The director of development works closely with the head of school and the board of trustees to provide leadership for the development program as it builds a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school and 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 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, leading the annual giving program, guiding the capital campaign, soliciting corporate and foundation proposals; creating a strong alumni association, and special development events (Grandfriend’s Day, Auction, etc).
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 with the admissions office on PR initiatives and the marketing and communications office to 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 head of school, the board chair, and individual board members, supporting them in all their fundraising responsibilities, and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
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
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds
Outstanding knowledge of fundraising data software and database management software
Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
Familiarity with the local community
Additional Salary Information: Full time with benefits
Salary: based on experience
About Breakwater Learning
Breakwater School is an independent, co-educational day school serving up to 180 students from toddler through 8th grade. Philosophically, Breakwater balances the best of the progressive movement, current research and innovation, with proven traditional practices. Breakwater’s programs are housed in three separate buildings, surrounded by large fields for outdoor play, and supplemented by a 21 acre nature preserve. The school is located in Portland, Maine’s largest city, near many excellent institutions of higher learning. Portland offers a superb quality of life with easy access to Maine’s scenic and recreational wonders, and many cultural, educational, and economic amenities.