Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Director of Development will be responsible for creating and executing a comprehensive, year-round fundraising plan for Fountain Valley School of Colorado. The fundraising plan will include goals, strategies, and programming that aim to build and engage our donor base.
The Director of Development serves in a largely external capacity interfacing with the Board of Trustees, Fountain Valley School donors and prospects. Through personal visits and coordination with School leadership and the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee, this individual will help in identifying, cultivating, and stewarding meaningful relationships with established and potential donors, seeking and securing gifts for the Annual Fund (i.e., gifts up to $25,000), broadening the base of support through friend- and fund-raising initiatives and identifying potential prospects for elevated support through campaigns, special initiatives and planned giving.
This 12-month position reports to the Director of Advancement and supervises the Assistant Director of Development and the Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager. Additionally, the Director of Development works closely with all members of the Advancement team, particularly the Advancement Coordinator.
Key Initiatives Include:
In collaboration with the Director of Advancement, develop the annual development goals and build strategies for achieving them, working in concert with the current Strategic & Master Plans; determine the development communications plan with annual review; develop and manage the annual budget that is directly linked with the priorities of the department and the School; annually review the funds raised and develop strategies for increasing annual fundraising goals; prepare Board Reports and attend Board of Trustee meetings; and provide comprehensive and effective support for the Head of School.
Direct and implement the comprehensive annual development plan that includes: Annual Giving program (cultivation and stewardship events, class agent program, parent giving program, faculty and staff giving campaign, Casa Serena Leadership giving society, young alumni engagement, Reunion giving;) Corporate and Foundation giving; Major and Planned giving.
Maintain a portfolio of top annual giving prospects, conducting personal visits and solicitations to meet annual goals.
Work effectively with the Director of Advancement and Head of School to gain strong participation in annual giving and build strategies for moving donors to higher giving levels.
Coordinate annual giving with reunion campaigns and other specialty constituents, such as trustees and alumni board members.
Focus on effective communication and solicitation activities within specific market segments identified as having potential for the greatest growth.
Develop and execute effective, sustainable volunteer engagement within annual giving.
Formulate and execute a communications program supporting annual giving, including collaboration with Marketing and Communications to create appeals, materials and content for the annual giving section on the School’s website.
Work with the Chair of the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee, setting agendas, providing data, coordinating fundraising efforts, and reporting the work of the Development program.
Utilize Raiser’s Edge to track visits, produce contact notes, and conduct appropriate constituent follow-up.
Oversee data entry, report writing and generation, gift processing, donor stewardship, and all additional aspects of the School’s constituent relations software.
Communicate internally and externally a broad understanding and awareness of the FVS mission and programs.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Supervising, setting direction for and supporting goals of the Assistant Director of Development and the Donor Relations and Stewardship Mana Ensure that the job descriptions for each member of the staff are clear and that annual goal setting and reviews take place for the benefit of the staff member and the department.
Ensure teamwork and collaboration among and across the department. Regular meetings of full development staff, briefings that include reports from meetings with Head of School, Board of Trustees, and other administrators.
Supervise the staff in a manner which will maximize their individual talents and encourage professional growth.
The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:
A highly energetic and enthusiastic personality, with excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and time-management skills.
Thrives in independent and team-oriented work environments.
Enjoys leading, developing and mentoring staff.
Motivates others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement.
Meticulously organized and deadline-driven.
FVS’ Core Values are courage, open mindedness, self-reliance, curiosity and compassion. FVS supports a culture of communication and collaboration with the intent of creating an environment of predictability and support for our students, parents and colleagues.
Bachelor’s degree required.
A minimum of five years of experience as a compensated employee in a nonprofit environment, with a track record of success in annual giving and performing personal solicitations. Experience promoting and managing previous annual giving programs is highly desirable.
A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practices, and respect for confidentiality of donor information; understanding of database management, gift processing and donor relations.
Experience in independent school setting (including boarding schools) highly desirable.
Proven ability to effectively interface with constituents in a school environment (faculty, staff, students), board members, alumni, and parents.
Proven ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals; support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information while providing the best quality product available and continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality, in all areas of responsibility.
Demonstrated analytical and fundraising skills with the ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals.
Experience with volunteer management is highly preferable.
Ability to represent Fountain Valley School of Colorado professionally on campus and off-campus and to work nights and weekends, as required.
Strong managerial, leadership and supervisory skills necessary.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent software required; Proficiency in MS Office and Google programs. Raiser’s Edge knowledge strongly preferred.