School Description: The Life Learning Academy (LLA) is an SFUSD charter high school for students with profound histories of school failure and truancy. Our mission is to create a nonviolent community for students who have not been successful in traditional school settings. LLA welcomes students into an ‘extended family’ that motivates everyone to give and receive support, develop responsibility and judgment, and build the academic, vocational and social skills necessary to be successful.
The high school was developed out of the Juvenile Justice Local Action Plan under the Mayor’s Office in 1997, and was researched and implemented by the Delancey Street Foundation. For 20 years, Life Learning Academy has successfully supported high-need students from the San Francisco Bay Area to thrive. In addition to our extended day program, workforce development, and award-winning educational curriculum, many of our students need more comprehensive support than we currently provide. Many experience unstable or unsafe living situations that interfere with their ability to learn and flourish. To address this gap we broke ground in March 2018 on the Life Learning Academy dormitory (LLABUILD). The first phase is the construction of a student dorm for 20 students on our Treasure Island campus.
The long-term vision of the LLA dormitory is to create a new, state-of-the art campus where the majority of students live while attending high school, and during the transition to stable adulthood after graduation. Additionally, we are looking forward to demonstrating the efficacy of this approach for changing the trajectory of troubled students’ lives, and replicating the model across the U.S. among disconnected, unstably housed teens. We are looking for a Development Director who understands the value and promise of this model, and wants to lead Life Learning Academy’s development team to accomplish the larger vision.
Organizational and program financial profile: The Life Learning Academy currently has an annual operating budget of $1.5 million comprised of revenue from the Department of Education’s Average Daily Attendance funds, support from San Francisco city agencies, private foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. To date, LLA has raised $2.1M of the $3.5M required to build the 20-bed dormitory. Life Learning has secured a bridge loan to complete the building while the organization raises the final $1.4M. The first priority of the Development Director will be to drive completion of the capital campaign and repayment of the loan. Simultaneously, the Development Director will lead the development team to raise the annual operating costs of running the dormitory (approximately $750,000 per year).
Position Summary: We are seeking a Development Director to serve as Life Learning Academy’s lead ambassador for the campaign. This person is expected to be out in public, meeting with donors, and making the case for LLA. S/he will have great warmth, authenticity, charm, and social skills. S/he is a person who is self-confident, venturesome, and shows initiative. Top-tier candidates will be results-oriented. S/he will be committed to and driven by the organization’s mission to create positive lives for low-income young people. S/he will be motivated to disrupt the cycles of poverty and homelessness through innovations in education, housing, and youth workforce development.
The Development Director will complete the capital campaign while building the team and developing the organization. We are looking for someone who has successfully completed a capital campaign in the past, but dynamos with excellent potential and strong references should apply.
In active collaboration with the Executive Committee, senior LLA leadership, development staff, and the LLA Board of Directors, the Development Director will create, lead, and implement the organization’s development strategy. Main goals include diversifying and increasing annual revenue, building organizational capacity to fundraise, and substantially growing the organization’s pool of individual donors.
Compensation and Benefits: Annual salary range of $115,000 – $125,000 with a generous benefits package and strong organizational culture of maintaining a balance between work life and non-work life.
How to Apply: Send (1) a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications, and (2) a resume to email@example.com.