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Development Coordinator

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Rolling Hills Preparatory School

Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH Schools seeks a dynamic Development Coordinator to start in  July 2022. This individual must be dedicated with a versatile fundraising skill set. They will be joining an advancement team that has gone through a reorganization in the last year. This experienced, mission driven fundraising professional will oversee and implement strategies and tasks in all areas of fundraising for our community of schools. This individual will be excited to think strategically about taking our development to the next level. The Development Coordinator will report to the Head of Schools and work closely with the Director of Finance and Operations, Enrollment Management Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, the Board of Trustees, and other administration to execute fundraising campaigns and create a long term strategic plan for development.

The most promising candidates will be highly collaborative, warm and engaging, and strategic visionaries who find joy working with donors, families, alumni, faculty, and staff. They are approachable and responsive and possess strong relationship building skills. They are eager to cultivate a culture of giving in our community.

About our Schools:

Rolling Hills Preparatory School (RHP), Renaissance (Ren), and REACH Schools, a blend of three great schools in one vibrant school community, is a model unique in the independent school world. The schools are able to help students meet their potential as learners, innovators and global citizens. Students are drawn from a diverse economic, ethnic, religious, and social background.

The RHP, Ren and REACH schools’ community are a place where all learners are celebrated and supported. Ren and REACH are both designed to support students with learning differences. RHP is known for being “an academic powerhouse with a soul,” believing firmly that, given talented, committed teachers, passionate about their disciplines and supportive of the whole child, a school can prepare young people for success and happiness in college and beyond without burning them out in the process.

Located in San Pedro, nestled between horse farms and the harbor, this 31-acre campus is home to students and faculty that are passionate about inclusion, come from diverse backgrounds and identity markers, and believe education should be student centered.

Overview of Job Responsibilities

Fundraising and Donor Cultivation

Develop and manage a fundraising program designed to attract the maximum gift support possible for the institution; this program will include community engagement, annual fund appeals, planned giving programs, major gifts, alumni, business, corporate, and foundation proposals.
Oversee and implement a fundraising program at all levels, including events, sponsorships, and all other major fundraising initiatives.
Work with administration, parent organization, Board members, and event committees to lead, plan, organize, coordinate, and execute fundraising events.
Grow, manage, and secure grant activities, including research, proposal writing, tracking, and reporting.
Streamline donor database and management systems, including all giving records.
Provide tax receipts and acknowledgement letters to donors.
Identify, prioritize, cultivate, and secure financial support from new and prospective donors.
Further develop and maintain relationships with existing donors (individuals, foundations, and corporations) at all levels.
Provide a monthly report of development goals, strategies, and outcomes to the Head of Schools.
Develop a plan to increase alumni and parental support of, and involvement in our schools.
Collaborate in establishing an operational budget and  in defining future financial needs.
To serve as lead staff support for the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, The Family Association, and alumni families.
To keep the Head of Schools informed on a weekly basis of fundraising activities and outcomes.

Seek unique opportunities to promote our school’s mission, vision, and values to internal and external audiences.
Serve as a public liaison between the school and the local community to advance the School’s mission and strategic goals.
Develop informational and promotional content congruent with the organization’s communications and marketing plan including, but not limited to, the annual report, direct mail campaigns, newsletter publications, email, website, and social media campaigns.
Provide brand management for volunteer program, development, and outreach communications.
Maintain a positive public profile, serving as a brand ambassador, spokesperson and advocate for our schools in the community.
Adhere to professional, fundraising ethics of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Build strong relationships with staff, community volunteers, media contacts, and community leaders to increase awareness and ensure strong advocacy and fundraising success.

Volunteer Coordination

Develop and execute our schools’ volunteer program plan in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team.
Manage the recruitment, screening, and onboarding of volunteers.
Develop training programs for all volunteers.
Collaborate with staff and committee to implement a volunteer recognition program.
Oversee volunteer program evaluation, making recommendations for improvements to the program, seeking best practices.
Other responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Celebrate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the classroom and community in alignment with the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Attend and participate in administrative team meetings.
Educate staff, faculty, volunteers, and parents on development office procedures.
Support the school and its leadership in advancing the School’s mission and strategic goals.
Support administration efforts in crisis management.
Support all other administrative areas as needed and available, including but not limited to: offering advice as it relates to development, cross-training and working with other departments, addressing general parent inquiries.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Schools.
Personal Attributes:

A leader who models a growth mindset and comfort with change, inspires and motivates others, and at the same time brings focus and balance to a hardworking, aspirational community.
A person who values and respects children in the developmental ages and stages present in our schools and seeks to bring their voices forward.
Someone that is comfortable bringing their whole authentic self to work every day.
A manager that values diverse perspectives and is decisive when needed.
A detailed oriented systems thinker.
A positive outlook on life with a good sense of humor.
Desired Experience and Skills:

A deep level of knowledge around and background in development.
A solid understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; skill in growing and supporting programs and practices in these areas; and a recognition of one’s own identities and biases and how they may impact one’s perspectives and actions.
Understanding of best practices in development.
Ability to understand and engage in problem solving with administrators and when needed the Board of Trustees.
Ability to set clear priorities and define strategic priorities around fundraising.
Experience  and comfort with change management.
Minimum Qualifications:

Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders orally and in writing.
Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively, to manage multiple functions and activities, and to think on one’s feet.
Ability to listen well, to collaborate, and to solve problems.
Ability to make people feel valued while managing change.
Ability to retain current donors and cultivate more donors.
Other Considerations:

Position start date is July 1, 2022
Compensation Range $100,000 – $130,000 depending on experience
Applications are being screened as they come in with interviews happening on a rolling basis.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Willingness and ability to work in a highly-demanding environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts
Ability and willingness to attend and work occasional overnight field trips
Ability to travel safely and comfortably across a campus
May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time
Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs
Work in both a traditional, climate-controlled inside environment and work in outside weather conditions consistent with San Pedro weather

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability/handicap, or religion, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the school’s employment opportunities.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, your resume, a one page development philosophy, and three current professional references to: Yolanda Holguin, Director of HR and Business Office, [email protected]

To apply for this job email your details to yholguin@rollinghillsprep.org

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