Powhatan School is a Pre-K - 8 independent co-ed day school located in Boyce, Virginia at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley. Our student body draws from a broad geographical area consisting of three states and seven school districts. Our families come from Virginia (Clarke County, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Warren County and Winchester City), Maryland, and West Virginia
Powhatan’s educational philosophy views elementary and middle school as important steps in a lifelong learning process that is to be cherished in and of itself. The school offers opportunities for intellectual enrichment, project based learning, and personal growth through study that crosses the academic disciplines of literature based reading programs, hands-on math and science curriculums, and instruction in music, art, drama, athletics, computer technology and public speaking.
Powhatan School believes that successful education creates lifelong learners who use their knowledge, creativity, and skills to be confident students in an ever-changing world. We learn not for school but for life is our guiding principle. The Director of Development has the following responsibilities:
Create and sustain positive relationships between the school and its constituents, both internal and external, leading them to support Powhatan School as donors, volunteers, and advocates in fulfillment of our mission.
Oversee four major areas of school activity: fundraising, constituency relations (chiefly parents and alumni/ae families), volunteer management, and special events. The Director of Development must effectively and smoothly integrate these functions with each other and with all other school activities.
Work with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to determine the funding required to meet current and future institutional needs, providing direct support to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees in all fundraising initiatives.
Direct all fundraising programs to support school operations and growth, specifically the Annual Fund and any future Capital or Major Gift campaigns. Oversee/manage other fundraising efforts and activities as needed.
Utilize a database management system to ensure timely and accurate documentation and reporting of philanthropic gifts, acknowledgement letters, volunteer/donor lists and the like. Design processes and procedures to allow easy access to and retrieval of constituent data by other administrators and key volunteers.
Cultivate and steward current donors and prospects, creating a climate of future generous giving to Powhatan School.
Build a program of ongoing cultivation of foundations, businesses/corporations and other local organizations, increasing awareness of Powhatan and its programs, creating a philanthropic climate for additional support of the school.
Organize and inspire a strong sense of community and pride in the school on the part of parents, alumni/ae, faculty, staff and other constituent groups through donor recognition events and special celebrations, such as Welcome Back Family Picnic, Carol Sing, and Grandparents Day
Manage Powhatan’s communications, publications and public relations programs so they support the school’s marketing efforts in the northern Shenandoah Valley, as well as meeting the needs of various internal constituencies and informing them about school initiatives including scheduling and organizing events such as The Memorial Golf Tournament, Annual Gala, and Innovator’s Speaker Series and the like.
Serve as the primary point of contact for the Powhatan Parent Association (PPA). Work with the PPA chairs to identify and recruit leadership, help coordinate volunteer events, and PPA-sponsored events.
Reports to the Head of School
Works collaboratively with the Leadership Team (Head of School, Admissions Director, Business Manager and Division Heads)
Serves as an active member of the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees
Powhatan does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national and ethnic origin in its hiring practices and in the administration of its educational policies.