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VP, Development
Innovate Public Schools

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VP, Development

Innovate Public Schools

Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 9 days ago
Job Role
Accounting Manager
Employer's Industry
Education, Nonprofit
Job Schedule

Job Description

Are you passionate about building a movement to make sure every student in California has a world-class public school? 

Are you a savvy development andor communications professional looking to lead a team of equally talented and committed colleagues?

Are you committed to helping lead an organization to become a model regarding anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion?

If you answered yes to these questions, then check out this exciting opportunity with Innovate Public Schools! 

About Innovate Public Schools

Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all Bay Area and Los Angeles students, particularly low-income students, students of color, and students with disabilities, receive an excellent education. We’re building a movement of families, educators, and business and elected leaders who together will make this vision a reality. We build the capacity of parents and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools, and we publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research that highlights both problems and solutions. We are also building the field of education organizing nationwide through our national organizing training programs for professional organizing staff and parent leaders.


Innovate Public Schools is looking for a VP, Development reporting directly to the Co-CEO, Michelle Vilchez. The VP, Development will play a critical role setting the vision and leading execution of an integrated approach to development and fundraising. 

Key Responsibilities:

Ensure success of the organization’s fundraising and development efforts (~80%)

  • Set a clear vision for Innovate’s current and future partnership and development strategy that aligns with Innovate’s mission and goals.
  • Meet one on one with and maintain relationships with prospective funders in Bay Area locations, with the team goal of increasing an additional $1.5M each year. Prepare and send regular and personalized updates to prospects and supporters.
  • Lead the development and execution of Innovate’s donor engagement strategy, including delivering compelling, personalized communications, exposing donors to program work.
  • Serve as a powerful ambassador for Innovate, discussing our work publicly in an inspiring way, drawing on deep expertise in education.
  • Draw on and build connections between partners and prospects to build coalitions of partners and funders who are committed to supporting Innovate’s work, either overall or in particular geographies and/or functional teams (e.g., San Francisco, Mid-Peninsula, San Jose, Los Angeles, National Organizing, Statewide).
  • Ensure that the team produces compelling grant proposals and reports that engage and delight our foundation funders.
  • Develop and manage the Development Team’s goals and budget, and monitor progress toward both.

Serve as a senior leader in the organization (~5%)

  • Play a key role on the organization’s leadership team.  Foster a culture that encourages diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration, accountability, and transparency.  Contribute to the organization’s overall success and sustainability.
  • Work with the VP, Talent and Operations and the leadership team to further embed Innovate’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work, including raising and leaning into important and sometimes uncomfortable conversations with authenticity, thoughtfulness, openness, and sensitivity.
  • Collaborate with other Innovate staff and volunteers, and participate constructively in team meetings and project planning.

Effectively manage the development team (~15%)

  • Set and clearly articulate priorities, roles and responsibilities, and decision-making processes.
  • Focus on empowering and supporting others to achieve (set the vision then let the team do it)
  • Create and lead inclusive decision-making processes.
  • Lead with a DEI lens, and center the voices and experiences of parents.
  • Consistently use data to drive decision making. Understand that data is a backbone of our work, not an island or a team - it’s woven through everything we do, and is part of our practice.
  • Develop repeatable processes and systems, so our work can be sustainable. Not just a visionary - able to help us systematize our work so we can do it consistently and well.
  • Understand how a matrix org works, how people need to juggle multiple priorities and trust their teams to go do the things.


  • Alignment with Innovate Public School’s mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • At least six years of demonstrated experience as a successful fundraising professional, or related work experience.
  • Demonstrated success in acquiring, developing and retaining donor or client relationships resulting in significant support for an organization.
  • Ability to approach situations and challenges with a sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated team player with the ability to work collaboratively within diverse groups. Able to lead with a DEI lens, and center the voices and experiences of parents. 
  • Consistently uses data to drive decision making. Understands that data is a central component of our work.
  • Orientation toward developing replicable, sustainable processes and systems that help us do our work consistently and well.
  • Able to set and articulate priorities, roles and responsibilities, and decision-making processes.
  • Ability to work in a start-up environment, requiring flexibility, self-motivation, self-directed problem-solving, collaborative work style, drive toward results, and enthusiasm.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, with ability to build positive, professional relationships with a diverse team of colleagues.
  • Proof of eligibility to work permanently in the United States.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Work Environment / Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for this position.

Innovate Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Business Overview

Why Work With Us?

Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on improving public schools in the Bay Area and Los Angeles to make sure that all students - especially low-income students and students of color.

Team Size

11-50 team members


Culture & Perks

Paid Time Off
Casual Dress
Parking Provided
Community Oriented
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