Director of Development (East Coast)

Director of Development (East Coast)
Organization Name: 
Rocketship Public Schools
Job Description: 

East Coast Director of Development Job Description

Rocketship Public Schools - November 2018


Organizational Overview

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in the disadvantaged communities across the country.

Rocketship launched its first school in San Jose, California in 2007 with a vision to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime.  The network has grown to now serve students and families across four regions nationwide - the Bay Area, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Washington D.C.  Rocketship’s D.C. network launched three years ago and now serves over 1,000 students across two schools in historically underserved communities in southeast D.C.  Rocketship D.C. has quickly established a reputation for serving all students with excellence and already ranks among the highest performing public charter school networks in D.C. serving predominantly “at-risk” students.

Why Staff Love Rocketship

We are proud of our retention rate in our Washington, D.C. schools and anchor this win on a few key areas:

We are creative and entrepreneurial.

Our staff know that they can bring their full, creative and most ambitious selves to work everyday to change the lives of our students and families in ways that truly matter. Whether you are teaching in the classroom, operating our front office or raising money to bring exposure and excitement to our work, you have the autonomy to be as thoughtful and innovative as you need to be to get the job done. This is how we thrive and stay energized everyday.

We are hard-working and collaborative.

Eliminating the achievement gap is no easy task and we feel honored to be able to work toward this goal alongside the most hard-working and collaborative professionals in education. Walking through the halls of our schools, our regional offices or our national headquarters, our energy and determination is palpable. We are fueled by the hard work of our students and the commitment of our families. Our jobs are our passion and our optimism and persistence is inspiring.

We are mission-aligned and focus on what really matters.

We recently opened two new schools in Washington, D.C. and have earned Tier 1 status in our very first year of operation, the highest ranking for D.C. Public Schools. To accomplish this, we focused on what sets Rocketship Public Schools apart: personalized learning, parent power and talent development both inside and outside of the classroom.

But, we aren’t done learning and growing to serve more students who deserve access to an excellent public education. We are looking for someone to take our work in Washington, D.C. to the next level as an East Coast Director of Development.

The Position

Rocketship is looking for an individual to lead development in Washington, D.C. and the broader East Coast region. The East Coast Director of Development will have significant autonomy in this function and will be responsible for managing all relationships with our East Coast prospects and donors. The East Coast Director of Development will be directly responsible for raising the $1M needed to meet Rocketship D.C.’s growth goals each school year. To accomplish this, the East Coast Director of Development will help set the strategy for D.C. development alongside Rocketship’s National Director of Development and can marshal support from internal Rocketship teams to achieve our goals.  He or she will report directly to the National Director of Development with a dotted line reporting to the D.C. Regional Director.

As the East Coast Director of Development in our Washington, D.C. region, this role will work alongside a team of colleagues who support teachers and Rocketeers. You will have the unique and exciting opportunity to build the development infrastructure and shape the direction of our regional development strategy.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of new donor prospects, including corporations, foundations, and high net worth individuals
  • Develop the regional strategy to increase our major gift donors in D.C.
  • Collaborate with the National development team on proposals and reports and with the D.C. Regional Director, D.C. Board Chair, D.C. Board Members and Founder/CEO on cultivation and stewardship 
  • Manage cultivation initiatives, including small to mid-sized events
  • Produce donor reports for meetings and end-of-year updates
  • Attend events and gatherings to serve as an ambassador for Rocketship
  • Ensure all donor and prospect relationship knowledge is captured in repositories and incorporated into future interactions


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of professional experience in a fast-paced environment, the most recent in non-profit fundraising and development in Washington, D.C.
  • Experience working with institutional funders and high net-worth individuals (giving over $25K)

Skills & Capabilities

  • You are an excellent communicator who has built successful donor and prospect relationships with institutional funders and high net-worth individuals
  • You are flexible and love to multi-task within an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and fast-moving organization
  • You are skilled at writing and producing grant proposals and grant reports
  • You have demonstrated proficiency in Google applications and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • You have an entrepreneurial and creative spirit and enjoy working independently with minimal oversight
  • You take on new challenges with optimism and vigor

Work Location

This position is based in Washington, D.C. with occasional travel to the Bay Area and Nashville. This position requires some evening hours for events and professional conferences, but also allows for a flexible schedule when appropriate.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), flexible work location/schedule, and generous paid time off.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to remain in a stationary position for sustained periods; talk; hear; and interact with others
  • This position requires the constant operation of a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as calculators, copy machines, and printers
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and color vision

How to Apply

Please submit a copy of your resume online at search under Network Support Team


Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools’ employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy.  For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX  Compliance Officer, Email: Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.