Rawson Saunders offers a highly competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid leave, and a generous retirement plan.
Rawson Saunders School in Austin, Texas, seeks an organized, dependable, creative, highly skilled leader to take our school to the next level as our Director of Development. The Director of Development will be responsible for advancing the mission of Rawson Saunders through various channels of fundraising. The Director of Development will work closely with the Head of School to synthesize needs and goals to achieve Rawson Saunders’ long-term financial success.
Essential Job Functions:
Cultivate a culture of giving across all constituencies.
Develop and maintain relationships with donors and supporters of RSS.
Secure donations via major gifts, annual appeals, events, foundation, and corporate grants, and online giving.
Develop, execute, and steward the RSS annual fund.
Oversee and manage the annual Gala event.
Maintain an active portfolio of prospects and monitor progress using RENXT.
Research and analyze potential fundraising opportunities, including mission-appropriate foundations.
Write grant proposals and reports to funders as required.
Lead a capital fundraising effort, including the planning, implementation, launch, and completion of a multi-year capital campaign.
Design and implement an annual stewardship plan.
Design and implement community outreach opportunities.
Develop and implement a multi-year development plan that includes annual plans for maximizing philanthropic support from alumni, parents, grandparents, individuals, foundations, and corporations.
Support strategy, scheduling, logistics, and follow-up of visits for the Head of School and fundraising volunteers as appropriate.
Develop an alumni relations plan that supports fundraising and opportunities for students.
Serve as staff support for the Board Development Committee, fundraising committees, Parent Association, Alumni Association, and other volunteers as needed.
Keep the Head of School informed on a weekly basis of the fund-raising activities of this office.
Oversee donor database and donor acknowledgments.
Oversee processing of all gift income for the purpose of providing receipts and the maintaining of giving records of donors to the school.
Work closely with the Director of Communications to develop marketing materials such as newsletters, brochures, the annual report, the development office webpage, campaign collateral, and other fundraising materials.
Oversee creation and coordination of publications and communications which will most effectively communicate with our various constituencies.
Develop and lead a professional and volunteer staff to carry out the activities of this office.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Support the school and its leadership.
Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of nonprofit fundraising experience required.
Face-to-face solicitation experience and a successful record of identifying prospects, cultivating relationships, and soliciting gifts.
Capital campaign experience preferred.
Experience working with a parent and alumni base for prospective donors preferred.
Measurable results in organizing and implementing the following: major gifts, annual gifts, grant writing, corporate and foundation giving, direct mail, and special events.
Working experience with donor relationship software, preferably Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge.
Excellent written and oral communication.
Initiative, research, and organizational skills.
Interest and enthusiasm for working with people and advancing the mission of Rawson Saunders.
A passion for dyslexia education is strongly desired.
Founded in 1997, Rawson Saunders is recognized internationally as a leader in learner-centered education and is the only full-curriculum, fully accredited school in central Texas exclusively for students with dyslexia in elementary, middle and high school. Committed to excellence and innovation, the mission of Rawson Saunders is to develop the full--and tremendous--potential of dyslexic students through an extraordinary education experience.