Organization: ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career

Location: Berkeley, CA

Express Interest

About ConnectEd:

Our Vision

Across the nation, all students have access to high quality college and career pathways that prepare them for lasting success in college, career, community, and life.

Our Mission

ConnectEd partners with school, district, and community leaders to transform education through Linked Learning pathways so that all students, regardless of background, are prepared to succeed in college, career, community, and life.

ConnectEd Supports High School Pathway Development

In a growing number of communities across the country, ConnectEd partners with communities and school districts to design and implement systems of Linked Learning pathways that prepare all students for lasting success in further education and career. ConnectEd supports the design and implementation of high quality college and career pathways in secondary schools, as well as the development of district policies to expand and sustain Linked Learning’s impact.

Our History

ConnectEd was founded in 2006 with a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. We are dedicated to advancing practice, policy, and research aimed at helping young people prepare for both college and career through Linked Learning, which engages students by making education relevant.

Linked Learning combines rigorous academics, demanding technical education, personalized student supports, and real-world experience. It is delivered within career pathways, which are organized around 21st-century themes such as digital media arts, engineering, green energy, health sciences, and law and justice.

ConnectEd played a key role in developing and launching Linked Learning as a demonstration project with nine California school districts that serve primarily low-income students. In addition, ConnectEd has partnered with a growing number of communities in other states—including Boston, Detroit, Houston, Madison, and Rochester to name a few—to expand the adoption and implementation of Linked Learning nationally.

We provide a variety of services such as planning for school district administrators, coaching and training for teachers and teacher support specialists, integrated project and assessment development tools and trainingfor teachers,, and a variety of digital tools to support work-based learning and Linked Learning pathway development and quality

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Position Summary:

The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for shaping and implementing a newly expanded development effort aimed at significantly increasing ConnectEd’s annual funding. As an $8 million organization, ConnectEd currently enjoys a diversified funding stream that includes major foundation and government grants, corporate support, and some individual donations. Reporting to and working closely with ConnectEd’s President and Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, this Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for leading a comprehensive development function, including planning, organizing, and directing all fundraising; developing and writing grants, and managing a distributed grant-writing function; leading the major gifts program; managing the annual fund; designing and managing special events; and overseeing potential capital campaigns. The Chief Advancement Officer also works closely with ConnectEd’s Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, several other Program Directors, and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Create a comprehensive, strategic development plan for ConnectEd, responsible for leading, tracking and managing all fundraising activity across the organization, , to effectively raise $8-10 million annually in support of the organization’s strategic priorities, programs, and goals in collaboration with program directors and executive leadership.
  2. Consult internally with program directors and executive leadership through the grants development and management process, building a shared responsibility for grant awareness and funder relationships among senior staff; supervise and collaborate with other individuals who have development responsibilities.
  3. Oversee, coordinate, and take a leadership role in grant-seeking, grant writing, and grant management, including outreach to corporations, foundations, and state and federal funding agencies. Become the organization’s trusted subject matter resource on fundraising related matters.
  4. Develop and maintain strong, effective strategic relationships with current and prospective donors and stakeholders, including ConnectEd’s President and Board of Directors.
  5. Direct an annual fund program, incorporating metrics and appropriate systems and driving strategy.
  6. In collaboration with other senior leaders, oversee all reporting and compliance for fundraising and development efforts, including supervising the production and distribution of ConnectEd’s Annual Report.
  7. Direct potential capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.
  8. Serve as the external relations lead for the organization, including overseeing special events activities and fundraising events; make public appearances and in specific circumstances accept speaking engagements as ConnectEd’s ambassador.
  9. Lead and/or staff internal and Board Development Committee meetings.
  10. Develop or refine an internal database and lead tracking system using available technology; lead and conduct prospect research, and oversee fundraising database, reporting and data.

Core Competencies:

The Chief Advancement Officer will be a bold thinker as well as a strategic, yet ‘hands-on’ executor, who will help ConnectEd maximize the organization’s philanthropic giving and fundraising. As a member of the leadership team, s/he will bring a genuine passion for ConnectEd’s mission coupled with deep experience driving fundraising success. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred. To be successful, the Chief Advancement Officer must:

  • Embrace and communicate ConnectEd’s mission to partner with teacher, school, district, and community leaders to transform education through Linked Learning so that all students, regardless of background, are prepared to succeed in college, career and life.
  • Have broad experience developing and maintaining relationships with foundations that support education improvement, equity, workforce development and/or related social justice initiatives.
  • Display strong interpersonal skills, with experience proactively and strategically building external relationships, and will have the presence, active listening ability and judgment to build community.
  • Have proven success in writing and managing grants and contracts, including multi-million dollar government grants, and managing other internal and external grant writers
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff and board members and embody the positivity, empathy and self-confidence to successfully lead development and communications.

Strategic Leadership

The Chief Advancement Officer will be a strategic and results-oriented leader who guides and articulates a vision for ConnectEd’s development strategy. With a metrics-based approach, this professional will have extensive experience in the development of fundraising plans, including capital campaigns, and demonstrated success in guiding advancement strategy overall. This leader will set meaningful, significant and attainable goals for revenue, and will have a track record of implementing direct fundraising strategies and initiatives including prospect identification, individualized cultivation and successful solicitation. S/he will adopt an entrepreneurial approach to expanding and deepening new and existing donor support.

Fundraising Expertise & Strong Relationship Builder

The Chief Advancement Officer will be an experienced leader in the field of advancement with a measurable track record of success across multiple fundraising functions. S/he will have demonstrated expertise with a wide range of fundraising and communications channels, including foundations, government grants, major/principal individual giving, and corporate donors. With success as a high touch leader, the Chief Advancement Officer will be a flexible self-motivated team player who will serve as expert council to the President, COO, Board of Directors, and Program Directors in identifying and devising fundraising strategies. The Chief Advancement Officer will have experience leading the planning and implementation of donor cultivation and fundraising events, as well as budget management and accountability. With an approachable, direct style, the Chief Advancement Officer will be a natural relationship-builder with the ability to develop, sustain, and enhance excellent relationships with all stakeholders.

Persuasive Communicator

The Chief Advancement Officer will be a confident, influential and articulate communicator with the ability to work fluidly across all levels. The Chief Advancement Officer will be a charismatic, high-energy leader who can talk with all constituents and successfully convey ConnectEd’s objectives. S/he will be an exceptional presenter and communicator with strong interpersonal skills and a natural ability to convey ConnectEd’s development and fundraising priorities in a way that builds trust and galvanizes support. With an inherent ability to listen, think, and respond effectively to a variety of inquiries and challenges, s/he will be able to remain firm and steady in delicate situations and in high-level strategic discussions.

Passion for the Mission

The Chief Advancement Officer will embrace and have a true passion for the mission of ConnectEd and a commitment to K-12 education and youth development. Driven by the mission to transform education and prepare students for lasting success, this individual will be a thoughtful and engaged leader, cognizant of the history of the organization and its impact. The Chief Advancement Officer will have the character, dexterity, and pioneering mindset to lead all development for ConnectEd. S/he will be a solicitous team player, working closely alongside senior leaders and colleagues to support the overall mission, and to position ConnectEd to achieve the greatest possible impact. S/he will embrace the organization’s culture while continually innovating to help expand the brand and reach. The Chief Advancement Officer will be an empathic leader and an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values, treating others with respect, who can be trusted without reservation.


ConnectEd has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

Equal Opportunity And Affirmative Action Policy
ConnectEd’s ideal candidates understand and actively support the importance of a workplace that thrives on diverse cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, heritage and race, gender and sexual orientation, abilities, and ideas—someone who believes that differences make us stronger, and who is committed to creating and maintaining an open and equitable work environment inclusive of everyone. ConnectEd is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. Qualified women, minorities, veterans, and disabled workers are encouraged to apply.

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