Fundraising, FT Employee
Don Bosco Cristo Rey HS and Corporate Work Study Program (Takoma Park, MD)
Overall Position Description:
The Development Director, in coordination with the President, will develop and execute the strategy for all fundraising and communication activities to include securing individual, corporate and foundation contributions and grants. The Director will also have primary responsibility for successfully directing and managing community outreach initiatives and partnerships, expanding and diversifying philanthropic revenue, and furthering the culture of philanthropy across the organization. The Development Director will report to the President, serve as a member of the leadership team and effectively lead the Development Department.
In FY14 the development department at DBCR was charged with raising $1.4 million. The Development Director will be responsible for achieving and growing fundraising goals. S/he will be charged with conceiving and implementing a sound multi-year fundraising program that coordinates with ongoing communications and research development strategies and significantly broadens and increases DBCR’s base of support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
The Development Director will provide energetic leadership, direction and coordination for Don Bosco Cristo Rey’s (DBCR) communication and fundraising strategy. Serving in partnership with, and as a member of the leadership team, the Director will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding gifts to the organization, as well as strengthening communication of the mission to all constituents and the community.
Other specific tasks will include management of principal and major gift prospects, conducting visits to prospective donors, organizing cultivation, stewardship, fundraising, and awareness events that engage donors and prospects, and coordinating visits by the President and other key stakeholders. S/he also serves as liaison to the Board’s Development committee.
S/he is responsible for leading and managing the development team insuring all staff are managed in the most effective and professional manner. S/he will work in partnership with the President and Communications Manager to develop and implement the marketing and communications strategy for Don Bosco Cristo Rey.
The ideal Director will be an experienced manager who possesses proven leadership and organizational skills, a keen understanding of best practices in fundraising, a demonstrated ability to build an effective development strategy and program, a strong record of securing major gifts, and exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills. Additionally, the Director will have experience in marketing and communications approaches and strategies.
The successful candidate will also reflect an understanding of and commitment to DBCR’s mission, possess excellent writing and presentation skills, be achievement-oriented, and have the personal attributes necessary to effectively engage a range of researchers, donors, business leaders and other collaborators.
The candidate will demonstrate integrity and be a self-starter with a sense of urgency and clear set of priorities. S/he must have a minimum of five years of experience in fundraising with a track record of successfully developing major donor fundraising strategies and securing gifts.
Additional qualities include: visionary fundraising leadership; track record of increasing and diversifying philanthropic support; extensive campaign, fund and management experience; success in soliciting significant gifts personally and with leaders; proven ability to engage and support high-caliber executive, volunteer, and community leadership. Knowledge of and experience with the philanthropic community in the Washington metro area preferred.
Minimum Requirements Summary:
• Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred
• Minimum 5 years of experience in development with an emphasis on Major Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Fundraising.
• Demonstrates successful, visionary leadership and management experience.
• Must have a strong track record of increasing and diversifying philanthropic support
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office and database management.
• Ability to effectively manage, lead and motivate staff members. Thrives in a team-focused environment.
• Sensitivity to the ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds of the student body.
• Strong knowledge of Catholic faith, beliefs and practices.
• Commitment to the mission of the school and corporate work-study program.
To apply for this position: (electronic submissions preferred)
If you are qualified and interested in this position, send
• a letter stating personal intent
• a comprehensive resume, to:
Fr. Steve Shafran, SDB, President
subject line: DBCR – Development Director (6)