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Director of Development


The Director of Development is a member of the school’s administrative team reporting to the Superintendent.  The Director of Development is responsible for leading the School’s capital fundraising program as adopted by the Board of Trustees and reports to the Superintendent.  The Director will also be responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, donors and administration.





  • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual capital campaigns, special projects, and other school-related solicitations.
  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  • Maintains contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
  • Develops and implements parent and class-based fundraising programs within the Capital Fund.


Board of Trustees Relations

  • Works with the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and the Superintendent to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising goals.
  • Develops fundraising training for Trustees and other leadership volunteers.
  • Assumes responsibility for all Development reports to the Board and other agencies, and attends all Board meetings.
  • Assists the Board with recommending and researching potential new members.


Development Office Infrastructure

  • Creates office systems to support all Development projects and operations.
  • Supervises donor and gift record-keeping.
  • Coordinates development research activities.
  • Oversees the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.
  • Manages the pledge reminder and acknowledgement programs.


Alumni Relations

  • Manages and maintains the alumni database.
  • Organizes and supports an alumni association.


  • Organizes alumni events, collects news and information about the members of the alumni for publication, and keeps accurate records of the school’s alumni.


 Parent Relations

  • Works with the Parent Teacher Committee to identify and train a core group of volunteers to assist in the Annual Giving, special events and other fundraising programs as needed.


Performs other related work as required.




A minimum of 3 years professional fundraising experience, preferably in non-profit/government environment.
Proven experience in designing and managing development and alumni relations programs.
Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors, parents, administrators and faculty.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work as a leader and as part of a team.
Familiarity with traditional educational and school needs.




Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including computers, copiers, etc.  Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. 

Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, statements, etc.  Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, evaluations, statements, etc. using prescribed formats.

Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form.

Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages including insurance, personnel and governmental terminology.

Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with emergency situations.

Requires the ability to talk and hear ideas by means of spoken word.  Must be able to communicate via telephone.


REPORTS TO:     Superintendent

FSLA STATUS:    Exempt


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this job.