Chief Development Officer – KIPP Foundation

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Chief Development Officer – KIPP Foundation


Remote, with the ability to travel

Full Time

Full Time



Get to Know KIPP Public Schools and the Foundation: 

KIPP Public Schools is a national network of public charter schools that prepares students with the skills and confidence to create the future they want for themselves, their communities, and us all. We are a network of 280 schools, nearly 15,000 educators, and 175,000 students and alumni.  

Our Mission: Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

Our Vision: Every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities.

The KIPP Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports KIPP schools across the country. The KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP public schools; provides tools, resources, and training for excellent teaching and learning; promotes innovation; and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas across KIPP and other public schools and organizations.

What You’ll Do: 

As a member of the leadership team, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) builds strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and donors; sets the vision for and implements fundraising strategy; deeply understands and communicates KIPP’s mission and programmatic direction; and builds and develops a strong fundraising team. The CDO will have an established track record of developing, soliciting, and closing eight-figure gifts and above, and in building a strong development organization. The ideal candidate must be excited to get proximate with funders and donors while managing a team to implement best fundraising practices, including portfolio management systems and appropriate stewardship protocols. They will be able to establish trust quickly with board members and senior executives by demonstrating sound judgment, strategic thinking, and meaningful expertise. 

Finally, the CDO will be able to build strong internal relationships across the organization, including KIPP Foundation and KIPP Regional teams, which requires a thoughtful, creative, and outcomes-driven approach. This person will work closely with the CEO and Chief Policy & Public Affairs Officer to influence our external-facing strategies and with program staff and senior leaders to help identify and frame high-impact investment opportunities that will be compelling to current and prospective donors. 

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Craft and set vision, designing a roadmap for long-term growth and success that incorporates both traditional best practices as well as innovative strategies in development.
  • Cultivate and actively manage a portfolio of prospects and donors, focusing on ensuring a diversified funder base that enables the organization to achieve its mission.
  • Partner closely with the CEO, KIPP Foundation’s Board of Directors, leadership, and regional Executive Directors, to cultivate and steward transformational gifts.
  • Engage KIPP Foundation’s board members as champions and funders, in collaboration with the CEO and Board Chair.
  • Structure and manage the development team, including recruiting staff to augment existing capabilities and capacity.
  • Direct efforts to tell KIPP’s story in a powerful way, enabling donors to see their specific areas of interest in the context of KIPP’s mission and strategic imperatives, and telling both national and local stories; able to “go together” with our regions in how we approach donor communications. 
  • Serve as the chief campaign officer of any future fundraising campaigns. 
  • Oversee development operations that drive donor cultivation, solicitations, and stewardship for a breadth of individual and institutional donors. 
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.
  • Effectively manage and develop direct reports with an assets-based approach, cultivating a collaborative and inclusive team culture.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Vision Setting & Strategic Clarity – Shape organizational vision and redesign the structure, governance and/or operations of the organization to better meet long-term objectives; define a clear long-term vision for the organization, setting the bar for excellence in goal setting for the organization; lead in rethinking the vision and program in light of current and upcoming organizational realities; can paint a compelling picture of new opportunities and develop/evolve strategies to ensure organization success.
  • Strong Capacities in Executive Execution- Articulate a clear and actionable vision for operational excellence, with the capacity to project manage using dashboards and other relevant tools; adept at prioritizing and pivoting according to evolving organizational needs, with aptitude in anticipating needs and fashioning solutions as they arise to ensure excellence and pace.   
  • Relentless Focus on Solutions and Results—Set culturally competent and ambitious goals with teams to achieve measurable outcomes; create an environment in which all systems and processes support high levels of efficiency to ensure that chief priorities are accomplished successfully; champions the ongoing spirit of improvement and professional growth across the organization while holding teams accountable to results.
  • Champion for Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion – Acknowledge systemic racism, power, and privilege in organizations and are committed to dismantling inequities; can inspire and foster a culture of inclusion by building relationships across lines of difference and including the voices of those closest to the challenge we seek to address.
  • Strategic & Effective Communications – Leverage strategic partnerships to advance KF’s mission; successfully persuade large-scale audiences through both written and verbal communications with high yield of efforts; create story and brand image aligned with organization’s strategy; model passion and organization commitment to all audiences; ensure the board is able to effectively communicate brand and represent the organization.
  • Comfort with and Commitment to Candor— Stimulates idea flow with teammates by embracing both delivering and receiving candor, as the free and open exchange of ideas is essential to developing innovative solutions and implementing the most effective strategies.
  • Team Leadership – Strong management skills, including people management, team management, and project management; can align stakeholders across a complex landscape around that shared vision; possess comfort and desire to lead a collaborative, agile, outcomes-focused, equity-driven, and learning-oriented team; can champion the ongoing spirit of improvement and professional growth across the organization.
  • Critical Thinking and Strong Judgement – Leverage data effectively for strategic decision-making and driving improvement; can make courageous yet necessary decisions in the interest of students and families with experience working with and in the interests of communities of color; can maintain exemplary integrity, discretion, and cultural competence while working with staff and with confidential/sensitive information.
  • Cultural Competence – Has a proven track record as a sophisticated relationship-builder who is able to adapt communication styles to work effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders with multiple priorities; possesses a passion for education equity and KIPP’s mission and values.

Ideal Candidate Experience: 

  • Experience as a high-performing leader in the development, with a strong track record and motivation for developing, soliciting, and securing gifts at the eight-figure level and above and experience working in close partnership with senior executives and board members on major philanthropic initiatives.
  • Experience in systems-level leadership with exemplary results leading and coaching cross-functional teams at a nationwide scale.
  • Change leadership experience, ideally at a systems level, managing significant change toward successful outcomes (such as, but not limited to, restructures and strategy pivots) while maintaining a strong focus on team culture.
  • Budget management experience overseeing and managing a complex budget that allows teams to achieve both. short and long-term success. 
  • Commitment to education equity and a passion for KIPP’s mission and values, including a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What We Bring to the Table: 

  • 20 vacation days + 18 days additional flexible PTO days (PTO increases to 23 days for years 3 & 4 and to 28 days for years 5+). 
  • 100% paid parental leave. 
  • 100% coverage of the premium for employees and 75% for employee + family’s medical/dental/vision plans.
  • Wellness benefits such as fitness reimbursements, discounted tickets to theme parks/attractions, backup care support for children and adults/elders, and our employee assistance program.
  • Benefits include a 401K retirement plan with a 4% match, employer-sponsored legal plans, life/disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

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