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Director of Development, Non-Profit Educational Institution

Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
District of Columbia, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 9, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Special Events
Employment Type
Full Time
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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  area.  

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, 2022


  • 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 boys.
  • 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 backgrounds.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and supportively with colleagues and high-level volunteers, including  the Bishop Walker School Governing Board and Annual Dinner Committee members.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to craft thoughtful personal letters, compelling  proposals, and other communications.
  • 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.  


  • 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 donors.
  • 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  stewardship activities.
  • 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 and

  • Letter of interest specifically addressing this  position and school 
  • Resume (education and work experience) 
  • List of five professional references with  

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