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Director of Development

German International School of Silicon Valley | Mountain View CA 94043 USA | Full Time | Posted: 11/21/2012

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Mountain View, California

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Founded in 1999, the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) has a multicultural student body ranging from pre-school to grade 12. 

Currently, the GISSV has almost 400 enrolled students with graduates who qualify for both European and American universities. Primary languages spoken at home by GISSV students include English, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Korean, and Chinese. The school offers an academically rigorous, bilingual program with quality instructors and small class sizes and is one of only five recognized German foreign schools in the United States and the only one offering a High School Diploma on the West Coast. Advantages of being accredited as a German foreign school include report cards recognized in Germany, accredited diplomas (Abitur and High School Diploma,) and ongoing support from the German government.   

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The Director of Development will serve on the senior management team and will plan, coordinate, and manage all aspects of fundraising for GISSV including the school's capital campaign, initiation of an annual fund, and the coordination of fundraising events. 


This position will report directly to the school Principal and will work closely with the Director of Finance and Administration. In the near term, the position will not manage other staff.



* Develop and implement a program designed to maximize gift support, including major capital gifts, annual fund solicitation, corporate and foundation relations, and fundraising for operational expenses including school fundraising events.
* Design, implement and manage all fundraising activities.
* Work in conjunction with the Board and the Principal to develop and manage all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
* Maintain relationships with foundations and corporations and develop grant and/or sponsorship proposals.
* Build relationships and promote the concepts of annual giving among the school's various constituencies.
* Develop, implement and oversee plans, strategies and activities for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and corporate donors.
* Identify and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors.

Board of Trustees Relations

* Develop (in partnership with the Board and Principal) the school's campaign and development strategy.
* Build and maintain relationships with Board and individual major donors.
* Work closely with the Board and Principal in developing the case for support.
* Develop fundraising training for Board members and other leadership volunteers.
* Prepare and present all development reports to the Board.
* Assist the Board with recommending and researching potential new members.

Development Office Infrastructure

* Develop long-term strategy and annual development plans.
* Maintain effective working relationships within the school.
* Prepare written proposal materials as well as written or oral briefings for those individuals engaged in donor solicitation efforts.
* Manage and coordinate all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, campaign activity and donor management.
* Create office systems to support all development projects and operations.
* Coordinate development research activities
* Oversee the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.
* Manage the pledge reminder and acknowledgement programs.

Community Relations

* Work closely with the Director of Admissions and the Principal to include development ideas in public relations and advertising materials.
* Create and implement a communication and promotional plan for the capital campaign.
* Develop and implement strategies to promote the GISSV's mission to both internal constituencies and the community at large.


* Five years of broad professional development experience, preferably with independent schools
* Demonstrated knowledge and experience with identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewardship of major, annual, capital, endowment and planned gift prospects and donors
* Proven track record managing volunteers
* Demonstrated success in managing a capital campaign
* Demonstrated experience in annual fundraising
* Some experience with prospect research and planned giving tools and techniques
* Experience developing and cultivating relationships with corporations and foundations leading to grants and/or sponsorships
* Budgeting and financial management experience
* Experience with and knowledge of fundraising databases and with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
* Superior organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
* A strong work ethic with the ability to provide leadership and motivation and to work as a team player
* Ability to build and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with individuals and groups, both internal and external, based on trust and consistency
* Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
* Bachelor's degree


Please send cover letter and resume to We will respond to all applications.
Candidates are subject to background checks.

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Location Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Travel Required 5% of the time
Categories Education
Function Development/Fundraising
Experience Years 5 yrs
Visa Sponsorship Do not sponsor.
Pref Degree Bachelors

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Contact Name Pamela Cook
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Job Code GISSV01