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Associate Director of Development

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Full time


Apr 14

The Associate Director of Development works strategically and collaboratively to provide leadership of the Development Office by taking initiative, inspiring others, delegating responsibility, identifying resources, and representing the school to a variety of constituent groups. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Associate Director of Development has a shared responsibility to advance the Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s strategic objectives in close collaboration with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, administration team, faculty leadership, and parent volunteers.

Responsibilities may include:

Fundraising and Community Development

Prepare, implement, and evaluate comprehensive annual and long-range plans and goals for development and fundraising

Work closely with the Director of Advancement to support the school’s capital giving programs including Capital Campaign planning and execution and major donor identification, solicitation, and stewardship

Energize and inspire a culture of philanthropy, stewardship, and solicitation to support the school’s mission and strategic initiatives

Establish and maintain stewardship and cultivation strategy to enhance and deepen donor relationships with the school

Educate constituents about the importance of supporting the school, provide guidance and expertise to school leadership for cultivating a school culture of philanthropy

Lead the Annual Giving Program including developing the annual giving appeals, donor solicitation, ongoing stewardship, and cultivation, and preparing and publishing the annual report

Maintain and develop the EITC Program through dedicated outreach and donor cultivation

Manage and maintain the development database including statistical and trend reporting.

Alumni Engagement, Outreach and Advocacy

Energize our school’s alumni and build meaningful connections with Waldorf alumni locally, regionally, and nationally to maximize engagement and philanthropic participation

Steer and support the Alumni Association

Cultivate positive relationships with parents, alumni, and neighbors of the school

Establish strategic partnerships to further the mission of the school

Event Management

Proactively lead signature fundraising and community events (the Holiday Fair, Annual Benefit, and Grandparents Day), propose new revenue generation opportunities, and meet established fundraising and event budget goals.

Assume responsibility for meeting the event fundraising goals including sponsorship, donated items, and stewardship ensuring event supporters are cultivated and appropriately recognized.

Serve as lead in all pre-event, on-site event, and post-event tasks, including budgets and track event finances including fundraising, sponsorship, donor management, check requests, invoicing, and reporting

Propose new ideas to improve the event planning and implementation process


Bachelor’s degree required

5+ years of experience in development - annual giving, major gifts, and/or campaigns, preferably in an independent school or university setting

An accomplished front-line fundraiser

Proficiency with Databases, Word, Excel, MailChimp, PowerPoint, and

social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram

Ability to adapt to new technology as required

Proven management skills and experience

Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills

Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills required

Ability to multi-task and manage numerous projects simultaneously

Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and collaboratively

Ability to innovate and adopt a growth mindset to problem solving

A warm, engaging, and accessible style

Desire to roll up your sleeves and get the job done

High energy, a sense of humor, and a flexible team player

Our team values innovation, initiative, collaboration, flexibility, humor, positive energy and a collegial spirit. Our team is committed to the continuous development, evaluation, accountability, and transparency of our school’s DEIJ efforts and dedicated to demonstrating leadership in this realm at every opportunity.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter with your resume and contact information for three personal references to Alexandra Borders, Interim Head of School, The Waldorf School of Philadelphia: bordersa@phillywaldorf.com.

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