Responsible for development and implementation of Northstar Academy’s (NSA) 1) development strategy for achieving fundraising goals and engaging sponsors; 2) cultivating new individual donors; 3) collaborating with Communications & Marketing Director for marketing, public relations and communications strategies, resulting in increased community awareness, and strengthened key relationships.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities :
Lead Northstar’s development function
Work with the Head of School and the development committee to create the fundraising plan and budget.
Cultivate, nurture, maintain and grow individual, corporate, and foundation donor base.
Work with individual board members to introduce potential donors to Northstar.
Ensure the accurate documentation of major gift solicitation plans and activities in Northstar’s data management system.
Coordinate the composing, editing, and publishing of fundraising reports and solicitation pieces.
Coordinate events, recruit and engage staff, board and others in fundraising efforts (general fund, capital gifts, scholarships) and events (Gala, luncheons, open houses, etc.)
Manage and oversee grant submissions and reports and coordinate with HOS and CFO.
Work collaboratively with development associate and other Northstar staff
Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact well with donors and colleagues and to motivate volunteers.
Collaborate with Communications & Marketing Director to further the mission of Northstar by increasing brand awareness, enhancing image and ensuring regular contact with target constituents.
Participate in the Leadership Team
Along with the Head of School and other key members of school administration serve as a part of the School’s leadership team to create a community that leads to success for Northstar’s students.
Report to Head of School regularly about ongoing and possible projects, upcoming events/activities, weekly meetings and accomplishment of goals.
Work collaboratively to support the faculty and staff.
Success in the job will be measured by the following:
Ability to be a team-player with a positive “can-do” attitude, flexibility, high-degree of initiative, and attention to detail
Demonstrated increase in donor base and engagement with donors
Demonstrated ability to meet development targets-raise NSA budget (increase general fund, scholarships, gifts, etc.)
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and demonstrate success in development strategies and implementing marketing strategies with positive outcomes consistent to the mission, philosophy and Strategic plan of Northstar Academy.
Increased awareness of NSA in Central Virginia community demonstrated by quantitative results of implemented development and marketing strategies
Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with the Head of School, Board of Directors, and NSA administration.
Demonstrated ability to possess strong verbal communication skills and strong partnership-building skills
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
Demonstrated number of personal contacts, email contacts, calls to prospective donors
Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations or related field. Non-profit training or development training preferable
Experience: Minimum of 5 years experience in development. Additional experience in marketing, communications or public relations preferred.
Skills: the ability to develop and maintain a strategic perspective based on the needs of Northstar Academy while promoting and advancing the direction of NSA based on the collaborative decision-making of the Head of School, Board of Directors, subcommittees and school administration.
About Northstar Academy
Northstar Academy is a private non-profit day school for students with disabilities, ages 5-21 grades K-12.