A twelve month, full-time salaried employee with all applicable benefits. In order to fulfill the expected development responsibilities, it is expected that the Director will spend significant time in the greater Richmond community meeting with prospects, donors, alumni, parents, media representatives and corporate partners.
Reports to: Head of School
FSLA Status: Exempt
The Director of Development for Orchard House School is responsible for the following essential duties:
Engaging with external and internal audiences to enhance the reputation, resources, and relationships important to generating private gifts in support of OHS;
Contributing to the development and implementation of the OHS vision, strategic plan, staff-appropriate Board and non-Board level committees, and serving as the senior advisor to the Head of School and Board on all matters related to Development;
Creating, executing, and monitoring a strategic plan for Development, in conjunction with leadership;
Engaging the collective Board and each individual Board member in the development process;
Providing exemplary staff support to the Board committees of Development;
Constructing an annual operating plan with supporting tactics, action plans, and timelines;
Identifying and implementing strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a diverse base of funding sources in support of current and future needs;
Directing, managing, and evaluating all fundraising activities; focusing on building a major gifts program;
At the appropriate time, creating and implementing a plan to build endowment through a combination of outright, life-income, and deferred gifts;
Developing annual income/expense budgets for Development, in conjunction with the Head of School and Finance Manager; monitoring expenditures and operating within budget;
Serving as the liaison to the parent association, Orchard House Connection;
Ensuring that volunteer management, communication messages and platforms, and fundraising activities are synchronistic with and complementary to the overall strategic direction of OHS;
Providing leadership support to fundraising and cultivation events as approved by the Head of School. This includes the OHS Auction and Grandparents’ Day and will include additional large and small events to engage and involve donors and potential donor investors;
Working collaboratively to manage the OHS brand with the Head of School, Communications Coordinator, Director of Admissions, and Board leadership/committees to create a strong, unified external identity for OHS;
Working to integrate, coordinate, and support all internal and external activities of the school as related to Development initiatives through collaboration with the Administrative team, faculty, and staff;
Providing development information and materials to the Communications Coordinator to engage various constituencies in person, print, on the website, and through use of social media;
Developing, building and expanding an alumnae program that stimulates meaningful involvement with the goal of keeping alumnae 'near, dear and clear' about OHS and its future;
Providing reviews, updates, and/or creating development office reports, policies, and procedures in accordance with established best practices in fundraising;
Overseeing the integrity of development records and database relating to corporate and individual donations;
Writing a year-end evaluation of the development goals/objectives and coordinating the production of the annual report;
Providing data for surveys;
Performing other duties as directed by the Head of School.
This position requires results-oriented focus with a strong moral compass and passion for the unique mission and role of OHS in educating middle school girls. The Director of Development will be the voice for advancing philanthropy in a strategic, well-orchestrated, comprehensive program. The position will involve building relationships based on intention, information, and inspiration. In addition, the job requires the following skill set:
Experienced leadership in philanthropy and institutional relations;
Comprehensive knowledge of all major development functions;
Demonstrated record of accomplishment in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;
Personal energy, enthusiasm, and drive to develop a comprehensive Development program that continually surpasses goals;
Strong interpersonal skills, natural networking skills, and the ability to cultivate, develop, and maintain positive relationships with all constituencies;
Ability to manage and motivate volunteers to achieve goals; ability to listen and hear people’s interests and concerns;
Self-direction with strong organizational and communication skills (written and oral); meticulous attention to detail;
Value and support of high standards and one’s best; adherence to the highest ethical standards and best practices in fundraising and donor cultivation;
Commitment to individual, institutional, and community success as a team player;
Appreciation for the mission and philosophy of the school; ability to articulate the vision, mission, and objectives of the school to all constituencies, including potential and major donors;
Expertise with development office systems, reporting, and analysis; ability to evaluate and improve systems and procedures as needed;
Ability to effectively use technology and database software;
Ability to work closely with the Head of School, faculty, and staff; ability to inspire and to work effectively and respectfully with all constituencies;
Willingness to embrace the school community, to join day-to-day school activities, and to attend special school events.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive
About Orchard House School
Orchard House School is a carefully designed, middle school for girls in grades five through eight, located in Richmond, Virginia’s Historic Fan District.
Every aspect of the Orchard House School education is deliberately based on the developmental and academic needs of our girls. We provide specific training in organization and study skills and foster an inclusive community that reinforces positive social skills. We have been recognized by national leaders in girls’ education for our academic programs and hands-on approach to math, science and technology. Our comprehensive arts program comprised of drama, visual arts, dance and music, as well as our physical education program and after-school athletic teams, round out the middle school years of our students.
We honor our planned vision for the school by welcoming girls of varying abilities that come from over 20 different schools and zip codes. Our curriculum and programs succeed in fostering personal and academic excellence. We are proud of our graduates as they return to diverse public, private, parochial and governor’s high schools and are consistently recognized for their achievements, talents and contributions. Leadersh...ip is at the heart of the curriculum. This program is designed to ensure that our girls have the skills and opportunities to develop a sense of leadership and commitment to the broader community.