The Director of Development reports to the Head of School and is responsible for creating and executing all fundraising initiatives that build upon a strong culture of philanthropy and maximizes giving to the school.
Responsibilities include the following but are not limited to:
Identify, research and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program designed to attract maximum gift support to Grand River Academy.
Establish and execute development and strategic programs that increases annual giving.
Develop, coordinate and track all aspects of an ongoing major gifts program.
Research, develop, execute and track annual progress on a cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship action plan of the school's key prospects including current and former board members, alumni, current and alumni parents, corporations, foundations and other donors.
Develop authentic relationships with and personally solicit major donors.
Identify and solicit corporate and foundation funding opportunities.
Maintain and utilize prospect & contributor databases and provide donor and prospect activity and create development reports as required.
Oversee processing of all gift income for the purpose of providing receipts and the maintaining of giving records of donors to the school.
Coordinate stewardship efforts with alumni and current parents.
Inform Head of School of the fund-raising activities of the Development Office, including progress on annual objectives and strategy sessions.
Plan and execute major fundraising events for the Academy.
Collaborate with the Admissions Office on PR initiatives.
Work with the Marketing and Communications Office to create/produce fundraising related materials which will most effectively communicate with our various constituencies (including the annual magazine).
Develop and lead a professional and volunteer staff to carry out the activities of this office, including an assistant director.
Serve as a member of the leadership team and contribute to the overall strategic direction of the school.
Serve as the community liaison for GRA development interests.
Support the school and its leadership.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Requires weekend and evening work
Some travel required
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree and CFRE preferred
Independent school experience preferred
Five+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising
Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the Academy’ constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
Demonstrated ability to lead a direct-report team with an emphasis on team development, skill building, and collaboration
Ability to understand, interpret and articulate the Academy’s mission and programs to potential families, donors, and other Academy community members, in conversation, in writing and through online and social media outlets
Ability to work easily with the Academy’s community, including faculty, students, fellow staff, Board of Trustee members, etc.
Proficiency in database management, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Google Drive and other computer skills, is required
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines
Aptitude for providing an example and leadership in fundraising activities and school events
Capacity to direct an activity and provide the staffing and service needed
Valid Ohio driver’s license
Successful completion of background and drug screens
List of 5 professional references and their contact information. References will not be contacted without your permission
Position will remain open until filled
About Grand River Academy
Established in 1831, Grand River Academy is a college preparatory boarding and day school located in Austinburg, Ohio, that serves over 100 young men in grades 8-12, with a post-graduate option. The faculty and staff continue to make strides in the school’s mission to educate the total young man – academically, socially and emotionally to prepare them for lifelong success. The school offers small and intimate class sizes, individualized instruction and supportive faculty. Grand River Academy serves a unique and important niche - helping young men unlock and activate their full potential.