Position: Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Reports to: Head of School
Position Status:Full-Time, Exempt
The Marin School, an independent college-preparatory high school in San Rafael, California, seeks a full-time experienced Director of Development and Alumni Relations.
The Director of Development and Alumni Relations will plan and manage all fundraising activities of The Marin School and will lead the engagement activities of the School with respect to all donors, TMS alumni and parents This position is responsible for planning and successfully organizing a program to meet or exceed the budgeted fundraising goals for TMS. They will create a strategy and manage logistics for all fundraising activities and partner with the Head of School to increase revenue and ensure growth in participation rates across constituencies. They will serve as the primary coordinator of prospect research to plan and envision new fundraising opportunities.
The position is highly collaborative. The Director of Development and Alumni Relations will work closely with the Head of School, the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Director of Communications and Special Events, and other members of the faculty and staff, as well as volunteers, in implementing The Marin School’s development efforts. While working in a collaborative style, they will also use discretion and independent judgment to manage all fundraising programs.
The Director of Development and Alumni Relations, in collaboration with the Head of School, will be responsible for the following tasks:
Maintain and refine all fundraising strategies, goal, and benchmarks
Responsible for all aspects of annual fundraising activities including but not limited to:
Recruit and manage 8-12 Annual Fund parent volunteers who work from September - February
With the Head of School and Director of Communications, design the strategy, theme, messaging, communications, and calendar for the Annual Fund
With the Head of School conduct donor research, organize constituency segmentation and target solicitation amounts
Prepare all solicitations, pledge reminders and the Annual Report
Manage information from corporate matching programs’ portals
Conduct consistent and thorough constituent updates in the database
Annual Gala/TMS Auction
Solicit and market items for our live and online auction using Bidding for Good software
Organize, market and run a dinner/dance event
Recruit and manage 6-10 Gala Committee parent volunteers from February - May.
Organize one reunion per year
Organize additional periodic alumni engagement events
Major donor appreciation events
Plan Leadership event to kick-off Annual Fund
Plan and execute day to keep grandparents engaged
Other donor cultivation/recognition projects
Spearhead new fundraising activities where appropriate
Compile prospect and donor research reports
Develop and execute an Alumni program.
Cultivate new sources of major gifts and institutional grants
Maintain and cultivate current relationships, including writing and submitting proposals and grant reports to institutional donors
Solicit new donors, as well as increase gifts from current donors
Maintain and refine an effective program for recognition and stewardship of all donors
Supervise fundraising-related activities, including donor records and gift receipts, (currently using Little Green Light as our donor management software)
Participate in development budgeting, strategic planning, and Board development;
Provide staff support to the Development Committee of the Board of Directors
Work closely with and support Board of Directors in their fundraising activities,including regular check-ins with individual board members, and guidance of board members’ donor stewardship activities;
Prepare fundraising reports for the Head of School and Board of Directors on a regular basis;
Prepare donor data analysis for review by the Head of School, Development Committee and full board as needed;
Supervise a 40% time Development Coordinator. As needed, and as annual fundraising efforts are successful and grow, manage the expansion of development staff
Conduct other related projects and duties as determined by the Head of School
The position is currently available.
Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for four references to firstname.lastname@example.org. EEO. No phone calls please.
Requirements and Qualifications
Dedication to the mission of The Marin School
Personal qualities of integrity, resilience, approachability, kindness, creativity and humor
Ability to establish goals and action plans, and to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team to achieve goals
Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and relate well to students, parents, faculty, staff, and others while maintaining appropriate confidentiality
Technology skills sufficient to fulfill job responsibilities; experience using G Suite (gmail, Google Docs, Google calendar, etc.) and Microsoft Office is required. Experience using Network for Good, Bidding for Good, Wealth Engine and Little Green Light is a plus.
Must understand and enjoy working in an independent school environment
Undergraduate degree and 3+ years of fundraising experience in a non-profit institution, preferably with an independent school
Some evening/weekend work required
About The Marin School
The Marin School currently serves approximately 100 students in grades 9-12. We honor each student's unique learning style and act in accordance with an unshakable belief in the potential of each and every student. Our motto is "Small School. Big Impact." Class size at the school is small by design (7-10 students), to allow teachers to fully understand their students and give teachers the ability to personalize their instruction with experiential learning, innovative lessons and non-traditional, yet effective, learning opportunities.
The Marin School faculty is made up of passionate, skilled, motivated, inspiring teachers who love what they do. We wholeheartedly believe in each student's unique potential and seek faculty members who are equipped with the experience, talent, tools, skill and enthusiasm to meet the needs of multiple learning styles.