BLS Development Director
The Director of Development leads the Advancement department and works closely with the Head of School and Board of Directors to oversee and manage all aspects of Ben Lippen School’s development and alumni programs. The Director of Development must be able to think strategically and practically to implement a comprehensive and results-oriented development plan that includes traditional and innovative strategies. Key components of this plan should include goals, strategies, and timetables for the Annual Fund, major and capital gifts, capital campaign(s), alumni giving, planned giving, and matching gifts, and should include a complementary focus on prospecting and tactics to build key relationships with alumni, families, and community, corporate, and foundation leaders. This position reports to the Headmaster, serves on the school’s executive team, and sits on the Advancement committee of the Board of Directors.
- Develops and implements a short and long-term advancement plan to meet established development goals and objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, strategic initiatives for securing major gifts, donations to the Annual Fund, grants, endowment gifts, implementing a robust alumnus giving program, defining stewardship and prospecting tactics, enhancing special fundraising/cultivation events, and developing new approaches to supporting traditional advancement initiatives.
- Provides daily management of advancement staff including establishing annual goals (to support overall goals established in the advancement plan), providing regular performance reviews and appropriate recognition, and supporting ongoing professional development opportunities.
- Serves as the campaign director and provides direct daily management of specifically focused initiatives to secure major gifts and leadership gifts in support of the campaign.
- Works collaboratively and creatively with the Director of Communications to appropriately position development opportunities and integrate messages in publications, grant submissions, reports, and collateral materials for cultivating and stewarding donors.
- Works collaboratively with Parent Teacher Fellowship leadership and key constituents including board members, alumni, grandparents, parents, friends, and community members through (acknowledgement and relationship-building) cultivation efforts.
- Clearly articulates and promotes a strong case of need for philanthropy and builds opportunities to create and sustain a culture that understands the relationship between philanthropy and a unique, quality, Ben Lippen education.
- Oversees management of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, the donor database, and financial reporting. Manages accompanying information systems.
- Manages prospect research and cultivation initiatives with a special emphasis on pursuing strategies to secure or increase giving from donors. This includes providing a structure and process for key advancement and leadership staff, and Board of Directors, for a regular review of strategies attached to solicitations of potential donors (e.g. contact reports).
- Develops strategies for existing donors to effectively move them through a meaningful cycle of giving.
- Meets regularly with the Headmaster regarding program goals and initiatives and routinely reports to the Board of Directors and appropriate committees.
- Attends Ben Lippen School events and activities and fosters significant pride and excitement for fundraising efforts.
- Be a born-again Christian exhibiting a close personal walk with Jesus Christ: modeling and exemplary Biblical lifestyle and evidencing maturity in the understanding and integration of sound biblical principles in classroom instruction and personal counseling.
- Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment.
- Working knowledge of development best practices, trend in (independent school) education and development, fundraising tools and technology, including donor databases, e-mail and online campaigns, and donor research.
- Extreme tact and discretion, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.
- Evidence a teachable spirit and general willingness to learn and grow.
- Evidence strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Demonstrate adeptness at problem solving and conflict resolution.
- Evidence strong organizational skills and ability to finish tasks in a timely manner.
- Demonstrate emotional maturity and stability in dealing with the challenges of life and school.
- Evidence the ability to maintain confidentiality pertaining to school matters.
- Evidence the ability to work collaboratively within a team.
- Adheres to direction from leadership.
- Proven track record of fundraising success, particularly by securing major gifts, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging a community of motivated supporters.
- Excellent managerial skills including at least five years of previous experience successfully managing development staff.
- Minimum of 5-10 years of increasing responsibility in non-profit fundraising, preferably within an independent school.
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, or related field; or equivalent experience and/or certifications.
BLS/CIU provides a benefits package that includes:
- Health Plan;
- 401(k) plan with match opportunity;
- 100% of employee’s cost of group life insurance;
- Long term disability insurance;
- Vacation days, holidays, sick leave, family leave;
- Educational benefits: tuition reduction for PreK3-Graduate.
Interested and qualified candidates will need to fill out the Ben Lippen Employment Application. The application must be downloaded, printed and completed and submitted to the Headmaster’s office as shown on the last page of the application.
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