The Director of Development is responsible for the development and implementation of all fundraising activities at Bishop Walsh School.  Reporting to the Principal, the Director of Development also works closely with the President, Director of Finance, the Director of Admissions and Communications, the School Board, and the Development Committee. The Director of Development will work with the Development team to build a culture of philanthropy within the school and will establish robust connections with alumni, parents, donors, and the local community.  The Director of Development will raise awareness about the school’s commitment, work, and outstanding results.

Bishop Walsh School is known for its need-based financial aid program, made possible by the generosity of individual donors, businesses, churches, and foundations.  Given the fact that over 50% of its student body participates, fundraising is of utmost importance for Bishop Walsh School.

Major Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

•      Attend Board meetings as needed and provide reports to the Board and key constituencies.

•      Manage, mentor, guide and collaborate with development team members.  Set clear goals, provide regular feedback, and encourage collaboration to ensure an effective, comprehensive fundraising program is aligned with the School’s strategic goals.

•      Set effective (SMART) goals for development.  Collaborate to analyze development data.  Suggest and implement strategies for growth.  Review goal progress, implement new processes where necessary, and provide feedback on how to refine and project manage tasks.

•      Develop strategy and provide financial oversight for the department, including budgeting, planning and expense tracking.


•      Work with the Development Committee, School Board, and Principal to develop, implement and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy and timeline including long and short-term annual and planned giving components.

•      Maintain relationships with a defined portfolio of major donors, cultivating them toward meaningful support of the School.

•      Coordinate Principal’s fundraising activities including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of the school’s top donors.

•      Arrange, prepare for and host visiting donors and prospects.

•      Recruit, train and lead Development Committee members and Board members in major gift solicitations and overall fundraising and cultivation activities.

Donor Communications, Events, and Alumni Relations

•      Create content and strategy for donor communication and relationship development.  Work with the Director of Admissions and Communications to create content for donor consumption.  Identify new fundraising opportunities and prospects.

•      Plan and execute all Development Communications such as emails, newsletters, appeals, stewardship materials, acknowledgement letters, and the annual report.  In close collaboration with the Director of Admissions and Communications, coordinate and execute engagement strategy.

•      Prospect new foundation and corporate possibilities.  Oversee the creation and submission of letters of inquiry and grant proposals, and the maintenance of reporting and other current grantee requirements.

•      Plan, strategically coordinate and execute engagement and development programming for all constituents (parents, alumni, and friends), including on-campus and off-campus events such as the Spring fundraiser, Annual Appeal, parent and alumni gatherings, dinners, and all other cultivation and fundraising events.  Secure sponsorships, drive ticket sales (if relevant) and manage event volunteers.


•      Prepare detailed reports on fundraising performance for the Principal, President, Development Committee, and the School Board.

•      Maintain high-level knowledge of all development donor databases to ensure maximum use of software for productivity and accuracy by overseeing development coordinator’s monthly auditing of database’s data and reports.

Professional Development

•      Research development best practices in fundraising, development writing, database administration and management, and keep informed of trends.

•      Participate in an annual evaluation of job performance.

Essential Qualifications and Personal Attributes

•      Bachelor’s degree required with a demonstrated track record of progressively responsible fundraising experience.

•      Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

•      Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple projects.

•      Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel locally.

•      Honor the commitments that are expressed in Bishop Walsh School handbooks.

•      Takes responsibility for other tasks assigned by Principal.

•      Create and execute alumni engagement strategy to promote involvement and eventual support of Bishop Walsh School.

Salary and Benefits

·       The position is eligible for benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement.

·       Salary is based on experience, but starts at $40,000.