Development Director

  • Do you want to be a leader in the alternative education reform movement?
  • Are you committed to disconnected, underserved youth realizing their potential?
  • Do you want to be a catalyst for individual, community and generational transformation?

The Phoenix Charter Academy Network (Phoenix) is a leader in the education reform movement in Massachusetts and a game-changer in the alternative education space. Named after a mythological figure of strength, healing and renewal, the Phoenix Network operates schools that challenge disconnected students with rigorous academics and relentless support, so that students can recast themselves as resilient, self-sufficient adults in order to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Phoenix is founded on the premise that all students can succeed, regardless of their past academic history, personal mistakes, or family challenges. We believe that when high expectations for academic success are partnered with a strong and structured support system, students who have not succeeded previously can excel on the MCAS, finish high school, and graduate from college.

Phoenix currently serves 350 students, specifically targeting former dropouts, previously truant students, teenage parents, recent immigrants, and other students who have not seen success in regular public schools. Despite these challenges, Phoenix students are achieving at high levels, outpacing their district peers, and entering and persisting in college. Phoenix was named “a model to be replicated” in June of 2009 by WBUR’s “Project Dropout” series and “an inspiration for kids to dream big” by the Boston Globe.

Phoenix currently operates two high schools in Massachusetts-Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea and Phoenix Academy Lawrence. Phoenix was recently granted a charter to open a high school in Springfield in August 2014 and plans to replicate our successful model by opening additional schools in the coming years. The Phoenix Network is the only network of schools in Massachusetts that operates both charter and traditional in-district schools.

To learn more about our network of schools, we strongly urge you to check out our website at

We are looking for a mission-driven, hard-working, entrepreneurialindividual to be the Development Director at the Network level as we expand and open new schools.

Position Summary

The Development Director creates and oversees the Network’s fundraising strategy, ensuring that the school is positioned to meet its aggressive growth goals. The Director oversees the development team which interacts with individuals, foundations, corporations, and the government to help fulfill Phoenix’s mission.

The Development Director, like all Phoenix staff, is a game-changer for our students. Leaders at Phoenix constantly reflect on their successes and failures to ensure their own growth. They go above and beyond to ensure that our students are academically and socio-emotionally prepared for success beyond high school and through college.

Specific Responsibilities


  • Cultivate and develop relationships with individual, foundation, corporate, and governmental funders, including local, state, and national funding streams
  • Create and grow an annual fund of individual givers
  • Create and meet annual fundraising goals
  • Ensure a diversified, sustainable, and growing pool of funders
  • Ensure that all solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship behaviors are in line with the mission and motivating to our funders
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws regarding donations

Marketing and Events

  • Manage stewardship activities, including meetings, tours, and small and large events
  • Own and improve the organization’s brand, messaging, marketing collateral, and communication strategy

Network Leadership

  • Collaborate closely with the CEO to ensure sound daily management and constant development of each school and the Network.
  • Support, supervise, and evaluate the Development Associate.


  • Travel – 25% (Likely travel sites: Chelsea, Lawrence, Springfield, Boston)
  • Position is based in Phoenix’s CMO office in Lawrence, MA


  • Minimum of 2 years in a development leadership role for a school or non-profit organization
  • Quantifiable success in soliciting and receiving donations and grants
  • Deep and unwavering belief in the mission of Phoenix
  • Zealot-like dedication to getting and keeping high-risk youth in school
  • Willing to do whatever it takes- including nights and weekends- to change alternative education
  • Proven record of successfully leading others, taking initiative, and ensuring student achievement
  • Demonstrates urgency in all aspects of the job
  • Bachelor’s Degree required

How to apply

Send resume and cover letter Put “Development Director, Network” in the title. We will contact you if your qualifications match our needs. No phone calls or letters please.

The Phoenix Charter Academy Network does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Boston,, Massachusetts
Phoenix Charter Academy