About the Position This position represents an extraordinary opportunity to help shape a school that is changing the world. The Director of Development partners with and reports directly to the School’s Founder and Head, and has primary responsibility for all fundraising, graduate engagement, and events.
About The School for Ethics and Global Leadership Located in Washington, DC, The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) is a semester-long residential program for a diverse group of 24 intellectually motivated high school juniors from across the United States. The program selects students who have shown outstanding character, promise for leadership, and scholastic ability and provides them with a unique curriculum that emphasizes ethical thinking, leadership development, and international affairs. In the Spring of 2020, SEGL will open a second site on the campus of the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. More information is available at www.schoolforethics.org.
Mission Statement To provide intellectually motivated high school juniors who represent the diversity of the United States with the best possible opportunity to shape themselves into ethical leaders who create positive change in our world.
In partnership with the Head of School and Board of Trustees:
Developing and executing SEGL’s ~$600,000/year Annual Fund strategy (this includes strategic planning, grant writing, fundraising visits, and managing the Head’s fundraising schedule)
Securing approximately $1 million toward capital improvements to the SEGL residence
Engaging current/recent families of SEGL students; reengaging graduates and graduate families
Engaging current/recent institutional donors; identifying and partnering with new institutional donors
In partnership with the Associate Head of School for External Affairs, coordinating SEGL’s 10th Anniversary Celebration (October, 2019) and Family Weekend (March, 2020). This includes securing space(s) and guest speakers, soliciting sponsors, and promotion
Facilitating smaller annual regional events in New York, North Carolina, Texas, and elsewhere
Building the School’s base of annual individual donors
Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate benefactors
Additional administrative/residential responsibilities, as determined during the hiring process, to improve understanding of the School and its students
Bachelor’s degree required
Three-plus years of experience in development, communications, or a related field
Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
Excellent writing skills; writing sample required
Fully dedicated to accomplishing SEGL’s mission
Able to work in fast-paced, start up environment
An independent, outside-the-box thinker
Flexible and collaborative in a variety of circumstances
Willing to accomplish both advanced and menial tasks with a positive attitude
Excited to work as part of a passionate, collegial, mission-driven team that celebrates diversity
Please answer the following questions in your cover letter, which should be no longer than two single-spaced pages:
Given the position description, what specific strengths would you bring to the SEGL team?
What do you hope to gain from this experience? How will it help you fulfill future goals?
Given your understanding of SEGL, what new ideas and initiatives would help SEGL succeed? SEGL will begin reviewing applications immediately.