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Director of Development

La Scuola is currently seeking an experienced Director of Development for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. We are an IB accredited school in San Francisco, with a preK-5 language immersion program growing to 8th!

The Director of Development, under the direct supervision of the Head of School, will be charged with institutional advancement, including planning and managing all fundraising activities, as well as alumni relations, external communications and volunteer supervision and support. He/She will work with the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, the Development Committee, the Director of Admissions, key volunteers and others to identify prospective donors, nurture relationships and secure contributions to the School.


Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

 Devise and manage a program designed to attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution, including Annual Fund solicitation, planned giving programs, corporate and foundation proposals, planning for major capital gifts

 Develop a complete program of research into the school's key prospects as well as an action plan of solicitation

 Direct the school’s major fundraisers: Annual Fund and Annual Gala

 Provide direction and oversight to the Development Committee

 Manage the school’s capital giving program including future Capital Campaign planning and execution and major donor identification, solicitation and stewardship

 Manage alumni program development and implementation

 Manage all other restricted and in-kind giving and acknowledgment

 Manage e-script accounts and other fundraising programs

 Write grant proposals

 Work with the Business Manager and Finance Committee on budget development and strategic financial planning

 Create policies and procedures to guide the activities of the Development program

 Participate in public relations, marketing and advertising decisions; develop materials for school publications and other communications including biannual school magazine

 Contribute to the overall life and community of the school wherever and whenever appropriate through work with children, families, faculty and the Board of Trustees

 Actively engage with the Italian-American community of the San Francisco Bay Area

 Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School


Required qualifications and skills:

 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified above

 Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree preferred

 Ability to envision ambitious goals and to develop and articulate strategies to achieve them, and to motivate stakeholders to accomplish them

 Identify major donors both inside and outside the school, develop meaningful relationships with them, match their interests with the school’s institutional needs, and secure their contributions

 Knowledge of new technologies and how they can be used to support a sophisticated Development effort

 Excellent verbal and written skills, as well as outstanding interpersonal skills

 Bilingual and biliterate in Italian and English with native or near-native Italian proficiency preferred

 Problem-solver with excellent multitasking and strong follow-through skills

 Tech-savvy with ability to use Operate Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google Docs, Gmail and related software

 Ability to be flexible and patient

 Ability to work well in a child-centric environment

 Ability to think creatively and out-of-the-box

 Ability to work independently as well as in a team and a very collegial and collaborative environment

 Prior experience in a school or nonprofit a plus

 Maintain confidentiality with discretion

 Ability to relate effectively with a diverse staff, students, and community, and demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of community groups and organizations

 Commitment to equality, inclusion and a diversity

 Willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the La Scuola community and an advocate for our values and mission

 Ability to thrive in a start-up environment

 Excellent attendance and punctuality.


Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Prior to beginning work and as a condition of employment in order to comply with the law, all employees must provide documentation to prove eligibility to work in the United States. In addition, the final candidate will need to pass a Criminal Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance, a physical exam, and provide a recent copy of a negative TB test and other immunization records.

Compensation depends on qualifications and experience. Position receives full benefits, including medical, dental and vision coverage. La Scuola also offers life insurance, long-term disability insurance, commuter benefits and retirement benefits with employer matching, in addition to exciting Professional Development opportunities. Other fringe benefits include sick leave, PTO, paid holidays and warm lunch.

To be considered for the position, please send a letter of intent, a resume and a minimum of 3 references.

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