If you are ready to make a lasting difference in a child’s life, if building community awareness and long-term relationships is a priority for you, and if your career goals include helping an organization achieve dramatic growth before 2030, then Charlotte Bilingual Preschool (“CltBP”) invites you to join its leadership team. CltBP is searching for an organized, innovative, results-oriented, donor-focused professional to step into the role of Advancement Director.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director, CltBP’s Advancement Director will build community awareness and long-term support relationships to ensure the organization can financially serve 1,500 children in the next 9 years. You will work with CltBP team members, board, and volunteers to develop and manage cost-effective, time-efficient marketing and fund development plans that cultivate strong and meaningful relationships, engage donors and the public in CltBP’s work, and inspire advocacy for our early education model. In addition, you will supervise the full-time Grants Officer, full-time Advancement Associate, part-time Major Gifts Officer, and part-time Grants Coordinator.


Essential Responsibilities and Duties


Fundraising and Development
  • In partnership with the Advancement Committee and the Advancement team, develop and execute advancement plans that build financial and community support for CltBP’s early education model.
  • Cultivate long-term relationships with individuals, corporations, foundations, faith, and community groups to support CltBP’s early education model and generate revenue.
  • Oversee and provide strategic input into grant writing, research, and reporting to funders.
  • Lead monthly Advancement Committee meetings in partnership with the Advancement Chair.
  • Manage capital campaigns in partnership with Board, Executive Director, the Advancement Team, and outside consultants.
  • Ensure timely and effective use of donor and prospect data for fundraising analysis and research.
  • Set-up and facilitate donor meetings, both in-person and virtually.


Leadership and Outreach
  • Maximize the capacity of the Advancement Team, providing regular actionable performance feedback and identifying professional development opportunities.
  • Implement and update policies and procedures for consistent and successful functioning of the Advancement department.
  • Effectively prepare the Executive Director and Board members for their roles in donor cultivation and stewardship.


Operations and Marketing/Communications
  • Maintain accountability standards to donors and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fund development.
  • Regularly update revenue projections and revenue pyramid.
  • Work monthly with Controller to align finances and advancement.
  • Create/co-create communications that publicize the community need for CltBP programs, the impact of those programs, and the core values of the organization. Communications may include press releases, articles, speeches, presentations, newsletters, social media posts, and opinion pieces.
  • Leverage the CltBP website as a bilingual hub of useful information for families of young children and supporters of CltBP’s early education model. Maximize the website as a tool for generating financial and other forms of support.
Other Responsibilities and Duties
  • Assist in the completion of special projects and assume other appropriate duties at the request of the Executive Director.


Qualifications and Competencies
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of fundraising and nonprofit management leadership
  • Proven track record of generating and sustaining long-term donor relationships that
    build revenue
  • Knowledge of Advancement office functions and fundraising techniques, including
    gift processing, direct mail, proposal writing, and face-to-face solicitation
  • High level written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience analyzing performance and operation metrics
  • Experience working with underserved communities and in multicultural environments
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize with strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience using Excel to analyze data
  • Proficiency in WordPress, social-media platforms, and Adobe design software
  • Proficiency in evaluation frameworks for social impact programs, including key
    performance measures, outputs, and outcomes
  • Commitment to the nonprofit development profession and continuous professional
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity
  • Passionate about early childhood education, economic mobility, and immigrant
  • Committed to excellence and continuous improvement
  • A creative leader with demonstrated success in team development and capacity building
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently and the motivation to teach
  • A creative problem solver with strong decision-making capability
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort speaking in social and business environments
  • Committed to providing the best customer/client service possible.

The following are not required, but are preferred:

  • Bilingual – Spanish/English
  • Relevant fundraising certificates (i.e., CFRE)
  • Graphic design skills
  • Familiarity with Bloomerang and MailChimp


Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, year-round, salaried, exempt position; $90,000-100,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Also includes a competitive benefit package

Applicant Instructions

All inquiries and applications are to be directed to PMA Nonprofit Leadership, search@pattonmcdowell.com. Applications should include:

  • 1-page cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

All files should be saved with the applicant’s first and last name + document type (e.g.,
Jane Smith cover letter, Jane Smith resume, Jane Smith references). Please indicate in the subject line the position and organization to which you are applying (i.e., Advancement Director, CltBP). No phone calls or in-person visits, please. Note that only those candidates invited to screening will be contacted

As an equal opportunity employer, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.