The Director of Development will develop, deploy, and manage strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors as the School’s chief fund- and friend-raiser. The Director will oversee the Annual Fund, annual philanthropic events, the development of a new constituent relationship management system, and will serve as a primary liaison to the Parents Association. The Director of Development will be responsible for planning and executing a long-term vision for development at St. Michael’s, including capital campaigns, a planned giving program, and expanded alumni/friend engagement efforts.
The Director of Development will join the St. Michael’s community at an exciting time in the school’s history. After extensive feasibility studies and in fulfillment of the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, the Board of Directors resolved that moving the current Lower School to the scenic forty-five acre W.E. and Dale Harman Singleton Campus best serves the School’s mission. A recent Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Lower School building was held in conjunction with a festive 60th anniversary celebration and the launch of the school’s One. Together. Capital Campaign. The Director of Development will provide strategic oversight for fundraising activities and will ensure the current capital campaign is successful and that efforts align with a long-term vision for the St. Michael’s Episcopal School’s development program.
Professional Qualifications of a Successful Candidate
Leadership in successful fundraising. Strong candidates will have substantive work in development including experience growing an Annual Giving donor base and a track record showing increasing success in raising Annual gifts.
Experience with event planning and participant conversion (Friend-to-Donor)
Participation in a successful Capital Campaign at a senior level
Evidence of continuing philathropy education
Personal Characteristics of a Successful Candidate
Love of schools and a commitment to being a visible presence in the life of St. Michael’s
A commitment to inclusive faith-based education as articulated by the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
Evidence of being highly organized and deadline oriented
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
For more information, please contact
Dr. George E. Conway
Independent Educational Services
Please provide Letter of Interest, full resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to: smes-development @ ies-consulting.org
About St. Michael's Episcopal School
As Richmond’s oldest independent school south of the James River, St. Michael’s Episcopal School strives to provide children with superior academic instruction in an environment that acknowledges and develops Christian values.Our academic community is small enough for adults and children to know one another, but large enough to provide exciting opportunities in the arts, sports, clubs and robotics. We are proud of our graduates who are praised by high school guidance counselors and admission directors for their academic achievement and enthusiasm for learning. Our K-8 co-educational school draws students from Richmond City and the surrounding counties of Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Chesterfield and Powhatan. St. Michael’s offers two classes per grade with a faculty ratio of 1:11. Most classes average 20 students.The Lower School, which serves approximately 240 kindergarten through fifth graders, is located on the fourteen acre Bon Air Campus in Chesterfield County. The Middle School, which serves approximately 135 sixth through eighth graders, is located just 10 minutes away on the scenic thirty acre W.E. and Dale Harman Singleton Campus. Established in 1957 by St. Michael’s Epis...copal Church, St. Michael’s is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).