JOB DESCRIPTION: The Director of Development is responsible for creating a comprehensive development and constituent relations program designed to engage constituents in the life of the school and generate private, philanthropic support for the school. The Director of Development serves as the Campaign Manager for the Building Dreams Campaign. Responsible for annual giving, major gifts, foundation relations and special events and for deepening relationships with current parents, grandparents, alumni and alumni parents. The Director serves as the liaison to the Parent Association.
The Director of Development works closely with the Head of School, Director of Finance and Advancement, the Board of Directors and other volunteers to achieve the school’s fundraising goals.
1. Translates campaign plans into actions in order that the campaign proceed on schedule and successfully. 2. Staffs the HOS and Campaign Committee in fulfilling their roles. 3. Updates the HOS and Campaign Committee regularly on the status of the Campaign. 4. Coordinates Campaign Committee meetings, events and activities. 5. Personally and with the HOS and Campaign Committee members cultivates and solicits families, organizations, and corporations for the campaign. 6. Writes personalized campaign proposals. 7. Records the progress of each initiative taken with a prospect through a tracking system. 8. Tracks on pledges and ensures that donors are reminded of pledge payments in a timely manner. 9. Makes presentations on the campaign to groups of individuals, corporations and civic organizations. 10. Manages gift acknowledgement and donor recognition.
1. In concert with the Advancement Committee, recommends goal to Board of Trustees based on historical analysis of donor and prospect base and School needs. 2. Develops targeted campaigns for current parents and grandparents of current alumni parents, alumni, faculty/staff and other constituencies. 3. Establishes complex calendar of solicitations by targeted constituency and fundraising strategy. 4. Provides ongoing and targeted evaluation and analysis to meet goals. 5. Personally contacts prospects as appropriate for the annual fund.
6. Staffs the volunteer leadership for the annual fund, including ensuring that volunteers receive the appropriate support and recognition.
7. Uses multiple channels in soliciting donors. 8. Coordinates annual fund with other school fundraising. 9. Recommends and implements changes in strategies to meet program goals and objectives. 10. Composes written documents and materials in support of the annual fund. 11. Coordinates gift acknowledgment and pledge fulfillment. 12. Maximizes the corporate matching gift potential among current and prospective annual fund donors.
1. Prepares annual plan of campus approaches to foundations for priority projects. 2. Prepares and submits proposals, including tracking progress of proposals through decision making cycle, strategizing follow up and intermediate moves between application and decision, and determining reasons when proposals are rejected.
3. Schedules and develops strategies for visits on campus and off campus for foundation leaders/staff.
4. Insures timely submission of reports to foundations and corporate donors.
1. Serves as liaison to the Parent Association. 2. Provides leadership to volunteers planning fundraising events.
1. Manages all development and alumni events. 2. Ensures that date of event is cleared on key individuals’ calendars and that it is added to
Blue Oak master calendar. 3. For recurring events, brings creativity to ensure that events are fresh and not redundant. 4. Make arrangements for facilities, food service, decorations, audio visual and other logistical arrangements. 5. Utilize volunteers in appropriate roles to assist with event planning and implementation. 6. Writes event scenario and script. 7. Ensure that appropriate people receive briefing packet on event with adequate lead time (including guest list with pertinent information, program scenario, script, etc.) 8. Attend events and ensure that the event/program runs smoothly.
1. Develop, plan and implement a year-round program of events and activities directed at alumni to increase the connection, involvement and knowledge of the school, including arts, sports, social and other events
2. Develops programs and activities designed to nurture relationships with the alumni parents and grandparents.
1. Implements a stewardship plan for Blue Oak that ensures that current and past donors and volunteers feel appreciated and recognized for their gifts of time, talent and treasure.
1. Seven years of progressively more responsible experience in a related area of institutional advancement. 2. Track record of cultivating and soliciting significant gifts. 3. Experience working in an organization that has mounted a capital campaign. 4. Ability to manage a capital campaign. 5. Deep appreciation of the mission of the School. 6. Ability to establish positive relationships with the school's various constituencies. 7. Ability to organize and prioritize own work load in a timely manner to complete assignment when faced with many deadlines and competing requirements. 8. Outstanding interpersonal skills. 9. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 10. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as a team member to achieve goals. 11. Demonstrated skill in mobilizing and working with volunteer groups in a leadership capacity. 12. Demonstrated ability to succeed in managing a comprehensive annual fund program. 13. Ability to conceive, plan and execute a multifaceted annual fund program. 14. Experience in enlisting, training, and staffing volunteer leaders in the fulfillment of their responsibilities. 15. Computer skills necessary to be successful in job. 16. Bachelor’s degree.
Additional Salary Information: Salary negotiable
About Blue Oak School
Blue Oak School offers a challenging and stimulating education to children of diverse backgrounds and interests. Through the culture and community of the School, teachers nurture the development of character and foster confidence, creativity, flexibility and curiosity in each child.
Blue Oak School does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual or gender identity in its hiring processes and actively promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. We offer competitive compensation and a progressive community dedicated to learning and engaged citizenship.