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The Steward School - Director of Development

9 Apr 2021 9:10 AM | Anonymous
  • The Steward School

    Director of Development

    Richmond, Virginia 

    The Opportunity

    The Steward School, one of the leading JK-12 independent schools in Central Virginia, is approaching its 50th anniversary.  We are a vibrant school community serving roughly 650 students.  Our next director of development will have the opportunity to create partnerships that provide resources for our next generation of students. 

    The director of development will play an important role in the success of our capital campaign in celebration of our milestone anniversary.  In addition, we continue to build our annual fund, and have great hope that in the next school year we will be able to strengthen our partnerships with parents and alumni through in-person gatherings.  

    The director of development is Steward’s chief development officer providing leadership for philanthropic initiatives. This individual will report to the head of school and lead the development department. In addition to the director, the development staff includes an associate director of development, development associate, part-time alumni engagement coordinator, and a part-time events coordinator. Additional resources are available for contract grant writing support.

    The director of development works closely with the director of marketing and communications and director of admissions and their staff to form the advancement team. 

    The Steward School Overview

    The Steward School’s mission is to prepare each child for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care. Since our beginning in 1972, we have been a community that helps students become their own best selves. Our tagline is a succinct summary of who we are at our core:

    Fuel the Mind. Stir the Imagination. Unleash the Possibilities.

    We fuel our students' minds with rigorous academics and unbridled imagination. Program initiatives like Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Service Learning, and Health and Wellness are our hallmarks. Our athletic teams have won eight state championships in the last six years, and our high-quality arts program and world-class theatre are known throughout the region. Our community prizes inclusion and well-being for all students; this year's parent survey noted that 95% of students are enthusiastic about school. Our faculty love being here too in 2021, we were named a Richmond Times-Dispatch Top Workplace for the sixth year in a row, based on the results of an employee survey.

    Details of the Position

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The director of development serves as a member of the Executive Council and Advancement Committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • ·     In coordination with the head of school, cultivate and further enhance key relationships, communicating directly with major donors and prospects, and corporate/ foundation/community leaders.
  • ·     In partnership with the head of school, provide staff leadership for the board’s Advancement Committee and for the engagement of trustees and Annual Fund volunteers in cultivation and fundraising efforts.
  • ·     Collaborate with the senior administrative team to align fundraising and marketing strategies with program initiatives.
  • ·     Report fundraising progress to the Board of Trustees and staff leadership.
  • ·     Manage and expand all development activities, increasing major gifts, corporate and  foundation gifts, and revenue from the annual fund and other sources.
  • ·     Manage and enhance policies, procedures, and infrastructure related to effectively operating the development efforts.
  • ·     Supervise, evaluate, and encourage the professional growth of development staff.

  • Personal Qualities and Skills Desired

  • ·     Passion for The Steward School’s mission and the ability to effectively articulate the
  • importance and impact of our work.

  • ·     Ability to think strategically, create a comprehensive fundraising plan, and provide best-practice fundraising knowledge.
  • ·     Ability to develop quality relationships with a variety of constituencies, including major donors.
  • ·     Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • ·     Strong management, interpersonal and supervisory skills, as demonstrated by the ability to work well with colleagues and volunteers.
  • ·     Highly developed organizational skills with an eye for detail.
  • ·     Ability to take initiative, think independently, employ metrics, and take rational risks.
  • ·     Ability to perform under deadlines and changing schedules.

    Experience Desired

  • ·       Bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree is preferred. CFRE certification is a plus.
  • ·       Candidates should have a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in development, including at least five years managing staff and working with non-profit boards.
  • ·       Experience in all aspects of development including major gifts, corporate/foundation relations, annual giving, and planned giving.
  • ·       Demonstrated personal success in donor cultivation, major gifts development, successful grant proposals, and meeting fundraising goals.
  • ·       Proven track record of achieving revenue targets of $1-3 million or more annually.
  • ·       Experience working closely with high net worth individuals, foundation leadership, and senior-level executives.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Katherine Whitney at with “Steward Development Director” in the subject line.  For best consideration, resumes should be received by May 14, 2021.  The consultant and the school understand the importance of confidentiality.

The Steward School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational, admission, scholarship, or employment policies, or any other program administered by the School.

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