Organization: Graland Country Day SchoolTitle: Director of Development
Categories: Nonprofit Jobs
Region: Denver Metro Area
Org Type: 501(c)(3)
Graland Country Day School is an independent school in Denver that serves students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically. Our current enrollment totals 700, and we have 92 faculty members, 68 percent of whom have advanced degrees.
For more than 90 years, Graland has delivered an intellectually robust, character-based educational experience derived from current research about how children learn. While the world has changed since our founding, one concept has been a constant: Graland is faithful to the enduring aspects of its mission while seeking new ways to promote character and intellectual excellence.
The Graland brand is based on the promise that, Students who go further in life, Go Graland. Along those lines, we also believe, A great school never sits still, and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our program and keep it relevant for the next generation of students. Guided by our mission, values, and strategic plan, we go to extraordinary lengths to give children the best education possible.
Gralands team members faculty and staff enjoy a collaborative, supportive environment where each is encouraged to be a lifelong learner. Professional development, onsite childcare, a desirable location in the heart of Denver and other benefits make Graland a dynamic, inclusive and innovative workplace.
Director of Development Position Overview
Working in close collaboration with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, the Director of Development leads Gralands fundraising activities and results which include:
Leading fundraising activities to support Gralands operations as well as special projects and campaigns
Identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospective donors
Maintaining a highly effective partnership with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The Director of Development is a member of Gralands Administrative Team of school leaders and has the broad institutional experience and intellect necessary to motivate and lead a team of professionals and volunteers. He/she delivers annual fundraising results and ensures that the fundraising function focuses on long term donor stewardship.
The Director of Development currently supervises a team of three professionals, though we expect that team may grow in the next few years. The person in this role works collaboratively across departments to promote the objectives and mission of the School.
Gralands fundraising team raises about $1 million in annual gifts, and we are in the final stages of a short but significant campaign to raise $21.5 million for capital, endowment and operating funds. We anticipate concluding the final steps of the campaign by the end of the 2015-16 school year.
We seek an experienced, talented, results-minded leader who understands and values education. Qualified candidates should have at least seven years of fundraising experience with significant experience in cultivating and stewarding individual donors. Additionally, candidates should have the following qualifications:
Understand education systems and the fundraising techniques that succeed in education institutions; knowledge of independent schools preferred
Commitment to the value of rigorous, academic, balanced PreK-8 education
Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree preferred
Experience in leading and developing effective fundraising functions which include individual donor programs, events, grants, and planned giving
Direct experience in building donor-centered fundraising teams and approaches
Significant experience in cultivating and stewarding major donors
Experience in large capital, endowment, major gifts and other targeted fundraising campaigns
Experience in growing fundraising functions and enhancing their effectiveness and results
Experience in implementing fundraising principles and best practices in annual giving, major and planned giving, and large campaign planning and execution
Leadership and Management
Experience in senior management roles in the public or private sector
Proven experience in developing the capabilities of junior staff members and building their fund development skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong public speaking skills; effective writer; powerful motivator of staff and volunteers. Some knowledge of how to use social media effectively in fundraising would be helpful
Experience in developing and tracking budgets
Experience in working with boards or other sophisticated volunteers
Understand the connection between fundraising and the impact on student success as a supportive member of the Graland community
Knowledge of Raisers Edge and other office productivity tools
Experience with non-profit organizations either as staff member or involved, fundraising board member
Personal Qualities Members of Gralands Administrative Team provide leadership to the school in many of its operations and strategic priorities. All members of the Team must have these personal qualities to be effective in their roles and to fit well with our culture:
Honesty and integrity
Competence and intelligence
Passion and compassion
Positive mental attitude
Reliability and follow-through
Willingness to dig and help out
We encourage interested candidates to learn more about this role and Gralands approach to education by visiting our website at www.graland.org.
Graland Country Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
It is the policy of Graland Country Day School to comply fully with all laws barring discrimination against employees, or applicants, for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, military discharge status or physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, discipline, demotion, rates of pay or other compensation, employee benefits, tuition assistance programs and termination of employment.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com. All applications are to be submitted electronically.
This is a posting on Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Career Center.