Development Director Position Description
Reports to: President
The Director of Development of Dominican Academy works with the
President, Development Office staff and the Board of Trustees
Development Committee, to plan, structure and implement a
comprehensive development program. These elements include major
gifts, grant writing, building the school’s endowment, annual
appeal, alumnae engagement and special events.
Since 1897, Dominican Academy has been
educating young women in the Catholic tradition of Saint Dominic,
offering a rigorous academic program distinguished by a firm
commitment to values of truth, integrity, prayer, community, and
service. As a Catholic, college-preparatory high school
sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace and located on the
Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dominican Academy challenges and
empowers intelligent young women to become spiritual, intellectual,
moral, and socially responsible leaders in a global
Manages daily operations for a
comprehensive development program including the identification,
cultivation, solicitation, maintenance and recognition of major
gift donor prospects, and planned and annual giving donors.
- Implements development activities for foundation giving: grant
writing, budget development, coordination of all funder contacts,
and grant follow-up.
- Records all gifts and provides acknowledgements.
- Oversees writing, editing and production of development
publications and social media in cooperation with the school’s
communications staff e., quarterly newsletter, annual report, and
- Prepares reports for the Board of Trustees Development
Committee and President and attends Board meetings as
- Directs the programming for alumnae engagement and plans all
- Develops a long-range plan and annual goals for the Development
Office and participates with the Board of Trustees Strategic
Planning Committee to determine the short and long-term goals of
- Prepares and manages the budget for the functions of the
- Supervises and evaluates Development Office personnel.
- Serves as the spokesperson for the school and its philanthropic
- Assumes and implements additional duties and responsibilities
that may be given, from time to time, by the President and Board of
- Ability to work collegially within a team of educational
leaders and an active group of volunteers and Board of
- Good listening
- Proficiency with all Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge
programs and other relevant computer systems.
- Effective verbal and written communications
- Able to manage multiple tasks, prioritize and meet
- Able to maintain confidentiality
A strong belief in Catholic Dominican
education including the values of prayer, study, community, service
- Knowledge of strategies and techniques for use in major gift
donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Demonstrated knowledge of research methods to identify
foundation prospects, ability in grant and proposal writing, and
proven success in generating commitments from individuals and
- A high degree of professionalism and an ability to interact
with a variety of individuals to significantly increase the
visibility of the school.
- Familiarity with the types and uses of social media to connect
- Ability to travel and to cultivate present and potential donors
locally and nationally.
- Evening/weekend work is
Education and Experience
- A bachelor's degree
- Familiarity with Raiser's Edge is a plus
- CFRE certification preferred
- A minimum 3-5 years demonstrated successful fundraising
Please send a cover letter that expresses the qualities or
experience you possess that make you fit for this position and a
current resume that includes dates for all degrees, certifications
and experience to:
Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled. Review of applications and interviews will take place
immediately with the position filled shortly thereafter.
44 East 68th Street
New York, New York 10065