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Director of Advancement - Tarrant County

Location: Greater Tarrant County (Fort Worth, Arlington, etc.) Area

 Role Mission:

The Director of Advancement – Tarrant County is responsible for meeting ambitious fundraising targets that will allow the Tarrant County region to successfully fund and open two campuses in the 2019-2020 school year leading to 10 campuses by the close of the 2022 plan. These goals are met through: a) major gift solicitation of foundations, individuals and corporations in the Tarrant County region, including grant writing and reporting, b) targeted donor acquisition and stewardship through a diverse portfolio of campaigns, events, meetings, and school tours; c) strengthening the impact and size of the regional board of directors; d) community engagement efforts including cultivation of local, state, and federal elected officials.





Raise $3.5MM to support Tarrant County region by June 30, 2019.

  • Develop and execute yearly cultivation/stewardship goals and plans for prospects and donors
  • Build, invest, and manage Tarrant County Regional Advisory Board
  • Draft compelling grant applications, reports and other collateral
  • Lead the planning for and execution of external events for the region (fundraisers, luncheons, ground breakings, ribbon cuttings, etc.)
  • Hold personalized stewardship meetings with at least all current donors who have given to IDEA in Tarrant County.
  • Create opportunities for Tarrant County Executive Director to achieve future fundraising outcomes through engagement with local philanthropic community.


Ensure best-in-class development infrastructure in Tarrant County in place.

  • Ensure all pledges and gifts entered into Little Green Light within 24-hours of commitment
  • Send acknowledgment letters within 48-hours of donation receipt.
  • Ensure all contacts and contact reports entered into Little Green Light (constituent relationship management software) at a minimum of a weekly basis


Host a visit with 80% of the state legislators who represent the region by June 2018.

  • Meet state representatives and senators in their offices in Tarrant County
  • Tour state representatives and senators at IDEA schools
  • Introduce state representatives and senators to IDEA leadership and alumni


Raise $30 million by June 30, 2019 as part of the larger advancement team in order to support IDEA Public Schools regional expansion and programmatic needs.

  • Support major federal, state, and private grant initiatives when requested
  • Leverage local influencers for connections to prospective national and state donors


Live values of IDEA

  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • Embodies IDEA’s core values 


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Experience: two to three years of fundraising or related experience
  • Experience: four to five years of professional working experience
  • Experience in education (preferred)

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to synthesize multiple facts, data points, and stories into compelling narrative explaining IDEA’s educational vision for the region to others.
  • Superior writing ability and attention to detail.
  • Comfort and confidence engaging with individuals from all backgrounds within the Tarrant County community in order to explain the IDEA story and vision.


Selection Process: After submitting your online application, IDEA will review your materials. Candidates with a track record of success who pass the initial application screening will be invited to a phone or video interview. Candidates who are successful with this second interview will move into final consideration by the hiring manager.

Application Instructions: Please select "Apply Now" in the upper-left hand corner of this page. You will then be taking to the application portal entrance. After you create a new profile, you will be able to apply directly for this role. If you have already created a profile, you may simply login to begin your application.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.