Since its founding in 1972, the leadership, administration, and community at Heschel have established and continued the foundations of a culture of philanthropy. We seek an experienced and passionate development professional who will work with us to expand both resources and relationships. The Director of Development is responsible for leading Heschel’s fundraising program while developing close relationships with the community. Fundraising goals for the program include annual campaign, endowment, and capital giving. The management level position is a key member of the school’s administrative team and reports to the Head of School. Furthermore, this is a leadership position that requires the ability to develop and project a vision of the future.
Title: Director of Development
Reports to: Head of School
Responsibilities – Development
Provide leadership for interaction between and among the school, parents, and friends, ensuring their support for the school’s mission and strategic plan.
Work closely and effectively with Board members, the Head of School, administrative staff, faculty, and Parent Organization within the full range of development activities.
Serve on the Board Development Committee.
Attend and present reports (both written and oral) at Board meetings as needed and/or requested.
Inform and educate specific constituents, including but not limited to the Board of Directors, the Parent Organization, current and prospective parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and local businesses about the need for giving to Heschel.
Design and implement a comprehensive fundraising program to include goals and objectives, strategies, programs, and activities.
Develop and adhere to an annual fundraising/development calendar.
Research and follow up on grant opportunities.
Identify corporations and community groups that are supportive of the school’s mission and whose interests reflect strength in areas of capital, program, and development.
Write and manage all grant applications from proposals through acceptance, follow-up, and evaluation.
Oversee the implementation of the Annual Fund campaign including direct mail, email, solicitations, thank you letters, etc.
Maintain a comprehensive accounting, transmittal, and acknowledgment process for all donations and pledges.
Plan and organize special events for the cultivation, recognition, and stewardship of parents, former parents, grandparents, alumni, donors, and friends, while working closely with the Board Development Committee.
Develop and manage the donor appreciation program including sending out acknowledgements and giving recognitions as necessary.
Develop and prepare budgets for the Development Office; analyze and review budgetary
and financial data; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations.
Prepare, analyze, and maintain a variety of records and reports related to donors, giving activities, events, committees, and related functions; prepare financial and statistical reports including budget analysis, event budgets, donor statistics, and goals.
Write and design, working closely with the marketing office, production requirements for all development materials, Annual Report, and any other information associated with the achievement of Heschel’s fundraising, image building, and public relations objectives.
Consult with and provide information and support for the Parent Organization regarding their fundraising activities.
Work with the Business Office to ensure that all necessary policies regarding planned giving, endowments, and gift acceptance policies are in place, clearly articulated, and enforced.
Work with the Director of Admission to clearly articulate and educate both prospective and current parents regarding the importance and opportunities for giving at Heschel.
Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
Conduct regular meetings providing time to brainstorm, collaborate, follow-up, and evaluate all development initiatives.
Promptly read and respond to all school emails and inquiries, typically within 24 hours.
Keep abreast of current development trends and best practices by attending conferences, networking with other professionals, and reading pertinent publications and materials.
Participate in the CAIS/WASC self-study.
Commit to professional development through attendance at workshops and seminars, participating in webinars and conferences, and reading professional literature.
Collaborate with other independents school counterparts about trends and best practices.
Oversee the recruitment, screening, interviewing and hiring of the Advancement Office staff.
Responsibilities - Accountabilities
Manage communication in a timely, positive, and effective manner.
Exercise diplomacy, professionalism, and warmth in any and all interactions.
Demonstrate a commitment to professional development.
Work in partnership with the Head of School and the administration of the school.
Perform other duties as required to assist in the administration of the school.
Practice efficient planning, organization, and direction of the office.
Manage projects, tasks and details with efficiency.
Demonstrate successful and effective use of the school’s computer system, network, and database.
Develop relationships for increased giving and volunteering.
Ensure accuracy in information communicated.
Complete projects and assignments according to established time frames.
Communicate regularly and comprehensively.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
Demonstrate a positive attitude and build relationships.