SAN FRANCISCO UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco University High School (UHS) opened in 1975 as a coeducational, college preparatory, independent secondary school with enrollment of 389 students. The school is located in a residential neighborhood in the northern section of the city. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, UHS is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the California Association of Independent Schools, the College Entrance Examination Board, and the Secondary School Admissions Test Board.
UHS enrolls a diverse student body from a variety of racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. 75% of the students live in San Francisco, 17% live in Marin County, and the remaining students are split evenly between the East Bay and the Peninsula. Students of color make up about 40% of the student body. 22% of the students receive financial assistance totaling $2,100,000. The school has 3,100 alumni.
After 12 years at the helm of UHS, Mike Diamonti announced that he will be retiring from his role as Head of School after the 2012-2013 academic year. After an extensive search, the Board of Trustees appointed Julia Russell Eells as the next Head of School, effective July 1, 2013.
For more information, please visit http://www.sfuhs.org.
Develop and execute the overall fundraising strategy for the school and cultivate, solicit, and lead stewardship efforts. Work closely with the Head of School and Development Committee of the Board of Trustees to increase the school's financial strength. Meet fundraising goals for the Annual Fund, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase (UHS's major annual special event), Summerbridge San Francisco (an academic enrichment program for middle school students preparing to enter high school), and a significant major gifts program.
Reporting to the Head of School, supervise, manage, and evaluate the development team including the Associate Director of Development, the Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Events and Special Projects, the Showcase Director, and the Development Assistant.
1. Oversee the implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive development program that includes:
* Major Gifts: Work with the Head of School to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects with high giving potential.
* Annual Fund: Coordinate with the Associate Director of Development to oversee the execution of the annual fund campaign. Assure timely and accurate gift acknowledgement with the Development Assistant.
* Alumni Relations: Work with the Director of Alumni Relations to increase alumni engagement and support via the Alumni Annual Fund, the UHS Journal, special events, and alumni social media.
* San Francisco Decorator Showcase: Supervise the Director of Events and Special Projects and the Showcase Director in the complex planning and execution of the signature annual event.
* Summerbridge San Francisco: Work with the Associate Director of Development to implement a specific development effort for the middle school enrichment program.
2. Provide strategic counsel to the Head of School, board development committee, and Summerbridge advisory committee regarding fundraising and external relations.
3. Serve as a member of the school's senior administrative team.
4. Identify and implement strategies to increase support for the school community, including current and past parents, current and past trustees, alumni, grandparents and other friends of the school.
5. Research and identify prospects, including those for endowment and planned gifts.
6. Develop knowledge of the demographic structure of the parent body.
7. Maintain database with current information.
8. Work closely with the Director of Communications to develop print and online communication tools to promote giving.
9. Attend development-related and other gatherings to engage volunteers in the implementation of fundraising strategies.
10. Generate and incubate ideas for new revenue-generating strategies for the school.
11. Supervise, manage, and evaluate the development team.
12. Work closely with the Business Office to ensure that solicitation efforts align with budgeting, accounting, and reporting protocols.
13. Attend and staff all Development Committee meetings, setting agenda with committee chair, and providing data.
14. Perform other team-oriented duties to promote the overall goals of the development office and school.
* Five or more years of demonstrated success building and leading the development function in nonprofit organizations, preferably in K-12 education
* Excellent leadership, management, and organizational skills
* Ability to effectively engage senior staff and trustees in solicitation and cultivation activities
* Substantial experience designing and implementing comprehensive fundraising plans
* Successful track record of networking to build relationships
* Interest in becoming involved in the UHS community
* Exceptional communication skills, with proven ability to write effectively, speak persuasively, and listen attentively
* Detail orientation and willingness to initiate action
* Ability to work well with both teenagers and adults in a range of socio-economic groups
* Proficiency with information technology, including Microsoft Office and prospect databases
* Bachelor's degree
Please send cover letter and resume to Pamela Cook, Search Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to all applications.
Candidates may be subject to background checks.