Director of Development

Carroll Education Foundation
November 7, 2022
2400 N. Carroll Ave., Southlake, TX
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The Director of Development will be an integral part of a dynamic team focused on advancing the Carroll Education Foundation (CEF) mission and will enthusiastically and strategically increase philanthropy in the Southlake community by raising funds benefitting the Carroll Independent School District (CISD). Since its inception in 1996, CEF has awarded over $3M in district-wide grants scholarships. In 2018, CEF transformed its fundraising program and established the Teacher Fund annual campaign, an effort focused on attracting and retaining teachers within the district. Since transforming, CEF has granted nearly $2.3M to Carroll ISD (CISD) to fund teachers who are not fully funded by the State of Texas. In addition, CEF continues to provide scholarships to CISD graduating seniors and alumni.


We are seeking a fundraising professional with a highly cooperative spirit, strong communication, and relationship-building skills, a forward-thinking approach, the ability to relate to multiple constituencies, and who will represent the Foundation with tact, diplomacy, and passion. The successful candidate will be able to convey enthusiasm for the mission of CEF and help grow the annual campaign into a $ 1 million-plus annual program over the next three years.


The Director of Development leads the CEF Development Team and works in consultation and close coordination with the Executive Director, Executive Committee, and Board Members to design and implement a comprehensive development program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors for major gifts in support of CEF.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Fundraising (50%):
    • Develop and implement a fundraising plan including objectives and unit
    • Collaborate with Executive Director to develop and implement CEF’s Annual Campaign for support of the Teacher Fund.
    • Plan, design, and implement strategic plans to raise funds for the Teacher Fund cost-effectively and time-efficiently.
    • Meet with prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to build, maintain and steward strong relationships.
    • Coordinate top donor/prospect meetings with Executive
    • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major
    • Build and maintain a prospect portfolio of a minimum of 100 active
    • Establish and cultivate partnerships, identify, engage, and solicit prospects to help fund CEF initiatives.


  • Program Management (30%):
    • Work closely with the Executive Director to ensure the continued success of the Annual Campaign and organization.
    • Collaborate with Executive Director and Board Members in the development of messaging and marketing collateral related to fundraising.
    • Collaborate with Executive Director and Volunteers on the management, planning, and execution of events and activities.
    • Collaborate with CEF Board Members to establish and implement an appropriate stewardship and recognition program.
    • Collaborate with Executive Director on the marketing plan and collateral materials to develop the most compelling case for support.
    • Collaborate with Executive Director on monthly E-newsletters and other donor


  • Collaborate with Executive Director to develop and execute social media posts to support a campaign and market programs.
  • Administrative (20%):
    • Management of the donor database to include donor record inputs and
    • Management of donor reporting for activities and events for the
    • Management of donor stewardship to include donor recognition, benefits, and written/verbal
    • Management of Teacher & Donor social media
    • Perform other related duties as


Minimum Qualifications:  The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Communications, or related field with 5+ years of fundraising experience.
  • A high level of interpersonal skills – position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy; the ability to provide customer service with grace is a must.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic and desire to build relationships with external
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Strong marketing and digital media
  • Ability to engage a wide range of
  • Experience in effectively planning, analyzing, coordinating, and implementing development activities and special events.
  • Continuous attention to detail, establishing priorities, and meeting
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team with manager, volunteers, and many diverse
  • Demonstrated success in executing fundraising activities, identifying prospects, developing strong relationships, cultivating support, and stewarding gifts.
  • Proficiency in creating and executing social media content across multiple platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Must be highly organized and able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.


Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Possess strong donor relationships within the local
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Texas public school funding and budget processes or willingness to learn.
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring fundraising
  • Proficiency in DonorPerfect or other donor management
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft suite of programs to include: Word, Excel, and,


Special Instructions:


Annual Salary: $ 65,000 – $ 73,000

  • Job Type Full-time 40 hours a week/Working from Home
  • Mileage will be
  • Rare overnight travel may be required to attend
  • Generous time off including Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks.
  • No other benefits provided.

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