Managing Director of Development

Excel Academy Charter Schools, East Boston, Massachusetts

Date Posted August 24, 2019
Industry K-12: Charter Schools
Specialty Other
Certification Needed Not Applicable
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Commensurate With Experience


Organizational Overview

Founded in 2003 to provide a free, public, high-quality college preparatory education for the students of East Boston and Chelsea, Excel is proving that children’s ability to succeed in high school, college, and beyond is not determined by zip code. We have grown from one school serving approximately 200 students to a network of four schools serving more than 1,300 students, and our purpose and theory of change remains consistent: we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned with personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change his/her life trajectory.  As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

After 8 years of operating a small single-site middle school in East Boston, Excel was designated a “Proven Provider” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and granted two additional charters to serve middle school students. After four more successful years, Excel Academy Charter High School opened in 2015. In spring 2019, we cheered on our first senior class as they became the first cohort to receive high school diplomas from Excel.

About the Role

Excel Academy is seeking a strong Managing Director of Development to work closely with the CEO in continuing to build Excel’s donor base and public profile. Together, the Managing Director and the CEO will develop a vision and strategic plan for Excel’s approach to fundraising and external communication. The Managing Director will then play the lead role in coordinating and implementing these activities.

The Managing Director will be a thought partner to the Board and CEO in addressing strategic challenges the organization will face in improving the way it handles development and external relations. Over the past 5 years, Excel has raised over $18M through a growth capital campaign and annual fund supported by a wide range of individuals and foundations.

Along with the CEO, Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, Ambassador Council, MCPSA, and other key supporters in the sector, the Managing Director will work to continue building a public profile that reflects Excel’s values, ensure our current donors stay connected and engaged, and build strong, lasting donor relationships with new constituents.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific job functions include, but are not limited to:

Fundraising: Designing and executing a strategic fundraising initiative that will meet our current operational needs.

Board Management: Coordinate and organize Board Meetings.

Donor and Foundation Visitor Management: Lead donor and prospective donor visits in coordination with applicable school staff and school leaders.

Marketing and Communications: Oversee production of high quality, effective messaging that reflects Excel's values and impact.

Qualities & Qualifications

We are looking for someone sharp, driven, charismatic, and kind.
The ideal candidate will also possess the following qualifications:

The following qualities are also must-haves: 


Compensation: Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

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