Director of Development

Full-time opportunity starts ASAP in NYC

Our story

Every college grad deserves a fair shot at a meaningful, upwardly mobile career. That’s the promise of higher education in America, but the payoff depends on who you know, not just what you learned.

COOP Careers closes the social capital gap by recruiting and investing deeply in diverse, low-income, and first-generation grads from the City University of New York, San Francisco State, and other urban public colleges.

Our flagship program is the Digital Apprenticeship. Peer cohorts of 16 motivated, underemployed grads meet nightly for 16 weeks (200 hours) to learn technical skills, build community, and jumpstart careers in digital marketing and data analytics.

Each cohort is led by a team of four captains, “near-peer” COOP alumni who serve as coaches, mentors, and guides on top of busy day jobs at local ad agencies and tech companies. In parallel, COOP helps these same employers meet, interview, and hire more and more diverse candidates.

Since 2014, COOP has run 50 cohorts with over 700 alumni, on our way to 10,000 by 2025. Four-in-five alumni work full-time, earning an average of $45,000 after 12 months (3x pre-program average) and almost $70,000 after three years (2x peer baseline).

Long-term, COOP aims to double lifetime income of alumni—fueling upward mobility and fulfilling our collective promise of higher education.


COOP Careers is seeking an innovative and dynamic Director of Development to support a quickly growing, vibrant national organization, currently operating in NYC and San Francisco with expected growth to a third market in 2019. In 2019, COOP will serve 300 recent grads in New York and almost 200 in California, along with 700 alumni across both regions.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director of Development will spearhead development efforts to support COOP’s regional and national growth initiatives.

As a new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function locally and nationally.


National Leadership

  • Collaborate closely with the CEO, COO, and Board of Directors for all fundraising and development initiatives; this may require 30% travel between NYC and SF (and any potential new markets)

  • Develop and execute COOP’s annual fundraising plan, incorporating targeted strategies for each stakeholder group (Government grants, NGOs, Foundations, Corporations, Individuals, and Colleges)

    • Strong desire to and skill for building sustainable external relationships

    • Highly organized with the ability to exhibit “follow through” on tasks and calls

  • Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives

    • Coordinate fundraising special events

    • Collaborate with Alumni manager to direct alumni giving program

  • Participate in Leadership Team meetings; collaborate with functional area leadership, connecting development strategy and events to COOP’s various functional areas

Site Management (NYC & SF)

  • Partner with the leadership of various functional areas within COOP to both speak to and support the dynamic work of COOP

  • Participate in 2-3 programmatic events monthly, coordinating with the Associate Director of People Operations per scheduling stakeholder/fundraising visits


  • Strong commitment to COOP’s mission and vision; thrives in a fast-paced environment; enjoys teamwork and collaboration

    • Roll up the sleeves mentality. Able to work independently while at the same time be a team player and consensus builder  

    • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience

  • Skilled in managing up and working with diverse audiences and stakeholder groups

  • Nonprofit experience strongly preferred

  • Strong verbal, written, presentation and facilitation skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel

  • Track record of building efficiencies and implementing process improvements

  • Willingness to adapt and contribute to COOP’s feedback-driven culture


This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. COOP Careers is prepared to offer a very attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, 401(k), and vacation benefits.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

COOP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We seek to build a diverse staff representative of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply today!

Please send your resume and a simple cover letter to We are hoping to fill this role as soon as possible and will begin interviewing qualified candidates right away. Please don’t hesitate to apply! Thank you for your time and interest in our mission.