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Job Opportunity: Development Officer/Senior Officer - Foundation, Corporate, and Government Relations

ExpandED Schools is dedicated to closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched educational experiences. We give children more hours in the school day, bring more role models into the classroom, and infuse their learning with enrichments in literacy, STEM, arts, and sports and opportunities to build character and leadership skills. In our first decade, we created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programs and leveraged more than $500 million in private and public funds. Today, we continue to reimagine learning time – in school, after school and during the summer – developing scalable and sustainable models that provide more quality learning. Since our founding in 1998, we have reached more than one million students and trained more than 30,000 educators and teachers. We: 

  • EXPAND the school day: Adding 2.5 hours each day; closing the learning gap by 450 hours/school year.
  • ENGAGE the community: Bringing additional role models – tutors, coaches, college students and teaching artists – into the classroom.
  • ENHANCE the learning: Balancing the curriculum with the arts, sports, STEM and character-building enrichments.

Purpose of Position 

ExpandED Schools is seeking an ambitious, entrepreneurial fundraiser to serve as a key member of our Institutional Advancement team. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Development Officer will help raise new funds from varied institutions to sustain and increase a $13M annual budget. He/she also will oversee and grow the Junior Board, a high-potential network for expanding our partnerships with the corporate community, among others. The Institutional Advancement department, which includes Development and Communications staff, is team-oriented and welcoming of new ideas for enhancing our fundraising and marketing strategies. The Officer will be joining the team at a dynamic time, as our organization develops a strategy for our next decade as one of New York City’s leading education organizations. Candidates with sufficient experience will be considered at the Senior Officer level.   

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Research foundation and corporate prospects, recommend prospects with the greatest potential, prepare background materials, and propose cultivation strategies.  
  • Write compelling concept notes, grant proposals and reports to secure new commitments and renewals from institutional donors, working closely with the program, research, and finance teams.   
  • Develop corporate employee engagement opportunities/programs and oversee execution of volunteer opportunities, working with ExpandED staff and external stakeholders.
  • Create engaging pitch decks and collateral to support cultivation of all prospects, with a special emphasis on corporate prospects and support from graphic designers as relevant.
  • Work with VP of Research and others to identify public funding opportunities (e.g., US DOE grants) and develop compelling proposals. 
  • Oversee Junior Board and help to develop this dynamic group of young professionals as organizational ambassadors, connectors, and fundraisers.
  • Help Advancement team build case for support by collecting compelling stories from educators, students, and partners through site visits and other outreach strategies.
  • Help track fundraising progress to goal by managing accurate records in Raiser’s Edge and other departmental tracking systems.  
  • Help promote institutional partnerships by recommending, developing, and pushing out relevant social media content in partnership with Communications staff.


  • At least 3 years of professional experience in fundraising preferred;
  • Commitment to advancing equity in public education, background in education reform, and appetite for developing an in-depth understanding of ExpandED’s initiatives;
  • Love for writing and strong facility as a writer; 
  • Excellent project management skills and facility for motivating and helping to guide cross-departmental teams;
  • Willingness and ability to manage tasks independently, supported by weekly meetings with Senior Director and Institutional Advancement team;
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Critical thinker, analytical, and detail oriented;
  • Creative, bold, and ambitious;   
  • Strong proficiency in MSOffice Suite, including comfort designing PowerPoint presentations;
  • Prior database experience (ideally with Raiser’s Edge); and
  • Graphic design experience a bonus, but not required.


ExpandED Schools offers a generous benefits package which includes:

  • Full-time and eligible part-time employees receive medical, dental and vision plans for employees and dependents, largely subsidized by ExpandED Schools
  • Health, dependent care and transit pre-tax accounts
  • Employer-paid life insurance and supplemental disability coverage 
  • A generous paid time off package which includes 20 vacation days, 8 sick days, 4 personal days and 12 paid holidays (prorated for part-time staff)
  • 403b retirement plan with eligibility for employer contribution of  5% of annual compensation  after one year of employment (no match requirement)
  • Commitment to work-life balance
  • Partial tuition reimbursement offered to employees after one year of service
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds to participate in external training and coaching opportunities 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
employment@expandedschools.org, Subject: Position Title.  No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer