Job Summary: The Director of Development & Partnerships is a motivated and goal oriented individual who applies strategic leadership, vision, and creative thinking to design and execute a comprehensive development program in support of Malvern Prep’s ambitious aspirations. Leads the development team to develop, manage and implement programs designed to attract the maximum gift support possible to the school. Collaborates closely with the Director of Marketing and the Director of Admissions to deliver an integrated and innovative approach to school advancement. Embraces Malvern’s mission and core values in all facets of the development process and coaches, guides and mentors others to do the same. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it is essential that the candidate believes in the idea that we put team goals before our own, where we are “one team all in.”
Under the direction of the Executive Director of Advancement, sets priorities with clear goals and objectives for the development department, building a strong operation with a donor-centric focus and a strong plan for donor stewardship.
Increases contributions and gifts by directly and personally engaging in active stewardship, cultivation and direct solicitation of major donors.
Develops and implements innovative strategies to improve annual giving among parents, alumni and other supporters. Keeps a strong focus on raising alumni participation and seeking out lost alumni.
Actively engages a committee to prospect and solicit gifts from the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)
Provide oversight and direction for the Athletic Development program and solicit sponsorships.
Plans all types of capital campaigns and major gifts programs by overseeing the completion of a feasibility study and ensuring that the office’s database and research capabilities are first-rate.
Forges strong relationships with alumni, parents, and other potential supporters to influence and maximize contributions; communicates both Malvern’s commitment to its enduring traditions and its exciting vision for the future – tailoring those messages as necessary to reach different audiences.
Supports, advises and trains selected members of the Board and Malvern’s Leadership Team in effective outreach to current and potential donors, including how to ask for contributions.
Collaborates with Strategic Marketing to create development marketing materials, mailings and publications.
Works closely with the Admissions Office with regard to campaigns, fundraising and to seek the support of former parents and alumni in the development process.
Assesses the quality and efficiency of the development process by keeping relevant reports and statistics on all aspects of the function.
Displays the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards, acting as a role model.
Makes the most of all opportunities to continue developing as a professional; acts to keep self professionally competent and upgrades own leadership capability.
Manages development budget.
Bachelor’s degree, CFRE and/or Masters Prefered
5+ year experience in Development
Current (dated within a year) clearances
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Critical thinking skills.
Strong leadership skills
Proficient with Microsoft Office; experience with Google Drive and Raiser’s Edge a plus
Willing to utilize all communications vehicles including face to face, phone, letters, email and social media.
Able to work independently and effectively with other team members.
Good team player and very reliable in working without close supervision.
Passionate about actively supporting the School’s mission.
About Malvern Preparatory School
Malvern Prep is an independent Catholic all boys school (grades 6-12) located in the suburbs of Philadelphia.