Director of Advancement, Austin

IDEA Public Schools - Austin

Job Type: Fundraising/Development
Closing date: 02/28/2018

The Director of Advancement – Austin is responsible for meeting ambitious fundraising targets that will allow the Austin region to successfully operate 26 schools by 2022. These goals are met through: a) solicitation of foundations, individuals and corporations in the Austin region, including grant writing and reporting, b) targeted donor acquisition and stewardship through a diverse portfolio of campaigns, events, meetings, and school tours; c) community engagement efforts including cultivation of local, state, and federal elected officials; and d) ensuring the appropriate infrstructure is in place to execute best-in-class advancement operations in Austin and IDEA’s new sites.



Raise $5,340,000 to support Austin region by June 30, 2018.

  • Develop and execute yearly cultivation/stewardship goals and plans for small and mid-level individual donors
  • Ensure the retention of 66% of donors who gave over the previous two (2) fiscal years (between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017)
  • Begin plans for the 2018 Opportunity Luncheon, which will have a goal of $115,000
  • Actively engage local foundations that support public charter schools to give money to IDEA; and
  • Draft compelling grant applications, reports and other external-facing collateral

 Ensure best-in-class development infrastructure in place in Austin, El Paso and Southern Louisiana.

  • Develop advancement-specific onboarding scope and sequence for new advancement team members
  • Ensure all pledges and gifts entered into constituent management system within 24-hours of commitment
  • Send acknowledgment letters within 48-hours of donation receipt
  • Ensure all contacts and contact reports consistently entered into constituent management system

Host a visit with 90% of the state legislators who represent the region by June 2018:

  • Meet state representatives, senators and/or senior staff
  • Tour state representatives and senators at Austin IDEA schools
  • Introduce state representatives and senators to IDEA leadership and alumni


Raise $28 million by June 30, 2018 to support IDEA Public Schools regional expansion and programmatic needs (Team-wide Goal).

  • Support major federal, state, and private grant initiatives when requested
  • Leverage local influencers for connections to prospective national and state donors


 Live values of IDEA

  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • Embodies IDEA’s core values 



  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Experience: two to three years of fundraising or related experience
  • Experience in education (preferred)


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to synthesize multiple facts, data points, and stories into compelling narrative explaining IDEA’s educational vision for the region to others.
  • Superior writing ability and attention to detail.
  • Comfort and confidence engaging with individuals from all backgrounds within the Austin community in order to explain the IDEA story and vision.

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Contact Info

Aisha Gayle Turner