Founded in 2012, and located in East Hollywood, ESLA is an independent, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Our core virtues are Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage. Over half of our students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This generosity and philosophy allow the school to recruit and enroll the brightest, most dedicated students from all walks of life. Now in our eighth year, we are growing a community that reflects the vibrant diversity of Los Angeles. Our academic model is enhanced by the belief that one of the most important educational tools for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook. For further information about the school, go to www.es-la.com.
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles seeks an experienced and dynamic development professional with an entrepreneurial nature to contribute to the School’s fundraising growth, particularly at the major gifts level. The Director of Development will join the school during a period of excitement and growth as it enters its 8th year of operation with growing enrollment (now 220 with a goal of 360) and a fully-funded school building that is projected to be completed before the end of the calendar year.
The founding board’s success in raising substantial operating and capital funds over the past seven years establishes the base for ambitious future plans in major gifts work. Areas of priority include equipping the new classrooms, sustaining and growing the annual fund, and establishing endowment for financial aid.
Reporting to the Head of School, and working closely with the Board of Trustees, the Director of Development will conduct prospect analysis, cultivate and solicit donors, and provide donor stewardship and recognition. In pursuit of philanthropic goals, he/she will articulate School priorities, engage leadership and board members in seeking philanthropic support, and establish and nurture a small creative team of fundraising and communications professionals.
This position has the primary responsibility for identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors in the $25,000-$1,000,000 range.
Experience in special and major gifts program work is required. Individual giving will be emphasized, along with family foundations and corporate giving.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify a pipeline of major gifts prospects;
Establish strong working relationships with the School’s trustees and senior leadership team;
Cultivate relationships among a base of high net worth individuals, corporations and foundations, including influencers and nonprofit board members;
Develop and execute strategies to widen the reach of ESLA’s philanthropic programs;
Recruit and engage volunteer leadership as appropriate to grow a philanthropic culture;
Provide leadership, creativity, and energy in identifying prospects;
Establish relationships with donors and volunteer leaders that will endure;
Ensure regular and ongoing communications with prospects and donors;
Engage board members, staff, and parent volunteers in the fundraising process;
Represent the School at various functions and activities.
A Bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree is preferred.
A minimum of seven years of experience in development with a track record of success, especially with special and major gifts; • Experience in engaging with nonprofit boards; • Success in growing a fundraising program, with working knowledge of the principles and practices of institutional fundraising; • Ability to manage donor relationships through periods of engagement and growth, ensuring that donor and volunteer interests are in alignment with School priorities; • Ability to conceptualize and implement a program for growth; • Ability to communicate persuasively.
A breadth of knowledge and experience that will allow the successful candidate to overcome perceived obstacles in achieving results; • Comfort level building and implementing strategic plans and working with ambitious metrics; • An entrepreneurial ability, with demonstrated success in devising solutions to resource needs through a combination of best practice and innovation; • Commitment to the mission of serving a diverse community.
To Apply . . .
Please send the following to Head of School Peter McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org (no phone calls please):
Link or attachment to a video or short written statement with answers to the following questions (1-3 mins; minimally edited, or no more than 500 words):
What makes you ideal for this challenging position?
What interests you about ESLA in particular?
This is a full-time, exempt position. Diverse and traditionally underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
About Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Serving students in 6-12th grade, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is a city school founded in the heart of Hollywood. We are looking for bright, hardworking, creative teachers and staff members who are interested in being a part of a pioneering generation of educators. Technology and ethics play a central role in our culture. As an Episcopal School, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Unlike traditional independent schools, 75% of our students receive financial aid. As a result, we offer one of the most diverse communities in the independent school market.