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Development Director

Position Type Administrator
Start 08/15/2020
School Name Wasatch Academy
City, State Mt. Pleasant, UT 
Posted 07/28/2020

Position Summary

The Director of Development is responsible for school fundraising, focusing on the annual fund, capital campaign projects, foundation grant requests, and planned giving.


?Supports Wasatch Academy's mission, values, institutional goals, and educational philosophy

?Cultivates a development philosophy and culture where gifts are seen less as a contribution than as an investment in the ability of the school to fulfill the mission of the school

?Works with the Head of School and the Development and Alumni team to develop relationships patiently and deliberately to achieve the short and long term fundraising goals of the school

?Creates fundraising programs and initiatives to achieve the school's annual fundraising goal

?Oversees prospect research and identification and works with Head of School to identify, cultivate, and engage major gift prospects

?Responsible for a portfolio of 50 major gift prospects for cultivation and stewardship

?Works with the Head of School and the Senior Leadership Team to cultivate a culture of philanthropy within the school – where staff and faculty understand the importance of building and sustaining relationships with all the school's constituencies

?Oversees parent events organized by the Development Department

?Oversees research, writing, and submission of grants to appropriate foundations

?Oversees the Development and Alumni budgets

?Presents department reports to the Board of Trustees

?Responsible for donor and alumni database

?Other duties and responsibilities as assigned


?Bachelor's degree required

?Appreciation and passion for the mission of Wasatch Academy

?Minimum of ten years of experience in leadership positions in fundraising and advancement, including experience managing a team, preferably in secondary education

?Proven success in achieving institutional fundraising goals

?Demonstrated success with all aspects of advancement including annual giving, major gifts, alumni giving, planned giving, and capital campaign planning

?Committed to collaborative decision-making with a demonstrated ability to build, foster, and maintain relationships with both internal and external constituencies

?Effective oral and written communication skills

?Must be proficient in the use of technology, relevant software, databases, and social media

?Must be willing and able to travel both nationally and internationally

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