Organization: Beginning with Children Foundation

Location: Brooklyn, NY

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Beginning with Children (BwC) creates pathways to higher education, self-sufficiency, and community engagement for New York City children. Founded by Joe and Carol Reich in 1990 to support educational reform in New York City, BwC has been instrumental in the creation of three charter schools in Brooklyn and operates an innovative alumni program. The organization builds on its legacy of over 20 years in shaping a model for charter school education in Brooklyn and preparing graduates to meet the quickly changing expectations of the 21st Century. BwC programs develop students intellectually through a challenging curriculum that empowers them to understand the world, express themselves, and to use critical thinking skills to solve complex problems.

The two schools under BwC’s leadership today (Beginning with Children Charter School II and the Community Partnerships Charter School) regularly demonstrate higher student performance than peer schools in their home districts. In each school, students are continually assessed to ensure that programs are meeting their individual needs and helping them master important skills. Students are also exposed to learning opportunities beyond the classroom through field trips, guest speakers, and community service.

BwC’s Legacy Network alumni program provides mentoring, tutoring, internships, college readiness training, and career networking opportunities for BwC graduates. Through wraparound programming, students and their families receive support that allows them to develop their skills and talents, pursue higher education, and gain work experience. For the past two years, 100% of Legacy Network students have graduated from high school and been accepted into college, while the New York City high school graduation rate is only 60%.

During this time of growth and expansion in Brooklyn, BwC is focused on ensuring that students in some of the borough’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods receive valuable programming that helps meet their educational and developmental needs.

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Candidate Profile:

As Beginning with Children looks toward the future, a new Director of Development will be critical in expanding and diversifying the donor base. This will take place through thoughtful relationship-building, the creation of long-term development systems for the organization, and hands-on partnership with senior leadership and the Board of Directors. BwC seeks a dynamic, creative, and entrepreneurial development professional who wants to make a difference by joining this vibrant management team and providing strategic leadership across all areas of development.

Reporting to the CEO, this position is responsible for all facets of individual and institutional giving.

The ideal candidate will work closely with the CEO, the Board of Directors, and the Leadership Council (Junior Board) to identify, solicit, cultivate, and increase general operating and program support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources to meet or exceed a fundraising goal of $1 million annually.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a collaborative, entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and natural fundraiser. This will be someone who is well-versed in all aspects of the fundraising loop from cultivation to solicitation to stewardship and back again. With flexible hours and work location, the Director of Development will need to be highly self-motivated and personally accountable.

Working closely with the CEO, the Director of Development will need to build a culture of giving amongst the Board of Directors, engaging with them and working in tandem with them to accomplish fundraising goals.


Development Operations and Leadership

  • Create and maintain a yearly development plan to implement new strategies
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline portfolio of high-net worth donors and prospective donors
  • Maintain a strong database (using Raiser’s Edge) inclusive of moves management, call reports, and acknowledgements
  • Create annual income and expense budgets and manage the Development Department in a fiscally sound manner
  • Provide detailed and accurate reports on fundraising progress to the CEO and Board of Directors on a regular basis

Frontline Fundraising

  • Develop and implement strong stewardship programs to engage and maintain donors year over year, with weekly donor visits
  • Manage donor-related events and programs, including school visits
  • Research, cultivate, and secure new institutional funding prospects
  • Work closely with Vice President of Operations to ensure that all development materials convey a clear, consistent, and effective message
  • Manage an experienced grant writer responsible for the preparation of all corporate, foundation, and government grant proposals

Development Communications

  • Send timely and accurate acknowledgement letters
  • Create new or update existing communication tools to engage with donors and prospective donors
  • Utilize social media tools to cultivate interest and excitement for BwC programs and outreach to potential funders
  • Segment solicitation letters/emails

Board Management

  • Create Board reports to share fundraising progress and success
  • Cultivate and steward Board relationships
  • Work with the Executive Director to implement board standards, roles, and responsibilities
  • Create ways to use Board Members thoughtfully in the fundraising process


Successful candidates will most closely meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of fundraising experience
  • Comfort with the use of relevant digital and social media for donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and bring fresh ideas and approaches to development initiatives
  • Passion for public school education reform or issues related to social justice and economic/educational equality
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, with particular attention to detail and the demonstrated ability to manage multiple ongoing projects from start to finish
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, including the poise and presence to be effective with a wide range of constituents
  • Experience taking initiative to develop new methods, procedures, and approaches
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of the New York City philanthropic community (individuals, corporations, foundations) and experience with Raiser’s Edge database preferred
  • Flexibility, drive, a sense of humor, and a “roll-up-your-sleeves” approach

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Beginning with Children has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Melissa Madzel here.

Beginning with Children is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit