The Orchard School Founded in 1922, Orchard is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school for 550 students in preschool through the 8th grade. Orchard is committed to advance each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open-mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning. Located in northern Indianapolis on a 43- acre, wooded campus with a state-of-the-art facility, Orchard promises academic excellence through a well-rounded education, engaging the natural curiosity of students in an active, child-centered, and experiential learning environment. We seek and strive to maintain a diverse and inclusive school community and are committed to the principles that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value the skills, knowledge, and experiences a diverse workforce brings to our school.
Assures the Development office successfully implements a comprehensive fund development program designed to achieve the institution’s immediate financial objectives, as well as position the institution for long-term success.
Oversees the school’s ongoing Capital Campaign.
Ensures all philanthropic and fund development activities are carried out in keeping with the institution’s values, mission, vision and plans.
Maintains accountability and compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and standards of best practice related to donors and charitable giving.
Leads the process of developing annual fundraising goals and an action plan to achieve these goals.
Establishes performance measures, monitors results, and assists the Director of Institutional Advancement in evaluating the effectiveness of the institution’s fund development program.
Fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout the institution, and assures institution systems, policies, and procedures support an effective fund development program.
Coordinates outreach to and cultivation of alumni and parent emeriti.
Liaisons with the Parents’ Association to support community and fundraising events.
The charitable giving programs for which the Director of Development is accountable include:
Responsibility for a robust annual giving program. This program seeks philanthropic support from all constituencies connected to Orchard.
Implement the strategy and plan for the capital campaign.
Responsibility for a well-defined and strategic major and planned gifts program, coordinated with annual and capital giving programs.
Responsibility for a formal, strategic, organized planned and major gift program that builds on constituent connection to promote and accept gifts from estates.
Responsibility for efforts that seek support from corporations and foundations through the appropriate grant making processes.
Shaping of and nourishing a variety of constituency-specific programs, the goal of which is to further engage all constituents with the institution’s mission, deepening their relationships over time.
Responsibility for all fund raising, cultivation and stewardship events, ensuring appropriate staffing, both volunteer and professional, is in place, and that goals are met, procedures are followed, and The Orchard School mission is advanced.
Help drive institutional identity and create the optimal internal conditions for strong philanthropic support of the institution.
Foster a culture of transparency and dialogue throughout the institution, and assure organizational systems, policies, and procedures anticipate and respond to constituents’ needs with a flow of reliable and useful information as needed.
Ensure regular financial reports and fundraising results are coordinated and consistent with the overall financial reporting for the institution.
Lead the effort to engage and educate current families regarding the importance of parental involvement in promoting, financing, and sustaining a strong community.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
A passion for the mission and vision of The Orchard School
Assuring details are executed in a way that is guided by the big picture while not getting mired in those details
Bringing new ideas and clarity around a vision for Development
A capacity to communicate ideas and to help others see and understand things that may not come easily to them
An openness to listening to the thoughts of others in order to understand their values, hopes and interests, and at the same time provide comfortable influence to others so they may also see other views and perspectives
Strong experience in public speaking to large and small groups
A capacity to develop and cultivate constituents using principles of fundraising
Ability to model high ethical standards that earn trust and respect
A capacity to respect the core values and traditions of Orchard while moving the school forward
A capacity to develop various communications and publications related to alumni, campaign literature, solicitation letters and annual reports
A proven track record of cultivating major gift donors, including planned giving
Experience with writing grants
Fluency in fund raising software
A capacity to lead and inspire others including constituents, subordinates, peers and superiors
Experience with a capital campaign
A capacity to identify problems, collect and analyze data, and problem solve
A capacity to develop meaningful and targeted messages, creating interest
A capacity to multi-task, be flexible, be organized and implement efficient and effective systems
An ability to listen actively and build consensus or act decisively as required
Energetic and motivational
Leads by example
Values and embraces diversity
Listens well and empathetic
Able to make connections and analyze data
Forward-thinking and flexible
Diplomatic and respectful
Ethical, discreet and trustworthy
Independent, but a team player
Willingness to fully integrate into The Orchard School culture
Good natured and comfortable around people
Flexible with a sense of humor
Even tempered in times of stress
Experience and Education Requirements
A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred
Five-ten years of progressive advancement or development experience
Demonstrated success in activities to coordinate, attract and close major gift funding including face-to-face solicitation of gifts of $50,000 or more
Experience working in private education
Candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please place “Development” in the email subject line.
Orchard values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin in the administration of its admission, tuition assistance, or employment determination.
The Orchard School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.
For more information about The Orchard School, please visit: www.orchard.org.