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Associate Director of Development


General Summary:

Supports the Director of Development in raising private philanthropy for Uncommon Schools, with primary ownership of the Rochester region, by creating and implementing a comprehensive regional development plan to reach operating and capital fundraising goals in Rochester.

Reports to: Uncommon Schools, Director of Development

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Associate Director of Development at Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) works closely with Uncommon’s Director of Development and other members of the Development team to complete multiple projects designed to raise private philanthropy for Uncommon’s schools in Rochester, NY and Troy, NY. As part of its growth plan, Uncommon Rochester (Rochester Prep) is expanding from four schools to five with the opening of its first high school in fall 2014. This position is responsible for leading a multiyear fundraising campaign to support this expansion. Additionally, it is responsible for managing limited fundraising efforts for Uncommon Troy (Troy Prep). The position is based in Rochester, NY.

The position requires a smart, detail-oriented, hard-working team player who can handle both mission critical projects and operational/support tasks with equal enthusiasm, efficiency, and attention to detail.  Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Creating a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan to raise private operating and capital philanthropy for the expansion of the Rochester Prep network;

  2. Executing projects related to fundraising and donor relationship management in Rochester including prospect identification, research and cultivation;

  3. Managing a Development Campaign Committee comprised of Rochester Prep board members and external school advocates from the community who are tasked with bolstering local fundraising efforts to reach philanthropic goals;

  4. Preparing, writing, and editing private grant proposals and reports, in the form of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets which present relevant data and charts in a clear, accessible manner, including:

    • Drafting project plans for completing proposals and reports for donors;

    • Managing communication with home-office and school-based teams to collect and compile all required content and data; 

    • Processing data to ensure accuracy and alignment with data definitions; and

    • Writing and editing clear, comprehensive, and compelling proposals and reports that are aligned with individual donor priorities and criteria.

  5. Maintaining and leveraging the Uncommon Development donor database;

  6. Coordinating and managing logistics and communications for donor visits, donor presentations and volunteer events;

  7. Managing the processing and allocation of grants with the Uncommon Finance team;

  8. Producing and distributing correspondence that celebrates or announces special organizational events;

  9. Interacting positively and effectively with students, parents, staff, visitors, and the public;

  10. Performing other related duties as required and assigned.  


Organizational RelationshipsReports to and works closely with the Director of Development at Uncommon Schools. Works with Rochester Prep’s Chief Operating Officer, school-based Director of Operations, the Uncommon Finance team and Uncommon’s Executive Team as needed. 



  • A bachelor’s degree.

  • Substantive experience in development, fundraising, and donor management.

  • Strong leadership and work experiences.

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Very strong organizational skills; an obsessive attention to detail and follow-through.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible; able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed.

  • Confidence and presence in both group and one-on-one settings.

  • Flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends, to travel to New York City when necessary, and to be available in emergencies.

  • Ability to work well in a team.

  • Knowledge of the communities in Rochester and Troy a plus.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, PDA, and all necessary supplies.

As an equal opportunity employer, Uncommon Schools hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along. Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.


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