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  • Director of Development

    Island School ( ) seeks a Director of Development with a commitment to private education in a college preparatory environment. This is a 12-month, full-time position and reports to the Head of School.

    Responsibilities will include developing, implementing, and managing the school’s fundraising and activities. Essential functions include:
    • Developing and implementing fundraising and capital campaigns that meet the school’s current and future financial requirements.
    • Developing yearly action plans for all fundraising objectives.
    • Directing and managing annual giving, capital and endowment giving, planned and deferred giving, and all marketing and solicitation strategies to meet goals in those areas.
    • Maintaining and expanding the school’s relationships with current donors of all constituencies (alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, friends, businesses, foundations) in support of fundraising goals.
    • Researching and writing grant proposals to foundations and corporations.
    • Overseeing all advancement support activities, including prospect research, managing and maintaining the database, preparing correspondence and reports, and keeping calendars for all related activities.
    • Working closely with the Board of Trustees in all aspects of fundraising.
    • Creating presentations and other materials to enhance fundraising activities.
    • Working on a team with development, alumni relations, and all Island School staff.
    • Recruiting and managing volunteers as needed.
    • Working in with the Directors and Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid and Communications and Marketing on advancement initiatives and activities.
    • Approving all school fundraising activities.

    Additional responsibilities will include helping with special events throughout the year and a desire to be an active member of a school community.

    Island School, an Independent college preparatory day school for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It is located on the island of Kaua'i, the northernmost inhabited island of the Hawaiian Island chain, which, due to its stunning natural beauty, is known as the "Garden Island."

    Applications should be directed to L. Shannon Graves, Head of School. Please include a letter of introduction, a résumé, and at least three professional references. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will close the application when the position is filled.

    Information may be emailed to:

    Minimum Qualifications include:
    • B.A. degree and relevant experience in a non-profit or independent school development/admissions environment.
    • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively.
    • Demonstrated success in managing fundraising programs and achieving fundraising goals.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively work independently and in a group.
    • Ability to communicate and work effectively with parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and representatives from the business community.
    • Ability to motivate and manage volunteers.
    • Knowledge and skill in use of social media for fundraising
    • Strong work ethic, adaptability, generous spirit, and excellent speaking and writing skills.
    • Commitment to and alignment with the School's mission and vision

Island School is an equal employment opportunity employer.