SAGA Innovations

  • Director of Development

    Job Locations US-NY
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(4/30/2018 4:05 PM)
    # of Openings
    Business Development
  • Overview

    Who We Are

    SAGA Innovations ( 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.

    Our Approach

    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.

    Our Mission

    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:


    • Commitment to meeting individual goals and supporting colleagues with team goals.
    • Develop and manage an active portfolio of major donors, private foundations and corporate donors
    • Work with National Director of Philanthropy to create an annual giving program, including direct mail and acquisition campaigns, setting strategies, monitoring goals, and analyzing results
    • Collaborate with program staff to maximize potential of all fundraising opportunities
    • Help plan NYC based fundraising events
    • Manage donor communications
    • Ensure donors are solicited and thanked in an accurate, caring and timely manner
    • Represent SAGA Innovations at networking events in NYC
    • Serve as point person for city-base donor Advisory Council
    • Oversee donor and prospect site visits to SAGA locations in NYC
    • Update and maintain SAGA’s donor management system & CRM
    • Track statistics relevant to fundraising.



    Required qualifications, skills, and experience:


    • Minimum of one year of full-time professional experience in a nonprofit organization.
    • Demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources).
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
    • Flexible and adaptable style; a team player who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
    • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also someone who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside SAGA.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
    • Comfortable to give and hungry to receive feedback.
    • Strong sense of humor.



    Bachelor's degree required

    Compensation:  $50,000-$60,000 per year, and access to health/dental/vision and other benefits.


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