Philanthropy Communications Lead @ Hack Club

This position has been filled as of May 3rd, 2022.

Interested in a dynamic, quickly-growing entrepreneurial nonprofit with teens and technology at its core? Hack Club supports high school coders in 36 states and 22 countries in starting coding clubs, hackathons, and building awesome projects.

As our new philanthropy hire (a new position), you'll shape and advance our philanthropy strategy, and lead on executing it alongside Hack Club's COO, its board, and a team of designers, video, and social media contractors. You'll be working closely with an incredibly talented and unusual creative team of engineers, international journalists, billionaire coders, and teen hackers!

To date, we've raised $6 million from a dozen committed donors---including Elon Musk---and the right candidate can leverage our highly-connected network to build a sustainable $5 to $7 million per year donor network with relationship building, storytelling, and collaboration.

We're seeking a deeply experienced mid-level executive with proven success in fundraising, communications and partnerships. The work has begun: you will be able to rely on our board and circle of supporters to open some doors. You'll be joining a newly hired VP of Philanthropy, and you'll be reporting directly to the COO of Hack Club.

The goal of this team is to raise $5 to $7 million per year through major gifts of $10,000 to $2,000,000 from ultra-high-net-worth individuals, foundations and corporations, in partnership with the VP of philanthropy, COO Christina Asquith and founder Zach Latta. Your area of focus will be foundations, gifts ranging from $10k-$250k, and partnerships.

Position responsibilities:

Prospecting and managing full life cycle: The ability to turn a list of 50 foundations into dedicated Hack Club donors in 6 months, raising $2m. This work includes: prospecting foundations, writing persuasive emails, writing grants and proposals and tracking and managing this process.

Successfully overseeing a spreadsheet of 20-50 smaller donors, and ensuring they give $10k-$250k each. This work includes managing a CRM, some travel, and creating content about Hack Club, including demonstrating our success metrics, anecdotes of teen achievements and creating newsletters/videos/emails to share our success.

Steward current donors: create touchpoints, increase their gift size, and ask for introductions. Identify new donors, lead on outreach and manage follow up

Conceptualize partnerships with aligned companies like SpaceX, Replit, GitHub and FIRST. This work includes working with the engineers on cool ideas, reaching out to corporate leadership, and managing the partner experience successfully.

Actively participate in creating our media/marketing strategy, and then work closely with Hack Club's communications team, which will:

Your skills and qualifications:

You have a demonstrated track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donations

You're energized by an entrepreneurial setting; you thrive in new and ambiguous situations that require figuring out new solutions, rather than taking predetermined paths to success

You are known for your clear and compelling written and verbal presentations

You are a consummate professional and your work ethic is an example to others

You have an ability to lead effectively through relationships, persuasion and influence, and you navigate difficult conversations with grace and empathy

You are a both a doer and a thinker readily roll up your sleeves to get into the data while also driving towards the bigger picture

You have developed detailed strategies and plans that are at the right intersection of ambitious and achievable

What we offer

An opportunity to build a new, truly equitable educational system that gives every teenager a chance, regardless of background, race or gender. Hack Club's mission is to build a cultural youth institution for the 21st century, with 21st century skills, built by and for teenagers. This starts in high school, where Hack Club students learn to be technically proficient, build their friend network, learn to raise and spend money, and develop into kind, curious, thoughtful, optimistic, and honest leaders

The thrill of a start-up and a greenfield to build things from scratch.

The support of an Executive Assistant, and a budget to contract for needed skills such as design, grant-writing and prospecting.

Two Hack Club teenagers, working full or part time; remote or in person. Hack Club is by teens for teens, and all aspects of our work has heavy involvement of Hack Clubbers. The job expectation includes working transparently in our community, and facilitating young people interested in fundraising.

PAY: Starts at $100,000 (commensurate with experience)


4 weeks paid time off (PTO)

11 paid holidays

$1,000 per month toward the cost of health insurance

Flexible schedule

Full-time remote (occasional visits to the Vermont office)

Hardware stipend of $2000 (e.g., MacBook Air, big monitor, external keyboard and mouse)


Willing to travel approximately 6 times per year

From your home office, you are able to work extended hours and weekends as needed

Fully Covid-19 vaccinated

TO APPLY: Email with "bling" in the subject line, 3 bullet points demonstrating why you would be exceptional for the role, and your resume

Hack Club provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy or recent childbirth or related medical condition, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, the use of a guide or support animal because of blindness, deafness or physical handicap of any individual, citizenship, veteran or military status, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence status, possession of a GED instead of high school diploma, or any other protected characteristic under applicable federal, state or local laws.