Who We Are
SAGA Innovations (http://sagainnovations.org) is a national nonprofit that partners with public school districts to provide underserved students with high-dosage in-school-day tutoring, at no cost to students or their families. SAGA is able to do this because of the passion and dedication of SAGA Fellows – full-time tutors who devote themselves to a service-year to build lasting relationships with students and their families. SAGA recruits highly talented recent college graduates, career changers and retirees, all of whom are dedicated to social justice and looking for a profound service experience in helping to dramatically lift the academic trajectory of students from high-need communities.
SAGA’s approach to tutoring is unique because it differs from the traditional tutoring model. Instead, students meet with their SAGA Fellow during a class period as part of their regular daily schedule - in addition to their normal core classes - for the entire school year.
SAGA’s mission is to transform the lives of the students we serve by motivating them to generate new levels of effort, developing their academic and problem-solving skills, and building their confidence, through personalized instruction and strong relationships among student, tutor, school, and family.
Why We Do This
For every 10 low-income students who enter high school, 7 will graduate on time, 4 will enter college, and only 1 will earn a college degree by the age of 24. Finding interventions that improve the academic outcomes of low-income students is one of our nation’s most urgent challenges. Very few educational interventions have targeted a key barrier to school success: the mismatch between what regular classrooms deliver and the specific, personal needs of students, particularly those far below grade level. The variability in academic achievement increases as students progress through school; by high school, many students in distressed communities can be three or more years behind grade level, especially in math, which research shows is a specific choke point in the pathway to graduation for high school students.
About the Role
Reporting to the National Director of Philanthropy, the Development Director is a recently created position to meet our funding needs in NYC. S/he will be responsible for retaining and expanding existing funding streams and creating and implementing new models of income generation in order to scale program initiatives. The Director will cultivate relationships with and solicit gifts from high-net-worth individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Director will own the entire process from the research and identification stages through the engagement and solicitation of gifts.
Other responsibilities include:
Required qualifications, skills, and experience:
Bachelor's degree required
Compensation: $50,000-$60,000 per year, and access to health/dental/vision and other benefits.