Citizens of the World Charter Schools, Los Angeles

Manager of Development

Employment type
Full Time
2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA

Organization Overview

The mission of Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC LA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world. CWC schools:

  • Service a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community;
  • Develop students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
  • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity

The CWC LA network is growing at a rapid rate and currently enrolls 1,600 students in three high-performing schools:

  • CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010, renewed charter approved in December 2014, currently TK-5th grade);
  • CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012, renewed charter approved in November 2016, currently TK-7th grade and growing to TK-8th grade in 2017-18); and
  • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, currently TK-5th grade and growing to 6-8th grades over the next three years).

CWC LA has a Regional Support Office that supports all CWC LA schools. We work with our network partners at Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC Schools), linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in New York City and Kansas City.

Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

  • Excellence: we demand lasting quality
  • Diversity: we are better and stronger because of our differences
  • Authenticity: we are our true selves in this work, and we are candid
  • Community: we care deeply about people. We share and build partnerships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times
  • Change: we welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever- changing times. We find new ways.

Position Description

CWC LA is seeking a strategic, driven, and reflective leader who will be responsible for raising $2-3 million per year with the support of the Executive Director, Board of Directors of CWC LA, Principals, parent leaders and other stakeholders in the region. The duties include supporting and managing school-site fundraising committees and leading fundraising efforts within the CWC community. Responsibilities include managing project timelines for major fundraising events, working closely with parent committees to design and manage fundraising events, ensuring fiscal and operational compliance of all fundraising initiatives, managing technology solutions to support fundraising committees, developing fundraising reports and forecasts for the Board of Directors, ensuring funds are collected based on pledges, and managing the process to track incoming donations. This role has enormous potential for impact. The Manager of Development will work closely with all of the CWC LA stakeholders, and will have an opportunity to build a long-term development strategy and team. The Manager of Development will be a key member of the CWC LA regional team and will report to the Executive Director. This position is based in CWC LA’s regional office, but will also require travel to each of our schools on a regular basis.


  • The Development Manager’s job responsibilities include:
  • Raising $2-3 million per year through school site fundraising
  • Supporting school-site fundraising committees in developing and managing a project-timeline for the Annual Family Give Campaign, a Walk-a-Thon peer-to-peer fundraiser, and an evening event (12 campaigns total) along with other smaller scale events
  • Developing fundraising processes and protocols, including technology solutions, to support each school’s fundraising goals
  • Developing annual fundraising budget with parent fundraising committees
  • Ensuring all parent events are on-track and proactively troubleshooting any challenges
  • Helping parent fundraising committees to plan fundraising events
  • Creating fundraising reports for fundraising committees, and providing fundraising forecasts monthly at Board of Directors meetings
  • Managing donor database and pulling reports as necessary
  • Managing the process to track donations
  • Working closely with each Principal to develop a fundraising culture reflective of their school
  • Updating school websites with fundraising content and creating donation pages as necessary
  • Creating fundraising communication materials and collateral
  • Other duties, as assigned by the Executive Director


  • The ideal candidate will have the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university; Master’s degree a plus
  • Experience working in a fast-paced educational non-profit environment or other professional setting; teaching experience a plus
  • Professional writing experience; development and grant writing experience a plus
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholder groups and collaboratively solving problems
  • Track record of exceeding both individual and team goals


The Manager of Development must have:

  • Alignment with the philosophy, mission and core values of the organization
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and capacity to manage complex tasks with competing priorities.
  • Energetic and compelling oral and written communication skills
  • An ability to influence and motivate through strong leadership
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Enthusiasm for building strong and invested teams
  • Ease at managing competing demands, working under pressure, and determining priorities independently
  • A strong drive to surpass objectives and take initiative
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Adaptability when faced with shifting priorities
  • Humility and self-reflection as a life-long learner
  • Proficiency communicating, verbally and in writing; Spanish and/or Korean proficiency a plus
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills
  • Strong computer and technology skills, including proficiency with Excel, Word and PowerPoint; experience with Nation Builder (or other CRM) a plus; ability to learn new systems quickly

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with experience. CWC LA offers a competitive benefits package.

To apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include “Manager of Development” in the subject of your email.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and, as an organization serving a diverse group of students, we work to reflect this diversity in our staff as well. No phone calls please.