Peninsula School is seeking a full-time Director of Development. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a school community committed to progressive education, intellectual rigor, social and emotional development, and social justice. www.peninsulaschool.org
Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Development is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of Peninsula School’s annual and long-term fundraising and community-building initiatives. The role requires the Director of Development to craft fundraising strategies that are steeped in the school’s strategic plan, mission, vision and values and implement tactics that will bring those goals to fruition.
The Director of Development works in close consultation with the Head of School, administrators, Board Development Committee, and, as needed, consultants, to clearly craft and articulate fundraising goals, opportunities and communications that celebrate the school’s progressive program and vision.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Craft and implement initiatives to engage, inform and build relationships with members of the Peninsula School community including parents, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends.
Design annual and long-term strategic plans for the development and alumni programs and monitor and revisit these plans on an ongoing basis, refining and/or course-correcting as necessary.
Work collaboratively to support the development work of faculty, trustees, parents and other volunteers. Provide guidance, training and administrative support for their development-related outreach and activities as needed.
Plan, manage, and execute all development efforts including annual, major and planned giving; donor relations; and stewardship.
Oversee all aspects of the school’s major special events including working with volunteer chairs and coordinating the annual requests to sponsors and supporters.
Maintain a productive and supportive working relationship with the Parents of Peninsula (POP) volunteer organization.
Establish and maintain appropriate benchmarks and statistics on all aspects of the development program and utilize data to drive and continuously improve development activities and results.
With the Head of School and Business Director, develop the annual budget for all development activities.
Serve as a member of Peninsula’s administrative leadership team, contributing to the development and implementation of the school’s operating and strategic plans and work collaboratively to secure the resources to carry out strategic objectives.
Supervise and manage the Development Assistant and Alumni Liaison.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
QUALIFICATIONS & CHARACTERISTICS SOUGHT:
Bachelor's degree required.?
A minimum of 3 years’ experience in fundraising, ideally in an independent school setting.
Outstanding leadership, interpersonal, team building and volunteer development skills.
Ability to cultivate strong relationships and work with a broad spectrum of people (parents, alumni, staff, and other donors, etc.) and to inspire involvement with and support of the school’s development activities. ?
Experience with special events planning. ?
Ability to develop and implement fundraising goals as related to, and in support of, the school’s strategic plan and annual operating budget.
Adept at consensus-building and working collaboratively to develop strong peer relationships and a team environment. ?
An enthusiastic self-starter skilled at managing numerous projects simultaneously.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including keen listening skills, cogent presentation skills, and the ability to write clearly and persuasively; ability to communicate the vision and accomplishments of the school to a wide range of internal and external constituents.
Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail, coupled with a “can-do” attitude. A sense of humor is a must.
Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Donor base software. ?
Peninsula School, one of the oldest and most respected progressive day schools in California, is renowned as a place where students love to come to school each day and where academics, the arts and student choices are all equally valued. Founded in 1925, Peninsula has 252 children 3-14 years of age. Our supportive and welcoming administrative staff invites enthusiastic and dedicated applicants to join our team where the love to learn is made irresistible and the teaching is inspired. Compensation is competitive.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, ability to adjust focus, and sound hearing. The ability to speak clearly and coherently is required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. On occasion, the employee is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Employee is required to operate a computer and office productivity machinery, communicate across a variety of media, and work in close proximity to others. The role may also require the employee to work in inclement weather during special activities and work at a desk for extended periods of time.
About Peninsula School
Peninsula School is committed to the ideals of unstructured play, creative curriculum, the learning process, and social justice. Peninsula is a day school with a unique oak-studded, six-acre, open campus in Menlo Park, CA that serves 252 children 3-14 years old and is characterized by a place where students love to come to school each day. Academics, the arts and choices are all equally valued. The school’s philosophy includes providing children with freedom and responsibility, and the atmosphere of community and inclusivity inspire children to love learning and grow into compassionate, confident and curious individuals.