Part-Time Director of Development - Help a Small Organization Move to the Next Level

Job Type

Part Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience and the 25-hour per week expectation.



Application Deadline:



3001 Academy Road
Ste 300
North Carolina
United States


International Montessori School is a wonderful, diverse environment where teachers and families of many cultures, languages, and backgrounds come together in a supportive and engaging learning community. We are a non-profit, independent school located in central North Carolina approximately 10 minutes south of Duke University and fifteen minutes north of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill at the intersection of 751/Academy Road and 15-501 Business.  We serve children ages 2 to 12 through a language immersion Montessori approach which means our students spend their school day in class in either Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese learning through a very student-centered, developmentally aligned approach.

Working at IMS means interacting with a group of very positive people from around the world, hearing different languages throughout the day, and supporting young children as they uncover their potential, become bilingual and bicultural, and develop into competent, compassionate and curious global citizens.

Although we have been around since 1996, we are growing and hope to double our enrollment within the next five years as we look towards a new campus. To support that growth, we are adding a Director of Development to our team. Our very dedicated Board of Directors and Head of School are eager to develop our culture of giving and to expand our relationships with our community and other organizations. We need an experienced development professional to help us achieve those goals.

If you are just coming back into the work force after some time away or maybe you are looking to slow down a bit after many years of intense professional engagement, we would love to talk with you about joining our team. You will have an eager and excited group of people to coach and support as we all work towards our very exciting goal of reaching more children in our local community and of providing a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds can feel appreciated and engaged.

And now for the more formal details of the position....

Job Summary

The Director of Development, under the supervision of the Head of School, is responsible for implementing and managing the School’s programs in constituency relations (parents and alumni) and securing private funds for the School’s priority operating and capital needs. The Director of Development is a member of the School’s administrative team that includes the Office Administrator and the Director of Programs. The Director of Development works primarily with the Head of School, and, with her direction, members of the Board of Trustees and faculty.

The position is exempt and the Director works 25 hours per week, including time that may be on evenings and weekends for events or meetings.

The position is a new position to our school and will be important in helping the organization in developing a stronger culture of giving and in growing its approach to development.

Position Responsibilities


·      Designs, implements and manages all fund-raising activities including annual giving, major gifts, special projects, capital campaigns and other school-related solicitations.

·      Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

·      Advises and supports the Head of School in the allocation of her time for fundraising, her meetings, events and relationships with donors or development committees. 

·      Identifies foundations, corporations or small businesses that might be prospects for philanthropy or sponsorships.  If possible, writes grants or outsources to proposal writer.

·      Helps recruit and manage a volunteer development committee, or campaign committee, and supports the fundraising by the Board for its annual fund gifts and other special project or capital commitments.

·      As opportunities permit, initiate a planned-giving program or individual planned gift pledges, notably from grandparents.

Development Office Infrastructure

·      Creates office systems to support all development projects and operations. 

·      Supervises donor and gift record keeping.

·      Coordinates development research activities, including outsourcing as needed.

·      Oversees the management of eTapestry databases and all records, files and gift processing.

·      Manages the pledge reminder and acknowledgement programs.

Parents Association

·      Serves as liaison to the Parent Association regarding fundraising and community activities.

·      Develops and maintains administrative documentation related to Parent Association coordinated events to transfer volunteer knowledge to institutional knowledge.

·      Provides the financial processes and structures for fundraising events managed by the Parent Association.

·      Coordinates solicitations of sponsorship and in-kind donations for the Annual Gala.

Alumni Relations

·      Manages, updates and maintains the alumni database.

·      Determines scope and content of alumni communications, events and engagement.

·      Collects news and information about alumni for publication and recognition.


·      Working with the Head, faculty and members of the senior team, participates in the planning and implementation of communications (digital, print). Suggests themes and messages that complement work in development and constituency relations. 

·      Oversees creation and production of fundraising publications and, if possible, an Annual Report.


·      A minimum of 3 years professional fundraising/development experience.

·      Proven experience in designing and managing development, parents and alumni relations programs.

·      Experience with developing and maintaining productive and congenial working relationships with the Head, board members, donors, parent, administrators and faculty.

·      Experience with or ability to train volunteers and colleagues.

·      Ability to represent the School in the community.

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·      Familiarity with and ability to manage database systems.

·      A deep appreciation for education, young children, and international cultures.

Level of Language Proficiency

While this role does not require fluency in additional languages, it is important to note that our school is a language immersion school with programs in French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Many of our families and most of our staff speak at least one other language.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

About International Montessori School, Durham, NC

How to Apply

All interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to the Head of School at Applicants must have US work authorization valid or renewable through December 2020. We are an eVerify organization.