The Strelitz International Academy is an independent accredited day school located in Virginia Beach, VA. Situated on Virginia Beach’s Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community, SIA’s facilities include spacious classrooms, state-of-the-art science and computer labs, an extraordinary two-story library, regulation-size gymnasium and intramurals programs. We are committed to providing students with life ready skills, knowledge, and a learning environment designed to equip them to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators and active global citizens. Our goal is to provide a challenging curriculum that prepares our students with a strong foundation for lifelong learning as they develop a confident sense of self. In August 2021, we became an International Baccalaureate Primary Years School which begins at age 3 and goes through the age of 12. The mission of this program is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through understanding and respect.
We are looking for a dynamic, collaborative development professional with strong interpersonal skills to serve as its Director of Development. The successful candidate will guide all of the school’s fundraising efforts, working closely with lay leaders and professional colleagues, while also cultivating and stewarding relationships with donors, grant funders, and volunteers. This position includes service on the school’s Administrative Leadership Team and partnership with the Director of Admission in projecting a compelling vision of the school’s vibrant present, its impact, and its bright future.
Responsibilities: Developing a comprehensive vision and plan for fundraising and institutional advancement. Creating high touch and high level programming for major donors to increase their affinity towards the organization and build a stronger network of institutional supporters. Engaging the entire community in community wide development initiatives that increase a sense of belonging toward the organization and an awareness of our community's strengths and successes. Overseeing donor databases and working to remain efficient and accurate in our development efforts. Fostering an organizational culture of philanthropy. Effectively lead and coach event committee volunteers and stakeholders. Lead and attend Development Committee Meetings. Maintain detailed records of event revenues, expenses and budgets.
Qualifications: Minimum of five (5) years of senior level development work at a non-profit or independent school BA/BS or equivalent degree Proven track record of collaboration, teamwork, and effective workplace communication Knowledge and experience with development best practices Experience with Development databases (Blackbaud is a plus) Experience planning both major events (i.e. Annual Golf Tournament) and more intimate events (dozens of people) Knowledge of the Tidewater Area Jewish community, Jewish nonprofits or independent schools is preferred Proficiency with MS Office and G-Suite preferred Ability to work collaboratively and independently Excellent organizational skills, written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail Comfortable dealing with confidential and sensitive information Ability to work some evenings and weekends