Employment Opportunities

Middle School Renaissance 2020 (dba NextUp RVA) is a fast-paced, innovative, and growing organization which delivers an integrated Out of School Time (OST) system that supports and sustains quality after-school programs for middle school youth in Richmond. At its core, NextUp provides opportunities for youth to continue their learning beyond the school day. NextUp is presently an affiliate of The Community Foundation.

TITLE: Director of Development


REPORTS TO: Executive Director

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Director of Development creates and implements a strategic approach to fundraising, which includes major gifts from individuals, corporate philanthropy, foundations and government, and strategic partnerships.


o Fundraising: Conduct research, prospecting, and solicit multiple investor sources (including face-to-face asks with individual donors and some grant writing)
o Build development strategy for NextUp: Work with the Executive Director to identify funds needed, funding targets and approaches
o Manage development activities for NextUp: Align overarching organizational and program development efforts with the Executive Director; track, report and communicate fundraising goals and progress; manage data
o Build a robust investor base: Develop and maintain long-term relationships with prospects and investors
o Staff the development committee of the board: Effectively organize the volunteers in identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospects
o Ensure appropriate investor and volunteer stewardship
o Other aspects of NextUp advancement efforts or special initiatives as needed


• Education: Bachelor’s Degree and an ongoing demonstrated dedication to professional development, CFRE preferred
• Development/Fundraising: Seven to ten years successful experience in fundraising, with at least five years soliciting major gifts from individuals and corporations. Fundraising experience in Education/Youth development background a plus. Adheres to the highest ethical standards in fundraising.
• Project leadership: Experience in planning, leading and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to Executive Director and board of managers and in the development database
• Entrepreneurial spirit: Takes initiative, ability to manage multiple activities and deadlines while maintaining a focus on quality, and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones
• Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising
• Passion for youth issues and out of school time and/or education: Believes in the value of each and every child and the importance of community collaboration to help youth thrive
• Influencing: Gets others to accept ideas by using convincing arguments, creates a win-win situation and responds appropriately to key stakeholders
• Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives
• Relationship building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, investors, board of directors and others
• Culture: Delights in an authentic, energetic, growing and fast-paced nonprofit organization
• Technology: Strong computer literacy in Microsoft Office required (specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and development software

This position is eligible for benefits and participation in the 403(b) plan. For consideration, resume and cover letter with salary requirements must be received by Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Forward to The Community Foundation, Attention: Human Resources, 7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110, Richmond, VA 23225 or email documents to cjohnson@tcfrichmond.org. No phone calls or agencies, please.