The Director of Development is responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program that will significantly increase and diversify the organization's fundraising resources. The Director will develop new and creative approaches to increase private philanthropy for the school, cultivate key relationships, communicate openly and directly with major donors and work closely with the Head of School, Board of Trustees and its Development Committee. Additionally, the Director oversees the daily communications and marketing functions of the school. The Tatnall Office of Development works collaboratively to strengthen the financial state of the school. Called on to take part in a variety of initiatives and projects, the Director must possess a collaborative, energetic and can-do disposition.
To develop comprehensive strategic and tactical plans for the achievement of annual and long-range fundraising objectives and financial goals that include growth in annual giving, restricted giving and planned gifts from all related constituencies.
To oversee all programs designed to meet Tatnall fundraising goals, including activities in annual giving, alumni relations, special events, general major gifts, donor prospecting and cultivation, corporate and foundation giving, and planned giving.
To be actively involved in the cultivation and solicitation of donors—in particular, those targeted for leadership gifts.
To support the Head of School in fundraising and planning efforts, as well as the Board Chair and other key volunteers.
To manage staff who are responsible for annual and capital fundraising from parents, past parents, alumni, present and former trustees, individuals, corporations, foundations and other friends of the school.
To function as a supportive and collegial member of the administrative team.
To participate in the oversight of internal and external communications, ongoing development and implementation of a plan that supports the school's strategic initiatives, print publications, website management, media relations, social media, advertising, photography, video-graphics and a wide scope of integrated marketing strategies.
To coordinate closely with the Director of Admission and Financial Aid.
Bachelor's degree; advanced degree preferred
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience managing staff and volunteers, leading donor initiatives and fundraising (preferably in an educational setting)
Demonstrated expertise developing and implementing fundraising strategies, donor events and constituent relations
Experience with solicitation of charitable gifts
Experience managing and working with volunteers
Ability to manage multiple projects, meet tight deadlines and continuously improve development strategies
Demonstrated success in managing direct reports
Commitment to teamwork and ability to collaborate with administrative team to align fundraising and marketing strategies with school's strategic plan
Experience planning and operating capital campaigns
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Warmth, sense of humor, and an appreciation of joy in an educational setting
Founded in 1930, The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school situated on a pastoral, 110-acre campus in Greenville, Delaware, near Wilmington. Tatnall includes four academic divisions with 535 students from age 3 through grade 12. Its challenging academic curriculum and programs, combined with award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, create an environment of educational excellence. Because of its emphasis on creating a caring and nurturing community, Tatnall is known as “the family school” and its motto, omnia in caritate – all things in love, is at the core of everything the school does.