The Philadelphia School, a progressive, co-ed, pre-8 day school with 476 students and 115 employees, seeks a Director of Development. The Director of Development will spearhead development efforts as the school gears up for a campaign in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
The Director will be primarily responsible for establishing a culture of philanthropy within The Philadelphia School, providing strategic direction for development activities, soliciting major gifts, and overseeing the operations of a small development office.
The ideal candidate will be excited about expanding the fundraising program at The Philadelphia School and leading the team to strong results for the annual fund and upcoming campaign. This individual should be an inspirational storyteller who is passionate about the mission and programs of the school.
The Director of Development will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement with additional reporting to the Head of School. He or she will also be responsible for managing the Director of Giving and the Advancement Associate.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Development will be responsible for the following activities:
Collaborate with the Director of Institutional Advancement to drive overall vision, strategy, and execution of the Development program, including the annual fund, campaign, alumni relations, and planned giving.
Advise the Director of Institutional Advancement on financial activity goals for the Advancement Office.
Support the implementation of the Strategic Plan and become an ever-greater champion for the future of TPS.
Program Development & Oversight
Design and direct an integrated plan for fundraising including annual giving, planned giving, campaign management, corporate/foundation programs, and events.
Work with the Director of Giving to integrate events, annual fund, and EITC/OSTC activities into the overall fundraising strategy and approach to relationship building.
Work with the Development Associate to ensure best practice database management.
Work with the Director of Marketing & Communications to ensure that all campaign and fundraising materials are on brand and consistent with the style guide.
Maintain, analyze, forecast, and report on relevant giving data and overall Development performance
Develop and monitor the Development budget.
Design and oversee development office operations; update policies, procedures, and protocols, as needed, to ensure they are efficient, effective, welcoming, and user-friendly.
Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects; responsibilities include identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors.
Work directly with donors using a relational, proactive, and strategic approach to engage and inform.
Manage all aspects of the campaign, including managing volunteer leaders and donor cultivation.
Ensure effective collaboration of all annual fund and campaign activities.
Demonstrate an understanding of the academic program, culture, and values of the school and their impact on fundraising.
Foster high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for colleagues, alumni, parents, and students.
Allocate portfolios to internal leadership, Trustees, and volunteer leaders.
Support and staff the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Head of School, and key Trustees during their management of prospective donors to ensure effective contacts, solicitations, follow-up, and stewardship.
Bachelor’s degree Master’s degree
8-10 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit sector.
Ability to think critically and creatively and to work collaboratively with other school community members.
Knowledge of or experience with independent schools.
Successful track record of soliciting major.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Familiarity with development databases working knowledge of Senior Systems.
Must be diplomatic, tactful, discreet, flexible, resourceful, dependable, organized, friendly, punctual, and professional.
Qualified candidates should apply through the Apply Now button on the right side of this page. Include a cover letter, resume and a philosophy of education statement with your application.
The Philadelphia School is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks to promote diversity in its many forms; candidates of color are encouraged to apply.