Director of Development

Havern School creates confident learners by nurturing the potential of students with diagnosed learning disabilities through specialized, small group instruction and integrated therapies.


Job Title: Director of Development

Department:  Administration

Supervisor’s Title:  Head of School

Classification:  Exempt


Roles and Responsibilities

The Director of Development is a member of the Havern School Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive giving programs that increase operating support for the school and create a strong culture of philanthropy for the school. Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Development will work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and will serve as a member of the Advancement Team. The position is a twelve-month position with weekly hours to be negotiated based on experience and qualifications.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Incorporate the Havern School mission in all development and implementation plans.
  • Establish and execute forward-thinking, goal-driven development plans and programs that optimally grow the Havern School Annual Fund.
  • Lead the day-to-day fundraising operations, which include direct responsibility for donor prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation.
  • Work with the Board Development Committee to develop, implement, and manage the annual development budget and objectives.
  • Manage the school’s gift accounting and reporting functions, utilizing best practices for data entry and record management.
  • Serve as the primary resource to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees and its Development Committee on all matters related to fundraising. Make regular reports to the Board on the progress of development efforts and train the Board and Head to be effective solicitors.
  • Think strategically and formulate new ways to educate the Havern community about philanthropy.
  • Develop a plan for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospective donors. Create solicitation materials and prepare funding proposals for donor prospects.
  • Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities, oversee contract grant writers, and help draft grant applications.
  • Design and implement fundraising events.
  • Collaborate with Havern’s Advancement Team (Director of Enrollment and Director of Marketing and Communications) to build community engagement and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.
  • Develop a plan for growing Havern’s endowment and establishing a formal major gifts program.
  • Research, develop, and execute a future capital campaign.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Key Qualifications

  • BA/BS or equivalent
  • Passion for the mission of Havern School.
  • Three – five years of experience in managing, planning, and implementing fund development efforts; capital campaign experience preferred.
  • Proven track record for building and managing a defined portfolio of donor prospects to closure.
  • Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in developing and accomplishing organizational and financial goals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work quickly and effectively with all Havern School constituents, effectively representing the school.
  • Proficiency in fundraising CRM software programs (ie: DonorPerfect and FACTS Giving). Knowledge of Google applications is a plus. Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Superior oral and written communications skills.
  • Highly organized and reliable with demonstrated success working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with many responsibilities and competing priorities.
  • Excellent judgment, discretion, integrity, and diplomacy.
  • Proven ability to be a resourceful self-starter, making sound decisions with minimal direction.
  • Willingness and ability to attend select after-hours events and meetings.

Salary and hours are negotiable based on experience, qualifications, and proven track record with the salary for full-time work ranging from $65,000-$80,000. Havern School provides robust benefits, including medical, dental, life insurance, retirement, generous vacation and school breaks, and opportunities for professional development.

Please go to our website for more information about our school: www.havernschool.org. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Molly Buttitta, Head of School at mbuttitta@havernschool.org.

Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap.

Updated January 2022

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