Director of External Events + Annual Fund

Reports to: Angela Wedlick, Regional Vice President
Start date: February 2021
Location: Houston, Texas


About OneGoal


Despite decades of work and millions of  dollars invested, the degree divide continues to be one of our nation’s most complex and critical injustices, with deep roots in systems of oppression and racism.  Only 22% of students from low-income communities earn a college degree, compared to 67% of their peers from high-income areas. 

COVID-19 further exposed and exacerbated inequity, with communities of color and those in low-income areas impacted at disproportionately high rates. We are looking for individuals to join us in our fight for equity during this extremely critical time.

  • OneGoal has grown from a small afterschool program serving just 32 students in Chicago to a nationwide movement that is serving some 12,500 students in six communities.
  • Our model, honed over 14 years, has three core differentiators: A rigorous, culturally relevant content and experience, cohorts of students who can support each other over the course of three years, and a teacher who supports our most vulnerable students’ long-term ambitions.
  • 88% of OneGoal high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution and 79% of those who enroll persist one year after high school.

About OneGoal- Houston



Only 12% of students in Houston from low-income communities earn a college degree, compared to 86% of their peers from high-income areas. At OneGoal, we believe that all students – not just those with the best grades or the most resources – have the ability and deserve the opportunity to earn a postsecondary degree. What’s more, we have developed a solution that works, and we believe this problem is solvable within our lifetime.  For more information about the Houston Region, click here.


The Person


You believe – and your work has demonstrated your belief – that all students can earn a degree and the life that comes with it. As Director of External Events + Annual Fund, you will be responsible for setting vision and direction for the region’s external events and our annual fund campaign by collaborating with the regional team, the Executive Director, the Regional Vice President, and the Board of Directors to achieve outcomes.  You are also responsible for the research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of donors to our annual fund. 


 You will do this by:

  • Designing and executing, through strong project management, annual external engagement opportunities for our region that grows our donor base and deepens partnerships for OneGoal. 
  • With the Senior Director of External Affairs and the rest of the team, plan and execute events for individual supporters and corporate partner events, as well as the planning and execution of our high profile large-scale annual event.
  • Collaborate with our program team to support Career Days and Experience Exchanges over the course of the program year that thoughtfully engages external stakeholders and donors.  
  • Manage, through strategic cultivation, stewardship, planning and execution of strategies, existing supporters and prospects to support the overall regional financial  goals and capitalize on strategic giving streams in our pipeline. 
    • Execute on an annual and multi-year vision for the Houston Development Team, including strategies and campaigns. Implement strong communication, data, and thoughtful cultivation & stewardship strategies to influence and motivate new and existing individual & corporate supporters.
    • Implement our donor prospecting process to uncover new potential supporters, gather information to inform strategic steps forward, and prepare yourself & our external solicitors to execute strong meetings. Your work will ensure that our Executive Director and External Affairs leaders are able to effectively do their best work every day. 
  • Expertly managing the Houston Development Team’s finance records through our weekly gift processing cycle. 
  • Support the Development Team in all aspects of donor cultivation and engagement, including by executing a weekly process to ensure that all gifts made to OneGoal- Houston are processed in a timely manner, recorded in our data system, and acknowledged properly.


The Director of External Events + Annual Fund  is likely to see himself/herself/themselves in the following examples as they are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your own passion, purpose, skills, and experiences. 


You are a strategist/synthesizer. 

  • You like to explore and build innovative approaches and have designed new ways of doing things. You make connections, determine fits, and build plans that are responsive to interlocking and evolving challenges and opportunities. 
  • Contingency planning and problem solving excite you, and working to streamline and improve systems gives you energy.


You are a compelling and inspiring communicator and it is rooted in your beliefs.

  • You’ve developed materials and talking points that have resulted in impact and building champions in your work. You have a unique ability to understand others’ perspectives and motivations and adjust your messages, approach and design based on your audience. 
  • You get energy from meeting others and they are inspired when they meet you. When you meet someone, you are able to understand what motivates them, communicate why our work matters, and connect their interests to investing in OneGoal. 
  • You are an exceptional communicator with experience winning people over. It’s energizing to “close the deal,” and you will not give up easily when you have identified someone who is a strong fit.
  • Your written and verbal communication shines whether meant for a new intern or a founding Board member.


You are committed to the donor experience. 

  • You’re passionate about what motivates people to support an organization and are dedicated to tailoring  outreach to meet those needs. You know every touch point with a donor should be intentional and should further their commitment to OneGoal and our Fellows.
  • You get energy from ensuring that people have a positive experience and treat relationship management and stewardship as a key priority.


Execution is your wheelhouse. 

  • You get things done. People know you as someone they can depend on to come through for them. You are trusted by your colleagues because you follow through on your commitments and you circle back and close the loop on communication cycles.
  • You’ve demonstrated the ability to work diligently towards your goals and can comfortably pivot and try new strategies when challenges arise or priorities shift. 
  • Even though you are highly effective at executing, you don’t go at it alone. You know that collaboration and teamwork is key to innovation and you are comfortable investing people in a project and leading a project team towards a rigorous execution of your plan.


You hold and act on a deep conviction that the degree divide is one of our nation’s most critical injustices, with deep roots in systems of oppression and racism.

  • You believe that our Fellows face real, systemic challenges that hinder their ability to achieve a college education.  Yet, you understand that those challenges are surmountable – though not easy – through a program like OneGoal that leverages highly effective teachers to support young people to and through college.  You know the work isn’t easy but you also know that our Fellows deserve nothing less.  
  • You seek to understand and celebrate the unique identities of the individuals with whom you interact; you advocate for and elevate the voices of marginalized people and communities especially those from which our Fellows come; you integrate your knowledge, skills and mindsets related to diversity and inclusion into every aspect of the work. 
  • You take an equity-centered approach to your work and actively work to uproot the barriers and mindsets that impede opportunity for our Fellows and our work.
  • In your development work, you are committed to influencing others to gain and act on an understanding of the barriers our Fellows face and become champions of addressing that injustice.
  • You believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and will actively live out our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required)
  • 2+ years Development and/or Donor Events planning (Required)
  • Lived experience of the Fellows we serve (Preferred)
  • Demonstrated experience managing Individual Giving/Annual fund campaigns (Highly Preferred)
  • Understanding of the Houston philanthropic and education landscape (Preferred)
  • Ability to travel to external stakeholders across Houston


This position requires that the employee be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on or before the start date.  Consistent with applicable laws, OneGoal will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified employees and prospective employees with a disability (as defined by applicable law) or sincerely-held religious beliefs, provided that such accommodation would not result in an undue hardship on OneGoal.

Our Team 


Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 150 OneGoal staff across the country who believe in the untapped potential within students. The OneGoal team challenges themselves and others to regularly ask, “Is there a better way?” 


The Tangible Good 


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package* which includes medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement matching, paid parental leave, and more. We also offer a generous paid time off policy, including 20 paid vacation days, holidays and 6 wellness days (flexible sick time). 

*OneGoal reserves the right to change benefits at anytime according to business need.  


You believe in people and the promise of humanity and are committed to equity and inclusion 


You believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and the essence of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that in order to create the change we seek, each person we hire brings a remarkable and diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics that individually and collectively, will contribute to the radical change needed to move us towards a more equitable and just nation.


Throw Your Hat in the Ring


Please use the “Apply For This Job Now” link at the bottom of this page to complete an application, which includes attaching an updated resume and cover letter explaining your passion and alignment to this position.


If you require a reasonable accommodation to submit an application or to participate in the application or interview process, please reach out to our Human Assets Team to request an accommodation. Our Human Assets Team can be contacted at 773-321-2630 or


OneGoal is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of actual or perceived sex, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, parenthood, genetic characteristic or information, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law.