Blue Engine is a New York City-based education nonprofit founded in 2010 to dramatically improve academic achievement for students in historically oppressed communities. We help schools restructure the classroom with trained teams of teachers who provide personalized, small group instruction for students in Algebra and English/Language Arts classes, creating the classroom conditions that enable students to thrive.
We believe that the current structure of classrooms actively contributes to massive untapped
human potential and an epidemic of lost talent in historically oppressed communities across this nation. Blue Engine partners with schools to fundamentally redesign the traditional classroom and employ an innovative team teaching model, dramatically accelerating academic progress so that all students have the choice to pursue college and career opportunities that reflect their unique Talents. This year, Blue Engine is partnering with 9 schools, 100+ extraordinary educators, and 1,800 students; and the results are clear: 7-9 additional months of learning over the course of a single year, doubling the rate of student learning; increased high school and college-going rates; a growing alumni base of diverse, trained new educators.
And yet, beneath all these statistics, the reason people come to work here is to witness, to create for as many young people as possible a more foundational truth: strong human relationships at the heart of classrooms where every single student is seen for who they are, what they need, and what they want to become.
After seven years of operating in New York City, we are mapping out our plan to deepen our impact here and beyond.
This is an exciting opportunity to co-create with leadership the development and external affairs strategies that will fuel our work for the next five years. The Vice President of Development & External Affairs will supervise all aspects of our fundraising strategy (~$5.5-$6.5M in public and public revenue annually), as well as our communications and marketing strategy and operations.
The Vice President of Development & External Affairs is a high-impact role that will integrate sophisticated communications, storytelling, marketing, and strategic fundraising skills with human-centered leadership to enable the next five years of organizational growth. Partnering with Blue Engine’s CEO, our Board of Directors, and the Board of Engineers, the VP of Development & External Affairs will help Blue Engine bridge from ‘launch’ to ‘growth’ phase of our organizational development. This position will lead the efforts of a four-member development and communications team to build on existing assets, strengthen relationships with current funders and partners, and generate opportunities for growth within and beyond New York City.
WHO YOU ARE
Blue Engine is an organization that believes:
In the infinite potential of all humans
In an education system that works to liberate that potential
Teams enable outcomes that individuals alone cannot achieve
Good intentions cannot be confused with measurable results
Strong human connections are our lifeblood
Foundational value: Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity: The prevalence of historic and current systems of oppression in our society fundamentally impact the lives of students we serve. These systems foster entrenched privilege for some while ensuring the systemic oppression and denial of equal opportunity for others. Only by assembling diverse, inclusive, and actively anti-racist teams will Blue Engine build alliances that disrupt and dismantle these systems at their root. Neutrality in this fight is a myth; there are only two paths forward. Either we actively work to dismantle these systems on behalf of young people or we remain complicit in maintaining the status quo. Our path is the first. This requires us to seek and embrace discomfort, learn from perspectives different from our own, and interrogate our own assumptions and beliefs through dialogue that builds towards a hopeful, empowered future for every student in every classroom in America.
We are looking for a team member who is invested in these core values, and embodies them in their work and leadership.
Uses knowledge of Blue Engine’s vision, mission, and competitive position in the sector to develop multi-year fundraising strategy for the organization
Builds, cultivates, solicits and stewards a portfolio of high-impact individual, corporate and foundation donors, cultivating strong and purposeful relationships that advance Blue Engine’s mission
Guides the creation of best-in-class stewardship plans for key individual and institutional donors, including the Board of Directors
Bolsters development systems and structures that will support effective, efficient, sustainable, and professional fundraising and communications programs.
Develops and oversee implementation of strategy in the areas of communications and marketing
Partners with Blue Engine’s CEO to develop a compelling case for support that tells the story of our impact and growth approach and guides development strategy and other external communications going forward
Develops opportunities to communicate the organization’s mission and impact and build awareness and visibility with existing and potential stakeholder
Drives increased engagement in Blue Engine and its work through the development and execution of a multichannel strategy (social media, email, etc.) with strong content showcasing the mission and work of Blue Engine
Supports and promotes consistency of messaging across the organization, which requires close collaboration across teams
Develops recommendations for investments in external affairs
Leadership and Management
Manages, builds, and coaches three fundraising and communications professionals to achieve ambitious revenue and growth targets
Plays a key organizational leadership role, as a member of the Management Team, to promote a healthy, inclusive and equitable organizational culture that enables exceptional results and a thriving, engaged staff; and engage and advise on key organizational strategic questions
Models Blue Engine’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusivity and lead with a relentless focus on equity
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
7+ years of senior-level fundraising and, ideally, communications, leadership with a track record of success and progressively responsible experience required
Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships and closing gifts from high net worth individuals, foundations, and corporations
Demonstrated experience and leadership in creating and managing a comprehensive development strategy
Excellent and persuasive communicator with a strategic understanding of how to build brand awareness, tell effective stories about Blue Engine’s work to generate revenue, and build external support and build passionate commitment to the organization
Demonstrated ability to effectively interface with senior leaders, Board members, and staff
Exceptional team and people management skills; deep commitment to and belief in developing others, ability to influence, inspire trust and motivate others to achieve objectives, both internally and externally
Experience working with a CEO and other senior leaders in an organization, effectively deploying them in service of fundraising and communications as appropriate
High comfort level with social media
Innovative thinker with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output and an ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure accountability and allocate resources to ensure results
Ability to take initiative and thrive in a fast-paced environment
A sense of urgency and a deep-seated commitment to working to educational equity with an understanding of the hard, sustained work required to achieve outcomes
Awareness of cultural values, biases and differences in self and others and able to lead diverse, inclusive teams while fostering a culture of excellence and hiring and retaining high-performing people
Understanding of how historic and current systems of oppression manifest in individuals and organizations
Is reflective, open to feedback and demonstrates a growth mindset
Believes in radical collaboration and thrives in a team environment
Working knowledge of database functionality (Salesforce preferred)
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Blue Engine employees are provided comprehensive benefits, including six weeks paid time off.
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter using this link. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis.
OUR APPROACH TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY
Blue Engine is more than an “equal opportunity employer.” We acknowledge the roles we play as educators and leaders in the systems of oppression and racism that exist in our city, our communities, and our classrooms, and strive to become an actively anti-racist organization. We do this first by articulating the value of diversity, inclusivity, and equity as separate yet interwoven concepts; we evaluate decisions and policies through the lens of diversity, inclusivity, and equity; we pursue opportunities for continued learning about how historic and current systems of oppression manifest in individuals and organizations; we strive to increase our collective awareness of the cultural values, biases, and differences in self and others; we utilize skills of interruption to bring to bear cultural breaches along the lines of diversity, inclusivity, and anti-racism and combine these approaches to embrace and resolve conflict while fostering growth. We make this commitment because we know it enables us to more meaningfully connect with each other, our students, and the communities in which we work.