Website Seattle Country Day School

Job Description
Director of Development

Position available: Director of Development, full-time, start date August 1, 2021.

Seattle Country Day School affirms that attracting, supporting, and embracing a diverse community is critical to fulfilling its mission of educating gifted students, and seeks diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in its faculty in order to reflect the diversity inherent in a multicultural city and society. The school is committed to diversity among students, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, veteran, military, or marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation (including gender expression/identity), and all other bases protected by applicable law.

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of all aspects of nonprofit development, preferably with experience in independent schools; ability to supervise and manage staff and operations, to work on multiple projects and assignments concurrently while prioritizing multiple agendas, to articulate Seattle Country Day School’s mission, interests and needs, to build a strong social and business presence that can successfully represent Seattle Country Day School to donors and trustees, to work in a team environment with school administrators, and to effectively build positive working relationships both within and outside the school community. Bachelor’s degree is required. Must have excellent oral and written communications skills, and be exceptionally organized, accurate, flexible, and a quick learner. Database management experience required.

The director of development reports to the head of school. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Annual Giving
– Plan development policies and procedures;
– Development special solicitation materials and campaign ads, coordinate communication and dissemination of materials (email or regular mail) and personally contact potential contributors;
– Plan and coordinate a variety of fundraising activities and programs to promote the concepts of annual giving and planned giving among alumni, faculty, and friends of SCDS;
– Develop and maintain personal contact with prospects to development their interest in SCDS programs;
– Represent the School before groups and individuals to explain fundraising activities supportive of SCDS;
– Work with the board development committee and enlist parent council and alumni volunteers to assist in the campaign;
– Other duties as assigned.
Planned Giving and Major Gifts
– Develop and promote ideas, methods, and devices for planned giving and major gifts;
– Develop marketing materials to educate and encourage planned giving and major gifts;
– Coordinate donor acknowledgement and stewardship activities;
– Other duties as assigned.

Alumni Relations
– Guide and oversee alumni relations and create and promote activities designed to ensure that alumni are involved, interested, and cultivated for future giving;
– Other duties as assigned.

Development Services
– Supervise the development associate;
– Manage, organize, and/or provide support for all school-wide special events;
– Ensure that all charitable gifts are received, processed, and acknowledged in a timely manner;
– Maintain working knowledge of relevant IRS regulations, ensuring all acknowledgments and activities are compliant;
– Produce all reports and data for tracking fundraising;
– Act as liaison between development and business office. Produce reports, maintain and report data on time, and reconcile monthly to ensure gift records are correct in both offices;
– With the development associate, ensure accurate biographical and gift data and assist with any questions or needs surrounding that data. Manage architecture, coding, and reporting in Veracross;
– Plan, prepare, and propose development budget for approval and track departmental budget;
– Other duties as assigned.

Salary and Benefits
Negotiable, depending on qualifications. Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/LTD, Retirement (TIAA-Employer Matched), Section 125 Plan.

Application Process
Applicants should complete an employment application available on the school’s website at Submit this completed application along with a letter of interest and resumé to

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