Five Keys’ mission is to further social justice and restorative justice by countering poverty, inequity, and trauma with accessible high quality programs that offer meaningful opportunities for individuals, families, and communities.
Five Keys’ vision is that all people have access to the resources they need to lead positive, productive, and self-determined lives. Five Keys’ commitment to the pursuit of equity is expressed through collaborative partnerships and innovative approaches across 3 AREAS OF IMPACT: Access to Education, Workforce Development, and promoting Vibrant Communities.
Five Keys was founded in 2003 by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department as the first accredited high school in the nation to provide diploma programs for adults languishing in county jails. The "five keys" expressed through the school’s curriculum are: Education, Employment, Family, Community, and Recovery.
Today Five Keys has more than 500 dedicated employees serving 25,000 individuals each year (4,000 on a typical day) in seven counties, including San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties, with expansion into Marin and Sonoma Counties on the horizon. Beginning in 2008, Five Keys extended its schools and programs into underserved neighborhoods, where students returned after their release from jail. Central to Five Keys’ model is the development of collaborative partnerships with workforce, criminal justice, and social service agencies; community-based organizations, and postsecondary institutions. Five Keys now operates more than 80 community learning centers, in addition to high schools and programs inside 20 county jails. Approximately one third of Five Keys’ program participants are currently or formerly incarcerated. In addition to high school and college access pathways, Five Keys provides reentry case management; cognitive behavioral interventions, parenting classes, life skills programs, job readiness and education assessments, workforce training, and job placement services. Five Keys offers CTE training and certification programs in more than 20 vocational skills, from construction to dog grooming, and horticulture to welding. In Los Angeles and San Francisco, Five Keys operates career centers inside county jails and creates linkages to community-based workforce networks. In recent years, Five Keys has been called upon to manage transitional housing shelters and provide transitional employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals and people currently or formerly experiencing homelessness. Five Keys’ expansive work touches the lives of thousands of people who are "Ready to Learn. Ready to Work. Ready Together."
The Director of Development and Communications (DD&C) is a new role at Five Keys, charged with expanding fundraising beyond the organization’s current reliance on government funding, to sustain new program areas that have grown well beyond Five Keys’ publicly funded high schools.
The DD&C will report to the executive director and serve on the leadership roundtable, along with senior program directors and school superintendents responsible for advancing the organization’s broader interests and strategic plan.
A successful candidate must be an energetic, forward thinking, and creative individual with superior written and verbal communication skills. The role requires high ethical standards, while working with confidential information and complex issues that require considerable discretion, judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
The DD&C will formulate new approaches to fundraising that reflect Five Keys’ culture of innovation and are compatible with its long-standing governance structure. This new hire will focus on developing relationships with funders and individual donors by (1) building a portfolio support; (2) instituting Five Keys’ first donor program; (3) leading Five Keys’ first fundraising campaigns and events; (4) overseeing a portfolio of 19 current contracts and grants; and (5) solidifying infrastructure, systems, and processes to support engagement and stewardship.
As such, the selected candidate will have exceptional aptitude to quickly learn programmatic content and convey that information in clear and compelling communications with senior program officers at foundations and corporations.
Five Keys welcomes candidates from other fields who bring transferrable skills and experience with a high-degree of alignment to the requirements of this role. Five Keys recognizes the value of nontraditional education and unconventional life paths that lead to meaningful accomplishments. Comparable, equivalent, and supplemental experience that is relevant to the duties of this position will be considered when evaluating candidates’ qualifications.
Required Proficiencies in Development
Experience identifying prospects and developing donor-centered strategies;
A verifiable track record of securing grants, contracts, and / or gifts;
Demonstrated expertise in creating compelling and competitive funding proposals, includingthe ability to understand and develop complex budget models;
Orchestrating partnerships for collaborative funding opportunities;
Ability to effectively manage expectations of funders and donors and fulfill stewardship, reporting, and recognition obligations;
Proficient in devising message strategies, managing audience segmentation, and planning campaign timelines across multiple communication channels;
Strong professional writing, editing and oral communication skills with an ability to work closely with program staff to develop technically accurate, compelling and creative content for case statements, concept papers, logic models, presentations, briefing documents, LOIs, MOUs, letters of support, and stewardship materials.
Required Proficiencies in Leadership
Ability to think strategically and communicate ideas successfully across multiple departments and levels of the organization, and with geographically-dispersed colleagues, with a positive, collegial, and collaborative outlook;
Progressive leadership experience directing development and marketing activities;
Self-directed and proactive, holding oneself to the highest standards in meeting responsibilities; Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with strong attention to detail, balancing strategic and operational needs;
Excellent project and process management skills, including anticipation of potential risks and opportunity costs;
Use of a strengths-based approach to management that motivates and inspires others with ongoing guidance and coaching; Effective presenter, active listener, open to new ideas;
Demonstrated ability to build skills of staff and volunteers, providing guidance to ensure high performance across the team.