Managing Director, Delaware Partnerships

· Wilmington, Delaware
Employment Type Full-Time

Job Title: Managing Director, Delaware Partnerships 

Location: Delaware 

Employment Type: Full time Temporary (until June 30, 2023, with possibility of extension to become Delaware region’s Executive Director)

Start Date: October 2022

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to (applications submitted via email will not be accepted).

About Braven

We believe that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. We empower promising college students with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.  

Learn more about Braven’s impact:

Braven was named one of America’s Best Startup Employers 2022 by Forbes! We’re proud to be a nonprofit organization that values its employees and has always been committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that mirrors our country.

About the Role

The Managing Director (MD)’s charge is to build a strong coalition of corporate, philanthropic, and nonprofit partners in Delaware that will support Braven’s potential new Delaware region, which would launch with Delaware State University in Spring 2024. As the MD of Delaware Partnerships, you will build shared-value partnerships with employers, oversee all development efforts and ensure a sustainable funding pipeline, lay the groundwork for a founding local board, elevate Braven’s local brand and thought leadership, and steward the region’s hopeful partnership with Delaware State University.

As a grant-funded temporary role, this position will be a full-time role from October 2022 through at least June 2023, with the potential for transitioning into a permanent role as the executive director of the region if development goals are met and the Delaware State launch is confirmed for Spring 2024. 

The Team
The MD will report to Kate Shoemaker, Head of New Sites. The MD will also collaborate with the central external affairs team to build a path to raising roughly $6.2M for the DSU expansion by January 2024, among other external priorities.

What You’ll Do:

Stakeholder Management and Awareness Building

  • Ensuring health of key stakeholder relationships at both university, philanthropic, and employer partners
  • Raising Braven’s regional brand awareness through thought-leadership, awards, public speaking, social media, and press pieces
  • Explore local political landscape and engage in critical policy efforts when relevant
  • Managing and expanding a regional advisory board that will help maximize the Delaware region’s impact, narrative, and sustainability

Regional Fundraising and Sustainability

  • Building a fundraising pipeline toward the goal of $6.2M raised for the DSU program by January 2024
  • Focusing on significantly growing and diversifying a sustainable funding base that will include gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government 

Qualifications & skills: The ideal person will be extremely driven, customer-service and results oriented, and entrepreneurial and excited to dive into an early-stage organization poised to change the local educational landscape. At Braven we look for people who do what it takes and operate with humility and hunger.


  • 7-10 years leadership experience as an Executive, leading a Department, or similar, with a verifiable track record of building strong partnerships and successfully meeting fundraising targets while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable team culture. This includes vision setting and strategic planning and leading others to reach goals.
  • Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of Braven
  • Motivation and drive to fundraise and ensure financial sustainability of the region; an ability to mobilize people and to create champions of an organizational mission
  • Experience building and working in partnership with a Board of Directors, partner organizations, funders, and other key constituents
  • Strong gravitas, communication skills, relationship-building skills, presence, and maturity that engender respect and facilitate a strong partnership with very senior-level staff and Faculty, high-profile community stakeholders and civic leaders, Braven staff, Fellows, and Leadership Coaches
  • Uncommon level of personal responsibility, professional maturity and humility, commitment to personal growth, and understanding of one’s own leadership style and its impact on others
  • Ability to make strong data-informed decisions and ask insightful questions about data because you excel at drawing actionable insights from analyses and translating for yourself and others how these insights further your strategy
  • Deep roots and networks in the Delaware area


  • Delaware State University alumni are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Experience in an early-stage environment

Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work remotely from Delaware with regular travel for in-person meetings in Delaware and occasional travel for Braven team meetings nationally 
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and have received the Booster vaccination against COVID-19 and provide proof of such by the date of hire. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exempted individuals will be subject to weekly testing if they engage in any in-person work activities.   

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your demonstrated fit for the role, will likely be between $108,400 - $135,500. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide, week-long shutdowns in July and the end of the calendar year 
  • Match of your 401K contribution up to 5% of your base annual salary, starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium


The Braven Program at Delaware State University will be delivered virtually to enable the participation of hundreds of volunteer professionals. As such, Braven does not currently have an office or hub in Delaware and this role will be a remote role. However, the role will require occasional in-person engagement included but not limited to: in-person meetings with external stakeholders in Delaware and nationally and team-building or strategic sessions with Braven staff and leadership in one of our current hubs (Chicago, San José, Newark, New York City, and Atlanta) or elsewhere. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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