Canton Country Day School, a nonprofit, independent school is seeking a full-time Development Director for the 2021-2022 school year. This position is full-time and includes health benefits and a salary base that is competitive with other independent schools of its size and regional location. This is a great opportunity for a motivated individual with excellent people skills to help a respected independent school build community and strengthen our culture of philanthropy.
Located in Canton, Ohio, Canton Country Day is a creative and supportive PK-8 school dedicated to educating, empowering, and celebrating students, while providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.
The director of development at Canton Country Day School provides leadership for all philanthropic initiatives. The individual will report to the head of school and lead the development efforts with the development assistant. The director of development works closely with the director of admissions and marketing to form the advancement team.
Essential Job Functions
The director of development serves as a member of the administrative team and advancement committee. Duties and responsibilities include:
Explore, identify, and implement fundraising programs that are in alignment with best practices
Create a comprehensive development plan, strategy, and calendar
Collaborate with the Development/Advancement Committee of the board to research and plan major asks
Attend school functions on evenings and weekends to cultivate relationships
Coordinate implementation of Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Annual Auction/Gala, and other fundraising events
Coordinate mailings with the admissions and marketing director for solicitations and invitations
Recruit and work together with volunteers to disseminate solicitations
Lead and manage daily development activities and efforts
Generate monthly development reports to the board and head of school regarding development activities and annual fund report in reconciliation with the business office
Prepare monthly reports for the board and attend board meetings as needed
Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors, as well as individual donors
Identify and pursue new grant opportunities for CCDS and connect staff with program-specific grant opportunities
Oversee the CCDS Alumni Network and promote alumni giving opportunities
Update and complete the alumni database; send out relevant alumni news based on information gathered through regular contact with alums
Produce the annual report in both print and digital formats
Create a catalog/program for auction/gala
Engage in ongoing professional development
Personal Qualities and Skills Desired
Passion for CCDS’ mission and the ability to effectively articulate the importance and impact of our work
Genuine interest in the success of students and the well-being of families
Develop quality relationships with a variety of constituencies, including major donors
Proactive and strategic thinker
Strong time management skills
Experience and comfort with databases
Experience with event planning and logistics
Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills
Highly developed organizational skills with an eye for detail
Strong interpersonal skills, as demonstrated by the ability to work well with colleagues and volunteers
Ability to take initiative, think independently, and take rational risks
Ability to perform under deadlines and changing schedules
Bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree is preferred
A minimum of five years experience in development, including working with nonprofit organizations
Experience in all aspects of development including major gifts, annual and planned giving
personal success in donor cultivation, major gifts development, successful grant proposals, and meeting fundraising goals
Experience with DonorPerfect software is desired, but not required
Please complete the online application, as well as send a cover letter and two letters of reference to the attention of Mr. Mike Brown, Head of School, at 3000 Demington Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44718 or to [email protected] with “CCDS Development Director” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.
Canton Country Day School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.
Additional Salary Information: This position is full-time and includes health benefits and a salary base that is competitive with other independent schools of its size and regional location.
About Canton Country Day School
Canton Country Day School seeks to educate students through an individual lens, igniting them with confidence and character, while developing academic responsibility and rigor in an interactive and innovative environment to ready them for the next chapter of their lives.
Canton Country Day School offers children in preschool through eighth grade a solid educational foundation by cultivating an environment in which scholarship, responsibility, and respect for others flourish along with creativity, enthusiasm, and self-respect. Within this stimulating academic environment, the school encourages children, with the support of their families, to:
be active seekers of knowledge;
examine their convictions honestly and embrace them humbly, both in word and deed;
recognize themselves as participants in a common humanity and citizens of a common universe;
discover their own creative powers and labor patiently to surpass ready achievement; and wonder at the mysteries that transcend their understanding and challenge their imagination.
Dedicated to developing character and the abilities to think and communicate clearly, Canton Country Day seeks to fully prepare its graduates to mee...t the challenges of rigorous secondary school programs and to assume positions of responsibility in their communities.