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Development Director


St. Croix Preparatory Academy | Stillwater, MN
Salary Range: $60,000 - $85,000

Development Director


General Purpose: Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan for St. Croix Prep and St. Croix Prep Foundation.

Job Summary: The Development Director will establish St. Croix Prep’s Office of Development and oversee a comprehensive fundraising program. Fundraising will include current parent and family giving, alumni giving, planned giving, large donations, grants, and events. The Development Director will also coordinate with the St. Croix Prep Foundation on fundraising efforts.

Reports to: Executive Director and Executive Director of Finance & Operations

Hours: Full-time

Duties & Responsibilities:
Establishment of St. Croix Prep’s Office of Development

  • Provide leadership in relationship building with a variety of constituencies.
  • Identify funding sources, proposals to private donors, corporations, foundations, and other granting agencies.
  • Design and create comprehensive donor and alumni database.
  • Serve as the Executive Director of the St. Croix Prep Foundation.
  • Serve as primary liaison with the St. Croix Prep Foundation on fundraising efforts.

Comprehensive Fundraising Plan

  • Create and implement a strategic fundraising plan for St. Croix Prep that includes a variety of fundraising sources and school-sponsored fundraising events.
  • Plan, develop and execute strategies for obtaining donations.
  • Manage annual and special campaigns, corporate and foundation support, major and planned giving.
  • Develop a communication plan that supports relationships between the school and its external constituents (i.e., alumni, alumni parents, parents, donors, and friends) to encourage private giving to the school.

Fundraising Activities

  • Supervise systematic efforts to identify, solicit, steward, maintain and upgrade annual giving donors.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects (current parents, alumni parents, corporations, and foundations).
  • Provide stewardship in the encouragement and recognition of donor philanthropy.
  • Partner with Communications and Events Manager to establish annual fundraising event schedule.
  • Partner with Communications and Events Manager to develop sponsorship packages and solicit donors for events.
  • Provide for on-going promotion of planned giving opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the staff in completing restricted gift arrangements.

Education, Experience & Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with charter or private schools.
  • Demonstrated ability to be responsible fundraising experience, including major gift ($25,000 and above) fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated success and evidence of ability to plan and execute a fund drive.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated supervision of professional level staff with leadership, management, and administrative skills that motivate and build professional support staff competencies.
  • Strong communication skills including ability to write and speak persuasively about the institution.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends.
  • Willingness to fully integrate into the St. Croix Prep culture.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Advanced degree
  • Familiarity with alumni/donor database applications.
  • Demonstrated success in activities to coordinate, attract, and close major gift funding support for a school or other non-profit organization, including face-to-face solicitation of gifts of $100,000 or more.
  • Demonstrated senior leadership with strategic, policy, and budget planning experience in an organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Planning Giving.
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