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Development Director

(position available Oct. 15, 2014)

Lead the Notebook’s work to increase individual and institutional giving through major donor and membership campaigns, fundraising events and grant solicitation. Collaborate with Editor/Publisher and staff revenue team to develop and carry out an overall plan for boosting the Notebook’s revenue from a variety of sources, with a focus on reader support.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

Grants and Major Gifts

  • Work with Editor/Publisher and fundraising committee to identify, cultivate and solicit large gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Coordinate house parties and other major donor cultivation events
  • Work with Editor/Publisher to research and draft grant proposals and reports
  • Provide reports and maintain contact with donors to properly steward them
  • Process and acknowledge all gifts, and report on fundraising revenue


Membership and individual donor work:

  • Provide strategic direction for membership program
  • Manage appeal and renewal calendar, prepare mailingsand emails, oversee member stewardship
  • Coordinate Notebook’s annual June Celebration, working with board members and volunteers
  • Coordinate Notebook member gatherings and outreach activities to attract members
  • Prepare print and online membership promotional materials; develop related editorial content
  • Maintain member records and Notebook’s database (CiviCRM) and conduct donor analysis
  • Manage cash receipts: Process gifts, acknowledge contributions and fulfill membership benefits


Other management responsibilities

  • With Editor/Publisher, staff Notebook board and fundraising committee; attend board meetings
  • Organize regular meetings of staff responsible for generating earned and contributed revenue.
  • Recruit and supervise interns, volunteers, and part-time administrative support


Key qualifications

Proven track record in development and previous experience leading and managing development campaigns; ability to plan and implement a successful, multifaceted fundraising program. Skilled at donor and grants solicitation, stewardship of donor relationships, and record-keeping. Proficiency with database/fundraising software and spreadsheets. Experience with organizing successful fundraising events. Strong written and oral communications skills; superior project management skills and ability to multitask; excellent attention to detail and quality of work; a team player with leadership skills. Interest in urban public education issues, commitment to the Notebook’s mission of educational quality and equity.


Competitive salary, generous paid leave, cafeteria benefits plan.

To apply

Email resume and letter of interest, including salary requirements, to

Philadelphia Public School Notebook is an equal opportunity employer.



Freelance writers

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is looking for regular freelance writers to join its growing publishing team. An independent nonprofit news service, the Notebook provides in-depth coverage of local education issues. Its mission is to promote informed community involvement in Philadelphia public schools while advocating for educational quality and equality. We publish six print editions each year and are looking for writers who can contribute to our publications on a regular basis, possibly developing a beat or area of specialization.

If you have solid journalism experience in writing news stories, are knowledgeable about public education issues, and are interested in helping us fulfill our mission, please email your resume, letter of interest, and three of your best clips to

Knowledge of the Philadelphia public school system is required. Writers are paid by the story. We will only consider those candidates who live in the Philadelphia region. Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. 



Ad Sales Associates

The Notebook is working to expand its revenue through advertising sales and is seeking dynamic and determined ad sales associates to work closely with the advertising sales manager to sell advertising for the Notebook print and online publications.

The core responsibilities of this position involve prospecting for, corresponding with, and selling advertising packages to prospective advertisers up through the point of sale. This is a commission only based opportunity. Full-time or part-time.

Candidates must have sales experience and be willing and eager to contribute a high level of energy, enthusiasm and creativity to the Notebook sales and marketing efforts.

Qualifications: Strong...

  • communications skills: verbal, listening and written

  • computer skills (web search savvy and basic command of Microsoft Office is a must)

  • attention to detail and client needs

  • ability to work independently and engage in creative problem-solving around sales challenges

  • ability to organize, prioritize and work efficiently in a deadline-oriented setting

  • perseverance; strong self-confidence and ability to take repeated rejection in stride

The Notebook provides:

  • Direct training, access to training materials and on-going guidance, supervision and mentorship - as needed

  • Detailed information about the Notebook, its readers and sales/marketing materials

  • Office work station, including computer with software, internet access, fax, phone, copier, mailing supplies, postage and other necessary tools

  • Generous commission plan

  • Beginning prospect list consisting of active prospects and new potential prospects/market sectors

Qualified candidates will be able to commit 15-20 hours/week to the position at start, with the potential to increase hours as the associate’s sales performance/schedule and organizational capacity allows. Most hours must be worked during the normal 9-5 p.m. business day.

Optional compensation for students: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding; and the Notebook can work with your university to determine an hourly wage before commission. Students may also arrange to receive internship course credit through their work at the Notebook.

To apply

Applicants for this position should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and name/contact info to: Shawn at with “Ad Sales Associate” in the subject line.Job Opportunity: Development Director

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