The Nonprofit Search Group invites you to explore an exciting opportunity at Gulliver in Miami, Florida. The Director of Development will first and foremost be a development professional of exceptional skill, extraordinary experience. He or she will have the opportunity to partner with a dynamic new Vice President for Institutional Advancement, an engaged board and school community to elevate the philanthropic support at this inclusive independent school. Gulliver is financially very strong with an annual operating budget in excess of $75 million and full enrollment.
Director of Development
The Director of Development will work with the Vice President to implement a comprehensive, goal-based, long and short-term plan for institutional advancement. This will include overseeing annual giving. This position reports directly to the Vice President
Areas of Emphasis
Become knowledgeable about Gulliver and its priorities in order to communicate those priorities effectively to prospects;
Develop, implement, manage and maintain established strategies to obtain major gifts;
Achieve agreed upon revenue goals;
Prepare personalized correspondence to prospects in a timely manner;
Manage a portfolio and oversee the identification, cultivation, and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors, including current and alumni parents, and alumni;
Work with the Vice President to determine the funding required to meet current and future institutional needs;
Maintain collaborative working relationships with other members of the team to ensure maximum support for marketing, communications, and fundraising throughout the organization;
Maintain accurate and timely records of all prospect interaction in Raiser’s Edge;
The job has a variety of tasks and is dynamic and changing; this person must be flexible.
A person who will commit wholeheartedly to the mission and vision of Gulliver and is excited about becoming a part of the daily life of the community;
A proactive self-starter who thinks broadly and sees the “big picture;”
A person who has an aptitude for working with a multi-cultural, diverse international school community;
An engaging individual who develops rapport quickly and builds relationships with ease.
Bachelor’s degree, an advanced degree a plus;
Eight or more years of development experience in increasingly responsible roles in a complex development program;
Demonstrated track record of successful frontline fundraising for an independent school, institution of higher education, or other not-for-profit organization;
Exceptional planning skills, goal driven, and detail-oriented; and the ability to set and meet deadlines;
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
Strong interest in education, with independent school experience preferred.
About The Gulliver Schools
Established in 1926 by Arthur Gulliver in Coconut Grove, Gulliver Academy was likened to the prestigious academies of the northeast and initially attracted families who wintered in Florida.
In late 1953, Marian Krutulis purchased the school. A pioneer in education, Mrs. Krutulis envisioned Gulliver as a grand home where both student and teachers would feel part of a caring, inspiring family of learners. Over the course of 25 years, she relocated the academy to Coral Gables, built a prep school for high school students in Pinecrest and achieved ‘Blue Ribbon School of Excellence’ designation by the US Department of Education, which earned Gulliver its distinction as a premier educational institution.
In 2000 Gulliver became a non-profit. Today, Gulliver serves approximately 2,200 students in Grades PreK3 – 12 on four campuses. Despite its significant growth over the last 60 years, Gulliver still upholds Marian Krutulis’ vision to maintain the physical and social-emotional health of its students and trains them to become people of integrity in everything they say and do.
Gulliver encompasses 40 lush, tropical acres in Miami-Dade County, with four campuses all located within a t...hree-mile radius. Originally envisioned as a “grand school home,” the warm, familial environment blends with updated, modern amenities.
Small classes enable teachers to meet students’ individual needs, and expansive course offerings both nurture and challenge students. Opportunities to build upon foundational learning are abundant; students can choose from myriad signature programs, including engineering, biomedical sciences, international business, architecture, and marine sciences field studies, as well as honors, AP, IB courses. Gulliver prepares students with the skills and knowledge to become inspired leaders. Extracurricular activities are virtually limitless; community service organizations and interest groups thrive on all campuses; and Gulliver’s athletic program has achieved success at all levels of competition. In fact, Gulliver features more athletic teams, student activities and clubs than any other independent school in South Florida.
The Strategic Vision and Plan for Gulliver is the result of a community-wide effort started in November 2015, and it represents the school’s collective commitment to keep Gulliver at the forefront of teaching and learning well into the future.