Welcome to Pacific Ridge
Pacific Ridge School is an educational experience dedicated to
developing strong minds and courageous spirits to serve students in
young adulthood and beyond.
Our mission statement guides everything that we do. Its pillars
responsibility, and global
engagement - support our academic program, as well as the
extensive number of co-curricular offerings, extra-curricular
activities and opportunities our students explore. Its aims -
preparation for college and a purposeful life - are realized by
students who come to understand that learning is a joyful,
life-long pursuit, and that the world contains many kinds of
At the heart of Pacific Ridge School are the multi-faceted
interactions between our students, their peers, and their teachers.
This is a community designed to give its members space to grow; one
that provides the opportunity to stretch, along with the support
and guidance needed to do it successfully. As our students
challenge themselves academically, explore assumptions from new
perspectives and become aware of their roles as members of a global
community, they discover the kinds of people they would like to
We know the students that pass through our doors will be
empowered to enact positive change in the world, and we enable them
to do so with creativity and confidence. These outcomes would not
be possible without the foundation of support and expertise of our
outstanding faculty and staff. Pacific Ridge is an engaged,
evolving, creative and collaborative environment. We look forward
to sharing it with you.
In a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical
responsibility, and global engagement, Pacific Ridge School
prepares students for college and a purposeful life.
A Community of Care
Ours is a community designed to give all its members – no
matter their age or level of experience – space to grow; one that
provides the opportunity to stretch, along with the support and
guidance needed to do it successfully.
We are committed to the growth of our teachers and offer
opportunities for professional development as well as a wealth of
potential mentorship within our deeply experienced faculty. The
Harkness pedagogy enhances teaching skills in all disciplines and
provides interest and variety to classroom instruction.
Faculty and staff members can follow their passions as advisors to
clubs and service learning groups, as coaches, and as trip leaders
during global travel. There are endless ways to get
We invite you to get to know us and learn more about our
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At Pacific Ridge, we value the unique perspectives and
experiences within our community and believe that each elevates the
learning experience for all. Over a third of Pacific Ridge students
identify as people of color as defined by the National Association
of Independent schools, and diversity is represented on our campus
in many ways. We provide a supportive environment in which students
can explore their own understanding of gender, ability, race,
religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation, as well as notions of
equity and justice.
We invite you to learn more about our DEI initiatives by
Welcome to North County!
North County San Diego has a laid-back SoCal vibe all its own.
Beautiful beaches, lagoons, and nature preserves provide
opportunities for surfing, hiking, biking, and enjoying nature.
Excellent restaurants and a vibrant music and arts scene keep
residents active during the week and on weekends. All of
San Diego's attractions are within easy driving distance
and in winter, ski slopes are only a few hours away.
There are lots of good reasons to love calling North County
- Anthem medical plans
- Anthem dental with free employee enrollment
- Anthem vision plan with free employee enrollment
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and/or Dependent
- Competitive retirement plan with TIAA. The school will
contribute six percent (6%) [of your salary] to the established
403(b) retirement plan of eligible faculty
- Long-term disability insurance paid by Pacific Ridge
- Basic Life & AD&D paid by Pacific Ridge School
- Voluntary benefits available
- Paid Sick Leave
- Paid Personal Days (Time Off)
- Professional development opportunities
- Free, catered lunch
- 12-month employment agreements
The Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations reports to the
Head of School and is charged with championing Pacific Ridge
School’s mission by designing and implementing programs and
strategies that foster productive and positive relationships
between Pacific Ridge constituencies and the School. The
Director oversees all development and constituent relations
activities and collaborates with the Head of School, senior
leadership team, and the Board of Trustees to create and
successfully executive strategies consistent with the School’s
mission and culture. The new Director will be joining a relatively
young school that has been remarkably successful in fundraising –
raising more than $100M in its first 16 years. As recently as
February, 2021, the School successfully completed an $18 million
comprehensive campaign that added a new Innovation Center &
Library, established the School’s endowment, paid down nearly $2M
in debt, and most importantly, broadened the donor base of
leadership support of the School.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (include,
but are not limited to, the following)
- Oversee all Philanthropy and constituent relations at Pacific
Ridge, including creating strategies and programs to expand and
strengthen the School’s current base of financial support. Such
strategies would include increasing Annual Fund dollars and
participation, building the endowment, developing sustainable
funding for scholarships, introducing planned giving, and preparing
for future campaigns.
- Serve as a strategic partner with the Head of School in
identifying and cultivating relationships with high-capacity
potential donors and growing the School’s philanthropic by
supporting the Head of School, trustees and volunteers in their
targeted fundraising efforts.
- Work closely with the Board of Trustees on matters relating to
strategic planning, donor relations, trustee development, and
fundraising campaigns. Collaborate with and keep the Head of
School, Board Chair, and the Development Strategy Chair apprised of
all fundraising activities.
- Participate in the management and strategic vision of Pacific
Ridge School as a member of the senior leadership team. Serve as a
“thought partner” and sounding board to the Head of School.
Support and advocate for the School and its mission.
- Promote the role of the Philanthropy Office within the School
both by educating community members about how philanthropy is
imbedded in the identity of independent schools and by maintaining
a high level of involvement in the daily life of the School.
- Integrate fundraising activities at the School into a
coordinated platform, including those conducted by parent
organizations, clubs or student groups.
- Work collaboratively across the institution with admissions,
communications, academics, athletics, and the business office.
- Oversee the development and management of the School’s alumni
- Manage and motivate professional and volunteer staff to
effectively accomplish fundraising goals.
- Monitor staffing structure and responsibilities, recruit new
members as needed, ensure roles and responsibilities are aligned
with individual strengths and skill sets, supervise work and
- Introduce new technology and systems where needed to creatively
and effectively improve all areas of work, including but not
limited to constituent engagement and solicitation, database
management, stewardship, and prospect research.
- Prepare and oversee the department budget.
Desired Experience & Qualifications
- The successful candidate should possess a knowledge of general
fundraising principles and best practices. This professional will
be expected to manage all areas of a comprehensive program.
- A track record of creating and implementing strategies that
enhance and strengthen an existing fundraising effort by developing
new avenues for giving, growing the number of donors, and
increasing the contributions of current givers. One’s skills should
include research and analysis, critical reflection, and a
willingness to think outside the box.
- Demonstrated evidence of the ability to raise major gifts,
coupled with an understanding of donor cultivation and gift
- Strong leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills,
combined with an ability to set priorities and implement decisions
in a timely fashion.
- Able to develop purposeful relationships with people from
varying backgrounds and within a variety of social settings.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the
ability to build a case for philanthropy with a wide range of
constituents by educating parents, alumni and other potential
stakeholders about the importance of giving.
- Bachelor’s degree required; CFRE or other certification a