About Bellwether Education Partners
Bellwether Education Partners is a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes for underserved children. We do this by helping education organizations accelerate their impact and by working to improve policy and practice.
Bellwether envisions a world in which race, ethnicity, and income no longer predict opportunities for students, and the American education system affords all individuals the ability to determine their own path and lead a productive and fulfilling life.
Our work focuses on five core areas:
We believe that the only way to ensure all children have access to a high-quality education is to take a holistic approach by changing field-level policies and perceptions while strengthening and supporting individual organizations. Since many of the challenges organizations face are complex, they require multiple perspectives and areas of expertise.
Through our integrated offerings, we provide comprehensive, coherent, and lasting solutions to education’s most long-standing and complicated problems.
Bellwether takes our mission of serving educators, students, organizations, and communities seriously. But we try not to take ourselves as individuals quite so seriously. We do challenging work, and we know how to have fun. From jumpsuits and talent shows at retreats, to PowerPoint presentations on werewolves and vampires at team meetings, we embrace our individuality — our quirks, talents, and diversity of viewpoints. We welcome different experiences and perspectives because we know that our team is stronger for having a variety of political, cultural, and educational beliefs represented.
Bellwether strives to make the work rewarding and sustainable so we can find harmony between demanding jobs and full personal lives. We are proud that our team has poets, hockey players, food bloggers, activists, teachers, karate black belts, church leaders, cyclists, and much more. Our flexible work environment allows many of our team members to work where they like, and when they like (within reason, of course). This allows us to operate in ways that feel most productive to us and do more of what we love doing on our own time.
These qualities are clear in the core values that guide our work and reflect what is truly important to us as an organization:
Further, we value many forms of diversity and believe race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic issues play an especially acute role in the education sector and consequently our work. By actively seeking and hiring talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and maintaining an environment where divergent ideas and perspectives are freely expressed, we increase our collective ability to deliver thoughtful, relevant solutions and analyses for our clients and the education sector.
About the Position
This is an exciting opportunity to co-create the development strategy and systems that will enable Bellwether to achieve its ambitious mission. The Director of Development (DD) will supervise all aspects of our fundraising strategy, oversee the design of fundraising processes and systems, and work with the Bellwether partner team to secure the resources necessary to drive Bellwether’s growth and impact. The DD will be responsible for the development, implementation, and tracking of Bellwether’s fundraising strategies and goals. This is an instrumental new role on the Bellwether leadership team. The DD will work alongside a Communications and Marketing Manager and report to Co-Founder and Partner Andy Rotherham.
Bellwether has a strong revenue model that includes a diverse range of funding sources in which approximately two thirds of our revenue is fee-for-service and one third is grants. Bellwether currently has the support of major national funders, but seeks to deepen and broaden its relationships and to grow its development efforts rapidly in the coming years. We have recently realigned our service offerings around five specific areas where we see the most opportunity for impact. So although we are an established organization, Bellwether’s new DD will have an opportunity to help define and build the strategy and processes in support of this work, taking our fundraising to a new level of effectiveness.
Specifically, the DD is charged with developing and implementing plans to increase annual grant-based and philanthropic revenue and raise Bellwether’s profile with potential sources of support for our work. The DD will support and leverage the fundraising efforts of senior Bellwether leaders and will also represent the organization in various settings. The DD will help broaden and increase the number and type of organizations and individuals that see Bellwether as an investment vehicle of choice for high-impact, mission-aligned education work.
The Director of Development will:
Bellwether is a fit for professionals who possess strong personal drive and motivation; demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values; and who are resourceful, responsible, tenacious, independent, and self-confident.
Additionally, the successful candidate will have the following:
Experience and Knowledge
Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package that includes a performance bonus based on individual and firm success, health care coverage, and a 401(k) plan with an employer matching contribution policy.
Our work is national in scope, and our team is primarily concentrated in two major cities: Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Although we maintain offices in these cities, our flexible working style allows our professionals to work where they have built their lives, thereby enabling Bellwether to hire the best person for each role, regardless of geography.
Applications or inquiries about the position should be directed to:
Lynne Graziano, Recruitment Coordinator
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a letter of interest and a current résumé and should be submitted electronically.
Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are not discriminated against on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Further, as described above, Bellwether is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.