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Director of Development

Jackson, MS

Freedom Projects are creating a corps of academically capable, socially conscious, and mentally disciplined young leaders in Mississippi.  Since the first one launched in the Mississippi Delta in 1998, Freedom Projects have empowered students to organize for racial & social justice and developed anti-racist curricula that use the history of the civil rights movement to educate and empower students to achieve their goals. We support students from seventh grade through college graduation.  Currently, we serve students at three Freedom Project sites in Sunflower County, Meridian, and Rosedale.

Founded in 2016 to support Freedom Projects around Mississippi, the mission of the Freedom Project Network (FPN)  is to strengthen, fund, and unite the individual sites so that we may provide more students with educational opportunities. The FPN also oversees the Freedom Summer Collegiate and Alumni College Success Programs. We envision the Network connecting each independent Freedom Project to resources and knowledge that will improve programming and student outcomes. The FPN seeks a Director of Development to serve as the chief executive officer, lead the organization, build capacity, and create effective strategies towards achieving our mission.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director of Development’s primary responsibility is to raise financial resources for the Freedom Project Network:

  • Develop a strong fundraising plan and work with the Board of Directors to build an annual revenue target of $500K within 2 years. 
  • Plan and coordinate all fundraising operations including major gifts stewardship, direct mail campaigns, and fundraising events.
  • Research, identify, and solicit grants. Develop and maintain relationships with grantmakers through timely reporting and engagement around the FPN’s mission.
  • Coordinate, design, publish, and distribute the Network’s annual report to key constituents and donors.
  • Develop and maintain a donor data system and acknowledgment process.
  • Develop and maintain the Freedom Project Network’s public profile, including coordinating all social media, email, and press communications. 
  • Create and manage the Network’s budget, and manage the Network’s financial bookkeeping.
  • Assist local fundraising efforts at each site, including helping create promotional materials.


Programmatic and fiduciary responsibilities of each Freedom Project site are the domain of the site director and their board. However, the Freedom Project Network Director of Development will assist in network facilitation and evaluation:

  • Lead the Network annual site reviews in collaboration with the site board rep and site director.
  • Develop network-wide data collection strategies, systems, and provide technical assistance to sites.
  • Schedule and set agenda for weekly calls of Freedom Project executive directors.
  • Collaborate with FP Directors to plan & facilitate bi-annual summits of Freedom Project staff; oversee logistics for the summit including location, materials, and meals. 
  • Collaborate with the program directors of the Freedom Summer Collegiate and Alumni College Success Programs to implement and develop these programs. 
  • Analyze and recommend opportunities for cost-sharing across the Freedom Projects, including joint services, subscriptions, and expenditures. 
  • Analyze opportunities for expansion and assist with the development of new Freedom Project sites.
  • Organize and facilitate the Freedom Project Network student-advisory council. 


Embrace FPN’s mission of anti-racist youth empowerment and effectively communicate it to external constituencies.

  • 3-5 years of broad-based development experience and documented success running a development program, including grant writing, small and large gift campaigns, and special events
  • Knowledge of the educational philanthropic community and foundations in Mississippi and nationally.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to successfully communicate through presentations to large and small groups.
  • Experience using a contact management system.
  • A bachelor's degree is required.
  • Flexibility to travel as necessary and work evenings/weekends when required.


  • Hands-on professional who has developed, or who has the potential to build, a successful fund development program from the floor up.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Team builder and leader with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement a variety of projects
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, and community-oriented.  

Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Additional Information: 

The ideal candidate for this role will have strong connections to the Freedom Projects’ work, connections in Jackson and across the state, and the ability to travel and be present at each site at least once a quarter. The ideal candidate will have the flexibility to work from home or from a Freedom Project site. Preference will be given to candidates who live in Mississippi or in a contiguous state.

The initial application will include:

  • resume
  • cover letter
  • contact information for 3 references
  • a writing sample, either a grant proposal or organizational report
  • a statement (2-page max) of how your values align with the mission of the Freedom Projects.  

Organization Info

Freedom Project Network

Sunflower, MS
Annual Budget : 
1-10 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

We believe that a free democracy demands a challenging, relevant education that prepares all citizens to participate actively in society. Educational inequity in Mississippi undercuts our nation’s ideals of equal opportunity. To address and help alleviate this inequality, the Freedom Project Network supports individual Freedom Project sites that provide educational enrichment, leadership development, and college preparation programming for youth in Mississippi. The mission of the Freedom Project Network is to strengthen, fund, and unite our current Freedom Project sites, serving the communities of Sunflower County, Meridian, and Rosedale, Mississippi.


Freedom Project Network supports the Sunflower County Freedom Project, the Rosedale Freedom Project, and the Meridian Freedom Project. Since the first one launched in the Mississippi Delta in 1998, Freedom Projects have empowered students to organize for racial & social justice and developed anti-racist curricula that use the history of the civil rights movement to educate and empower students to achieve their goals. We support students from seventh grade through college graduation. Each of these Freedom Projects operates as their own 501c3s with their own leadership, board, and staff. 

In addition, Freedom Project Network oversees two programs which are implemented at the Freedom Projects: Freedom Summer Collegiate, which recruits PhD Candidates to teach college-bridge summer courses for Freedom Project students, and the Alumni College Success Program, which supports Freedom Project alumni from high school graduation through college graduation. 

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jun 11 2020
Active Until: 
Jul 11 2020
Hiring Organization: 
Freedom Project Network