Career Opportunities


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As an organization, we pride ourselves on cultivating a culture of excellence, collaboration, professionalism and respect. PENCIL offers rewarding job opportunities, professional development, and a generous benefits package.

PENCIL is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic and experiential backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates who represent the communities we serve to apply. PENCIL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make employment decisions without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

The Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is critical to PENCIL’s continued growth in developing and maintaining key corporate and private foundation relationships that attract funding, sponsorships and business leaders engaged in PENCIL’s programs.

New York City schools are filled with students who have potential and ambition to go far and we envision a city filled with students whose opportunities match their ambitions. Since 1995, PENCIL has played a critical role in bringing together business professionals, educators, and students to open minds, open eyes, and open doors. PENCIL makes it easy for business professionals, educators and students to work together—in schools and the workplace. Our hands-on programs, including in-school partnerships, mentoring, internships, and immersive experiences like Principal for a Day®, create targeted opportunities to make a real difference in the classroom and beyond.

THE POSITION

The Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for the management and growth of a portfolio of corporate and private foundation partners who provide funding, volunteers and other means of support to PENCIL. The Associate Director needs to be a strong communicator and strategic thinker and have a demonstrated track record of strong proposal writing, donor stewardship, and project management. The position reports to the Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer and will work closely with members of the Development and External Relations, Programs and Leadership teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Corporate & Foundation Strategy

  • Developing, forecasting and executing strategies that steward corporate and foundation donors from introduction, to support and renewals.
  • Developing a pipeline of corporate and foundation donors through general prospecting, events like Principal For A Day®, network connections, and cultivation events.
  • Designing and exploring new ways to expand relationships with corporate partners leading to new and sustained revenue streams.

Relationship Management

  • Managing and stewarding a portfolio of existing corporate donor accounts by producing high quality and compelling fundraising and engagement communications including full proposals, pitches, call materials, funding reports, and other correspondence to accurately convey and secure financial and volunteer support for PENCIL’s programming, as well as communicating new opportunities for corporate engagement throughout the year
  • Managing and stewarding a portfolio of private foundation funders, which includes conducting research and outreach to new funders for General Operating and Programmatic support, maintaining relationships with current donors, writing and preparing high quality and compelling grant proposals and funding reports, and coordinating opportunities for funders to observe PENCIL’s programming
  • Executing the corporate sponsorship program by ensuring all corporate partners are aware of the requirements and receive consistent recognition and benefits for level of support.
  • Further developing and managing PENCIL’s network of CSR professionals
  • Facilitating and managing annual employee giving programs at select corporations, including matching gift and volunteer donation programs

Tracking & Internal Coordination

  • Monitoring a portfolio of Corporate and Foundation grants and sponsorship internally by: tracking funding information; developing internal reporting systems; writing reports; maintaining historical records; working with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations
  • Leading all opportunity intake for corporate partners who provide funding, volunteers and other means of support to PENCIL
  • Work with development and program team members to ensure awareness of committed deliverables, staff roles and timelines for implementing new and renewed funding relationships
  • Developing formal template proposals and related language for use across the Development & External Relations team
  • Maintaining donor and financial records in PENCIL’s database, as well as tracking revenue, financial reports and income charts, and analysis of revenue.
  • Collaborating with PENCIL staff members to provide feedback on and help craft key written materials for organization (e.g., Annual Report, e-newsletters, etc.)
  • Maintaining a calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A demonstrated interest in PENCIL’s mission and a commitment to public education
  • 5-8 years’ experience fundraising, 4 of which include strong corporate experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree or combination of education and experience in a similar capacity; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Must have previous proposal development experience
  • Strong skills in developing and cultivating relationships with external stakeholders
  • Understanding of budget development and resource allocation
  • An operations mindset: prioritizing consistency and efficiency; working “smarter not harder”
  • Proven organization and time management skills to complete a high volume of varied responsibilities in a fast-paced setting
  • Proficiency in database software, Salesforce preferred
  • Ability to collaborate across diverse teams
  • Ability to work independently
  • High standards of excellence

COMPENSATION

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include a generous health insurance plan, a retirement plan, as well as vacation and sick leave policies.

TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and resume to opportunities@pencil.org with the subject line: “AD of Corporate & Foundation Relations”. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, PENCIL is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic and experiential backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates who represent the communities we serve to apply. PENCIL will make employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

 

Employer Engagement Manager

New York City schools are filled with students who have potential and ambition to go far and we envision a city filled with students whose opportunities match their ambitions. Since 1995, PENCIL has played a critical role in bringing together business professionals, educators, and students to open minds, open eyes, and open doors. PENCIL makes it easy for business professionals, educators and students to work together—in schools and the workplace. Our hands-on programs, including in-school partnerships, mentoring, internships, and immersive experiences like Principal for a Day®, create targeted opportunities to make a real difference in the classroom and beyond.

POSITION

The Employer Engagement Manager plays a critical role in supporting PENCIL’s Internship Program. The primary focus is to manage the engagement of employer partners in PENCIL’s Internship program including: securing job placements, confirming contributions for training and development, and organizing volunteer engagement for student training. The position will report to the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and work closely with the Internship team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Employer Engagement Manager will be responsible for the strategy and engagement of all employer partners in PENCIL’s Internship Program.

Worksite Recruitment

  • Convert business leads into viable internship hosts, and develop and execute strategies to increase the depth and diversity of internship worksites
  • Conduct outreach to new and existing worksites
  • Conduct orientations and info sessions to disseminate information for program recruitment
  • Complete all steps necessary for job development including commitments, worksite agreements, job description development, and handoff for student placement
  • Develop and disseminate program PDFs, PowerPoints, Handouts, Social Media Content, Website text, and outreach email content
  • Prepare data systems for worksite outreach and stewardship
  • Complete data entry in all internal and external databases related to placements

Salary, Training & Development Commitments

  • Collaborate with development team members to secure commitments from internship hosts to support intern salaries, and training and development costs
  • Contribute to grant proposals requesting support for the internship program
  • Track and report on intern placements based on revenue source; maintain a balance of sources to achieve goals and projections.
  • Conduct outreach to employers and worksites related to cultivation opportunities
    • Collaborate with colleagues year-round to cultivate and steward business mentors and funders of the Internship Program.
    • Ensure Internship Program grant deliverables are being met

Volunteer Engagement

  • Identify a full calendar of volunteer needs related to the internship program and ensure all needs are met for effective program execution.
  • Recruit and steward Worksites, Supervisors, and Corporate Partners for available volunteer opportunities related to Internship Program training and enrichment events and work with the Programs team throughout event execution to ensure partner standards are met.
  • Orient and support volunteers during training and special events.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3-4 years of fundraising, volunteer and donor cultivation experience, including experience with corporations and foundations.
  • Strong relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with a proven track record of writing clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive pitches, including strong editing and proofreading skills
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, attention to detail and follow through
  • Bachelor’s Degree, or a combination of education and experience in a similar capacity
  • Possess high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and CRM databases such as Salesforce

COMPENSATION

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include a generous health insurance plan, a retirement plan, as well as vacation and sick leave policies.

TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and resume to opportunities@pencil.org with the subject line: “Employer Engagement Manager”. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, PENCIL is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic and experiential backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates who represent the communities we serve to apply. PENCIL will make employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.