Development Director

Job Type

Full Time




Santa Ana
San José Province
Costa Rica



The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of United World College Costa Rica’s ’s fundraising efforts including but not limited to a major gifts program, annual fund, and upcoming capital campaign. The Director is a member of the School’s Senior Staff and works closely with the Head of School and Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. 



·      Manage all aspects of school’s annual fund and upcoming capital campaign. Implement based on agreed plan and budget with support from Head and key volunteers.


·      Design and implement the annual fund program. Securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.


·      Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.


·      Develop appropriate stewardship program for donors, both as part of the Campaign and an ongoing major gifts program.


·      Implement a grant seeking program including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.


·      Support and help set fundraising priorities for Head and Board Chair to participate it.


·      Oversee prospect identification and research. Manage and maintain prospect list for Head and volunteer leadership. Assist with the prioritization of prospects.


·      Work with Head and volunteer leaders to develop effective strategies for cultivating, soliciting and nurturing prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors.


·      Participate, as appropriate, in personal meetings to cultivate, solicit and steward gifts.


·      Develop and ensure timely submission of effective proposals to corporations, foundations and individuals.


·      Effectively interact with volunteers to make productive use of their time and talents and to maximize their benefit to the efforts.

·      Track progress of fundraising committee, including meeting notices and agendas, meeting minutes, and assignment follow-up.


·      Accurately track all gifts and pledges to ensure appropriate recording and acknowledgement; coordinate with financial staff as needed.


·      Enthusiastically and accurately represent campaign in the community as appropriate.


·      Must embrace the mission of the United World Colleges.

·      Demonstrate excellence in communication skills in both English and Spanish.

·      Have knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.

·      Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.

·      Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.

·      Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.

·      Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.

·      Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.

·      A bachelor’s degree.

·      5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising. Or transferable work experience.





Level of Language Proficiency

Excellent communications skills in both English and Spanish

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email updated CV and letter of intent to: