For over thirty years, NYC Outward Bound Schools has provided transformative educational experiences in communities that have been historically marginalized. We operate a network of schools in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and bring our most effective and replicable practices to a growing number of public schools outside of our network as well. Our uniquely powerful program combines the Outward Bound approach with the principles of EL (Expeditionary Learning), joining together demanding, engaging learning with an emphasis on community and character.

Serving nearly 200,000 students since our inception, we are redefining what educational excellence looks like in New York City public schools. Thanks to our robust and personalized professional development and coaching model, our transformative field programming, our focus on community and character building, and our understanding and support of students as individuals to unlock potential, our results are strong. Our overall graduation rates regularly surpass the city average by 10+ percentage points and we have achieved particularly impressive results among underserved subgroups. This past year, our Black and Latinx students graduated at rates that were 12 and 14 points higher than their peers citywide, respectively, and our students with disabilities graduated at a rate 27 points higher than their counterparts. Each year nearly all of our graduates are accepted to college.

Position Summary:

The Manager of Individual Engagement and Corporate Partnerships develops and manages corporate partnerships for our network schools and programs, manages our visibility-raising events, executes our annual auction, provides engagement and volunteer opportunities for our individual donors and prospects, manages our junior board, the New Leaders , and supports other advancement department initiatives. Our ideal candidate is skilled at finding ways to deeply engage donors in authentic service to our schools and programs with a focus on closing the opportunity gap, and able to work easily in both the corporate and school environments. The Manager of Individual Engagement and Corporate Partnerships reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and  is a key member of our highly collaborative, five-person Advancement team, which is responsible for raising nearly $4M a year from private and public sources and for increasing the organization’s visibility. We are driven by our mission to ensure that all NYC’s young people have access to a high quality education and are looking for someone who shares that passion and is excited by the opportunity to connect with our schools and students. 

Essential Functions:

This position has three primary and complementary functions.

Corporate Partnerships & Engagement

  • Develop and facilitate employee engagement and visibility opportunities for corporate partners and work with schools and program staff to identify volunteer needs 

  • Oversee and implement other aspects of the partnership (eg: seats at our gala, recruiting a senior executive for our board, etc.)

  • Write proposals and reports necessary to secure and sustain existing and new partnership grants

  • Research new prospects, develop and implement an approach strategy for each

  • Work with Board Members to explore potential corporate partnerships and volunteer opportunities

New Leaders

  • Manage our junior Board, the New Leaders, including leading monthly meetings and committee meetings, supporting recruitment and onboarding, and providing regular updates about the organization 

  • Identify and manage ad hoc volunteer opportunities for them to support our schools and unmet organizational needs

  • Support them in implementing fundraising activities such as events and crowdfunding


  • Develop and manage a series of cultivation events to help raise our organization’s visibility and to cultivate new and existing donors

  • Manage annual network-wide College March, coordinating logistics with schools and corporate volunteers

  • Secure items for and manage all details of our annual silent auction including: developing auction materials, managing the online platform, coordinating with in-kind donors, and managing the redemption of experiences


  • Support other Advancement Department activities as needed, including proposal/report writing, the annual gala and other event coordination

  • Participate in organization-wide activities, e.g., all-staff meetings, committees, etc.

Professional Experience/Qualifications

Candidates must possess excellent communication skills, be highly organized, be able to work well both independently and as part of a team and have proven volunteer management skills.

  • At least 4-years’ experience working in a corporate community relations, not-for-profit development or foundation office with at least 2-years’ experience managing volunteers

  • Experience working with Board Members is preferred

  • Experience with school-based programs is strongly preferred

  • A strong commitment to educational equity for BIPOC youth and supporting explicit anti-racist work within our organization and our partner schools 

  • Communications, education, business or related degrees are a plus

  • Strong initiative - ability to look for and take advantage of opportunities through independent actions

  • Effectively self-manage and prioritize tasks and time

  • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with a wide array of people and organizations

  • Solid writing and communication skills to produce effective, compelling and accurate written materials

  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously without sacrificing quality

  • Advanced computer and data management skills, including measuring results and outcomes (experience with a CRM is a plus)

  • A solid understanding of the education ecosystem and student communities served by NYC Outward Bound Schools.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

  • We offer workplace flexibility/remote work to support the wellbeing of our staff.

  • We offer medical, dental, and vision coverage as well as HRA/FSA/Transit accounts, life insurance, 403(b) with employer match after one year, sick leave, and generous PTO.

NYC Outward Bound Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination against, and  harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status,  military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other  category which may be protected under applicable state or federal law.

No phone calls please. We appreciate all responses, but due to the high volume of resumes received, we can only contact those applicants whose qualifications best match the position requirements.

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