Experience: Minimum of 5 years fundraising and senior leadership preferred
School & Position Overview:
With 270 students, over fifty years educating Bay Area children and teens, and located on two bustling, beautiful campuses in Corte Madera and San Rafael, Marin Montessori School is seeking its next Director of Development to join our dynamic school community.
A senior administrative position, the Director of Development works closely and collaboratively with the Head of School, Development Associate, faculty, administrative team, and school trustees. Our shared goal is clear: to cultivate a community of families inspired to support the financial wellbeing of the school, for now and the future.
The position requires excitement for managing all aspects of school fundraising initiatives along with exceptionally positive interpersonal skills, attention to detail, enthusiasm, passion for education, and a sincere desire to integrate fully into the life of the school.
This is an especially thrilling time to join Marin Montessori, a school with recognized accreditations from both AMI (Association Montessori International) and CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools). With recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review touting the benefits of a Montessori education, along with the knowledge that students from our newer Junior High program are thriving and matriculating to outstanding high schools, Bay Area families are increasingly interested in making MMS their long-term school. Further, we are close to finishing the largest capital campaign in our school’s history, which has led to the purchase and development of an adjacent waterfront property into new elementary classrooms. Additionally, the MMS Board recently completed a comprehensive strategic plan, which includes the goal of strategizing and implementing a multi-year fundraising plan to guide MMS over the next decade.
The Director of Development plans and carries out all giving programs, and is focused on creating an inspired culture of philanthropy throughout the school. S/he reports to the Head of School, supervises a Development Associate, and works closely with the Board of Trustees and faculty.
Design and implement forward-looking, goal-driven giving plans and programs that grow the annual fund and major campaigns
Lead and supervise all aspects of the Development Department, including database management, special events, annual fund, capital campaign, grants, alumni, and annual auction and grandparents/special friends days
Coordinate closely and collaboratively with Board-level Development Committee
Develop tools and practices for growing and strengthening connections between the school and its alumni
Continually strategize and formulate effective ways to educate and inspire MMS community about school fundraising
Identify and grow enthusiastic connections with current and prospective donors, inspiring passionate support for the school’s financial goals.
Identify, recruit, and train the volunteers necessary to help with fundraising efforts while establishing strong working relationships with these individuals
Actively collaborate with faculty to enlist their help with and support for fundraising
Collaborate with Director of Admissions to advance school messaging and ensure brand consistency
Oversee production and distribution of Annual Report and annual school magazine, The Current
Work with Business Office to coordinate record keeping and accounting procedures
Plan and administer the department’s annual operating budget, meeting budget goals
With assistance from Database Manager, utilize database to track, coordinate, and report on all types of donations
Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and manage application processes
Keep current files on donors and other information pertaining to development program
Outstanding public speaking and writing skills
Strong emotional intelligence, compassion, outgoing personality, leadership experience, and genuine commitment to being an active and positive presence in the community
Both a strategic, creative thinker and a detail-oriented and organized “doer”
Comfort and success with asking constituents directly for financial support for the school
Technologically savvy and adept at learning new systems and platforms
Passion for education in general and sincere interest in understanding Montessori education specifically
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks within a variety of demands
Discretion and candor, ability to maintain confidentiality
Growth mindset: a love of brainstorming ideas, collaborating, learning through feedback, always striving for excellence and growth
Experience working with boards and managing committees and volunteers
Experience working with foundations
Experience with event planning
Highly adept with the Microsoft Office Suite – including Excel and PowerPoint
Experience with InResonance data management system
Salary and Hours: This is a full-time and year-round senior administrative position. Start date is flexible. The salary and benefits package is highly competitive.