Changing the lives of students and families, McLean School
provides a comprehensive and academically rigorous full-scope
college preparatory school program for bright, college-bound
students, including those with dyslexia, anxiety, and ADHD. For
over 65 years, the school has helped students realize their full
potential with a curriculum that is traditional without being
rigid, challenging without being intimidating, and designed with
the real world in mind.
McLean recognizes that all children are natural learners, but
that they learn in different ways. The School’s Abilities Model® is
a more complete way to understand how a student’s mind works. This
approach recognizes each child for their strengths, providing
support in areas of need and fostering resilience, transforming how
students view themselves and their futures. McLean focuses on what
a child can do, not what they can’t--all within a college
preparatory program that incorporates challenging academics,
championship sports teams, visual and performing arts, robotics,
service learning, and more.
Reaching all corners of the McLean experience, the school’s
commitment to diversity and equity is an extension of its mission
to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a
broad range of learners. McLean embraces diversity and values the
integrity of all individuals. This recognition enriches the
community and encourages students to be better leaders and more
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
McLean School (mcleanschool.org), a K-12 co-educational
independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for a
Director of Development & Alumni Relations. This position is
currently open and can offer an immediate start or a July 1 start,
dependent upon candidate availability. McLean School has for
over sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their
full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory
program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated
instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both
traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning
challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths,
responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by
This exciting opportunity will challenge a dynamic and driven
professional to establish an ambitious development plan,
strengthen relationships, expand the major giving donor base, and
make an impact as a key player in the emerging culture of
philanthropy at McLean. The candidate will bring strategic
experience, energy that inspires others to give and further
relationships, and a creative approach to compelling communications
in alignment with the School’s strategic priorities. The Director
of Development & Alumni Relations will report directly to the
Assistant Head of School for Advancement until July 2023, and to
the Interim Co-Head of School for the 2023-24 school year, working
closely with the Administrative Team and Board of Trustees.
The Director of Development & Alumni Relations will play a
leading role in identification, cultivation, and solicitation and
follow-up with the most philanthropically capable families to
ensure increasing levels of endowment gifts, major gifts, grants,
planned gifts, and campaign gifts during campaign years. This
position is external-facing and accomplished through management of
a team that includes an Annual Giving Manager, Alumni Engagement
Manager, and potentially a Database Manager, as well as through
collaboration with the Board of Trustees, and by effectively
leveraging the skills and contributions of McLean’s parents,
trustees, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and volunteers.
- Collaboratively designs, implements, and oversees a
comprehensive short-term, annual, and long-range fundraising
program to build a culture of philanthropy and secure significant
financial resources from trustees, parents, alumni, foundations and
others to support McLean’s mission and strategic priorities.
- Oversees all major fundraising efforts and programs, including
leadership annual giving, major gifts, special fundraising events,
grants, capital campaigns, planned giving, donor prospecting and
research, and office administration to meet or exceed annual and
long- range development plan income goals.
- In coordination with the Assistant Head of School for
Advancement, leads and coordinates the efforts in the
identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a
portfolio of major gift donors ($2,500+) with a focus on building
long-term relationships with top prospects and donors.
- Manages a portfolio of 100-150 leadership annual giving donors,
sets clear goals for cultivation strategies, executes such
strategies that result in the highest level ask for the School’s
fundraising priorities and provides reporting of progress towards
- Manages a team and works collaboratively with the Annual Giving
Manager, the Alumni Engagement Manager, the Parent Engagement
Coordinator and potentially a Database Manager.
- Actively guides and supports the Assistant Head of School for
Advancement and Board Development Committee to evaluate annual
giving programs, and develop goals and objectives for the following
- Develop and present an annual development plan to the Board of
Trustees, and collaborates with Trustees to cultivate and steward
major gift donors, and identify new individual and corporate
funding opportunities to reach fundraising goals.
- Attends and participates in a variety of fundraising,
stewardship, community-building, and campus events throughout the
year in order to stay informed, connected, and updated on school
- Articulate a compelling case for support to all constituents;
responsible for collaborating on overall priorities with the
Assistant Head of School for Advancement.
- With the Assistant Head of School for Advancement, draft and
implement Gift Policies and A Philanthropy Education Action Plan
that will help to educate and inspire members of the McLean
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 5-7 years of fundraising and related organizational development
- Demonstrated success cultivating and securing leadership and
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications
- Experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge or similar
relationship development software.
- A charismatic, experienced, action-oriented leader who creates
enthusiasm in giving.
- Demonstrated experience managing people and building team
- Ability to manage and lead professional and volunteer staff,
including recruiting, training, and professional development.
- Highly detailed individual with strong work ethic and
- Ability to establish clear directions and sets goals,
objectives, and benchmarks.
McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all
qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status,
sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities,
disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected
by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a
disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive
Support Manager, Robin Speller.
Interested applicants should fill out an
online Application, and upload their cover letter,
résumé, and list of references.