Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through 8th-grade. We have two sections of each grade level K- 8 with class sizes that average from 14-18 per class.
We believe that students learn to their potential when they are inspired. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our teachers provide an education that is both challenging and supportive. They work to ensure that students become active and curious learners – and are both local and global citizens fully prepared for future endeavors and challenges.
Woodland School’s faculty embodies the values of academic excellence, a diverse and authentic community, and strong character building. We focus on character building because it takes both strength of mind and heart to live with integrity, to find one’s passions, and to create meaningful change in the world.
Our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by introducing them to the latest knowledge and best practice in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.
The Director of Institutional Advancement reports to the Head of School and collaborates with the entire leadership team including the Assistant Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Communications, and the Director of Admissions. The Director of Development is responsible for all aspects of fund raising including the Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Special Events, Grants, Capital Campaign and Communication. This job is accomplished through the individuals own direct efforts as well as managing others and effectively leveraging the skills and volunteer contributions of Woodland parents and alumni, board members, and staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develops and oversees fundraising strategies, fundraising plan and donor relationships, including donor recognition and stewardship.
Evaluates current fundraising strategies and methods and recommends changes as appropriate.
Presents to the Board of Trustees and Head of School an annual development plan for achieving specific goals.
Oversees the Annual Fund, Special Events, Major Donor Program and Grants to meet or exceed annual development plan income goals.
Oversees the gala and works with the HOS to recruit parent volunteers to head the gala and serve on the gala committee.
Oversees all aspects of the grant-writing program.
Makes timely and accurate responses to donor concerns, requests, and gifts.
Develops and maintains relationships with major donors, foundations, alumni and corporate funders.
Works with the Board of Trustees to reach fundraising goals, to engage the Board in fundraising activities, and to identify new individual and corporate funding prospects.
Identifying and researching prospective donors, including individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations
Preparing solicitation materials, including direct mail appeals, and newsletters
Recruiting and training volunteers
Educating internal stakeholders about fundraising
Negotiating gifts and gift agreements
Recording gifts in database management system according to all IRS specifications, and School policies and procedures
Acknowledging gifts on behalf of the School
Conducting donor recognition and stewardship programs
Securing pledge payments by sending monthly reminders.
Delivering to the Business Office all checks, cash, securities, and other contributions received
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
Candidate must have proven Track record of raising funds from individuals and foundations. Minimum of 3 years of Development experience with an emphasis on individual giving.
Prior experience with major gifts preferred and foundation and corporate grant- writing.
Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Demonstrated senior leadership with strategic, policy, and budget planning experience.
Excellent understanding of principles and techniques of Development activities, including annual giving, major giving, planned giving, event planning, capital campaigns, marketing and communications, and grant procurement.
Experience in the design and implementation of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for prospects.
Excellent written and oral communications – persuasive, engaging, clear, likeable, intelligent.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to adapt to changing environments and priorities.
Strong interpersonal, organizational, networking, facilitation and management skills; work both independently and within a team-oriented structure.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, negotiations and effective communication with diverse audiences, including the ability to speak persuasively about TSA.
Innovative and entrepreneurial approach, including solutions to complex issues. Exercise good judgment and decision making. Has the ability to work well under pressure and the ability to reason, think creatively, and solve problems.
Requires some work in evenings and weekends as well as travel. Must have valid driver’s license.
Position requires absolute confidentiality and professionalism in appearance, attitude and presentation.
A self-starter with the ability to work productively and meet bench marks and goals timely and without day-to-day supervision.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
Frequently required to sit; occasionally required to stand and walk
Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms
Frequently required to talk or hear
Occasionally required to bend, twist, or climb.
Moderate concentration/intensity, which includes prolonged mental effort with limited opportunity for breaks.
Average memory, taking into consideration the amount and type of information.
Moderate level of complexity for decision making. Average time pressure of decision making.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
How to Apply
Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three to five references. Please combine all documents into a single PDF and send to our Assistant Head of School, Karyn Wynn at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read: Math Teacher – (your last name). Applications received before April 15 will be prioritized in our search process.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.
Woodland School is a 270 student PS-8th grade independent school located in the beautiful hills of Portola Valley just west of Stanford University. Rooted in the philosophy of a well-balanced education that values both the good student and good person in each child, Woodland enrolls children from a wide range of Silicon Valley families.