Founded in 2012 and located in Old Hollywood, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA), is unique among its peers in that it allocates substantial financial aid to almost 75% of its families, with many receiving grants equal or close to full tuition. The school has thus created a community that is truly representative of the diversity of urban Los Angeles. This model has proved attractive to donors wishing to support the school’s mission.
With growing enrollment and an ever-developing program, the school was recently granted a seven-year term of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). Through the generosity of its Board of Trustees, ESLA has been able to purchase two buildings it previously leased, and is currently debt-free.
ESLA is ready to take the next step in its growth and sustainability by establishing its first fully-staffed development office in order to create and nurture a culture of philanthropy among all its constituents.
Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Development is responsible for overseeing and executing the school’s development activities. The Director of Development will oversee a program that includes major gifts, and annual, capital, and planned giving, including corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, and special events, in addition to prospect research and donor stewardship.
The Director of Development will supervise a staff of one assistant and work closely with the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
The Development Office will act as primary liaison for the Parents’ Association which is currently in its very early stages of establishment.
The Director of Development creates and implements strategies and tactics that will successfully increase philanthropic support from all constituencies.
Through personal outreach, cultivation, direct mail, social media, and other suitable avenues he/she will strive to increase the overall participation rate of the ESLA community and take a lead in establishing a culture of philanthropy.
He/she will also work with, and help create, alumni and parent events both on and off campus.
He/she will steward and foster relationships among various constituencies to increase both volunteer participation and financial support.
With the Head of School and Board of Trustees, set performance goals for the annual fund; develop and implement a plan to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward unrestricted and restricted gifts.
Organize solicitations, including timing and nature of appeals, writing copy, and working with outside vendors (as necessary) to manage all aspects of completing a successful philanthropy program.
Create and manage a major gifts campaign.
Plan and execute the school’s next capital campaign.
Manage stewardship activities to assure regular contact with donors from all constituencies.
Process and acknowledge all gifts, including the tracking of donations through the school’s database programs.
Lead and oversee efforts to initiate, direct, and manage alumni, parent, and past-parent activities and programs, including developing an alumni association.
Work collaboratively with the Director of Enrollment and Outreach to maintain communications with the internal and external community, encouraging the maintenance of long-term relations.
Supervise the management and updating of databases.
Administer and monitor development and communications budgets.
Develop and maintain positive relationships with the Board of Trustees, school faculty and staff, and parent volunteer leaders, all in support of the School’s fundraising efforts.
Supervise recognition programs for major donors and ensure that all gifts to the School are acknowledged promptly and appropriately.
Supervise the maintenance of all major donor records, gift acknowledgement, and all development research activities.
The successful candidate will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to successfully communicate with large and small groups. The Director of Development will embrace the School’s mission and values and be able to communicate effectively regarding these issues to internal and external constituencies. He/She will be a hands-on professional who has developed and/or built a successful development program through a collaborative, team-oriented approach. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.
Serving students in 6-12th grade, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is a city school founded in the heart of Hollywood. We are looking for bright, hardworking, creative teachers and staff members who are interested in being a part of a pioneering generation of educators. Technology and ethics play a central role in our culture. As an Episcopal School, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Unlike traditional independent schools, 75% of our students receive financial aid. As a result, we offer both one of the most diverse communities in the independent school market.