Director of Development @ Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

Director of Development

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School – a thriving, pluralistic school community founded in 1990 and situated on a beautiful campus in Palo Alto, California – seeks a dynamic and collaborative senior development professional with strong interpersonal skills, thoughtful strategic vision and a successful track record in spearheading organizational philanthropic engagement to serve as its Director of Development.
The successful candidate will oversee and guide the school’s fundraising efforts, reporting directly to the Head of School and working closely with the senior operations team including the Chief Financial Officer, Director of Admission and the Marketing Manager. This cross-departmental collaboration is responsible for the school’s financial health and sustainability as well as projecting a compelling vision of our school’s vibrance, impact, and bright future. Additionally, the Director of Development will partner with the Development Committee Chair and work with the Board President(s) as well as other key lay leaders while also cultivating and stewarding relationships with current and prospective donors, grant funders, and volunteers. The Director of Development will supervise and mentor a Development Associate / Alumni Coordinator.

This is a 12-month, exempt, salaried position, with competitive compensation and full benefits. The preferred start date is between November 2020 and January 2021.

Essential Responsibilities:
- Lead and build-upon the school’s on-going development activities including the annual Hausner Fund drive, major gifts program, Spring Benefit, donor recognition, alumni and alumni parent outreach, grandparent engagement, grants and institutional donor management, as well as any future capital or endowment campaigns that the school undertakes.
- Work with the Development Committee to recommend annual fundraising goals to the board in its budgeting cycle AND work with the Committee to design and implement an annual development plan tied to those revenue goals. Contribute collaboratively to the school’s long-term strategic planning process.
- Consistently deliver an innovative, creative and exceptional donor experience. Ensure that all major donor prospects and major donors are well-informed, acknowledged in meaningful ways and appreciated in an appropriate manner throughout the year
- Secure in person donor meetings and solicitations to establish or strengthen donor relationships for long term support. Solicit and secure gifts at multiple levels including multi-year gifts.
- Cultivate, solicit, and steward donors, directly soliciting gifts, managing donor information with confidentiality and accuracy, engaging with current supporters to help open doors to prospective givers, undertaking thoughtful research to deepen insight into potential philanthropic investors, managing acknowledgement of all contributions, and coordinating special recognition at different levels of giving, always placing a premium on establishing and sustaining strong relationships.
- Develop a pipeline of prospects for each fundraising strategy, including major gift giving, alumni and alumni family giving, grandparent giving, and legacy giving.
- Research opportunities for corporate sponsorships and grants and write and manage all grant applications, from proposal through acceptance, follow-up, and evaluation.
- Provide skilled upward leadership for the Development Committee including close partnership with the Committee Chair in creating goals and plans, setting meeting agendas, providing training to committee members, and participating in
- Maintain comprehensive and accurate records of all pledges and donations in the development database and ensure meticulous financial reporting to the Development Committee and the Board. Monthly reconciliation with Finance and ongoing coordination with the CFO on annual budgeting, audits, and responsibility for overseeing the Development budget.
- Lead the work of the Development Committee, together with the Development Committee Chair appointed by the Board President, setting meeting agendas, running meetings, distributing the minutes and action items of those meetings, and both managing and participating fully in the efforts of the committee.
- Maintain comprehensive and accurate records of all pledges and donations and, together with the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, insure meticulous financial reporting.
- Prepare analytical reports related to all functions of the school’s development efforts and present summaries of these to the Development Committee and the Committee Chair.
- Work with the Marketing Manager to maintain a mission-driven communications plan that includes formulation of the case for giving; development of materials that convey the school’s strategic vision, its uniqueness, and impact; effective use of social media; and preparation of Annual Reports.
- Work with the Director of Admission to welcome new families and to educate both prospective and current families on the opportunities available to support the school and on the importance of doing so.
- Supervise the Development Associate / Alumni Coordinator and work with this staff member to ensure well-maintained databases, accurate reporting and to develop and execute the school’s alumni and alumni family relations efforts.
- Undertake other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

- Bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree preferred
- Five plus years of experience in fundraising, as a paid staff person or volunteer leader, with demonstrated experience in fostering relationships with major donors and asking for philanthropic gifts
- Previous management experience managing all functions of a Development office, including running an annual campaign, planning annual events, applying for grants, seeking corporate sponsorships, cultivating and stewarding relationships with donors, and developing strategic plans for long-term fundraising
- Ability to enlist, motivate, and coordinate the efforts of volunteers, including members of the Board of Directors, Development Committee, and Spring Benefit Committee.
- Familiarity with independent school education preferred, ideally Jewish day school education
- Deep connection to the mission of the school and clear appreciation for its impact
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, nurtured by both curiosity and conviction, along with excellent presentation skills
- Experience with supervising and mentoring direct reports preferred
- Demonstrated experience in using CRMs and/or fundraising databases and spreadsheets.
- Adept in utilizing web-based research tools to conduct extensive individual and institutional donor research.
- Active engagement in professional learning, including currency with best practices
- Sensitivity and discretion are required given the confidential and sensitive information the Director of Development oversees
- Creativity and flexibility, attention to detail and ability to manage competing priorities, with sense of humor and customer-orientation a must

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
- Generally work in standard office or school / classroom conditions and climate
- Noise level is usually low to moderate and occasionally high
- May work in varied inclement outside weather conditions during special activities
- Regular requirements to talk and hear, stand, walk, sit, and use a keyboard and video display terminal
- Possible requirements to stoop, kneel, or crouch
- Occasional requirements to lift up to 30 pounds
- The work environment can be stressful at times, involving a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and encounters with a diverse array of contacts
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions

- Competitive salary.
- Benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403b Retirement Plan, Long- and Short-term Disability, Voluntary Life/Accident Insurance, Work-Life Balance Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Pre-tax payroll deduction also available for Flexible Spending Account.

- This job announcement does not necessarily present an exhaustive or all- inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical requirements, or work conditions.
- The school reserves the right to supplement, modify, or delete any aspects of this job, including the position itself, at any time, as it deems advisable.
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are
committed to an inclusive, welcoming community, where all are accepted and
are treated with respect.

Hausner does not unlawfully discriminate in employment opportunities or
practices on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender
identity, disability, religion, veteran status, national, or ethnic origin, or any
other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-10-27
  • Times this job has been viewed: 272 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director of Development
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools
Job Location
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
450 San Antonio Rd
Palo Alto , California 94306-4636


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