St. Christopher’s School, the largest all-boys school in Virginia and one of the largest and oldest boys’ schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks a new Director of Development for the first time in nearly 40 years. Serving nearly 1,000 boys in grades JK-12 in Richmond, Virginia, St. Christopher’s prides itself on being a community devoted to bringing out the best in every boy. Our Episcopal foundation is at the center of what we do, and we care most about developing young men who possess honor and integrity.
With a start date of on or near July 1, 2019, the School’s new Director of Development will assume a senior leadership role at a school blessed with an established culture of philanthropy. St. Christopher’s has one of the highest alumni giving rates of any independent day school in the country, routinely 45% to 50% annually. Board members, parents, faculty/staff, grandparents, and friends also contribute generously to the School, helping to create a spirit of philanthropy that preserves and enhances the educational program.
Total unrestricted Annual Giving has set records in consecutive years, nearing $1.7 million in the 2017-2018 school year. The School successfully completed a $46 million campaign in September 2017, and is presently six months into the public stage of its Orchestrating Leadership capital campaign, with $20 million raised toward a $31 million goal. Funds raised from the campaign will go toward construction and endowment of a new 30,000 square-foot Arts Center and Recital Hall ($21 million), with an additional $10 million earmarked for endowment, focused on need-based financial aid, faculty growth and development, and innovative programs for our boys.
St. Christopher’s boasts nearly $81 million in total endowment assets, which is inclusive of over $10 million in real estate assets located contiguous to the campus and rented or mortgaged to St. Christopher’s faculty and staff.
St. Christopher’s is seeking a dynamic, thoughtful, and experienced development professional capable of seizing upon past fundraising success and leading development operations to even greater heights. This is a high-profile position at the School and in the greater Richmond community, one that serves an ambassadorial role for St. Christopher’s. The ideal candidate is someone who can both effectively lead staff and also serve as a superb front-line fundraiser. The ability to plan and execute a capital campaign is essential to the success of this position and of the School.
The Director of Development reports directly to the Head of School and will lead a team of 11 development professionals. The Director of Development will work closely with the School’s senior administrative team, particularly the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Communications, other members of the Business and Communications Offices, as well as the School’s faculty, staff, alumni, parents, Parents Association, Board of Governors, Foundation Board, Alumni Board, and the greater Richmond community.
Among other duties and responsibilities, the Director of Development will:
Form and cultivate deep relationships in the Alumni and Parent community
Articulate and represent the School’s philosophy of fundraising
Lead the School’s Development program and its priorities as determined by the Board of Governors and the Administration
Design, implement and manage all fundraising activities, including Annual Giving, campaign giving, planned giving, capital projects, endowment drives and other school-related solicitations
Develop and maintain relationships with foundations and corporations
Provide regular, detailed reports and information to the Head of School, Board of Governors, Development Committee, and Governance Committee to help in decision-making and program evaluation
Design strategies and manage activities for donor relations and stewardship
Identify, educate and solicit Annual Giving, planned giving and major gift prospects in partnership with the Board of Governors’ Development Committee
Work in tandem with Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving to create, develop and support alumni relationships throughout the country
Serve as a liaison between the School and Parents Association, along with the Special Events Coordinator
Support and oversee Parents Association fundraising efforts and special events
Set policy for all donor and gift record-keeping
Create and review solicitations, donor marketing materials, and Annual Report publication in tandem with the Communications Office
Support and attend all major special events of the School, particularly those sponsored by the Development Office; regular attendance at athletic events, concerts, and performances will enable this individual to cultivate effective relationships and be known to a wide array of constituents
Support and partner with the Head of School and key Board members to effectively cultivate and solicit top prospects
Qualifications & Key Skills:
Bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience in a comprehensive development program
Proven experience designing and managing development and alumni relations programs, including leading capital campaigns
Adherence to the highest ethical standards in fundraising, with a particular focus on confidentiality and trust
Experience developing and maintaining productive working relationships with Board members, alumni, parents, faculty and staff and other constituents
Familiarity with Blackbaud’s RENXT fundraising software preferred
Excellent verbal and communication skills
Experience leading teams and serving as an influential and inspirational fundraiser and organizational leader
Experience in an independent school or other educational setting preferred
Interest and willingness to travel and to work occasional evenings and weekends
Applicants should send a cover letter, resumé, writing sample, and three professional references, with contact information, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Director of Development” in the subject line.
Application deadline is January 31, 2019.
About St. Christophers School
St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. The School’s mission is to prepare a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world.
St. Christopher’s currently enrolls 1001 boys in JK-12 from 57 zip codes in the Richmond metropolitan region. Lower School (JK-5) has 423 boys, Middle School (6-8) has 242 and Upper School (9-12) enrolls 336. The 162 full- and part-time members of the faculty have an average tenure of 12.7 years and 61 percent have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates. The average class size is 16.
Coordination with St. Catherine’s School for girls offers many opportunities for interaction at all levels including coed classes in the upper school. Virtually 100 percent of St. Christopher’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, often at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Honor, service, and community are hallmarks of the St. Christopher's experience.