St. Luke’s Episcopal School seeks a Development Director to lead the school’s development and marketing efforts, including annual giving, fundraising events, and capital campaigns as well as overseeing alumni, grandparent, and external relation programs. The Development Director reports directly to the Head of School, is a member of St. Luke’s senior leadership team, and works with the board of trustee’s development committee.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The director of development will:
Establish and execute forward-thinking development/ advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major, and capital campaigns; legacy gifts; and planned giving.
Oversee all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, leading the annual giving program, guiding the capital campaign, 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 PR initiatives and the marketing and communications office to create/produce fund raising-related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.
Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and help draft grant applications.
Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming.
Identify, cultivate, and assist in soliciting 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 development office staff.
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.
The director of development will actively participate in relevant school activities and events to promote the mission of the school as directed by the head of school.
Common Qualification Requirements:
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 fundraising data software and database management software
Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
Familiarity with the local community
About St. Luke's Episcopal School
Located near the heart of San Antonio, the nation’s 7th largest city, St. Luke’s is a coeducational parish day school that presently serves 210 students in grades PreK-8. St. Luke’s was established in 1947 and has established a stellar reputation during our 72 year history, including distinction as a nationally recognized “Blue Ribbon” school. We are blessed by our partnership with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a thriving parish. Our diverse student population is comprised of young people who come from across the metropolitan area. A dedicated Board of Trustees governs our school. We are a long-standing member of ISAS, SAES and NAIS. While we are blessed with abundant resources and a peaceful setting, the family spirit of St. Luke’s and our daily commitment to living “the St. Luke’s Way” are what set us apart. In all that we do, we empower our students with the faith and confidence that they will need to be successful scholars, citizens and leaders.