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Challenge Success is a non-profit school reform organization affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. We are a small and dynamic team of educators, researchers, mental health professionals, and youth development experts committed to helping schools and families create a healthy, well-balanced, and academically engaging life for kids.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Challenge Success is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Studies have shown that historically underrepresented groups are less likely to apply for positions unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. Our top priority is finding the best candidate to meet the current needs of the organization. If you are interested in this position we encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet each one of the qualifications outlined.

Current Opportunities

Development Director
Summer Intern: Research



Challenge Success is expanding to meet the needs of a diverse set of schools across the U.S. We are looking for an experienced development professional to join our multidisciplinary team of educators, researchers, mental health professionals, and youth development experts to help increase well-being and engagement for even more students.

The Development Director is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive development plan consistent with the short and long-term strategic fundraising goals established in partnership with the Executive Director and the Challenge Success Board of Directors. The Development Director will have 8-10 years of progressive development and/or non-profit leadership experience and a proven track record of meeting organizational fundraising goals, including the ability to leverage existing networks and relationships, and utilize extensive knowledge of development strategy, good judgment, discretion, and superior organizational skills to secure new funding opportunities while continuing to cultivate and steward the current Challenge Success donor base. 

This is a 50% time position with the potential to grow that offers the ideal candidate an opportunity to work remotely for a growing organization that values equity, collaboration, and student voice. Challenge Success is committed to equitable and inclusive hiring practices and is actively seeking to grow our organization with people who bring diverse lived experiences to our team.


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership in the development of $1M+ annual fundraising plan 
  • Implement the organization’s annual fundraising plan to achieve fundraising targets
  • Steward existing portfolio of donors, and identify and cultivate new funding sources
  • Maintain positive ongoing relationships with potential, current, and past board members, advisory council members, and donors 
  • Prepare and present regular reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Plan and execute annual fundraisers and other special events
  • Manage grant writing for funding opportunities aligned with the organization’s mission 
  • Provide general donor communications, targeted newsletters, and annual reports
  • Assist in the creation of print, digital, and social media content and collateral
  • Maintain regular communication and correspondence with donors and prospective donors
  • Support marketing and outreach efforts to build awareness of the organization’s mission and develop further ties with the community
  • Direct the work of internal administrative associate to help support development responsibilities


Knowledge and Skills

  • Applied understanding of fundraising principles and development best practices
  • Deep experience with donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship 
  • Excellent communication, presentation, writing, and analytical skills
  • Experience with online fundraising, email marketing, and internet search engines 
  • Significant Office, database, and spreadsheet proficiency (Google Suite, Salesforce, Airtable, Excel)
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of confidentiality, discretion, and professionalism
  • General understanding of independent and public school landscapes


  • Mission-driven with a deep commitment to improving student well-being, equity, and engagement with learning through school change
  • Commitment to an internal culture of continuous professional learning
  • Highly flexible, collaborative, and responsive in a remote working environment
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with an eagerness to turn obstacles into strategic opportunities and wrestle with tough questions


Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.


Interested applicants should send a resume and brief cover letter to Kathy Koo, Executive Director,, including reference to your geographic location by May 10. 

See here for FAQs about this position.

Development Director: Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Where is this job located? The job is remote. We have an office on the Stanford University campus, but over half of our team is located outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. Local candidates are preferred; however, we will consider non-local applications for exceptional candidates.
  • What will this recruiting process look like? We will review applications as they are received through May 10.  We do not guarantee that we will review applications received after that date.  You may receive a brief phone call or be asked to complete a short questionnaire. The candidates who appear to be the best fit for this position will be asked to complete 2-3 rounds of interviews most likely via Zoom with members of the hiring team. In the final interview stage, you will be asked to provide references. 
  • What is the start date? We hope to complete this process by mid-May with a start date no later than July 1. 
  • What are my typical office hours? Challenge Success’s regular business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT,  Monday through Friday. Part-time employees work a mutually agreed upon schedule within that general window. Depending on the geographic location of the staff you are working with, you may at times be required to be available earlier/later.
  • How much travel is required for this role? We estimate that you will travel 4 to 5 times per year once Covid restrictions are lifted for a total of 8-15 days for this role. You may travel to attend Challenge Success internal and external conferences, donor events, as well as for staff retreats and/or other meetings.



The Challenge Success Research Team is looking for an energetic, curious, and resourceful student (high school, college, or graduate school) to join us as a summer intern. Working with our research team offers rich learning opportunities including:

  • experience with a variety of research methods;
  • an opportunity to work with a large dataset;
  • and analyzing and learning about complex issues that students face on a daily basis in our schools.

Working hours are flexible, but we expect the research intern to attend weekly research meetings as well as other meetings that occur during the typical workday. Since all members of the research team work remotely, the candidate must have access to a quiet workspace as well as be able to utilize their own laptop or desktop computer. This position is part-time, 10-15 hours per week from June 15-August 15, 2021. This position includes a $1000 stipend. 


  • Conducting literature reviews on topics relevant to Challenge Success work, including issues related to adolescent health and development as well as education
  • Converting literature reviews into a variety of content (e.g. blog posts, webpages, social media posts, etc.) for sharing with external Challenge Success audiences including educators, parents, students, and others
  • Managing, cleaning, and merging quantitative and qualitative data in SPSS statistical analysis software
  • Running basic quantitative and qualitative analyses, interpreting and sharing results with research and other staff
  • Special projects as determined by the intern’s background and the research team’s needs. 


  • Basic working knowledge of statistics and Excel required
  • Experience with Dedoose (or similar qualitative analysis software) and SPSS (or similar) preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Self-starter, ability to identify tasks that need to be done
  • Able to work independently and take initiative
  • Willingness to reach out to new people and be helpful


The intern will be supervised by a member of the Challenge Success Research Team. Please contact with a cover letter and resume by May 26, 2021.