Founded by philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, Cranbrook Educational Community is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprised of a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, Center for Collections and Research, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and more than 1,600 students attending our Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors and students to its campus each year. Critics have called Cranbrook “the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America” and in 1989 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The campus is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, about 20 miles north of downtown Detroit. For more information, please visit Cranbrook's website.
The mission of the Horizons-Upward Bound (HUB) program is to prepare students who have limited opportunities from the Detroit Metropolitan area to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. HUB academically supports the efforts of the students’ home school by providing services that assist students in pursuing and achieving their dreams and goals for their academic endeavors and beyond.
Cranbrook’s Horizons-Upward Bound program is currently seeking a Director of Development. This position is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program for HUB, including annual giving, corporate and foundation support, major and planned giving, and special events. The Director of Development for HUB reports directly to the Director of Horizons Upward Bound. The Director of Development for HUB partners with the Director of Development for Cranbrook Schools and the Chief Advancement Officer for guidance and strategic development assistance. This position has a critical role in the successful operation of HUB and in meeting its financial and program goals and objectives and those of Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC).
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Develop and implement a comprehensive development program for Horizons-Upward Bound, including short- and long-term goals and strategies for all areas of fundraising.
Successfully direct the planning, execution, and evaluation of the annual giving program for HUB, including donor solicitations and acknowledgements and statistical reports and analyses.
Initiate, prepare, and submit all proposals to foundations and corporations for grant or sponsorship support for HUB’s priority needs and financial goals. Identify new foundation and corporate sources of funding for HUB.
Serve as a liaison on behalf of the Chief Advancement Officer and HUB Director to the HUB Advisory Board and volunteer leadership. Collaborate with the HUB Director, the Director of Development for Cranbrook Schools, and other CEC Advancement colleagues, to successfully manage the individual major gifts program for HUB by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and planned gift prospects and donors.
Coordinate and prepare appropriate donor acknowledgement and tax receipt letters for all HUB contributions in accordance with CEC’s policies and procedures and IRS requirements.
Successfully manage the donor stewardship efforts for HUB gifts, including endowments, grants, sponsorships, Annual Fund donations, and all other contributions to the program.
Involve, advise, and manage volunteer participation in HUB’s development activities as appropriate, providing training and staff support as needed.
Develop and oversee the HUB alumni relations program to engage HUB graduates as donors, volunteers, mentors, and spokespeople for the program. Share direct supervision responsibilities for the HUB Communications/Alumni Engagement staff member. Work collaboratively with other HUB staff to ensure successful alumni engagement.
In collaboration with other HUB staff, develop and disseminate all print, electronic, and social media materials in support of HUB’s development activities, including, but not limited to, solicitation letters, brochures, emails, and web or social media posts, acknowledgement letters, and proposals or case statements.
In collaboration with other HUB staff, plan and implement successful special events, including fundraisers, friend raising events, and donor stewardship events.
Serve as liaison between HUB and Public Relations and Marketing for Cranbrook Schools and CEC.
Provide quarterly development reports and analyses to the HUB Advisory Board or its Executive Committee, as directed.
Consult with the Director of HUB and HUB Program Administrator to ensure the preparation and administration of a fiscally responsible budget for HUB, including the preparation of any reports required for grants, sponsorships, or gifts to HUB.
Maintain attendance, punctuality, and performance standards as set forth in CEC’s employee handbook.
The Director of Development for Horizons-Upward Bound will share supervision responsibilities for the HUB Communications/Alumni Engagement staff member. They will also provide direction and guidance to volunteers serving on the HUB Advisory Board Corporate Committee and student workers as needed.
A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field is required.
A minimum of three to five years of fundraising experience is required.
High proficiency in Word, Excel and database management required to create mail merges and spreadsheets as well as experience in Power Point web-based applications, mass emails and donor software programs for prospect contact management.
Candidate must have donor and volunteer experience along with excellent communication, negotiating, and human relation skills. Will communicate regularly with various levels of Cranbrook constituents including staff, top-level administration, volunteers, donors, and HUB Advisory Board members.
The ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism when working with leadership, donor, and sensitive information.
Candidates must have the ability to manage cross-functional areas of the department as well as serve as a liaison with other departments in Candidates must possess the ability to motivate and hold others accountable in a supervisory role.
Requires a valid Michigan driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.
Cranbrook offers competitive compensation and benefits that include medical, dental, life insurance, long-term and short-term disability, and retirement programs with employer contribution. We also offer generous paid time off, 11 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays, employee discounts, and a unique environment in an educational setting that values collaboration.
Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, Cranbrook Educational Community is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprised of a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and more than 1,600 students attending its PreK-12 independent college-preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors, students, and campers to its campus each year. Critics have called Cranbrook “the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America” and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The campus is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, about 20 miles north of Detroit.
Cranbrook Mission and Values
Mission: Cranbrook Schools are independent day and boarding schools that provide students with a challenging and comprehensive college preparatory education. We motivate students from diverse backgrounds to strive for intellectual, creative, and physical excellence, to develop a deep appreciation for the arts and different cultures, and to employ the technological tools of our modern age. Our schools seek to instill in students a strong sense of personal a...nd social responsibility, the ability to think critically, and the competence to communicate and contribute in an increasingly global community.
Guiding Principles: Cranbrook Schools comprise a college preparatory day and boarding educational institution, early childhood through 12th grade, consisting of three divisions: a lower, middle and an upper school. We are structured to recognize and respond to the developmental, cognitive and creative needs of boys and girls and are dedicated to excellence in all aspects of education.