Stand For Children

  • Arizona Development Manager

    Job Location US-AZ-Phoenix
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • The Organization

    Stand is a non-profit education advocacy group that believes ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Stand works to accomplish this mission through:

    • Education and empowerment of parents, teachers and communities
    • Advocacy at state, local and federal levels
    • Ensuring that policies and funding reach classrooms and help students
    • Election of courageous leaders who will stand for our priorities


    We focus primarily on increasing early literacy and high school success. Additional priorities include, improving school quality and ensuring adequate funding spent wisely.

    The Position

    Your role stands at the intersection of fundraising and the fight to change the odds for historically underserved children and families. As a key member of Stand’s Arizona team at a moment of tremendous need and opportunity, you will work closely with the Arizona Executive Director to support the affiliate in their efforts to build on the progress to date to improve outcomes for students across the state. You will deepen our impact by driving success in statewide donor and grants programs, including a key role in supporting and managing the fundraising strategies of the 501c3, 501c4, and state political action committee. Through your dedication and passionate approach to the role, you get the opportunity to work with colleagues who not only care deeply about justice and equity, but who are bold and strategic and take responsibility for achieving substantial progress toward our mission every year.


    • Build strategy, systems and fundraising culture in the affiliate in support of the Executive Director achieving their financial sustainability goals
    • Work closely with the Executive Director to build and manage a prospect pipeline sufficient to achieve financial goals;
    • In partnership with the Executive Director, develop strategic cultivation strategies for all top prospective donors, track all strategies, and moves, in Salesforce;
    • Research prospective new donors and funding opportunities in support of the Executive Director's ongoing prospect cultivation efforts;
    • Arrange donor/prospect meetings, prepare briefings and support materials, coordinate site visits and program reports, and document all notes on donor interactions and gift information in SalesForce;
    • Generate all donor correspondence including but not limited to follow-up cultivation notes, acknowledgement, and thank you letters;
    • Conduct exploratory funding meetings with foundation program officers, corporate philanthropic partners, and new individual donors in conjunction with Executive Director;
    • Manage the donor database as a CRM resource tool;
    • Work with the Finance Team Liaison to ensure affiliate is on target to meet financial sustainability goals;
    • Plan, manage and staff fundraising events, as needed, including post-event debriefs and follow-up for donor cultivation;
    • In coordination with the State Operations Coordinator, manage fundraising administrative work, including gifts acknowledgement, data entry, and local check deposits;
    • Assist with the building, management, and cultivation of the Advisory Council and its involvement in the engagement of donors at a local level when deemed appropriate;
    • Research, structure and maintain a sustainable grants program
    • Conduct research and due diligence for new foundations and grant prospects; provide strategic guidance to the Executive Director and staff on approach as well as on expanding support from current foundations;
    • Write and steward foundation grant proposals in partnership with the Executive Director and program staff; coordinate with National on multi-state grants;
    • Track proposal progress and maintain grants calendar, including but not limited to submission deadlines and budgeting;
    • Ensure timely and accurate grant reporting and submission;
    • Oversee and manage development communications and reporting
    • Partner with the Marketing and Communications Director to develop a robust donor communications strategy that guides the communications calendar and creation of donor-centered collateral materials;
    • Partner with Digital Strategy Team and Marketing and Communications Director to drive successful digital fundraising appeals;
    • Work with key program staff to develop content for regular external communications with supporters.



    • Passionate commitment to Stand for Children’s mission and strategy to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education;
    • Five years’ progressive experience in development;
    • Experience building a donor centered culture of philanthropy and demonstrated ability to coach and guide executive leadership and program staff in fundraising strategies and techniques;
    • Superior relational skills and familiarity with fundraising best practices with individual donors;
    • Proven project management skills, including the ability to balance multiple tasks and projects while delivering quality work on schedule; event planning experience strongly preferred;
    • Minimum one-year proven success with all aspects of grants management, including research, writing proposals and reports, and stewardship;
    • Outstanding written communication skills and strong attention to detail;
    • Experience with 501c4 and/or political fundraising preferred;
    • Salesforce experience preferred;
    • Spanish language skills preferred;
    • Ability to be stationary for extended periods of time and to travel to meetings outside of the office; Ability to lift more than 10 pounds, on occasion; May require the ability to climb stairs.


    Stand for Children consists of two separate entities. Stand for Children, Inc., a grassroots membership organization is exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and Stand for Children Leadership Center, a leadership development organization is exempt under section 501(c)(3)


    Stand for Children and Stand for Children Leadership Center are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. We are committed to a diverse and culturally inclusive workplace in which our differences broaden our awareness, enrich our daily experiences and contribute to our collective strength. People of color, members of underrepresented ethnic or socioeconomic populations and bilingual/multi-lingual speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

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