The Director of Development leads the Development Department and works closely with the Head of School and Board of Trustees to oversee and manage all aspects of Oak Hill School’s development program. The Director of Development must be able to think strategically and practically to implement a comprehensive and results-oriented development plan that includes traditional and innovative strategies. Key components of this plan should include goals, strategies, and timetables for the Annual Giving Fund, major and capital gifts, the endowment campaign, alumni giving, planned giving, and matching gifts, and should include a complementary focus on prospecting and tactics to build key relationships with alumni, families, community, corporate, and foundation leaders. This position reports to the Head of School, serves on the school’s Development Committee and attends meetings of the Board of Trustees.
o Develops and implements a short and long-term advancement plan to meet established development goals and objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, strategic initiatives for securing major gifts, donations to the Annual Giving Fund, endowment gifts, implementing a robust alumni giving program, defining stewardship and prospecting tactics, enhancing special fundraising/cultivation events, and developing new approaches to supporting traditional advancement initiatives.
o Provides daily management of advancement staff including establishing annual goals (to support overall goals established in the advancement plan), providing regular performance reviews and appropriate recognition, and supporting ongoing professional development opportunities.
o Serves as the endowment campaign director and provides direct daily management of specifically focused initiatives to secure major gifts and leadership gifts in support of the endowment.
o Works collaboratively and creatively with the Communications Coordinator to appropriately position development opportunities and integrate messages in publications, grant submissions, reports, and collateral materials for cultivating and stewarding donors.
o Works collaboratively with parent and faculty teacher leadership and other key constituents including board members, Parents Association, alumni, grandparents, parents, friends, and community members through (acknowledgement and relationship-building) cultivation efforts.
o Clearly articulates and promotes a strong case of need for philanthropy and builds opportunities to create and sustain a culture that understands the relationship between philanthropy and a unique quality, Oak Hill School education.
o Oversees management of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, the donor database, and financial reporting. Manages accompanying information systems.
o Manages prospect research and cultivation initiatives with a special emphasis on pursuing strategies to secure or increase giving from donors. This includes providing a structure and process for key advancement and leadership staff, and Board of Trustees, for a regular review of strategies attached to solicitations of potential donors.
o Develops strategies for existing donors to effectively move them through a meaningful cycle of giving.
o Meets regularly with the Head of School regarding program goals and initiatives and routinely reports to the Board of Trustees and appropriate committees.
o Attends Oak Hill School events and activities and fosters significant pride and excitement for fundraising efforts.
About Oak Hill School
For over fifty years, Oak Hill School has educated children in a nurturing, Christian environment to prepare them for a lifetime of learning and service.
We understand that every child is unique. Our experienced faculty is committed to embracing the inherent qualities of each student. We are a strong, vibrant, and faithful community, where strong bonds are formed between teacher and child and between home and school. Throughout their time at OHS, our students stretch themselves academically, forge friendships that last a lifetime, and develop a healthy sense of self.
Our graduates go on to the area’s best secondary schools, where they establish themselves as leaders, creative problem solvers, and collaborative learners.