“Dell’s business strategy is guided by the idea that technology should support positive growth and change the world for the better. Citizen Schools’ apprenticeship program helps close the learning gap and offers the power to discover better possibilities. Through our support of programs like this one, we have the opportunity to prepare students to grow and thrive in this digital world.”

Jeremy Ford
Director of Giving, Dell, Inc.

At Citizen Schools, we envision a world in which schools, companies, and families partner to provide students with a set of real-world learning experiences that put them on a path to college and career success. Our External Engagement team is responsible for identifying and partnering with those companies, individual donors, and foundations whose time, financial and human resources and knowledge allow Citizen Schools to impact the lives of students across the country.

A critical component of the work of the External Engagement team is engaging with Citizen Schools corporate partners whose support, through providing volunteers and financial resources, enables Citizen Schools students to work side by side with industry experts to explore new fields, learn new skills and build a foundation for their future. As our Director of Corporate Engagement, you will play a critical role in Citizen Schools’ effort to close the opportunity gap by identifying, developing and growing relationships with corporate partners who can provide us with necessary financial, volunteer and in-kind resources for years to come.

We seek a stellar relationship builder who is committed to creating strong partnerships and understanding the power and possibilities in collaboration and teamwork. You will be an ideal candidate for this position if you are a self-directed and tenacious individual who has a proven track record of stewarding relationships and securing significant financial resources. The Director of Corporate Engagement will be based at our national headquarters in Boston, MA and will report to our Chief of External Engagement.

Citizen Schools is an innovative organization with a deep commitment to equipping young people with the skills, access, and beliefs they need to thrive as students and succeed as adults in the modern economy. We work in a fast-paced environment that values learning and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Citizen Schools is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our network. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.

Corporate Relationship Management

  • Oversee a portfolio of 60 companies with a goal of $750k+ and lead all stages within the corporate cultivation cycle, from identification through stewardship
  • Proactively identify, cultivate, solicit and steward new corporate partnerships with a particular focus on companies located in the Boston area and those headquartered locally with a national presence
  • Cultivate, solicit, steward and grow a portfolio of existing corporate partners with a goal to increase their support year over year
  • Provide oversight, in partnership with Massachusetts Civic Engagement and program team, to ensure high-quality volunteer experiences for statewide corporate partners
  • Partner with the Grants Writing team to prepare reports and proposals for corporate partners in the portfolio
  • Identify and cultivate leaders from corporate partners to serve on governing bodies including Citizen Schools National Board of Directors and the Massachusetts Council of Champions

Civic Engagement

  • Leverage Citizen Schools’ Apprenticeship program, new Catalyst program and one-time volunteer opportunities to grow and deepen corporate partnerships
  • Recruit industry professionals from partner companies to engage directly in volunteer opportunities and serve as primary liaison with Massachusetts Civic Engagement team to assign volunteers to appropriate program

Communication and Events

  • Serve as the leader of the annual WOW! Now fundraising breakfast in Massachusetts (scheduled for April 26th, 2019) with a goal of securing $150,000 in revenue, honoring a local corporate partner
  • Solicit corporate sponsorships for the annual WOW! Now fundraising breakfast
  • Lead other corporate engagement events in Massachusetts to build a pipeline of new prospects and engage current portfolio
  • Advance corporate partner engagement through social media and traditional media channels in partnership with the Marketing and Public Relations team

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring the work. This said we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • 7+ years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, with a strong preference for experience with corporate or other institutional partnerships
  • Track record of meeting and exceeding ambitious fundraising goals while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships across a wide variety of individuals and groups, both internally and externally
  • Strong strategic thinking skills with an ability to use data to make decisions and to translate strategy to action
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage follow-up communication, CRM database entries, and other operational details efficiently
  • Proactive attitude, out of the box thinking, good sense of humor and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Desire and excitement to model Citizen Schools core values: Pride, Respect, Courage, Teamwork, Perseverance, Vision, and Joy
  • Fundamental belief that all students can achieve academic and professional success

Citizen Schools offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high-quality health and dental insurance and access to a retirement plan.

All children deserve the opportunity to discover and achieve their dreams. Citizen Schools makes this possible for thousands of high-need middle school students nationwide through partnerships with public districts that extend the school day and introduce volunteer and paid adults to increase hands-on learning opportunities. Extended Learning Time or ELT is an evidence-based model, that consistently accelerates the rate of student learning, reduces absenteeism, leads to more students reaching grade-level proficiency, and prepares students for college and beyond. You can review our results or see our impact first hand through the story of one of our students.

We are on a mission to reimagine the learning day, and with partners like Cisco, Fidelity, Biogen, and AmeriCorps, we are getting closer to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps every day.

Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Citizen Schools is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please notify us and we will work to accommodate your needs.