 to each child’s account, and also provides opportunities for families and children to earn additional incentives to build their college savings by achieving certain goals.

●       Family Engagement: Providence Promise facilitates ongoing family engagement and financial literacy through school-based events, workshops, college visits, referrals to college access programs, and more. The family engagement program also includes a dedicated Parent Council comprised of parent leaders who inform program changes and future workshop topics, and help to plan events.

●       Reducing the Financial Burden: Providence Promise will work with each student and their family to identify the higher education choices that best fit the needs and goals of each child and to assure that all accessible financial aid is secured, including funds that may be raised by Providence Promise.

A Community-Wide Partnership: The City of Providence, including the Mayor’s Office and the City Council, the Providence Public School Department, and a host of other local individuals, businesses, higher education programs, and institutions are key to the outreach and enrollment efforts of Providence Promise, and to providing additional support services to Providence Promise families. 

The Job

The Part Time Development Director will:

·         Work with Board Chairman and the Development Board Member/Founder in achieving Providence Promise’s fundraising goals;

·         Help design a long term strategic plan for individual, corporate, institutional, and foundation fund raising;

·         Plan and execute a coherent and creative ongoing fund raising campaign employing direct mail, social media, electronic communication, telephone and face to face meetings;

·         Write and prepare proposals, grants, reports, mailings, and acknowledgements required to support fundraising activities;

·         Develop and maintain trusted relationships with donors and partners;

·         Establish the goals, strategies, and systems required to meet a current development goal of $200,000 for this fiscal year; and

·         Work collaboratively with other staff and Board members.


The Ideal Candidate

We are seeking a leader who brings energy and passion to this job, who is looking for a challenge and the possibility of making a big difference to families and young people within an urban area, and who is innovative, inspirational, flexible, and inclusive in their leadership style.  Some combination of the following traits, qualifications, and experience are considered important.

·         Knowledge of the Rhode Island philanthropic community – including individuals, institutions and local and national foundations;

·         At least two to four years of development experience including leadership experience in the non-profit development world;

·         Strong track record of cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding donors;

·         Comfortable working in an environment that requires juggling of multiple priorities and competing deadlines;

·         A bachelor’s degree;

·         A wide degree of creativity, strategic thinking, problem solving, and a sense of humor;

·         Excellent written, public speaking, and verbal skills;

·         Fluency in English and, preferably, in Spanish; and

·         Knowledge in the use of technology for accomplishing the organization’s goals, including social media, office systems, and financial management and reporting, as well as fundraising platforms.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Next Steps

If this position is of interest and if you believe you bring the experience and interest to lead this exciting initiative, please forward your confidential resume and letter of interest to:  [email protected]  

Equal Opportunity Employer

Providence Promise does not discriminate in hiring or the provision of services on the basis of Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Gender, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Marital Status, or Sexual Orientation.


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