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Director of Development

Posted: 02/10/2021

TITLE: Director of Development 

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer 

START DATE: June 2021


The Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) is designed to accelerate student achievement in local public schools through the recruitment, preparation, and support of highly skilled and diverse new teachers. KCTR’s mission is to serve high-need urban schools in Kansas City, Missouri through the lens of our core values of mission-driven, high expectations, collaboration, growth mindset, care and love, ownership, and persistence. KCTR is a post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program that offers more time and development focused on the competencies of highly-effective teachers, more coaching and support through the Residency year and in the first three years of teaching, and more time in school learning alongside a Mentor Teacher for a full school year.

Pioneered in the early 2000s in Boston, Chicago, and Denver, teacher residency programs adapt the medical residency model to teacher preparation and are designed to provide Residents with the skills, knowledge, and practical experiences necessary to become highly effective teachers. In pursuit of this goal, KCTR is committed to providing the following support:

  • A rigorous, year-long Clinical Experience alongside a highly effective Mentor Teacher focusing on instructional practices proven to promote student learning;

  • Concentrated and aligned coursework focused on urban education, culminating in Initial Teacher Certification in the state of Missouri after year one, and a Master’s Degree after year two;

  • A collaborative cohort experience with fellow Residents who share a passion for urban education;

  • A comprehensive Resident Graduate program during years 1-3 as a Teacher of Record.


  • A belief in the core values of KCTR, and a shared passion for our mission.

  • The ability to motivate, inspire, and interact with others on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion specifically around race.

  • Effective time management, including the ability to balance multiple priorities independently and cooperatively, in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize new information and processes quickly and with solid judgment.

  • The collaborative instinct, situational awareness, and acumen to build and maintain trusting relationships with adults.

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. 

  • Tact and diplomacy accompanied with active listening skills and an approachable personality.

  • The self-awareness, flexibility, and optimism necessary to navigate stressful situations and the willingness to improve as needed.


The Director of Development serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and will be responsible for contributing to the strategic direction of KCTR. In partnership with the CEO, the Director of Development is responsible for designing and leading the implementation of the fundraising and development strategy for the organization in order to achieve the $6M funding needed over the next 5-years.  The Director of Development is responsible for ensuring that KCTR meets its annual and multi-year fundraising goals by providing leadership to the Development Team and by actively applying for and securing major grants and gifts.  The Director of Development will form systems and structures that focus on growing the organization’s donor database and donor relationships.  Furthermore, the Director of Development will be responsible for planning and running special events. 


Strategy & Direction Setting- 

  • Actively work with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, government grants, and individual donations

  • Support and partner with the CEO and board members on all fundraising initiatives 

  • Collaborate with the COO to develop and implement KCTR’s financial strategy 

  • Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position KCTR ahead of major funding trends


  • Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach 

Donor Management- 

  • Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to the Senior Leadership Team, board, and organization 

  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at deepening relationships with donors 

Team Leadership- 

  • Lead and manage the Development Team  

  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the Development Team 


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree is preferred  

  • Minimum of seven years of work experience in fundraising and development required, preferably nonprofit experience; 

  • Demonstrated experience of expanded and cultivated donor relationships over time 

  • High energy and passion for the KCTR mission is essential 

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long term relationships 

  • Positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives 

  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan 

  • Other duties and special assignments as assigned 

  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Certification 

  • Grant writing experience 

  • Experience in leading virtual fundraising and special events 


  • This role requires reliable transportation and willingness to travel to and from donor meetings and visiting KCTR partner sites. Occasional overnight travel is required for training and fundraising purposes.


  • The Kansas City Teacher Residency offers a competitive compensation package, including benefits, aligned to previous experience and the anticipated duties & responsibilities.  The average entry salary range for this position is  $88,000-$96,000, to be determined upon final offer.  

  • Benefits include: medical, dental, and vision; flexible paid time off, holidays and vacation, access to a retirement plan with 2% match, short & long-term disability, mileage reimbursement for business related travel, and cell phone allowance. 


  • Interested applicants can apply for this position by completing an application and submitting a cover letter and resume. Submit your materials on the Kansas City Teacher Residency webpage at  

All of the statements in this position description are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. This document describes the position currently available. KCTR reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time, including after the position is filled.


Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $75,000 - 99,999