Pembroke Hill School seeks an experienced Director of Development with a passion for independent school education, high standards for excellence, and notable credentials. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position reporting directly to the Head of School. The Director of Development is also responsible for providing leadership and strategically overseeing the school's fundraising programs, including the Annual Fund, Planned Giving, and Major Gifts. The Director of Development is responsible for managing the areas of Special Events, Alumni Relations, and the Parents Association. The Director supports the Development Committee Chair and assists the Board of Trustees and participates in the policy-making of the School as a member of the administrative council. The ideal candidate must lead with vision, energy, integrity, enthusiasm, humor, savvy, and humility and must have 5-7 years of experience in a related field. Additionally, the candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Occasional weekend or evening commitments required.
Management of the Institutional Development Program
Produce adequate funds for current operations, special projects, and capital growth.
Supports the annual Institutional Development Plan.
Supports the annual budget that is directly linked with the priorities of the department and the institution.
Communicate a broad understanding and awareness of Pembroke Hill's mission and programs.
Represent the institutional development interest at the senior administrative level.
Review annually the funds raised and develop strategies for increasing annual fundraising goals.
Recommend funding goals for the fiscal year to the Development Committee.
Oversee the Annual Fund solicitation strategy, and schedule with the Director of Annual Giving.
In coordination with the Data Management Coordinator, oversee gift reporting, acknowledgments, accounting, and data management of the Development Office.
Identify, cultivate, and steward major donors.
Foster relationships with key donors, and develop strategies that will bring donations to the School through direct solicitation or by coordinating with the Head of School, Board members, or volunteers to secure gifts.
Oversee events that promote the connection of individuals to Pembroke Hill School.
Write grant applications and reports as appropriate.
Steward endowment gifts, with data provided by the Chief Financial Officer.
Carry a portfolio of major gift prospects.
Supervise, set direction, and support goals for each member of the Development Team which consists of individuals focused on Annual Giving, Planned Giving, Alumni Relations, Parent Programs & Volunteers and Database Management.
Ensure that the job descriptions for each member of the staff are clear and that annual reviews take place for the benefit of the staff member and the department. Supervise the staff in a manner which will maximize their individual talents and encourage professional growth.
Promotes teamwork for the entire development staff.
Founded in 1910, Pembroke Hill School is a co-ed independent school serving PreSchool-12th grade with two locations less than a mile apart located near the historic Country Club plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Total enrollment is approximately 1,200 students from 850 families. Pembroke Hill offers small class sizes and seeks to enroll academically qualified students from all segments of the community, regardless of socio-economic, racial, religious or geographic backgrounds. The school looks for intellectually curious students who will contribute to the academic and extracurricular programs and who will benefit from a Pembroke Hill education. The goal is to build a community that nourishes all students both intellectually and emotionally. Families come to PHS from all over the metropolitan area in 71 different ZIP codes. The financial picture at Pembroke Hill is healthy and key factors are: a $45 million endowment and a $26.3 million operating budget.
Through the efforts of the development office, Pembroke Hill students and faculty benefit from philanthropic support of alumni, parents and friends of the school. The primary fundraising vehicles are annual giving, capital campaigns, and an event (such as an auction), with additional support coming from planned gifts. The Pembroke Hill Annual Fund (approximately $1.4 mil) provides resources each year that sustain and further the quality of a Pembroke Hill education. The Fund plays a critical role helping bridge the $2,750 gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating one student. A capital campaign is currently in progress with a target of $50 million to support renovation and new construction of athletic and dining facilities, as well as improvements to the central quad on the Ward Parkway campus.
Together, cultivating the best in each, for the benefit of all.
Pembroke Hill is a place where:
Every child is known, cared for and valued
Teaching and learning is at its highest level
A growth-oriented culture of excellence thrives
Positive supportive relationships exist
At Pembroke Hill our educational goals help us form our beliefs and our values.
We believe in fostering in our students the joy of learning, the love of discovery, the confidence to grow and a sense of responsibility and respect for others.
We believe in creating a nurturing environment in which children are central and where they develop a sound knowledge base in core academic disciplines.
We believe in placing a strong emphasis on character and citizenship education and providing experiences in life skills, leadership and service.
We believe in creating and maintaining an inclusive community that welcomes, respects, values and benefits from individual differences.
We believe in fostering and promoting emotional, social and physical health and well-being.
We believe in nurturing creativity and aesthetic appreciation.
We believe in our students.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Outstanding listening and analytical skills
Strong presentation skills and ability to articulate Pembroke Hill's mission and promise.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, high level of professionalism, the ability to work with volunteers and appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information.
Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work both collaboratively and independently
A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, philanthropy and institutional development
The next Director of Development will ideally possess certain skills, qualities, and characteristics including:
An eager and effective fundraiser who recognizes that success in this regard is highly dependent on the building of meaningful relationships.
An effective communicator, both orally and in writing, who is committed to professional standards of excellence as well as honoring the confidentiality of personal matters.
A “people person” who possesses a high degree of emotional intelligence enabling him or her to work effectively with all school constituencies.
Possess and evidence qualities of strong character based on our values of respect, compassion, scholarship and integrity.
An individual whose leadership style fits the culture of Pembroke Hill with qualities such as approachability, caring, collegiality, warmth and sense of humor.
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The Pembroke Hill School is a private independent school with 100+ years of history located in a beautiful and historical area in Kansas City. We currently have approximately1,200 students from Early Years through grade 12 on two campuses within a mile of each other.
Pembroke Hill School has a competitive compensation and benefits package. If you would like to be considered for an employment opportunity, visit www.pembrokehill.org/about-us/employment and complete an online application.