Director of Development

The Clariden School
November 10, 2019
Southlake, Texas
Job Type


Position Title: Development Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Department: Advancement


Position Statement: In partnership with the Head of School and the Clariden Board of Directors, plan and administer all fundraising activities of The Clariden School. As a key member of the Advancement team, this individual works collaboratively with the Head of School and the Development Committee. The Director of Development demonstrates great passion for Clariden’s mission, while investing in personal connections and increasing stakeholder engagement within the organization and throughout the greater community.


Essential Job Functions: Be accountable to all key stakeholders, including students and families, donors, volunteers, the general public, staff and faculty, board of directors,

  • Drive progress toward mission, vision and core values by setting benchmarks and goals to develop and reach fundraising initiatives
  • Work with the Head of School on fundraising for The Clariden School’s annual goals, capital goals and programs in order to achieve both short-and long-term objectives
  • Design and implement fundraising efforts, in order to raise annual, individual, corporate and foundation dollars through relationship management fundraising
  • Build relationships and partnerships through collaboration and teamwork within the educational, philanthropic, and arts communities and through the organization’s constituency
  • Budget, manage and implement all fundraising goals and expenses including:
    • Government and foundation grants
    • Corporate and business sponsorships
    • Individual gifts
    • Major, capital, annual, building, and planned gifts
    • Special events
  • Coordinate fundraising special events
  • Create reports and present updates to leadership and governing bodies
  • Create prospect research
  • Work with Head of School and Marketing to promote and support fundraising events
  • With the Head of School, recruit, train, develop and provide administrative support for department, specific to the area of fundraising
  • Attend events and performances during evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Make public appearances/seek out and accept speaking engagements to share information about the school with the community.
  • Others as assigned
  • Reports to: Head of School


Fundraising and Advancement: Ensure diversity of revenue and demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of income generation through annual fund activities, including grant writing, fundraising, special events, donor solicitations and more. Create programs and activities that help develop interest and engage participation and gift givers.

  • Develop, organize, and execute approved fundraising programs, individual, corporate and foundation gifts, special events, planned giving, bequests, and/or other methods approved by the Board of Directors
  • Evaluate, establish and meet fundraising goals for operational needs
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects as appropriate. Manage a personal portfolio of prospects
  • Establish and maintain relationships that provide lasting value
  • Prepare volunteers and staff for solicitation of gifts from identified sources as required, and participate, when appropriate in making solicitations
  • Supervise the development and continued maintenance and integrity of The Clariden School’s donor base as an effective donor prospect cultivation and management tool
  • Assure maintenance and implementation of gift acceptance policies of The Clariden School to include proper accounting of funds, acknowledgement, proper stewardship of gifts and donor recognition


Essential Job Requirements:

  • At least 5-7 years non-profit fundraising experience, with a track record of success in major gifts solicitation and relationship management
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning; a graduate degree or professional fundraising certification (CFRE) preferred
  • Experience in donor-centered fundraising, managing individual giving program, donor stewardship and benefits programs, foundations and major gifts, preference given to those with education experience
  • Personal track record of integrity and long history of personal and professional fiscal responsibility is essential
  • Must be a seasoned individual to serve as a point of contact for The Clariden School with the innate ability to quickly win the confidence of others, good judgment, effective communication skills (oral and written), good customer service and follow-up, and a high degree of self-confidence
  • Ability to build upon the current program and work collaboratively with a diverse team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presenting
  • Experience with donor databases, CRM software and MS Office
  • Physical ability to carry up to 25 lbs.
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Maintain emotional control under stress and conduct oneself at a high level of professionalism when working with others.


Position Category: Exempt, full-time

Start Date: January 2020


Send resume, philosophy statement on development/fundraising, and list of references to: or mail to: The Clariden School, 100 Clariden Ranch Rd., Southlake, TX 76092, Attn: Sallie Wells, Head of School

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