POSITION: Director of Development
ORGANIZATION: Peabody School
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The Director of Development will report directly to the Head of School.
ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND: This part-time position serves as the primary development coordinator for the Peabody School, a PreK-8th grade independent school that serves academically advanced students in Charlottesville, Virginia. The overriding responsibility of the position is to help ensure the financial well-being of the organization through effective fundraising via the Annual Fund/direct mail, major gifts, special events, and grant-writing.
Peabody School was founded in 1994 to “serve the needs of academically advanced children of all backgrounds by promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development for each child at a rate commensurate with his or her ability, while providing a foundation for students to become lifelong learners.” This mission is best embodied in our motto: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Peabody enrolls 200 students in grades PreK - 8th grade, and embraces the whole child using a rigorous academics program, including extensive instruction in fine and performing arts, world languages, technology, and physical education. The School celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 with the opening of the Batten Building, which contains the expanded middle school wing, gymnasium, and performing arts space.
In 2016-17, Peabody employs 47 full-time and full-time equivalent staff members, with an annual budget of approximately $3.2 million. The School is located just minutes from downtown Charlottesville, off Avon St. Extended, near the Mill Creek and Foxcroft neighborhoods.
BASIC FUNCTION: The Director of Development will work closely with the Head of School and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees to develop and execute short- and long-term strategic and tactical plans related to sustaining and improving the financial well-being of the organization.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Development’s primary function will be to generate fundraising income through campaigns targeting foundation, corporations, civic groups, alumni and current parent donors within the community. Specifically, the Director of Development will work with the Head of School to:
- Actively participate in the strategic planning and implementation regarding activities relating to donor solicitations and other fundraising efforts.
- Lead efforts toward resource development, including:
- Writing grant proposals for foundation support
- Soliciting corporations and civic groups for support
- Planning and implementing fundraising events
- Working with the Board to identify, cultivate, and solicit individual donors.
- Provide logistical and administrative support for donor stewardship, including direct mail appeals, special events, and gift accounting.
- Process donations using donor software and prepare acknowledgment letters, maintain foundation, corporation, and individual donor files, and work cohesively with the accounting department to perform monthly gift reconciliations.
- Ensure a productive and team-based working environment, providing staff support to Board and management on fundraising issues.
- Communicate effectively (oral and written) and possess the ability to work with detailed information in a confidential manner.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS: The Director of Development will represent the School to the community and prospective donors in a positive manner, and will possess the following capabilities and characteristics:
- Confirmed record of outstanding leadership in management positions, with proven experience in the area of development;
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience; Master’s degree preferred but not required;
- A minimum of five year’s significant involvement with a non-profit organization with an emphasis on fundraising;
- Fast study; highly organized; able to grasp the issues and to become knowledgeable and responsive to the School's needs;
- An ability to network in the community and bring diverse potential donors to the table for development;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to be succinct and precise;
- High energy, honest, trusted, and team-oriented;
- Comprehensive understanding of marketing, public relations and communications as it relates to development purposes;
- Ability to develop and maintain a strong relationship with the Head of School, Board, and leadership team;
- True leadership ability; imaginative; innovative; creative.
COMPENSATION: A competitive compensation package is offered.
START DATE: Immediate
1232 Stoney Ridge Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Peabody School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.