de Toledo High School has quickly grown into the second largest
community Jewish High School in the US. We strive to help our
students become leaders inside and outside the classroom using the
values they learned while at dTHS. Engaging co-curricular
offerings which include our Global Jewish Education programs,
Medical Science Academy, athletics, visual and performing arts,
engineering, robotics, and a host of other exemplary programs allow
dTHS students to explore, achieve, and thrive. Amongst the
professional staff, all who are considered faculty at dTHS as we
all teach our students, we have built a collegial and collaborative
work environment whose sole focus is on delivering our mission.
The Director of Development is a member of the school’s senior
leadership team and reports to the Head of School. The
Director of Development should be an experienced fundraiser and
strategic thinker with a passion for educating Jewish students in a
community day school environment.
The position requires close interaction with the dTHS Board of
Directors, major donors, community leaders, current and alumni
parents, and volunteer leadership. The Director of
Development must be skilled at working in a collaborative
environment with other senior leadership team members, staff, and
faculty. The position requires the ability to exercise a high
level of discretion, confidentiality, and diplomacy.
Strategic Leadership Responsibilities:
- Work closely with the Head of School, Board of Directors, and
CFOO to develop a long-term development vision, strategy, and plan
for the school that meets annual and long-term fundraising goals,
including support for special projects, capital projects, major
gifts, annual giving, endowment campaigns, events, and planned
- Work with the Head of School, CFOO, and board leadership to
prepare, update, and administer the annual Development budget.
- Build a sustainable fundraising stream of varied resources to
support the school’s mission that engages individual donors,
administration, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents, volunteers,
supporters, corporations, foundations, and others.
- Coordinate all fundraising activities for all dTHS
constituents: Board members, parents, grandparents, alumni,
faculty/staff, friends, corporations, foundations, and others.
Program Management Responsibilities:
- Oversee the planning, organization, and execution of special
events to cultivate and recognize donors and to build ongoing
relationships between dTHS and its Development constituents.
- Responsible for all fundraising materials, including, but not
limited to, solicitation and acknowledgment letters, persuasive and
compelling funding proposals, annual reports to the community and
foundations, case statements, donor collateral materials.
- Identify prospective, new, and past individual and
institutional donors to:
- Cultivate relationships in an entrepreneurial fashion.
- Manage an active pool of prospective donors in collaboration
with the Head of School and Board Vice President of
- Analyze effectiveness of development efforts and make
- Oversee the administration and operation of the donor database
as a tool to manage the fundraising process including reporting
- Analyze the performance of the Development Program and its
components and produces concise and informative reports to
illustrate that performance.
Department and Staff Management
- Effectively manage Development Office/Department which
currently consists of 3 direct reports in a way that creates
harmonious teamwork, effective departmental and organizational
communication, and maximum production from all employees resulting
in a spirit of enthusiasm and continuous improvement.
- Lead, evaluate, and supervise the Development staff in
accordance with the school's policies and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training staff;
planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance;
addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Ensure that the Development program is in compliance with
current regulations, and tax laws governing charitable gift
accounting administration and counsel senior leadership, Board of
Directors, and volunteers on regulations and trends.
- Oversee the effective management of charitable trusts, bequests
and other charitable gift instruments, in conjunction with the
CFOO, including thorough review of investment performance of
charitable gift funds and production of periodic reports on the
performance of the program.
- Be an active and visible member of the school community through
participation in school-wide events, meetings, student sporting
events, art performances, theatre performances, open houses,
- In partnership and in collaboration with the Marketing and
Admissions Departments, participate in a process for sharing of
resources, ideas and information to accomplish goals requiring
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Enthusiasm for mission and vision of de Toledo High School and
strong commitment to embrace and promote its culture.
- Strong familiarity with independent school sector and/or the
- Self-motivating, entrepreneurial, and self-confident with a
commitment to achieving fiscal goals.
- Bachelor's degree minimum. Advanced degree preferred or
post BA professional development courses in fundraising and allied
- Minimum 8+ years' experience in
development/fundraising/advancement with a proven track record of
securing major gifts of $25,000+, including gifts at
- Proven skill and performance in all aspects of fund development
including annual giving, individual giving, direct personal
involvement in major gift solicitation, corporate and foundation
giving, capital/endowment campaigns, and events.
- Experience working with a nonprofit Board of Directors.
- Ability to facilitate the development of strategic fundraising
plans and a vision for the long term.
- Demonstrated skill in enlisting volunteers and coordinating
their effort and energy towards the attainment of strategic
- Ability to conceive and implement creative donor cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship strategies; commitment to growing,
sustaining, and strengthening positive donor relations.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with people at
all levels and in all settings.
- Demonstrated successful experience in developing and managing
budgets with working knowledge of current legal and tax
implications of soliciting, giving, accepting, and accounting for
- Strong organizational skills sufficient to handle multiple
projects, details, and deadlines simultaneously; strong ability to
- Exceptional leadership, management, supervision and
motivational skills with ability to function well as the leader of
a fully participative, engaged organization, fostering a trusting,
collaborative, and respectful environment.
- Involvement in the professional fundraising community.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, G-Suite, donor
database systems (Raiser’s Edge is a plus), and web-based research
- Comfortable working within a fast-paced dynamic school
- Unquestionable personal integrity, excellent judgment, sound
instincts, diplomacy and patience.
Competitive salary (based on experience); 100% employer-paid
medical and dental, plus 50% for 1 dependent; vision; an annual,
generous 403(b) match; all Federal holidays plus up to 12 Jewish
Holy Days paid per year; 4 weeks Paid Time Off.
Qualified candidates regardless of faith are encouraged to
submit a cover letter and resume.