Ojai Valley School is a pre-kindergarten to grade 12 independent boarding and day school located on two campuses in Ojai, California. The Lower Campus serves students in grades PK-8 and the Upper Campus serves students in grades 9-12.
Summary of Position
Ojai Valley School seeks a highly-motivated Director of Development in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations to lead annual and capital campaign giving, assist with donor solicitation and cultivation, and communicate with families and alumni in support of the advancement of the school community. The candidate for this position will work closely with a collaborative advancement team to implement new initiatives for the school’s Capital Campaign, including plans to rebuilt significant portions of the Upper Campus following the devastating December 2017 Thomas Fire in Ojai, California. The Director of Development will guide and support the school President/CEO in fundraising activities. Day-to-day duties are varied and will require major and annual gift support, volunteer and donor solicitation, database research, and communication with campaign leaders and volunteers.
The candidate for this position must be an outgoing, innovative professional with exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills. The candidate should have success in soliciting and coaching others on fundraising for annual needs and capital campaigns, as well as building and maintaining long-term relationships with major individual donors, foundations and corporations in an independent school environment. A Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in fundraising and/or volunteer management is preferred. Preference will be given to individuals who have worked in development or alumni relations at an independent school, particularly in a boarding school environment. Experience working with constituents in a diverse global community, and the ability to multitask, take direction, and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment is essential to this position. Ojai Valley School welcomes your interest in our employment opportunities. The school is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and seeks individuals with exemplary character and skills.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Director of Development:
Accurately and enthusiastically communicate information about the school’s mission, future plans, and campaign goals to current families, alumni, and prospective donors with a goal of sustaining and increasing philanthropy.
Lead fundraising efforts for Annual Giving and the Capital Campaign.
Attend and participate in campaign, stewardship, fundraising, community building, and other campus events throughout the year in order to stay informed and updated on school activities and to maintain relationships with donors.
Guide and support the school President/CEO in fundraising activities.
Plan donor cultivation meetings and ensure timely and personal follow up on all visits.
Support and assist the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Correspond in a timely and warm manner with alumni, parents, guardians, as well as administrators and faculty members on both campuses, regarding development and alumni relations.
Collaborate with the Associate Director of Development with advertising, marketing, and alumni community outreach.
Travel as needed to meet alumni and donors.
Support school rules and regulations, adhering to the guidelines of the school Course of Study and Faculty Training Manual.
Other related duties as determined by the Director of Advancement.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Candidates for this position should hold a Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; previous development experience is preferred.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspond effectively and accurately; ability to speak effectively before groups of parents, alumni, students, or employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL and/or TECHNICAL SKILLS:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to research and access information through electronic Development/Alumni database, as well as Excel, Word, and other programs as needed.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
California Driver's License preferred.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to use training and experience to advance development efforts of the school.
Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
Good character, integrity, and adaptability.
Ability to communicate accurately and effectively.
Ability to relate to one's peers.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Ojai Valley School is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religions, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status. To submit your resume, along with a completed and signed Ojai Valley School employment application (https://www.ovs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/OVS-Employment-Application-20180126.pdf), or for further assistance or information, please contact Sandy Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.