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Blue School
New York, NY
Published 3 days ago

Broad scope of position: The Director of Development is responsible for the creation and active execution of the school’s annual fundraising strategy and initiatives, including but not limited to the Annual Fund, the Spring Benefit, Giving Tuesday, Grandfriends’ Day, and special campaigns. As a member of the Advancement Department, In addition to overseeing the execution of fundraising efforts, the Director of Development will also offer support and assistance to the Department regarding marketing and communication initiatives, for internal and external constituents. As a member of the Advancement team, this role works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communication, and often coordinates with the Head of School, Admissions, Operations, the Board of Trustees, Parent Fundraising Committee, and the instructional team to ensure full understanding and representation of the activities and communication needs within Blue School.

The primary responsibilities of this position include the following:

1. Fundraising Initiatives

  • Work with Head of School, and Development Committee to create strategic plan to meet fundraising goals
  • Spearhead, develop, and implement a diverse and multifaceted fundraising plan, including major gifts, annual giving, events, corporate and foundation grants, and special campaigns related to capital and endowment programs
  • Execute plans for Annual Fund, Spring Benefit, and support any Capital or Expansion Plans
  • Solicit major gifts, along with Board and Head of School, directing efforts of individuals towards these ends
  • Facilitate the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, provide Board reports as required quarterly
  • Develop and maintain a list of prospective board members
  • Oversee the Parent Fundraising Committee, a team of parents who work with the Advancement Office to contribute to the success of all fundraising initiatives
  • Research, establish and cultivate relationships with foundations and corporate donors
  • Create a positive, professional working relationships with parents 
  • Help build a culture of giving at Blue School, and understanding of why it is necessary
  • Draft fundraising materials for foundations, grants, and investors as necessary
  • Manage, Advancement-related events as needed, from small events (virtual or in person) such as Grandfriends’ Day to large events such as Spring Benefit. 
  • Assist with the development of new Alum group to benefit the school in the long term 
  • Identify potential advancement opportunities such as friendraisers, auction items and solicitation, etc.
  • Research external giving sources, such as outside foundations and organizations for funding support
  • Identify major donors through research and prepare donor profiles for various one-on-one asks and to build a major donor pipeline
  • Process, record and track all gifts to Blue School in the Veracross database system and manage the Development component of the database; liaise with Business Office as needed
  • Oversee the development and distribution of acknowledgement and thank you letters to donors
  • Assist in the creation of all materials required for monthly Development Committee meetings


2. Marketing and Communications Support

  • Support the Director of Marketing and Communications to create and execute annual Marketing and Communication strategy
  • Assist the Director of Marketing and Communications in the development and execution of an annual media relations strategy and all PR initiatives
  • Assist with providing language for publications, internal documents and trustees when needed regarding the school and its programs, in conjunction with Advancement and Admissions professionals as necessary
  • Innovate with new ideas to share information 

3. Miscellaneous Departmental Duties

  • Collect, document and archive videos, photography, and documents
  • Understand and be responsible to the department budget and project budgets; monthly Amex reconciliations
  • Support the Blue School mission in communication, performance and behavior
  • Assist in the creation of the Annual Report
  • Other duties as assigned by Head of School 


Education, skills and experience:

  • 4+ years of related development and fundraising experience, particularly in independent schools
  • Ability to communicate with many constituencies
  • Strategic, flexible and creative thinking
  • Experience in schools and/or education
  • Problem‐solving, entrepreneurial, and action orientation
  • Experience with gift-entry databases, in particular Veracross a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong technology skills including Word, Outlook, Excel, and Google Suite
  • Self‐motivated, enthusiastic, and proactive nature
  • Ability to multi‐task and manage multiple priorities
  • Excellent proofreading skills
  • BA required


Blue School is committed to achieving a diverse workforce providing equal opportunities to all employees and applicants. We value, respect, and celebrate differences. Employment is decided on qualifications, merit and school needs and not on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Broad scope of position: The Director of Development is responsible for the creation and active execution of the school’s annual fundraising strategy and initiatives, including but not limited to the Annual Fund, the Spring Benefit, Giving…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Water St, New York, NY 10002, USA

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