Jobs & Internships

The work of improving student success is as difficult as it is important, which is why Achieving the Dream, Inc. actively recruits colleagues who can help us accomplish and sustain positive change. Below are the positions for which Achieving the Dream is actively recruiting.


  • Job Overview

    The Development Officer supports the Director of Development in refining and executing a comprehensive development strategy and action plan for partner support for Achieving the Dream (ATD), with a special focus on corporate engagement and ATD learning events. The Officer is responsible for coordinating the research, development and production of the strategic sponsorship benefits, content, and budgets for fundraising proposals, memoranda of understanding, grant agreements, and corporate contracts. The individual will work closely with the Events, Finance, Communications, and Program Teams within ATD to effectively steward partners, monitor their engagement with ATD, and respond to their needs with an excellent customer service orientation. The Officer also supports the Director with other fundraising activities as needed.

    Responsibilities and Deliverables/Job Duties

    Corporate Stewardship (45%)

    • Steward all committed corporate relationships, including coordinating and fulfilling mutually agreed upon deliverables while maintaining positive relationships.
    • Coordinate, plan, attend, and execute corporate investor involvement at ATD events, including a large annual conference (DREAM) and multiple medium-sized convenings throughout the year.
    • Plan, schedule, develop, and execute engagement activities with corporate investors. Seek continual feedback and refine strategies and offerings.
    • Achieve revenue goals that support the financial sustainability of ATD.

    Outreach (35%)

    • Represent and advocate for Achieving the Dream regularly with prospective corporate investors and stakeholders.
    • Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with corporate investors through innovative engagement.
    • Develop innovative strategies for renewing corporate sponsorships.
    • Partner extensively with ATD’s Communications function to meet corporate donors’ expectations around their branding with ATD (e.g., assist with press releases, op eds, etc.).
    • Attend relevant meetings and calls with potential and committed corporate investors (both inside and outside the office) and recommend opportunities to ATD’s leadership team to meet and continue conversations.
    • Research industry and field convenings and conferences where ATD should attend and/or seek visibility in order to advance development goals.
    • Recommend and attend industry and field convenings and conferences where there is a corporate presence to strengthen and expand new corporate investor relationships.

    Communications and Other Supporting Activities (20%)

    • Monitor and report progress of development strategy activities that include corporate investors.
    • With Director of Development, develop agendas, reports, and supplemental documents for the events, finance, and program teams (e.g. for grant proposals or compliance reports or stewardship).
    • Work with Communications to develop evidence of impact for ATD through metrics driven partner stories (data, case studies, quotes, photos, and videos, etc.).
    • With the Communications and Events teams, develop and update materials for potential investors.
    • Develop presentations and related materials related to development for speaking and meeting engagements for members of the ATD leadership team.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of seven years’ experience in a development or fundraising role
    • Familiarity with the strategy and operations of corporate philanthropy and/or social responsibility teams
    • Familiarity with issues related to higher education and community colleges preferred
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Budget development and presentation graphics capability
    • Prior proposal writing and execution experience
    • Proven project management and time management skills
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including excellent phone and email manner to help build and maintain funder relationships, as well as comfort interacting in-person, by phone, and via email with donors
    • Able to prioritize, multi-task, collaborate, work independently and exercise discretion
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with social media; experience using Salesforce or similar CRM


    Collaboration:  Demonstrates respect, humility and willingness to collaborate when seeking to understand others and making decisions.

    Effective Communication:  Ability to actively listen and thoughtfully question in order to create greater understanding and to offer insights that advance problem-solving.

    Disciplined Execution:  Is able to break down big picture work goals into management tasks; has the foresight to anticipate potential roadblocks in order to ensure timely completion of tasks and projects.

    Level of Travel Required:  Occasional

    January 28, 2019

    Achieving the Dream, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.


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