Director of Development

  • Montessori School of Columbia
  • Columbia, SC
  • Mar 14, 2023
Full time Advancement

Job Description

Montessori School of Columbia (MSC) is 40-year-old independent day school enrolling 160 students in preschool-8th grade. We are dually accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the American Montessori Society (AMS). Montessori School of Columbia is situated on a 3-acre campus in the Rosewood neighborhood of Columbia, South Carolina, 2 miles southeast of the State House, on the edge of the campus of the University of South Carolina. We are seeking a new Director of Development prepared to manage, advance, and lead strategic fundraising efforts.

The Director of Development is responsible for building and maintaining a growing community of donors, with a specific focus on upper-level donors and new prospects and overseeing the operations of the Development Department. They will take a lead role in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors at all levels; overseeing the critical annual fund; working closely with the school’s head and board of trustees; overseeing the school’s benefit events; and lunching the school’s first capital campaign.

The ideal candidate will be both a flexible self-starter and a collaborator who thrives working in a small organization and is comfortable managing multiple responsibilities of various size and scope. The position requires excellent writing, communications, organizational skills and attention to detail. Preference will be given to those candidates with familiarity and experience in non-profit and mission-driven organizations, ideally in the education sector.


  • Overseeing annual giving
  • Creating the annual report
  • Special events
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Leading major gift prospecting, solicitations, and stewardship
  • Planning a calendar of annual cultivation, stewardship, and fundraising events
  • Drafting all development materials, including acknowledgments, renewals, solicitations, and the annual report


  • A minimum of 3 years of development leadership experience, preferably in a school setting
  • Proven track record of success in individual giving, membership, and grants
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues, board members, parents, and donors
  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to learn how to use our database
  • Ability to remain flexible and focused in a fast-paced work environment and the ability to pitch in when needed
  • Willingness to work on-site in Columbia, SC as well as actively engage in prospecting activities out of the office

Schedule Requirements

A minimum of standard business hours Monday–Friday. Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends as necessary. This appointment will begin July 2023, or earlier.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position with benefits and a compensation package that will be competitive for the region and commensurate with experience, degree attainment, and the national independent school market.


Spending your day surrounded by enthusiastic children learning in classrooms overseen by outstanding teachers is its own reward. Of course, we provide traditional benefits, too:

  • 80% Medical, 100% Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Up to 3% Matching Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance and Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Tuition Remission for Employees’ Children (MSC School, aftercare and Camps)
  • Generous Vacation Policy

Interested candidates may email their resume to Karen Kuse, Head of School, at