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Development Director

Company: The Association of Colorado Independent Schools
Location: Denver
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

ACIS accredits, supports, and advances the interests of Colorado independent schools. The Denver Waldorf School is a Pre-K-12 school of around 300 students seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Development Director. The development Director implements The Denver Waldorf School's fundraising efforts in alignment with the strategic priorities of the Board of Trustees, Administration, and The College Leadership Council. The Development Director focuses on both short and long-term financial health of the school by cultivating positive relationships with the community, meeting the needs of the Annual Fund, and implementing strategic fundraising campaigns as necessary. Annual Fund goals represent between 5% and 6% of the school's operating budget each year. This position calls for a data-driven, entrepreneurial, dynamic individual who leads in major gifts fundraising, donor cultivation, and events management. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: --- Solicits average gifts of $1,000 and above and major gifts ($10,000+), prioritizing donors with high capacity--- Markets Annual Giving campaign to attain 100% DWS parent participation: creates all campaign content by writing and coordinating appeal letters and emails, social media posts, and other PR as needed--- Stewards and cultivates relationships with donors and potential donors--- Plans and implements stewardship events--- Adapts strategies in response to current trends in independent school fundraising and philanthropy in general--- Oversees gift reporting, acknowledgement of gifts, and year-end tax documents--- Works with contracted grant prospector to identify sources of support; and works with contracted grant writer to apply for funding--- Provides guidance and recommendations to School Director, Board of Trustees, Development Committee Members, other leadership, and volunteers supporting fundraising efforts --- Provides opportunities for School Director to engage in high level donation asks in conjunction with donor interests--- Execute one or two fundraising events per year that are meaningful and relevant to the community Data analysis and reporting--- Utilizes donor database (Bloomerang) to provide accurate record keeping--- Reports to the School Director monthly on campaign progress; and twice yearly with dashboard data to the Board of Trustees--- Coordinates the creation of an Annual Report at the end of each fiscal year--- Develops, manages, and analyzes fundraising projections and budget--- Provides accurate documentation of gifts for yearly audit--- Ensures foundation and grant commitments are upheld and reported accuratelyCommunity relations, Communications, and Marketing--- Develops and maintains strong relationships between school and core community, parents, and extended community (grandparents, friends, and alumni) by supporting and attending school events and through individual connections--- Work with marketing committee to ensure there is a connection and communication strategy for DWS marketing and development messages (brand and feel of school)--- Create all PR and marketing materials as they pertain to philanthropic events and campaigns --- Advance the organization through managing internal communications processes of Weekly Update and Parent Square to ensure families are receiving updated and mission aligned communicationsOther responsibilities--- Collaborates with Finance Director to ensure development numbers are accurate for budget and accounting--- Participates in annual and 5-year budget process as appropriate--- Plan and lead yearly Board Orientation in conjunction with School Director--- Manages policies related to fundraising in conjunction with School and Finance Directors The ideal candidate will have: --- Excellent organizational skills--- Excellent written and verbal communication--- Ability to make and build relationships with parents and key stakeholders--- Enjoys working with a team--- Ability to follow instructions and ask questions for clarity--- Flexibility and adaptability--- Ability to think systemically and adjust workflow as needed--- Confidentiality - maintains confidential informationEducation and Experience:--- Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university required, advanced degree preferred --- Understanding of Waldorf education and curriculum--- 3-5 years fundraising experience, with preference toward independent school experienceThis is a full-time position and pay for this position ranges between $55,500 - $69,000 per year, depending on experience. Available benefits include Health, Dental, Long-Term Disability, Retirement Plan, FSA and HRA plans, Tuition Remission for one child, PTO.

Keywords: The Association of Colorado Independent Schools, Denver , Development Director, Executive , Denver, Colorado

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