Director of Deveopment

  • Westminster Schools of Augusta
  • Augusta, GA, USA
  • Jun 06, 2022
Full time Advancement

Job Description

The Director of Development is responsible for developing programs to build a strong culture of philanthropy and support of the school throughout the school and broader community. The Director of Development is also responsible for building a growing base of major donors to the school including individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Job Requirements- Essential Functions

  • Establish and execute a forward-thinking advancement program that optimally grows the annual, major and capital campaigns as well as legacy gifts, grants and planned giving, in coordination with the school's strategic plan.

  • Oversee all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, leading the annual giving program, capital campaigns, soliciting corporate and foundation gifts, creating a strong alumni association, and overseeing specialdevelopment events.

  • Develop and coordinate all aspects of the annual fund campaign including key special events.

  • Identify, research and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socioeconomic strata.

  • Keep the Head of School and Board’s Advancement Committee regularly informed of fund-raising activities.

  • Develop a plan to increase parental and alumni support of, and involvement in, the institution.

  • Personally solicit major donors.

  • Establish a robust and successful planned giving program

  • Lead stewardship efforts to show donor appreciation

  • Create and effectively communicate an understanding of the need for giving in an independent Christian school

  • Increase awareness of and participation in the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, including its purpose and function to school supporters (faculty, families, Board, church members, past parents, business owners, etc.) and members of the broader community, such as tax advisors and financial planners.  

  • Maintain a database of all contributors and provide development reports as required.

  • Oversee processing of all gift income for the purpose of providing receipts and the maintaining of giving records of donors.

  • In cooperation with the Director of Admissions and Marketing, develop and implement a comprehensive long-range marketing plan, with annual review and evaluation.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

Physical Requirements, Work Environment and Abilities Needed

  • Oral Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Speech Clarity – The ability to speak clearly so others can understand.

  • Speech Recognition – The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Written Comprehension and Expression – The ability to understand and communicate information and ideas in writing so others can understand.

  • Selective Attention – The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

  • Vision – The ability to see details at close range as well as at a distance.

  • Environment – The ability to work in a potentially stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contracts.

  • The ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.

  • The ability to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.

  • Generally works in climate controlled environment, but may be required from time to time to work outdoors in extreme conditions.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • BA (required), MA (a plus)

  • A minimum of three years’ experience in developmentProven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality

  • Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds

  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills

  • Knowledge of fundraising software and database management software

  • Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members

About Westminster Schools of Augusta

Westminster Schools of Augusta was founded in 1972 as a ministry of First Presbyterian Church. As a private, Christian, college-preparatory school located in Augusta, Georgia, Westminster serves 500 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The school is divided into three divisions, lower school (PK-5), middle school (6-8), and upper school (9-12). Westminster seeks to glorify God by providing an excellent education that equips students to live extraordinary lives for Jesus Christ.


Antidiscrimination Statement

Westminster Schools of Augusta admits students of any race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, and national origin, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, sex and national origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, tuition assistance awards, and athletic and other school-administered programs.  We do, however, reserve the right to deny admission to any individual who cannot benefit from enrollment based on past academic achievement or current testing results.