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Development Director

Peninsula School, Menlo Park, California
Peninsula School, founded in 1925 and a well-respected leader in progressive education, is at an exciting point in its history, and we are seeking an enthusiastic and team-oriented Development Director to join us. Peninsula has a unique approach to education, and as one of the oldest continually operating progressive schools in the Bay area, we are thrilled to be approaching the 100-year anniversary of our founding! This is a great opportunity to lead Peninsula’s development office into the future.
Peninsula School is a day school for 250 enthusiastic nursery through eighth-grade students with a high teacher to student ratio. The campus centers around a beautiful Victorian mansion with exquisite oak trees on six-acres. We offer a creative approach to guiding children in acquiring strong intellectual and academic skills, an emphasis on the arts, action toward social justice, and a necessity to participate in community. Each child is recognized as an important individual with unique contributions. The school has a welcoming and supportive administrative staff, a diverse community of parents and alumni, and open-minded teachers all dedicated to a love of children, social justice, and inclusivity.
The Director of Development is responsible for leading the school's development program and working with the Board Development Committee. The Director reports to the Head of School and will be responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, donors, parents, administrators and staff.  The Director will advance the strategic and long range objectives in the school's strategic plan.
 Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
·       Create, implement and manage fundraising campaigns including strategy, case statement, engagement, execution, solicitation, donor stewardship and acknowledgment.
·       In conjunction with the Head of School, identify fundraising priorities and set strategic development goals.
·       Oversee all aspects of the Annual Giving Campaign and work with the Board Development Committee and volunteers to facilitate successful outcomes of that and other fund-raising projects.
·       Become and remain educated about the culture of the school and build positive, respectful relationships with all members of the community.
·       Lead major donor program including identifying, cultivating, soliciting, acknowledging, and stewarding major donors.
·       Oversee and participate in development office communications including donor letters, newsletters, development project descriptions, marketing materials, case statements, and campaign strategy documents.
·       Analyze development data and produce budget statements and fund development reports.
·       Direct and manage development office staff, volunteers and systems.
·       Guide and support volunteers in planning and producing an annual fundraising event.
Candidate Qualifications
Must possess:
·       Development experience
·       Ability to think strategically
·       Outstanding interpersonal skills
·       Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
·       Experience in managing and motivating volunteers
·       Clear and persuasive writing and speaking ability
·       Ability to lead multiple long- and short-term projects simultaneously
·       Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and manage own work and work effectively unsupervised
·       Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
·       Respect and sensitivity to cultural differences
·       Flexibility
·       Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
·       Ability to maintain confidentiality
·       Proficient using MSOffice suite. Previous experience with InResonance and FileMaker a plus
·       Bachelor's Degree or commensurate experience
Peninsula School offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The position is full-time, 12 months per year and is currently open.
TO APPLY:  Peninsula School is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We actively promote the principles and practices of equity and inclusion throughout the school community. We offer competitive compensation and a progressive community dedicated to learning and engaged citizenship.  We encourage people of under-represented groups to apply ( Please send cover letter and resume, in MS WORD or PDF format, to or fax to (650) 325-1313 by January 1, 2015

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