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Director of Development

The Waldorf School of San Diego

San Diego, CA, USA

Full time


Mar 29

Reports To: Waldorf School Board of Directors

The Waldorf School of San Diego is located in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. The school’s mission is to awaken each student’s capacity for love of learning, for independent thinking, and for heartfelt service to the world. This mission and the education we offer, embody our core principles of valuing humanity, equality, community, and freedom. At Waldorf, we are guided by our understanding of human development. We strive to have our student population representative of San Diego’s diversity; to welcome a community of students, parents, and teachers committed to the principles of social inclusiveness and environmental stewardship. Our vision is the development of the whole human being. Our goals are: life-long love of learning, independent, creative thinking, service to the world, active environmental stewardship, moral maturity and self-esteem with a balanced perspective on life, through immersion in the arts, science, and humanities.

Job Summary:

The Director of Development will design and implement a fund development strategy to provide for the short- and long-term needs of the organization. You will identify opportunities for donors to create meaning in their lives by connecting to our mission. You will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective individuals, corporations, and foundations. Your success will be the ability to influence and persuade others by understanding their individual needs and motivations to the organization’s goals. While working closely with the Board of Directors and the Administrator, you will be responsible for meeting annual revenue goals and diversifying our funding sources (e.g. operating, endowment, capital campaign).


Invest time in understanding the culture of Waldorf School.
Work with the Administrator and Board of Directors to determine the funding priorities of the organization.
Create a three-year funding strategic plan that is diverse and set goals that will include short and long-term goals. This will include a longer-term goal of establishing an endowment and estate gift planning strategy and a capital campaign for the growth of the school. Create a budget according to these goals.
Maintains a database, such as Salesforce, of current and potential donors including corporations, foundations, and individuals. Generate dashboard reports.
Identify and cultivate donor relationships that include opportunities for the Administrator, board members, and other staff to engage with donors.
Produce relevant and informative fundraising literature for distribution to targeted donors and the public.
Research potential sources of, and apply for, private grants and government funding.
Ensure reconciliation of donation financial reports and proper use of donor-restricted funds.
Evaluate fundraising events for maximum benefit to the organization and attendees.
Mentor students that can participate in donor visits with the director.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Demonstrate experience and participate in creating and influencing marketing, including social media.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

Oversee the fund development volunteers, office and staff.
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Development, Marketing/Communications or similar field preferred or a combination of college and work experience.
Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, a plus.
At least 10 years of progressive experience in nonprofit or academic leadership development.
Operating, Endowment and Capital Campaign experience.

Extensive knowledge of fundraising strategies and principles.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated well-honed interpersonal skills.
A proactive approach to work and daily activities.
A track record of inspiring donors and colleagues; raising at least $2M annually.
Knowledge of tax planning principles and techniques that favor charitable giving.
Success bringing visibility to an organization; MAR/COM and public relations experience.
Passion for promoting the Arts.
Flexibility in your schedule to attend evening and weekend events.
All interested candidates should submit your letter of interest and resume to jfelix66@cox.net rdavis@waldorfsandiego.org

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