Jun 03, 2021

Senior Director, Post-Secondary Education Partnerships

  • Stand Together
  • Arlington, VA (currently remote)
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description


Do you have big ideas, a passion for thinking outside of traditional methods, and a strong desire to innovate?

Our Post-Secondary Education team at the Charles Koch Foundation (part of the Stand Together philanthropic community) is working to close the sizable gaps in how our current post-secondary education model truly prepares students to enter the workforce and pursue a career.  We are working to reimagine the system and build a network of similarly motivated stakeholders, supporters, donors, and advocates.

In this role, you will help us build out our partnership and fundraising strategy with a focus on cultivating and stewarding long-term sustainable partnerships with businesses, foundations, and institutions.  Every day you will evolve our partnership and fundraising strategy and work with a sizable team of development professionals to identify, engage, and cultivate mutually beneficial partnership opportunities. This is a high-impact role with the opportunity to materially impact the direction of post-secondary education and help people improve their lives.


Your Responsibilities Include

  • Lead major partnership-based initiatives that have the potential to transform post-secondary education, including:
  • Develop a strategic framework for approaching high-value and non-traditional partners with investment opportunities - with a primary focus on finding partners that share our vision on the direction of post-secondary education
  • Recommend experiments to leadership and development team stakeholders
    • Execute 6-10 key cultivation experiments in year one to build major fundraising partnerships resulting in 3-5 new corporate/foundation investments
  • Collaborate with Stand Together's development team to improve our approach with alma-mater-focused philanthropists
  • Collaborate with activation campaign and brand positioning leads to ensure that we’re reaching key strategic investors with our messaging

Hiring Organization

Stand Together


Knowledge and Skills You Bring to the Organization

  • 7+ years of experience in a fundraising and relationship management role with demonstrated examples of entrepreneurial and innovative approaches
    • Building partnerships at the intersection of post-secondary education and the private sector highly preferred
  • Knowledge and direct experience in education policy or practice highly preferred
  • A demonstrated interest and passion for a multitude of education opportunities and a willingness to work with a variety of different partners
  • Ability to establish trust and credibility quickly and build effective relationships both internally and externally
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and professionalism with an ability to translate complex ideas into terms that all can understand
  • Enthusiasm and connection to the organizational vision
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time to build and manage partnerships

Industry/Service Area

Impact Investing, Public Policy, Social Justice




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Application Instructions

Please visit our careers portal to learn more about our community and apply for this role. To view all our openings visit standtogether.org/careers. 

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