• Full Time
  • Hillsborough
  • July 31, 2024

Crystal Springs Uplands School

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Crystal Springs Uplands School is a 6-12 co-educational, independent day school located on two distinct campuses in Hillsborough and Belmont, CA with 125 employees. Our deeply connected culture and community celebrates scholarship, strives for balance, and fosters inclusion. The Professional Adult Community (PAC) is an experienced, collaborative group of employees who are committed to the mission and core values of the school. Crystal is full of kind, curious learners (adults and students alike) who are passionate about the school’s mission of transformative teaching and meaningful connections. We are committed to the work required to create more equitable systems and foster inclusive environments so that all members of our community can thrive together.



Through transformative teaching and meaningful connections, we empower kind, curious learners to thrive together.


We Celebrate Scholarship – The foundation of Crystal is academic excellence.
We Seek Growth Challenges – Our culture says try it.
We Foster Kindness & Inclusion – Crystal is a caring and diverse community.
We Strive for Balance – A holistic approach to well-being is integral to our mission.
We Engage with Enthusiasm – With unbounded spirit, we give our best effort every day and pay it forward to our community.
We Lead with Humility – Being grateful and open-minded, we pursue lifelong learning.


The ideal candidate will have experience working in dynamic settings serving multiple constituents. A successful candidate in this position will:

Share a commitment to upholding Crystal’s core values and working in an inclusive school environment
Work collaboratively with colleagues and engage effectively with all constituents
Bring robust organizational, technological, and communication skills


Job Summary

Crystal Springs Uplands School seeks a full-time, exempt (1.0 FTE, 12 month) Associate Director of Development. This position is a core leader on the Advancement Team and is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the school’s Annual Giving programs including the Crystal Fund and the Crystal Family Association (CFA)’s annual fundraiser, Crystal Fest. This position is responsible for strategically planning, successfully managing, and executing a comprehensive annual giving program by working closely with volunteers and managing annual giving relationships with donors, parents/guardians, trustees, parent/guardian volunteers, and Crystal faculty and staff. The position also serves as the administrative liaison with the CFA and supports their efforts and advances their goals.




Key Job Competencies


Fundraising Expertise: Proficiency in designing, implementing, and managing annual giving campaigns, including direct mail, text, email, phone, and face-to-face solicitations.

Relationship Building: Strong interpersonal skills to cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, alumni, parents, and other stakeholders.

Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills for crafting compelling fundraising messages, donor correspondence, and annual giving materials.

Data Analysis: Competency in using data to drive decision-making, including analyzing donor trends, tracking campaign progress, and identifying opportunities for growth.

Donor Stewardship: Expertise in developing and implementing donor stewardship programs to ensure donors feel appreciated and engaged.

Project and Event Management: Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and events simultaneously, ensuring timely completion and meeting budget constraints.

Volunteer and Team Management: Experience in leading teams, motivating volunteers and staff, and fostering a collaborative environment to achieve department goals.

Cultural Competence: Sensitivity and adaptability to diverse cultural backgrounds, understanding different perspectives, and fostering an inclusive environment.

Adaptability: Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and innovate new approaches to annual giving in response to evolving donor behaviors and preferences.

Innovative approach: Ability to think and act creatively to evolve practices and programs to maximize giving and engagement.


Essential Functions

Annual Fund Campaign Execution: Successfully plan, execute, and manage an annual giving campaign that meets or exceeds goals set by the Board of Trustees. Lead a committee of parent/guardian volunteers to execute outreach and other campaign tasks.

Relationship Management: Develop and maintain strong relationships with prospective and current donors, ensuring personalized communication and engagement strategies that foster long-term commitment and support.

Stewardship: Design and implement effective stewardship programs that recognize and appreciate donors, ensuring they understand the impact of their contributions and are motivated to continue their support.

Event Management: Design, oversee, plan, and execute high-quality donor events that effectively engage and inspire attendees, including major fundraising events.

Reporting and Analysis: Regularly track and report on fundraising progress and donor engagement metrics, using data to refine strategies and improve outcomes.

Volunteer Management and Engagement: Collaborate with volunteers and other members of the Advancement team, fostering a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.

Crystal Family Association Liaison:  Serve as the Senior Administrative Liaison and provide support to the Crystal Family Association (CFA) Executive Committee, Leaders, and Committee Chairs including Crystal Fest Chairs.

Community Engagement: Represent the school at community and external events, enhancing the school’s visibility and reputation as a worthwhile beneficiary of philanthropic support.


Travel Required

Light travel between the MS and US campuses

Travel to and from FRC competitions in San Francisco, San Jose, and/or Sacramento, possibly overnight


Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Required Education, Certification, Work-Related Experience

Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
4+ years in fundraising, donor relations, or a related field (independent school experience preferred)
Proven track record in relationship management and constituent cultivation
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
Proficient written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency with fundraising software, preferably Raiser’s Edge


Physical Requirements and Work Environment

Able to work in a dynamic environment with multiple priorities
May require lifting up to 20 pounds and occasional travel
Work may include extended periods at a desk and computer
Monthly evening and weekend work


Affirmative Action/EEO Statement

Crystal Springs Uplands School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), benefits-eligible, 12-month administrative staff position, and the annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $100K   – $125K. The recruitment period will remain open until sufficient resumes have been received and may close at any time a sufficient pool of highly qualified candidates has been established.   First consideration will be given to individuals that apply between  July 1, 2024  through July 11, 2024.   Second consideration will be given to individuals that apply between  July 12, 2024 through July  26, 2024.  The ideal start date for this position is August 15, 2024.

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