The Director of Development is a member of The Williams School’s administrative team reporting to the Head of School and is responsible for leading the school’s fundraising program. The Director is responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, current and past, and with constituents of the school including administration, faculty, staff, parents, past parents, alumni, and friends of the school. The Director shall work in a highly collaborative manner with the Administration and the Board of Trustees. The Director will direct his/her efforts to the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift donors and the management of any ongoing campaigns and/or planned giving activities to accomplish annual goals.
Specific areas of responsibility include:
Designs, implements, and manages all fundraising activities including the Annual Fund, endowment, capital campaigns, and special projects.
Develops timelines for all strategic fundraising initiatives.
Develops a comprehensive planned-giving program.
Maintains a portfolio of major gifts prospects and donors and manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship to secure major and planned gifts for TWS.
Develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations. ? Ensures that fundraising goals are met annually.
Board of Trustees Relations
Works with the relevant committees of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School to develop strategies to meet fundraising goals.
Works with the Development Chair and Committee for the Board of Trustees in the achievement of Annual Fund and special events goals.
Provides fundraising training for Trustees and other leadership volunteers.
Provides timely reports to the Board related to the achievement of fundraising goals.
Produces Development reports for the Board on a monthly basis, including fundraising income totals.
Works with the Head of School to develop TWS’s annual fundraising plan and budget in support of the organization’s long term strategic objectives.
Works with staff and Business Office to develop policies and cost/benefit analyses (including staff time and office overhead) for each special event based on parameters met in conjunction with the Board’s Strategic Development Committee.
Develops, implements, and maintains accurate data and information processing systems.
Ensures that adequate supplies, equipment, and facilities are in place and consistent with the department’s needs.
Works with the Board Finance Chair and Administration to ensure that proper controls are placed on all revenue and expenses.
Coordinates donor research activities.
Provides the Business Office with accurate information for posting of revenue and expenses.
Develops, manages, and maintains the alumni database.
Organizes and supports all alumni events and activities.
Collects news and information about alumni for publications.
Cultivates relationships with the parent community, past and present.
Works with parent volunteers to assist in the Annual Fund campaign, annual auction, and other special events as needed.
Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising
Collaborates with the Head of School, current IT staff, and Associate Head of School for Enrollment and Community Engagement in the design and production of development publications and marketing materials for the school including the school newsletter, Annual Report, social media postings, and school website content.
Produces an annual report highlighting all fundraising and philanthropic activities at the school.
Bachelor’s degree required.
A minimum of 5 years professional fundraising experience, preferably in an independent school or nonprofit setting.
Proven track record of fundraising success, particularly in the area of major gifts, campaign management, and special events.
Experience with donor database management systems, preferably Donor Connect and OneCause/BidPal, is required, as well as experience with InDesign or a similar desktop publishing program.
Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with Board members, donors, parents, administrators, faculty and staff.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
Deep appreciation and understanding of the school’s mission and the ability to articulate its values and vision internally and externally.
About The Williams School
Through both intent and design we are a small school. As evidenced by our web site, we are equally committed to providing our children an expansive education. We are an intellectual and caring community of mind, body, and spirit where learning spills out of the classrooms into the hallways, onto the playing fields, and throughout our children's lives as they think, talk, and interact with what they are studying.
We work in close partnership with parents who are, in fact, their children's first and most important teachers. We strive to be a diverse school family united by shared values and the common ideals we hold for children. The individuality of our children enriches our community as whole.