The Organization

Since its founding in 2001, the League of Education Voters (LEV) has been the driving force behind numerous accomplishments in the state of Washington’s education sector, including passage of the Dream Act (SB 6552) and $1B in additional funding for the 2013-15 biennium to help close the opportunity and achievement gaps for students. Because of these monumental achievements, LEV has become a thought-leader on education policy and reform and is the only non-partisan advocacy group in the nation working to impact education from cradle to career. 

LEV’s mission is to shape the debate, build powerful coalitions, and grow the grassroots to achieve meaningful reform and ample resources for education from early learning through higher education. To better achieve this goal, LEV is comprised of three separate organizations that work in tandem: 

  • The LEV Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, provides strategic, accurate, and timely information to citizens, educators, policymakers, and the media; highlights research-driven educational practices that prepare all students to reach their full potential; and advocates for reforms and revenue to implement the research-based practices in Washington state. 
  • The League of Education Voters, a registered 501(c)4, is a non-partisan organization that partners with parents, students, and civic leaders who believe in a quality education from cradle to career. Working on behalf of students, LEV has successfully led the charge on many of the landmark funding and policy decisions helping improve the education landscape for the entire state of Washington. 
  • Acting as LEV’s political arm, the Education Voters Political Action Fund (PAC) researches, endorses, and supports candidates engaged in bettering the educational standards and conditions across the state. The PAC also educates parents and voters on legislation that effects the education landscape and promotes action at the grassroots level. 

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Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is inspired by LEV’s work to improve education and committed to supporting the organization as it extends its influence across the state. An articulate communicator, the Development Director will help tell the story of LEV and its impact on students and families in a way that motivates and inspires others to action. The ideal candidate will be the quintessential people-person with a drive to meet, understand, and connect individuals passionate about education. S/he will also work in close partnership with a dedicated fundraiser in the CEO, serving as her sounding board and an expert resource. 

Possessing a track record of success in major gifts and individual donor cultivation, as well as a sound understanding of the education climate in Washington state, the Development Director will engage supporters in an informed and confident manner. As a consummate networker, s/he will build relationships with stakeholders that strengthen the community dedicated to education reform in the state.   

The selected candidate will be a highly collaborative and collegial team member, while also comfortable working independently. S/he can switch gears between the big picture and more detail-oriented activities, and is equally adept at both. A sense of humor and genuine optimism about the ability of individuals to make a real difference are also factors of success in this role, as is intellectual curiosity and a drive to keep abreast of a constantly evolving sector.