Development & Donor Engagement Coordinator

At Doulos Discovery School we are committed to providing a high quality education to students from all socio-economic backgrounds and discipling them to use their education in pursuit of their vocation to impact the world around them, becoming the next generation of Dominican leaders.

As a Crew, we view our vocation as our calling and work to support one another as a body of believers. We are a relational community that values and respects our Crew in some of the ways listed below.

  • We are committed to the spiritual health of our Crew, including morning prayer, staff devotionals and Days of Solitude as a part of our yearly routines.
  • We strive for multi-cultural unity; therefore we provide language classes free of charge for all Crew members
  • We value staff development, both on and off campus. We offer continued education credits as a part of our incentives package and encourage our Crew to pursue additional opportunities, equipping themselves in the best way(s) possible.

Personal and Professional Qualifications

The Director of Development should have the following qualifications/attributes:

  • A Christian committed to God’s glorying, characterized by irreproachable Christian character, and a member of a local evangelical church.

  • Strong and proven verbal and written communications skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and relational skills: a friendly, poised, and professional demeanor, and modest, professional dress; tactful, courteous, energetic, and polite.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times.

  • Ability to work independently and make decisions in accordance with the Superintendent’s expectations, established school policies and procedures and school mission and core values.

  • Ability to plan, set priorities, and implement work in a disciplined manner to keep multiple projects progressing to completion simultaneously with minimal direction.

  • Strong computer skills including word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation creation, social networking, and web-based technologies. The ability and willingness to adapt and upgrade computer skills if needed; and ability to quickly learn and utilize new technologies.

Position Description

Position Objective: The Director of Development grows support for the mission of Doulos Discovery School by building strategic and favorable relationships with potential donors through positive communication, personal requests to give, and disciplined follow-through. Serving the school through the work of Development, the Director of Development fills a crucial role by applying the school’s strategy and approach to engage individuals in face-to-face dialogue about investing long-term in Doulos Discovery School.

The responsibilities of the Director of Development include:

  • Provide creative and innovative leadership in establishing new programs for the development and enhanced impact of Doulos Discovery School

  • Develop and implement short-term and long-term, high-impact action plans to engage donor prospects face to face, seeking their generous financial support for the mission and vision of Doulos Discovery School.

  • Implement disciplined methods for contacting, scheduling, visiting, and personally following-through to consistently grow a base of support from a growing number of donors.

  • Establish and maintain contact with key individuals in businesses and foundations with the potential for contributing funds, services, or other resources.

  • Develop and implement plans for involving a growing and broad constituent base (e.g. parents, past parents, grandparents, alumni, corporations, foundations, friends, sponsors).

  • Maintain an appropriate level of visibility at school events.

  • Identify and recruit volunteers for Development related teams and projects.

  • Build a Development team that will provide effective implementation of the Development strategy of DDS.

  • Organize and oversee various capital campaigns, giving campaigns, annual giving, and special projects.

  • Integrate the efforts of key people (director, board members, key staff, volunteers, etc) in the implementation of giving campaigns and development programs.

  • Integrate the efforts of various school and communication staff, organizations, committees, and groups in organizing and implementing development programs.

  • Provide appropriate training for staff or volunteers related to development and communications.

  • Provide leadership for major development events (e.g. small and large group meeting, key donor lunches, banquets, organized phone-a-thons, golf outings, etc.)

  • Provide leadership for all internal and external communications that create a culture of generous giving to DDS.

  • Provide leadership and/or assistance in internal or external communications, public relations, media resources, community organizations and other initiatives internal to marketing and communications.

  • Work with the Executive Director and communication team in developing print and digital marketing materials.

  • Provide leadership in implementing a planned giving approach for DDS that creates opportunities for long-term sustainable giving.

  • Apply a disciplined approach to communication with the Exec. Director as this must be the primary way to stay informed and connected to DDS operations and improvements.

  • Regularly attend school and ministry meetings as assigned by the Exec. Director.

  • Attend occasional Board meetings to provide appropriate communication or reports at the special request of the Exec. Director.

  • Communicate and administrate DDS development and messaging policies and procedures among constituent groups (faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni).

  • Maintain careful notes, update and maintain the appropriate development records at all times, using Donor Tools and support follow-up tracking tools.

  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

  • Maintain accurate records in donor database.

Doulos Crew Environment         “We are crew, not passengers”

  • Carry and conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ and consistent with DDS beliefs

  • Report directly to the Executive Director

  • Attend weekly staff devotionals, showing commitment to deepen your relationship with Christ

  • Participate in biweekly meetings with grade level teams of 4-5 teachers to foster collaboration and communication

  • Participate in and assist with staff professional development opportunities

  • Be present, professional and punctual for all required staff meetings and school events (ie. business meetings, expedition nights, outdoor education events, etc.)

Accountability: The Director of Development is appointed by and accountable to the Executive Director.

Status: Full-time

Calendar: 12 months; four weeks of vacation during the summer months

You are a gifted communicator who enjoys building relationships and is highly organized in your follow-up and follow-through approach. You are an effective self-leader and can effectively lead others through the giving decision process. You can quickly identify next steps to bring people “higher up and deeper in” both relationally and financially, and you have a passion for making raving fans. You lead others through their giving decision and are not afraid of challenging givers to get involved in big ways to maximize their impact. You get energized about introducing others to the work God is doing in the lives of our students through Doulos, and intentionally inviting them into our work in meaningful ways.

If this sounds like you, the Development & Donor Engagement Coordinator position may be for you.