Wooster School seeks a Director of Development, to start July 1, 2019. This newly added position will report to the Associate Head of School. The Director of Development will focus on building the donor community through the creation of meaningful opportunities to identify, engage and retain donors at all levels of giving. This is a year-round, full-time position.
The ideal candidate will be innovative and forward-thinking -- just like Wooster School. A creative problem-solver and deep thinker, the new Director of Development will also be highly organized and focused on implementation. A passion for education, affinity for young people, and desire to be an active member of a thriving school community are requisite for any viable candidate.
Generate creative solutions to enhance, strengthen and maintain the school’s close relationship with individual donors
Participate in the development and execution of an advancement program that meets the needs of the growing school
Plan, implement and manage fundraising programs to secure individual, foundation, and corporate philanthropic support for capital, endowment, and planned giving campaigns
Develop and manage long-term major gift and planned giving initiatives to build and maintain relationships with prospective donors; includes identification, cultivation, and face-to-face solicitation of donors
Monitor annual, major gift and campaign progress, and provide periodic reporting
Work with Associate Head of School to prepare reports for the Board of Trustees
Support Trustees in the articulation of annual fund gifts, major gifts and planned giving fundraising needs
Facilitate interaction of Trustees, Head of School, and Associate Head of School with major and planned giving prospects, top annual fund contributors and key volunteers
Assist in all aspects of the school’s development program, including solicitation of alumnae, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school
Stay current with industry trends, innovations, and best practices
3-5+ years of administrative leadership experience in an independent school or similar setting
Proficiency using Raiser’s Edge events module to track event budgets, generate reports, and benchmark results.
Ability to think strategically about donor engagement
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to comfortably, warmly and effectively engage with large groups in social settings
Ability to work well both as a team and independently to accomplish departmental and individual goals
Positive energy and a high degree of initiative
Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality and the integrity of the advancement process, and exercise good judgement and tactfulness in all situations
Commitment to being part of a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
Cultural competency skills to successfully collaborate across difference
Understanding and support of the mission of the school