Development Manager - Texas Network





Leadership ISD has programming in Dallas, Tarrant, and Harris Counties and is growing in Texas. Between the three regions we serve the over 1.4 million students in our public schools and advocate for equity and excellence for every single one of them. The work of the organization is overseen by the CEO and a Board of Directors. Each region (Dallas, Harris, and Tarrant) has a Regional Director and an active advisory board to help guide and support the work locally. Regional Directors are empowered to build a team to support them as they execute all aspects of the program. The organization supports each region with communications, fundraising, curriculum and program development, and an operational framework.


The Development Manager will work to grow the organization’s development efforts and initiatives across Texas. This position is responsible for supporting the CEO on all of Leadership ISD’s fundraising including individual and alumni donors, major gift campaigns, TEA grants, foundation grants, and special events. This position will manage Sales Force development contacts, track deadlines, research and identify new opportunities, put together grant requests, nurture funding relationships and find creative ways to engage new funders as well as retain our existing funding base. This role works closely with the CEO and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.

This person must be creative, energetic, organized, dedicated and enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-focused, results-driven, and equity oriented. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Please reference Development Manager in the subject line.


  • Help develop and manage both regional and organizational fundraising and development efforts

  • Identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate and solicit prospects

  • Produce high-quality deliverables, aligning current and prospective funder interests, to engage, cultivate, and steward partner relationships

  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors and alumni

  • Manage growing portfolio of regional and national funders, and prospective donors and supporters to include ongoing visits, calls, and written communication

  • Develop short and long-term project plans to execute multi-faceted partnerships

  • Oversee grant seeking process including researching, proposal writing, and reporting requirements (once grant is awarded)

  • Prepare and execute plans for donor and prospective donor activities/receptions/events

  • Oversee fundraising database, tracking systems, and recording keeping via Salesforce database

  • Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders, and CEO

  • Assist the CEO, Regional Directors and Board in achieving goals set forth Strategic Plan


Prior Experience

  • 3+ years of experience in fundraising (or related field) with proven record of securing and retaining charitable investments

  • Experience and proficiency with Salesforce or similar donor management software


  • Excellent written skills including grant writing

  • Exemplary interpersonal skills; successful in creating complex storyboards to convey effective, compelling narrative (verbal, written, visual, etc.)

  • Knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising

  • Broad computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, donor databases

  • Ability to work with and motivate board members and other organization members

  • Possess the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships

  • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls

  • Proficient in Google Drive and Microsoft Office


Mission Oriented: Committed to educational and racial justice
Driven: Possesses a diverse skill set and is proactive about learning new skills
Collaborative: Willing to propose solutions and ideas to challenges based on expertise
Adaptable: Excited to work in a fast-moving small team environment with multiple responsibilities
Self-reflective: Open to receiving and giving ongoing feedback
Positive: Brings passion, sense of humor, and fun to the job

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Please reference Development Manager in the subject line.

This job description reflects Leadership ISD’s assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

By joining Leadership ISD, you join a group of individuals committed to pursuing equity and excellence for all students. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

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