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Development Officer, Independent School

The Studio School
New York, United States
$60,000.00 - $75,000.00
Closing date
May 22, 2024

Job Details

This is an exciting time for The Studio School, an independent day school, serving children 2-14 years old. We are a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community that truly educates children from the inside out. In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, the school is committed to strengthening the philanthropic mind set of the Studio School community. This role will support the establishment of a culture of giving in the school through managing philanthropic programming, infrastructure, and initiatives. The position reports to the Head of School.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage all constituent records in various databases, including Veracross.
  • Revitalize and implement an Annual Giving program that will be the foundation for establishing a culture of giving at The Studio School.
  • Organize, develop, and support other philanthropic initiatives, such as Circle of Friends and the Gala.
  • Thoroughly research donor profiles and maintain a list of prospective, current, and past donors.
  • Develop and execute fundraising outreach, including solicitation emails, documents, invitations to events, and acknowledgements.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Head of School and Board members to coordinate fundraising events.
  • Attend Board meetings as needed regarding support.
  • Create timelines and reports to present to executive leadership and the Board.
  • Produce background and briefing materials for the Head of School and Board members for cultivation and stewardship of prospects.
  • Submit grant proposals on behalf of the Head of School.
  • Execute a strong stewardship and cultivation of donor support.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • High degree of tact, discretion, grace, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with Studio School community members
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills, and knowledge of basic office management techniques, i.e., workflow, filing systems, scheduling, etc.
  • Maintain and keep all projects on track
  • Excellent computer skills; high level of comfort navigating database systems, CRM, and application portals; familiarity with MSWord and/or Google Drive apps.
  • Ability to work independently and in partnership with others


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in a related field
  • 1-3 years of experience in an educational environment or at a small not-for-profit

Additional Information:

This job is not a remote position yet will offer some flexibility regarding hours and days. It will be approximately 30 hours a week.

This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.


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