Regional Advancement Manager

IDEA Public Schools
March 31, 2021
Tarrant County, Texas
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About IDEA Public Schools:

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tampa Bay, FL (2021), and Jacksonville, FL (2022)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video.

About Tarrant County

 Tarrant County has long proved a magnet for families and young professionals looking to plant roots and create a home. Dallas-Fort Worth is ranked as #18 on the Best Places to Live list from U.S. News & World Report.

This fast-growing region has experienced a larger jump in its student population than any other north Texas county. Tarrant County is now home to nearly 400,000 school aged children, and growth is expected to continue for years to come. IDEA Achieve and IDEA Rise first opened their doors in August of 2019 to support the educational landscape in closing the gap for college matriculation.

Only 10% of Tarrant County students attend and complete college, while IDEA alumni have a record of 41% matriculation. Changing this statistic is part of the promise IDEA makes to current and incoming students.

Role Mission:  

The Regional Advancement Manager serves an integral role in helping IDEA Tarrant County reach our annual fundraising goal and ensures all stewardship of our generous donors and community partners is of the highest quality. You will work alongside an experienced fundraiser to identify and build out an individual giving portfolio of mid-level donors, support with meeting preparation, and lead board meeting logistics. You have a keen attention to detail and are very comfortable both providing critical internal support and managing your own portfolio of partners. This position requires a candidate to live in the Tarrant County area and be comfortable traveling to campuses for donor engagement efforts.


Raise $51M to support Growth, College Matriculation, Programming, or COVID Relief by June 30, 2021.  (Advancement Team goal)

  • Support IDEA’s Advancement Team efforts to securing funding for regional and national programmatic needs through Advancement Operations work
  • Contribute to successful federal, state, foundation, and individual funding applications supporting IDEA’s growth by organizing supporting documents

Provide quality research and operational support ensuring 50% of Tarrant County portfolio opportunities are in engage phase or further in the pipeline by January 31, 2022.

  • Using online tools, create research summaries or documents including, background, areas of interest, giving history, and application deadlines for each prospect; create strategies for initial approach for each prospect including method of contact, possible connections, potential areas of IDEA interest, and proposed relationship manager
  • Deliver a weekly newsletter for the development team with new information on key current donors and prospects providing insight for donor pipeline movement
  • Conduct prospect research activities to identify funding opportunities and research targets
  • Create and manage a workflow to ensure news regarding advocacy and philanthropy in the greater Tarrant County area is shared promptly with internal stakeholders

95% of Tarrant County funders, prospects, artifacts, actions and communication are accurately captured on a weekly basis in our CRM, Salesforce

  • All data from donor and community member engagement is 100% up to date with including but not limited to: accurate contact information, relationships, attendance, engagement stage, and next steps.
  • Consistently update and manage Salesforce with next actions regarding grant requirements for corporate or foundation gifts received
  • Enter all new prospects and external contacts (e.g., new event attendees), following policy and data-compliant regulations

Lead an effort to secure 25 new $5,000 donors by June 30, 2022

  • Partner with Regional Director of Advancement to creatively lead two events in Spring 2022 (donor meetings, luncheons/dinners, groundbreaking/ribbon-cutting events, etc.)
  • Conduct prospect research activities to identify funding opportunities and meet prospect research targets
  • Build and carry a portfolio of prospective corporate and individual donors
  • Partner with Regional Director of Advancement to creatively execute virtual or campus events, following updated COVID19 safety protocols, to engage new prospects.
  • Plan and execute fundraising event logistics
  • Lead registration of guests at events
  • Facilitate the collection of all pledges and lead reconciliation after each event
  • Act as vendor coordinator and liaison
  • Prepare materials for and coordinate campus tours when applicable

Author best-in-class communications, including, but not limited to, the regional newsletter, grant proposals and reports and communication to the board.

  • 100% of IDEA Tarrant County regional private (corporate, individual, foundation) grant proposals and reports and amendments are completed and submitted on time. (Examples: Rainwater, Sid Richardson, etc)
  • Prepare board deck and supporting materials for printing and shipping when applicable for all board meetings
  • Partner with the advancement operations team to ensure regional financials are up-to-date and in a format easily shareable

Manage donor stewardship and gift processing

  • Manage the system for processing donor gifts and assist portfolio managers with depositing checks, gift acknowledgment letters and other communication
  • Keep a record of external gifts in Salesforce received and track internal expenses
  • Ensure every donor gets a handwritten thank you note
  • Manage regional newsletter: creating copy each month, supporting the Executive Director with a new monthly note, also manage recipient contact list, updating weekly
  • Lead annual holiday card mailing

Embodies the values of IDEA in action

  • You believe that every child is capable of achieving tremendous results
  • You believe that IDEA’s mission to prepare every child to get to and through college is critical to creating life-long opportunity for our graduates
  • You are a team player and enjoy learning new skills
  • You’re a go-getter and take initiative to achieve ambitious goals
  • You are not easily discouraged and find yourself energized by new challenges in the workplace
  • You believe failure is feedback and you are open to making mistakes because you know that is part of the process to learn and improve
  • You love an entrepreneurial, high-growth, fast paced environment – we move fast at IDEA


  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience with data entry and donor research
  • Strong planner and experience taking big projects and breaking them down into actionable tasks
  • Strong knowledge of basic Microsoft Excel functions (Microsoft Office; Outlook 360)
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings (~1-2 per month)
  • Strong command of professional writing skills and experience with technical writing



  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • 3 years professional experience, preferably in education, or within a nonprofit
  • Prior community relations/development work experience in the Tarrant County area preferred
  • Grant writing experience preferred
  • Salesforce experience preferred, but not required


Salaries for people entering this role typically start between $60,500 and $72,600, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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