Job Openings

Director of Advancement

Reports To:Executive Director of Say Yes Cleveland

Location:  Cleveland, OH

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to info@sayyescleveland.org by 12 Midnight, Tuesday, January 26. 

The Say Yes Cleveland Scholarship Board and the Executive Director of Say Yes Cleveland seek a Director of Advancement to secure $32 million in funding.  These funds will complete the goal of raising $125 million in support of Say Yes Scholarships. These funds will be added to the funds already committed by the community which total $93 million.


  • Work closely with the Scholarship Board’s Fiscal and Contract Oversight Committee Chair and the Executive Director of Say Yes Cleveland to manage and drive various development initiatives.
  • Serve as a point of contact, along with the Executive Director, for major donors.
  • Manage all aspects of fundraising including stewarding prospects, managing annual donation cycles, and overseeing timely acknowledgement of all gifts.
  • Organize and execute Annual Fund and Year-End Giving appeals.
  • Continue the stewardship of foundation relations including writing and submitting grant proposals and completing all interim and final grant reports.
  • Provide ongoing stewardship of key corporate relationships.
  • Ensure all sponsorship deliverables are met in accordance with contract terms.
  • Work closely with the CFO to manage donor database, including the proper input of gifts, and constituents.
  • Cultivate endowment gifts.
  • Produce and distribute annual report.
  • Schedule and plan donor stewardship events.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in fundraising, sales, and special events
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office – more specifically in manipulating excel data and executing mail merges as well as Power Point
  • Experience with foundation grant writing
  • Understanding of basic non-profit finance
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strategic thinker, Attention to Detail and Strong Program Management Skills
  • Value collaboration and willing to perform both as an individual contributor and part of a team

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive Salary and Benefits package with bonus opportunities as agreed upon by the successful candidate and Say Yes Cleveland.