About Us and Our Philosophy:
Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s transformative program launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become leaders and change-makers in education. Breakthrough Silicon Valley (BSV) stands out among the many efforts to improve educational outcomes for underserved students by deeply changing the lives of individuals and their communities: a stunning 95% of BSV graduates have graduated from four-year colleges or are on-track to graduate within six years, while 78% of BSV teaching fellows are inspired to pursue careers in education.
Established in 2002 as a partnership between Applied Materials and the San Jose Unified School District, BSV began as a two-year middle school program serving 25 students from one school. Today, our comprehensive six-year program is on track to serve approximately 570 students in grades 6 - 12 from more than 40 schools by 2018 and our organizational budget has tripled within the last four years. Using Breakthrough’s successful ‘Students Teaching Students’ model, BSV is addressing the widening opportunity gap in the City of San Jose through its tuition-free, summer and year-round program that provides academic support, counseling, and advocacy for a diverse group of motivated students, most of whom will become first-generation college students, and otherwise lack access to the educational resources and experiences that are essential to supporting students into college.
Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an independently operating affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that establishes and promotes high standards for, ensures the success of, and acts as the national voice of over 30 Breakthrough sites across the country.
With a deep commitment to the populations we serve, BSV operates with the highest standards of integrity, excellence, and best practices, while also enjoying the ability to be innovative and flexible to meet the evolving needs of our students and families. Our team is diverse, high-performing, and dedicated, and we continue to build an organizational culture that is inclusive, collaborative, and committed to continuous learning and growth.
Please visit our web site to learn more about our history, impact, and culture.
Breakthrough Silicon Valley encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position,
and we do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law. We celebrate the diversity of our nation and community, and we seek to build a team that reflects that diversity. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that same vision, as we want to engage
all those who can contribute to our work and this mission.
Breakthrough Silicon Valley is currently seeking a Director of Development (DoD) to partner with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff to lead the growing development function for the organization. The DoD will play an exciting role in systematically strengthening the organization's overall fundraising capacity, long-term sustainability, and our ability to deepen our impact. In addition, the DoD will be a key member of BSV’s three-person executive team, responsible for setting the strategic direction of our growing organization.
A successful Director of Development will:
In this exciting role, you will lead the development function and team in support of BSV’s long-term goals, as well as participate in the leadership of the entire organization. Specifically, you will:
Team and Organizational Leadership
Your Background and Qualifications
As the incoming Director of Development, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
In return for your contributions, we offer a competitive salary, medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, and a 401(k) plan with matching opportunity.
How to Join Our Team:
If you are interested in learning more about how your passion and experience can help Breakthrough meet its mission and grow its impact, please upload a resume with a thoughtful and targeted cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format and addressed to John Hiester, Executive Director, at http://commongoodcareers.force.com/careers/ts2__Register?jobId=a0K1L00000otZhp&tSource=
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more about Breakthrough Silicon Valley at www.breakthroughsv.org.
About our Partner: Commongood Careers
Breakthrough Silicon Valley has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Development. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.