Director of Development

Job title: Director of Development
Organization: Bethany School
Location: Glendale, Ohio
Industry: Education

Job Description

Bethany School Mission
The mission of Bethany School is to be a community where all members can thrive as learners, growing and developing academically, socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually; where students experience and learn respect, responsibility, and an appreciation for diversity; and where academic excellence is achieved in a Christian environment.

The Position
Bethany School seeks a Director of Development to start July 1, 2023. This full-time, salaried, administrative position reports to the Head of School, serves on the leadership team of the school, and works with the Board of Trustees and its Development Committee, providing updates on fundraising and investments of the school. The Director of Development will provide leadership, vision, and direction for the school’s fundraising for the Annual Fund, scholarships, and strategic initiatives, and other external affairs.

Director of Development

The Director of Development reports to the Head of School. Responsibilities include:

  • Devising and managing a program designed to attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution. This program will include annual fund solicitation; planned giving programs; scholarship programs; corporate and foundation proposals; and planning for major capital gifts.
  • Coordinating all aspects of major gift campaigns.
  • Keeping the Head of School and Development Committee informed on a weekly basis of the fund-raising activities of this office.
  • Developing a plan to increase the charitable support of, and involvement in, the institution, particularly among alumni/ae, current families, and the wider community creating a coordinated publications and printing program which will most effectively communicate with our various constituencies (including alumni/ae).
  • Researching, developing, and implementing an action plan for solicitation of the school’s key prospects.
  • Serving as staff support for the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Coordinating logistics for development and other special community events
  • Overseeing the processing of all gift income for the purpose of providing receipts and the maintaining of giving records of donors to the school.
  • Publishing an annual development/donor report to the community.
  • Forming and leading a professional and volunteer staff to carry out the activities of this office.
  • Supporting the school and its leadership.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

Necessary Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Graduate Degree preferred
  • 5+ years work experience in a school setting or equivalent experience; specifically independent schools (preferred)
  • Cultural competence and enthusiasm for working with diverse and dynamic families with regard to race, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, family configuration, etc.
  • Exceptional written and verbal interpersonal communication skills; warm and welcoming, energetic and enthusiastic demeanor
  • Strong technology skills; experience with Google Suite, Microsoft 365, Rediker, Blackbaud, etc. preferred
  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills: active listening, anticipating and assessing needs, connecting community members to community resources
  • Demonstrated integrity, a high degree of discretion, confidentiality, and empathy; commitment to equity
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to successfully manage multiple projects and work under deadlines; proficiency in handling a multitude of tasks in a timely manner
  • Willingness and availability to work evenings and weekends; some local/regional travel

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation includes competitive salary commensurate with education, training, and experience. Comprehensive and competitive benefits package, including optional medical and dental plans; non-contributory life and disability insurance; 403(b) plan.

Interested candidates may apply here: Director of Development Position

School Context
Bethany School has been a beacon of hope and a sanctuary for children and families for almost 125 years. The school was founded in 1898 by the Sisters of the TransīŦguration, a religious order of Episcopal women, and continues to serve the original mission of their ministry to this day. Bethany’s traditions of academic excellence and spiritual growth make it a place where curious learners thrive. The spirit of kindness, simplicity, and joy, stated in the school’s motto, abounds.

Bethany is Ohio’s only Episcopal school, a private, co-ed, K-8, small school of about 175 students, located in the historic Village of Glendale, Ohio. The Bethany community lays a firm spiritual and academic foundation for children to discover their passion, develop a sense of humanity, and live purposeful lives of service. The school has just completed the construction of 2 LEED Platinum Certified academic buildings, along with the installation of geo-exchange wells, natural play landscapes using site-recycled hardwood, and solar panels on a beautiful 23-acre campus. Bethany is poised for continued growth and development.