National Child Research Center, located in the historic district of Cleveland Park in Washington, DC, seeks an entrepreneurial and engaging Director of Advancement (DA) to lead the Advancement Office and initiatives. The DA oversees the Advancement Department and reports to the Head of School. The DA aims to create an environment of joyful giving with opportunities for every donor to participate in NCRC’s development program. The DA also serves on Board of Trustees’ Development and Finance committees and AIMS accreditation steering committee.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Advancement will:
Establish and execute forward-thinking development/ advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major, and legacy gifts; and develop a strategy to support planned giving.
Oversee all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, leading the annual giving program, guiding capital campaigns, soliciting corporate and foundation proposals; creating a strong alumni association, and special development 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 socio-economic strata.
Collaborate with the admissions office on public relations, marketing, and communication strategies and assist in the development of a marketing and communications strategy to create/produce fundraising-related and other communications materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.
Monitor program results and provide ongoing analysis and evaluation of solicitation, cultivation and stewardship associated with annual giving.
Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and help draft grant applications.
Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming.
Personally solicit major donors.
Enhance existing relationships while building new relationships, systems, and programs that further tap into the generosity and resources of the community.
Maintain a database of all contributors and provide development reports as required.
Manage the development budget.
Supervise and nurture the associate development officer.
Coordinate the school’s volunteerism efforts.
Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the head of school, the board chair, and individual board members, supporting them in all their fundraising responsibilities, and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising
Independent school experience preferred
Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds
Outstanding knowledge of Senior Systems software and database management software
Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
Familiarity with the local community
All interested applicants must submit a letter of interest and resume to the attention of Carolyn Dogum at firstname.lastname@example.org with DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT in subject line.
Recognized widely as a model preschool, NCRC serves 177 children ages 2 1/2 to 5. The school incorporates current child development research to provide progressive preschool and parent education. A faculty of 40 that includes a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, and counselor supports an inclusion program for children with special needs. All teachers hold a bachelor's degree; several have... or are pursuing a master's. Special programs in music, motor, and library are provided. NCRC is committed to diversity of families and staff. Benefits include competitive salaries, health insurance, retirement, long and short term disability, leave, and a flex plan. An extensive program of professional development is offered.