Background — Strive

Strive is a non-profit organization dedicated to character-driven leadership development. Strive offers a research-based, customizable curriculum that begins with self-knowledge, moves into culture creation, and ultimately instills the habit of rigorous leadership practice in its program participants. At Strive, we believe that "how you lead matters". We partner with young people and adults across the United States — in schools, community organizations, and athletic departments — to develop character-driven leadership skills and build unique, and intentionally positive culture.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Strive is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals to apply regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy status (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, and/or any other characteristics unrelated to merit.

If you feel energized by what you read here, but aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! We believe diverse backgrounds lead to innovative thinking, making our programs better for the students and educators we serve. Above all, we’re looking for the right person to grow with us!


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

How we define Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Strive


The understanding that each individual is different; the recognition of our differences as it relates to the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.


The presence of structural factors that benefit all individuals, groups, and communities; an intentional effort to transform the status quo by providing opportunity and resources for those who have historically not had access.


A state of belonging and connection; the act of including and supporting people who have historically been marginalized or excluded.

How You Lead Matters

Strive’s mission is to spread the power of character-driven leadership. We know that effective and successful leaders are self-aware and bring their full identities and values to any situation. Through social emotional learning and character development, we believe that anyone can become a character-driven leader, and that when everyone brings their differences and individuality to the table, we are all more motivated, innovative, and collaborative.

Strive is committed to ensuring that individuals from all backgrounds have the opportunity to become character-driven leaders through our intentionally designed social-emotional learning curricula and programs. 

We are equally committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for our employees.

Click here to view Strive’s full Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.


Development Manager Position

Strive seeks an energetic, strategic, and experienced fundraising professional to join the organization as part-time Development Manager. The Development Manager will be a key member of Strive’s team and will devise, implement, and manage a multi-year fundraising plan that aligns with Strive’s Strategic Plan. This role will work to grow the number of funders, cultivate external relationships, and expand overall contributed revenue through diverse channels. 

This is a new position at a small but rapidly growing organization. We are looking for someone to evaluate the current fundraising practices and successes of the organization and to guide the future direction of fundraising strategy and priorities.

The Development Manager will report to and work closely with Strive’s President and Board of Directors to achieve ambitious fundraising goals. An individual with great enthusiasm for Strive’s commitment to develop character leaders and build unique, conscious cultures will find the work of this position to be enormously rewarding.


Roles & Responsibilities:

Strategy Development

  • Provide strategic leadership in the planning, execution, and management of Strive’s development efforts, including individual giving, special events, corporate and foundation relations, civic groups, and other new initiatives.
  • Develop and execute annual and multi-year fundraising plans with specific, quantifiable goals across all contributed revenue streams.
  • Create and implement an organized systematic approach to facilitate donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

Donor Engagement

  • Working with the President, serve as the organization’s secondary external ambassador to develop and maintain close relationships with Strive’s family of supporters, including the Board of Directors, individual donors, corporate sponsors, and community leaders, and new prospects in each category.
  • Develop and execute meaningful engagement opportunities with donors including donor communications, virtual and in-person events, and other initiatives.


  • In concert with the President and Marketing Manager, develop key messaging that is clear, comprehensive, and compelling in presenting an inspiring story about Strive’s mission.
  • Collaborate effectively across the organization to ensure opportunities for strategic collaboration between fundraising initiatives and programmatic activities.


  • Create and manage the development budget - set quarterly and annual goals, track progress, and oversee the creation of monthly reports for the President.
  • Oversee donor information, outreach, gifts and acknowledgements, assuring timely correspondence, efficient internal systems, and accurate record-keeping.


Qualifications & Requirements

  • Non-profit development experience, preferably with small to medium sized organizations (budgets of less than $5 million).
  • Diverse fundraising experience with a preference to candidates with experience in individual giving.
  • Exceptional writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to speak passionately about Strive’s mission.
  • A highly motivated self-starter, with the ability to work both collaboratively as part of a close-knit team and independently.
  • An enthusiastic leader with a zest for learning and a strong commitment to positively impacting others.
  • Understands the essential roles diversity, equity and inclusion play in the nonprofit sector.
  • Proficiency in Google Platform and Zoom.
  • Experience with HubSpot and Adobe creative suite a plus.


Location & Schedule

The Development Manager is a part-time (up to 20 hours per week) position. There is potential for this position to become full-time based on the performance of the Development Manager. 

Strive is currently operating utilizing a hybrid model, partially in office (Wilmington, DE) and partially work-from-home. This individual will be expected to spend time in the office weekly as well as network and attend meetings in the greater Wilmington area.


Our Core Values & Principles

Strive upholds the following core values, and expects all employees to do the same.

  • Know Thyself - By first practicing self-awareness, we prepare ourselves to be the best possible teammates.

  • Fill Tanks - We demonstrate extraordinary passion and unwavering support of teammates.

  • Brush It Off and Grow - We foster a culture in which individuals seek out challenges, view mistakes as opportunities to improve and bounce back from setbacks.

  • Be Fair and Honest - We do the right thing.

  • Choose Laughter - We believe in the value of laughing and having fun. We take our work seriously, but we do not take ourselves too seriously.

  • Stick With It - We expect all who are involved with Strive to put in their best effort, particularly knowing that effort lies within our circle of control.

  • Find the Best in Yourself so that you can Inspire the Best in Others - In all that we undertake we strive for individual and collective greatness.


How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to Belle Koclanes, President, by May 11th.


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