Director of Development

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Marburn Academy, devoted to children who learn differently.

Director of Development – Full Time (12 months) 

Summary and Scope of Role 

The Director of Development is responsible for facilitating, building, and maintaining Marburn’s  Development Program including external relationships with both corporate and community donors and  partners. The Director of Development works closely in collaboration with the Chief Advancement  Officer, to advance Marburn’s mission and reach both in the community and region. The Director of  Development is responsible for developing our guiding strategy and overseeing all of Marburn’s  fundraising efforts and donor cultivation. This includes leading our major gifts campaign, planned  giving strategies, and cultivating all current and potential major donors within the greater Columbus  region. The focus of this role is primarily external facing within the region to identify and develop  potential donors and strategic partnerships, and in addition to stewarding current donors. The Director  of Development serves on the Institutional Advancement Team and reports directly to the Chief  Advancement Officer. The Director of Development supervises the Annual Giving and Alumni Relations  Manager.  


School Culture and School Operations 

  • Understanding of and a commitment to Marburn Academy’s Vision and Mission 
  • Conduct self in presence of students, parents, donors and visitors in manner which models  the Core Values and behaviors Marburn seeks to teach 
  • Consistently and effectively use the conflict resolution guidelines 
  • Develop and sustain relationships with colleagues, parents, and members of the Marburn  Academy community that are professional, collegial, and collaborative 
  • Manage confidentiality aspect of student, parent, and colleague relationships,  and of internal Marburn affairs according to established school guidelines 
  • Establish and maintain appropriate personal boundaries in relationships with students,  parents, and colleagues 
  • Attend and participate in professional development opportunities 
  • Abide by all policies articulated in the Student and Employee Handbook and other school  and board policies 
  • Represent and support the school at various functions both internally and externally  relative to the role  
  • Effectively perform other duties assigned by the Head of School, Associate Head of School,  and/or member of Leadership Team
  • Support the school and its leadership 
  • Serve on school-wide and standing committees as needed 

Development and Fundraising 

  • Identify, cultivate, and steward major donors, and develop strategies to expand the current  base of philanthropic revenue sources for the school.  
  • Collaborate with other teams throughout the organization to ensure success of fundraising  efforts. 
  • Work with the chair of the Advancement committee to set fundraising agendas, provide  data, and coordinate fundraising efforts in tandem with the CAO. 
  • In collaboration with the Annual Giving and Alumni Relations manager, act as primary point  person for the annual Gala fundraiser: lead committee meetings, oversee faculty, staff and  parent volunteer involvement, oversee auction solicitation and sponsorship fulfillment; 
  • In collaboration with the Annual Giving and Alumni Relations manager, develop and write  foundation proposals and budgets, lead monthly internal grants meeting, oversee  compliance and reporting; 
  • Oversee volunteer/associate engagement strategies with corporate partners; ● Responsible for writing and entering donor contact reports, with a disciplined and  methodical approach in maintaining complete and accurate donor records 
  • Provide recommended strategies for specific constituents and donors 
  • Develop strategies for increasing annual fundraising goals 
  • Oversee all planning for school’s fundraising efforts including the Gala, annual fund, capital  campaigns, endowment, grants, special projects and planned giving 
  • Ensure that resources are in place to support the school’s long-term financial stability by  designing and implementing strategies for raising funds to support current and future  operations 

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Alignment with Marburn’s mission and core values. 
  • A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.  
  • Proven experience in development and fundraising, preferably at a non-profit institution  with an educational component.  
  • Experience working with and connecting to a large and diverse community of people.  Demonstrated strengths in interpersonal skills and collaboration.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  
  • Ability to effectively use a variety of programs and software, including database programs.

Legal Requirements 

  • All employees of Marburn Academy must pass required criminal record checks and  appropriate background checks, including proof of academic credentials.  

Physical Requirement 

  • Ability to stand, traverse, and present for extended periods of time “two plus hours” or more
  • Ability to visually detect, observe and recognize
  • Verbally and audibly communicate and exchange information with ability to position oneself to do so
  • Ability to participate in outdoor activities of the school as needed 
  • Ability to move, lift and position:
  • Regularly up to 10lbs 
  • Frequently up to 11lbs-30lbs 
  • Occasionally over 30lbs 
  • Rarely up to 50lbs with assistance as required 


  • Monday-Friday: 7:30am-4:30pm  
  • Occasionally, the staff member will be required to participate in certain activities such as  afternoon or evening events, and overnight or weekend programs that will occur outside of  the regular daily hours mentioned above (e.g., Graduation, Curriculum Night, Gala, Marburn  sponsored seminars, etc.). 

Marburn Academy provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color,  religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or  expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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