Director of Development, Full-Time, Immediate Opening
St. Anne’s School of Annapolis, an independent Episcopal school serving 250 students from Two Years through Eighth Grade, has reopened its search for a full-time Director of Development.
The Director of Development oversees and manages all aspects of the school's development program, implementing a results-oriented, comprehensive plan to meet the school's established goals and objectives. The position reports to the Head of School, serves on the school’s Administrative Team, and serves as the operational liaison and member of the Board of Trustee’s Advancement Committee and Capital Campaign Committee. The Director of Development supervises a full-time Development Associate and works in collaboration with a part-time Director of Upper School Placement and Alumni Relations.
This is an exciting and transformative time in the life of the school, as the school has completed a feasibility study and successfully embarked on the leadership phase of a project based capital campaign to achieve initiatives that will continue to distinguish the school and extend its reputation as a thought leader in inquiry based learning. Philanthropic giving at the school has been at historically high levels overall in recent years, thanks to an engaged and vibrant community, including 100% participation on the part of Faculty and Board and 72% participation among families. There are high levels of engagement for parent association activities that result further in unrestricted gifts to support the school. The next Director of Development is positioned to have significant impact in a supportive and dynamic setting.
The Director of Development:
- Clearly articulates and promotes a strong case of need for philanthropy and builds opportunities to create and sustain a culture that understands the relationship between philanthropy and a unique, quality, St. Anne’s School education.
- Implements a comprehensive development plan, including strategic initiatives for securing major gifts, donations to the school’s annual fund, corporate and foundation grants, endowment gifts, implementing a robust alumni giving program, defining stewardship and prospecting tactics, enhancing special fundraising/cultivation events, and developing new approaches to supporting traditional advancement initiatives.
- Meets regularly with the Head of School regarding program goals and initiatives and routinely reports to the Board of Trustees and appropriate committees.
- Works collaboratively and creatively with the Directors of Communications and Admission/Outreach to position development opportunities and integrate messages in publications, grant submissions, reports, and materials for cultivating and stewarding donors.
- Serves as a liaison with the Parents' Association leadership and its committees, promoting stewardship and cultivation and working collaboratively with the Parents Association as it conducts key activities in support of the school. Attends St. Anne’s School events and activities and fosters significant pride and excitement for fundraising efforts.
- Leads on-going stewardship and cultivation efforts with all key constituents of the school, developing strategies for existing donors to effectively move them through a meaningful cycle of giving.
- Oversees management of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, the donor database, and financial reporting, using the school’s student information system Senior Systems.
- Manages prospect research and cultivation initiatives with a special emphasis on pursuing strategies to secure or increase giving from donors. This includes providing a structure and process for key advancement and leadership staff, and Board of Trustees, for a regular review of strategies attached to solicitations of potential donors (e.g. contact reports).
- Supervises development associate, providing regular performance reviews and appropriate recognition, and supporting ongoing professional development opportunities.
- Deep appreciation and understanding of the School’s mission and the ability to articulate its values and vision internally and externally.
- Proven track record of fundraising success, particularly by securing major gifts, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging a community of motivated supporters.
- Excellent managerial skills including experience successfully managing development staff.
- Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment.
- Working knowledge of development best practices, trends in (independent school) education and development, fundraising tools and technology, including donor databases, e-mail and online campaigns, and donor research.
- Adherence to confidentiality and highest ethical standards, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.
- Demonstrates leadership and exemplifies a collaborative, warm, decisive, motivating and engaging communication style.
- Minimum of 5+ years of increasing responsibility in non-profit fundraising, preferably within an independent school.
Please send a cover letter and credentials to Epiphany Smith, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, email@example.com Only applications that include a letter of interest to the school, along with resume/CV, will be considered.
About St. Anne's School:
St. Anne’s School of Annapolis invests in the intellectual and spiritual promise of each student in a community that celebrates diversity and values the dignity of every human being. We challenge students to think critically and creatively, to know themselves as learners, and to govern their lives with confidence, compassion and integrity. St. Anne's School draws from its Episcopal tradition as an independent, co-educational school, serving students in the Annapolis Twos through Eighth Grade.
Located in the charming, historic capital of Maryland, St. Anne's School employs a progressive educational philosophy that is focused on developing the exceptional academic, creative, and social and emotional skills students require to connect with and contribute to the world around them.
St. Anne’s School of Annapolis is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial or marital status, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under state or federal law. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity.