Olney Friends School is seeking a director of development. The director of development is an integral part of the leadership team and works closely with the co-heads of school and the board of trustees to build a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school and global community. The goal of the director of development is to design programs of giving that attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution. The director of development reports directly to the co-heads of school. Olney Friends School is a 9-12 college preparatory boarding and day school with a student population from across the nation and round the world.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The director of development will:
Establish and execute forward-thinking development/ advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major, and capital campaigns; legacy gifts; and planned giving.
Oversee all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, annual giving programs, the capital campaign, corporate and foundation proposals; a strong alumni association; and special development events.
Identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata.
Collaborate on PR initiatives and create/produce fund raising-related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.
Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and help draft grant applications.
Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming.
Personally solicit major donors.
Enhance existing relationships while building new relationships, systems, and programs that further tap into the generosity and resources of the community.
Maintain a database of all contributors and provide development reports as required.
Manage the development budget.
Coordinate the school’s volunteerism efforts.
Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the co-heads of school, the board of trustees clerk(s), and individual board members, supporting them in their fundraising responsibilities, and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.
Other duties will include student advising as assigned and regularly-scheduled evening and weekend administrative duty coverage. Additional duties may be assigned by the co-heads of school. Some travel, public appearances, and evening and weekend duties may be required.
Please send a letter of application and résumé to Vicki Lowry at email@example.com.
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred
5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising
Independent school experience preferred
Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Outstanding knowledge of fundraising data software and database management software
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds
Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
Familiarity with the local community preferred
Additional Salary Information: Campus housing available
Olney Friends is a small, co-ed boarding school, established in 1837. We provide a unique, mastery-based academic program for grades 9-12 while operating a working, certified organic farm and cultivating traditional Quaker values such as community, integrity, and simplicity. As such, we honor national, ethnic, religious, socio-economic, and gender diversity. Graduates of Olney Friends School are well prepared to enter college and the world of responsibilities and choices that await them.