Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
is seeking an experienced professional to partner with the
Head of School, lead a staff of two, and build
philanthropic support for the school and the engagement of
key stakeholders. Reporting to the Head of School,
the Director of Development creates, implements,
and supervises appropriate fundraising strategies to
meet the financial goals of the School consistent with
the strategic plan. Along with the Head of School,
the Director of Development is responsible
for strengthening a positive public perception of
Bishop Walker School in the community, communicating
the mission and objectives of the school,
building relationships with donors, and obtaining the
financial support necessary to ensure a strong and
vibrant future. There will be tremendous opportunity
foroutreach well beyond the Washington, DC metropolitan
Key to the success of this individual
is the willingness to embrace the unique and dynamic aspects
of the school community. He/she will have
excellent communication and interpersonal skills and must
be able to demonstrate confidence, impeccable
integrity, outstanding organizational skills with donors
and colleagues, and be a motivational team player.
Responsibilities begin July 1,
- Bachelor’s degree, plus 5-7 years of experience in
development/fundraising and/or significant relevant
experience in education or business. Record of donor/client
solicitation and closing required.
- Commitment to ethical fundraising, collegiality, teamwork, and
the mission of the Bishop John T. Walker School for
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills. This
position demands the personal presence and poise required to
instill comfort and confidence among board members, volunteers,
school leadership, faculty, and major donors. Ability to tell
the story of the Bishop Walker School with passion and
persuasion, along with a genuine desire to build lasting
relationships with the school’s donor community.
- Strong motivation, initiative and the ability to prioritize. As
this position enjoys a high degree of autonomy, it requires a
driven and disciplined individual who can engage effectively with
donors, prospects, and volunteers from a variety of
- Ability to work collaboratively and supportively with
colleagues and high-level volunteers, including the Bishop
Walker School Governing Board and Annual Dinner Committee
- Excellent writing skills, including the ability to craft
thoughtful personal letters, compelling proposals, and other
- Proficiency with G Suite and the Windows computer environment
including MS Word and Excel. Experience with The Raiser's
Edge® or comparable fundraising management software preferable.
- Openness to learning software applications and/or acquiring new
skills quickly and effectively with an entrepreneurial spirit
eager to develop or improve existing systems as needed.
- Availability and willingness to work outside the normal
schedule, including early mornings, evenings, School
holidays, and weekends to accommodate donor and volunteer meetings,
and School/departmental events.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Organize, manage, and steward a fundraising program
that raises $3-$5 million annually in philanthropic revenue
from over 1,000 individual, foundation, parish, and corporate
- Collaborate with Development Staff, the Head of School, and
Senior Administration colleagues to plan and execute a
comprehensive communications strategy.
- Plan and execute a direct marketing program to raise awareness
and funds through mail, email, and social media.
- Collaborate with colleagues and volunteers to solicit and
secure funds from individual and organizational donors to support
the school’s current operations and long-term aspirations.
- Responsible for planning and executing special events,
including the Annual Dinner, the Juneteenth Giving Campaign, and
small strategic events that boost awareness for the School.
- Strategize and plan appropriate opportunities for the Head of
School, Board members, and key volunteers, and faculty members to
participate in donor cultivation, solicitation and
- Engage with members of the Governing Board to secure personal
financial support, identify new potential donors, and strengthen
relationships with donors in member’s networks.
- Serve as the staff liaison to the Development Committee and
work closely with the Committee Chair to identify and track the
achievement of committee goals and objectives.
- Help to promote a culture of philanthropy among all of the
School’s constituents and seek to expand understanding of the
important role philanthropy plays at BWS and be an active and
visible participant in the life of Bishop Walker School.
How to Apply
Prospective candidates should send the following materials
in a single PDF document to Linda Talton at firstname.lastname@example.org and
- Letter of interest specifically addressing this position
- Resume (education and work experience)
- List of five professional references with