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Escuela Bilingüe Internacional

Are you excited to make a profound impact on education and help nurture global citizens? Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI), the West Coast’s only PK-8, Spanish-immersion World International Baccalaureate (IB) independent school, is seeking a dynamic Director of Development to lead and grow our fundraising efforts.

About Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI)

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) has 350 students situated on two campuses: Oakland (PK-1) and Emeryville (2-8), CA. Staff and faculty come from 16 countries, enriching students’ world views. Our graduates are fluent in Spanish and English, allowing them to converse with more than 2 billion people. Our rich, International Baccalaureate, Spanish-immersion programming fosters global citizens. Each year roughly 30% of students receive tuition assistance. Our vibrant community celebrates diversity, inclusion, and a passion for learning.

About the Role

As the Director of Development, you will play a key role on EBI’s  Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to, collaborating with, and advising the Head of School, while also managing a Development Coordinator (with the possibility of a growing team). You’ll lead our Annual Fund and comprehensive campaign efforts, while strengthening the school community’s culture of philanthropy. Your mission? To cultivate relationships, tell compelling stories, engage donors in our mission-driven initiatives, and connect families with opportunities to invest in the upward trajectory of EBI. From cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts to alumni engagement, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping EBI’s future.

Key Responsibilities

Grow Annual Giving and create a compelling Case for Giving / Case for Support
Develop and execute annual fundraising plans
Identify, recruit, and lead an Annual Fund Cabinet and/or a possible Campaign Cabinet
Cultivate, solicit–often in partnership with the Head of School or Cabinet member–and steward leadership / major donors
Provide solicitation coaching to volunteer solicitors such as the Cabinet and Board members; create solicitation materials such as briefings and proposals
Create and implement the solicitation process for all constituencies including leadership donors, Board, current parents, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, and friends of the school
Publicly communicate, inspire, and educate the community about the critical needs of EBI and how donors can support the school through philanthropic investment
Prepare Annual Fund appeals and publications; coordinate volunteer phone-a-thons (for stewardship and possibly lower-level solicitations)
Prepare regular progress reports for the Head of School and Board of Trustees (e.g., on constituency giving, rates of constituency participation, number of gifts, and average gift size)
Ensure donors feel appreciated through timely, personalized donor recognition
Design and execute cultivation and stewardship events aimed at inspiring philanthropy
Oversee donor databases and communications, ensuring accuracy and efficiency
Collaborate with the newly formed alumni engagement committee on events and volunteer opportunities
Provide volunteer stewardship; ensure special events and volunteer activities are positioned as cultivation and stewardship opportunities to build community
Facilitate the timely collection of pledges before June 30 of each year
Coordinate the planning, list compilation, and writing for the Annual Report
Local and regional travel, as needed
Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

Passionate commitment to EBI’s mission and culture
Proven success in fundraising and soliciting and closing major gifts; campaign experience preferred; minimum of five years’ experience in development in an independent school, college, or other nonprofit environment
Zeal for hitting and surpassing goals; collaborative, adaptable, and results-driven mindset
Committed to professional growth and development; while identifying and addressing areas where personal- and team upskilling is necessary
Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal
Warmth, a sense of humor, and emotional maturity
Bachelor’s degree required; bilingual proficiency in Spanish preferred
Strong technical skills and familiarity with fundraising databases
Compensation and Benefits

EBI uses a salary scale that is based on education and years of experience and ranges from $140k to $160k, a robust benefits package, and professional development opportunities. We’re committed to supporting our team members in their personal and professional growth.

Application Process

Ready to join our team? Application review and interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and original writing sample in one consolidated PDF to James E. Pattison at or Emilie Henry at

Join Us in Shaping the Future of Education at EBI!

EBI is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We look forward to welcoming passionate, innovative professionals to our team as we continue to inspire global minds and transform lives.

Apply today and be part of something extraordinary!

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