Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1300 students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is “to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world”.
Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School – junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School – 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives – all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.
The Francis Parker School Advancement Office cultivates, inspires, and supports the School’s culture of philanthropy from parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, students, faculty and staff, and friends to advance the mission of the School.
Reporting to the Head of Advancement, the Director of Advancement (DOA) will assist in leading the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts for giving. The DOA creates and implements fundraising strategies, strengthens relationships with the Parker community, engages constituents through meaningful events and opportunities, and excels in a fast-paced fundraising environment.
Cultivation, Solicitation, and Stewardship:
Attain annual parent giving participation and revenue goals
Manage 40-50 major gifts prospects
Manage an annual giving calendar and ensure timely and effective outreach to families
Plan, strategize, organize, and execute the Day of Giving (in partnership with the Parents Association and Gala leadership)
Set goals, train, support, and serve as fundraising liaison for annual giving and Day of Giving volunteers
Create fundraising appeals in partnership with the Communications Office
Promote and advance consecutive years giving
Oversee research and screening of constituencies; utilize research data to identify major donors/prospects within the community
Partner with colleagues and volunteers to maximize contributions and ensure clear communication in the cultivation and solicitation process
Events / Meetings:
Plan, organize, and execute the Head of School New Parent Dinner
Co-lead the Parker Networking event
Attend Gala leadership meetings
Attend all Advancement events
Attend select School-wide events to meet and interact with community members
Review all gifts to Parker
Review and edit donor receipts and acknowledgement letters
Review the monthly index giving participation report
Provide oversight and backup for gift entry in the database
Update gift receipt and acknowledgement letters annually
Ensure all volunteer activities and actions are properly tracked
Ability to run reports and manage data
5-8 years of experience in fundraising.
Strong fundraising track record of closing six-figure gifts.
Ability to work effectively with many diverse constituencies in a school environment.
Outgoing, intelligent ambassador who understands best fundraising practices and knows how to work on a team.
Executes vision and priorities, and understands the importance of meeting goals.
Strategy and thought leader.
Possesses a sophisticated, high EQ.
Represents the School and Advancement Office with the highest level of professionalism.
Builds trust and keeps confidences.
Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and online fundraising databases (i.e. GiveCampus) preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Microsoft Office suite expertise.
Detail oriented and data driven self-starter.
Salary and Benefits:
Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background.
Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
A cover letter, resume and a completed employment application should be submitted electronically to: