The Development Associate is primarily responsible for assisting the Development Office in carrying out philanthropy development activities at Vistamar School; a co-educational, independent day school, with a diverse and inclusive, status-quo-challenging focus, for students in Grades 9 to 12. The Development Associate provides administrative support for the school’s fundraising program and is key in building relationships with donors, volunteers, students, parents, prospective families, faculty, staff, and more.
The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development and works in collaboration with the development team. This position requires strong organizational skills and an ability to effectively communicate with all constituents; as well as an energetic approach to working in a dynamic and growing school. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Some overtime hours may be required. A competitive salary and benefits are provided.
Responsibilities and Duties
Manage Vistamar’s donor information and database, Raiser’s Edge (RE).
Process gifts in RE, including the generation and mailing of acknowledgement letters in a timely manner.
Proactively ensure all data in RE is categorized for maximum usability and efficiency, update constituent records as needed, generate donor lists for development and school mailings and events.
Create queries and exports, produce reports, and perform data analysis for the school’s development program.
Conduct prospect research on current and prospective donors and volunteers.
Assist fundraising and overall school communications and marketing, including proofreading, printing, mailing, and digital efforts.
Assist in the coordination of alumni relations initiatives.
Provide overall support to the Development Office for all fundraising and development events; including donor cultivation and stewardship events, alumni relations, Parent Alliance for Vistamar Education (PAVE), etc.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills
High school diploma/GED required, additional education a plus.
Committed to the mission of Vistamar School.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality and sensitive information.
Proficiency with technology, including Microsoft Office Suite.
Experience with Raiser’s Edge highly desirable.
Outstanding interpersonal skills.
Ability to execute job duties independently, including follow through.
Ability to work collaboratively as a team member.
Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as they pertain to special events.
Vistamar School is a college preparatory, co-educational, independent day school that serves a very diverse population of students in grades 9-12, supported by a generous program of Moderated Tuition. Approximately 35% of our students participate in our Moderated Tuition program, and approximately 50% of our students identify as students of color. As described in our mission statement, we seek to attract a faculty and student body who bring diversity of thought and culture to our school community, and who will be committed to ensuring that we provide an inclusive environment for the respectful exchange of multiple perspectives.
Since our opening in 2005, enrollment has grown steadily to 280 students, who are drawn from over 50 different middle schools and over 35 different zip codes in greater Los Angeles. We will add faculty and classrooms incrementally as we approach our target enrollment of 300.
Vistamar is located in the eastern-most section of El Segundo. The school is close to major freeway interchanges and is well serviced by public transportation, including a commuter rail station.
Both tuition and salaries are competitive with other Los Angeles- area independe...nt schools. Vistamar is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and holds institutional memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).