The Director of Development will provide strategic and operational leadership for the Development Office while serving as a key partner and direct report to the Head of School. With tremendous potential to affect change, the best candidate will bring vision and aspirational leadership to the role. The DOD will manage a staff of two development professionals and be prepared to elevate the Development Office’s performance and productivity as it prepares to grow the annual fund and move through a strategic plan into a campaign. The DOD also will manage a portfolio of high-level prospects and donors, developing comprehensive annual and multi-year plans for major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, and alumni and community relations. Utilizing the best of Belmont Day School’s resources: a committed and engaged Board of Trustees, an intelligent and experienced Head of School, an outstanding faculty and staff, a devoted parent and alumni community, and a growing foundation of philanthropic support, this highly knowledgeable and experienced fundraiser and manager will bring a demonstrated passion for independent education and a commitment to advancement excellence. This is a full-time, twelve-month position beginning July 1, 2019.
General Description Belmont Day School’s current development program focuses on annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, Parents’ Association programs, and overall stewardship and outreach in all constituent groups, including parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends. Targeted outreach takes place via publications, one-on-one meetings, community gatherings/forums, and social media/Web.
Work closely with the Board of Trustees, its Development Committee, and its Strategic Planning Committee to formulate goals and strategies for future fundraising.
Support the Head of School and Board President in their cultivation and development outreach activities.
Oversee the work of the development office to develop and implement strategies to enhance our annual giving and capital gifts programs.
Oversee alumni and community programming and provide strategic direction.
Work closely with the development staff and other members of the community on the design and coordination of special events.
Work closely with the communications staff on alumni and other audience cultivation publications and social media initiatives.
Work closely with the Parents’ Association in support of their annual initiatives.
Develop appropriate training and oversee development staff professional development; conduct evaluations for staff reporting directly to this position.
Work as a member of Belmont Day School’s administrative team.
We are seeking someone with a track record of achievement developing and advancing fundraising strategy with measurable success, a comprehensive knowledge of fundraising best practices, and a desire to have a significant impact on our growing program
Minimum of five years work experience required in the development field, preferably at an independent school.
Strong written and personal communications skills and vision for expanded communication opportunities.
Strong management experience required with the ability and interest to work closely with staff members to achieve individual and department goals.
Strong background in annual giving, including leadership programs, alumni reunion, and other constituent relations programs.
Strong understanding of supporting advancement services: research, prospect tracking, stewardship, gift entry, gift acknowledgement, and data entry.
Significant experience overseeing alumni programming designed to support comprehensive needs of a broad constituency.
Demonstrated ability to personally and effectively identify, cultivate, and secure gifts from annual fund and major gift prospects.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your cover letter specific to this position along with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and include Development in the subject line.
Belmont Day seeks candidates who will add to the diversity of our community. The school will always be maintained as a non-sectarian institution. The school is an equal opportunity employer. The school complies with all legal requirements in connection with admissions and access to programs, facilities and employment practices regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, or disability.
About Belmont Day School, Inc.
Belmont Day School is a pre-kindergarten to eighth grade independent school founded in 1927 by a group of parents committed to providing children with an excellent foundation and many opportunities for creative expression. Our six values of honesty, caring, joy, responsibility, respect, and excellence permeate the culture for adults and children.
Belmont Day is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes people of all races, genders, religions, family configurations, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds, and cultural identities. We work together to nurture a community where listening, open dialogue, humor, and respect thrive. We seek qualified and experienced teachers, administrators, and staff who wish to contribute to this unique and vibrant community, both inside and outside the classroom.
• Co-educational pre-kindergarten through grade eight
• Just 10 miles from Boston
• 25 local communities represented from Acton to Winchester
• Accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE)
• Number of students: 280 students enrolled in 2018-19; 136 boys and 144 girls
• 35% of students identify as students of color
• Number of faculty, staff, and a...ssociate teachers: 77
• 83% of faculty have an advanced degree
• Student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1
• Campus sits on 11 acres of land
• Robust after school and enrichment programs that offer 25 options
• 11-week summer program and February and April vacation week camps that enroll over 550 children annually