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Organization Bridges Public Charter School (view profile)
Location 1250 Taylor Street NW
Classification Development/Fundraising
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 4/2/14


Director of Development
12 month position
REPORTS TO: Head of School

Position Opening for the 2014-15 School Year
Start Date: June 30, 2014

Overview of Bridges – An innovative, growing school
• Inclusive learning for students of all abilities
• 211 students, growing to more than 400
• $4 million in revenue, growing to $12 million
• Two campuses consolidating to a new, single location

Bridges was founded in 2005 and is an expanding elementary school, growing to 5th grade by the 2017-2018 school year. The school seeks a Director of Development, a newly created position, to play an integral role in supporting its expansion.

Bridges currently serves 211 students from Pre-K through 1st grade, and will grow to serve more than 400 students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade by the 2017-2018 school year. We will be consolidating two locations into a single campus within the next one to two years. The growth and new facility represent an exciting time for Bridges and this newly created position.

Our Mission
Bridges is unique in its inclusion mission. We provide an exemplary educational program that brings together students of all abilities. Historically, the demographic breakdown for our student population has been:
• 50% - 60% Students who qualify for free or reduced meal
• 42% English as a Second Language Learners
• 25-40% Students with special needs (levels 1 – 4)

Bridges, the name of our school, symbolizes an inclusive learning community that builds bridges of understanding, awareness, and support by connecting children and families with a variety of different needs, cultures, and backgrounds. We are the only charter school in Washington with such a mission.

At Bridges we believe that inclusive education is beneficial to all of the students who have the opportunity to participate. Inclusion builds compassionate relationships among students, develops self-esteem in individuals, and develops the awareness that everyone has strengths and challenges.

For more information about the school, please visit

Overview of the Position
The Director of Development is a newly created position and reports to the Head of School. This key role will support Bridges’ long-term financial growth and sustainability. He/She will develop and execute a fundraising plan for the school, facilitate strategic partnerships and relationships that garner financial support, increase the school’s visibility through diverse communications efforts, and select and implement a tool for developing and tracking proposals and donors as well as fulfilling any attendant reporting requirements. This person will work closely with the Head of School, Principal, and Board of Trustees.

Key Responsibilities
Develop and execute a fundraising plan
1. Develop and execute a fundraising plan for:
• Leadership and major gifts
• Board giving
• Foundations and corporations
• Competitive public grants
• Family fundraising
2. Cultivate current donors and prospects for major gifts, planned gifts, corporate and foundation grants, and competitive public grants.
3. Establish and lead a capital campaign to support the expansion of the school’s facilities.
4. Lead the school’s fundraising programs to ensure there is a diverse revenue stream and an achievement of goals associated with annual campaigns, a capital campaign, and special campaigns.
5. Work closely with the school’s leadership to support an evolving slate of organizational and funding needs and to match those needs with opportunities for funding.
6. Assure compliance with all federal and state fundraising policies, procedures, standards, and applicable regulatory requirements and the AFP fundraising code of ethics.

Develop and execute communications plans, strategies, and vehicles, including:
 Public relations
 Brand and style management
 Collateral materials
 Website development
 Social media engagement

Lead programs and people
1. Support the engagement of the Board of Trustees and school parent community in fundraising efforts.
2. Develop relationships in the Washington community and create an effective network for advancing the public awareness of the school and its growth
3. Represent Bridges at public events.
4. Serve as an active member of Bridges’ leadership team.
• Manage volunteers
• Develop and lead volunteer programs
• Coordinate volunteer services with school needs
• Recruit and train volunteers
• Recognize volunteers
• Select and supervise outside vendors such as public relations firms, design and printing companies, graphic designers, etc.
5. Attend and participate in school events outside of regular school hours.

Other duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
• Three+ years of fundraising experience with proven success leading a development function, preferably in a non-profit setting.
• Experience in broad-based fundraising, including annual fund, capital campaign, and grants.
• Demonstrated ability to create successful marketing materials and utilize diverse marketing tools (e.g., print, social media)
• Demonstrated success creating and implementing fundraising campaigns.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and successfully with colleagues and volunteers.
• Exceptional project management skills, including designing, implementing, and tracking multiple campaigns and programs.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; able to write and speak persuasively about an organization to various constituencies.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Working knowledge of donor tracking systems.
• Committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
• Ability/desire to work in a fast-paced, organized, but sometimes unpredictable environment.

Salary & Benefits
Bridges offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Health care, disability insurance, and a 401(k) plan are included.

How to Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to:

The cover letter should be addressed to Olivia Smith, Principal/Director and explain your interest in the position and qualifications for it. Please include "Director of Development" in the subject line of the e-mail.

To ensure safety for all students, all staff members will be fingerprinted and background checks will be conducted on all school staff prior to their service as employees. Bridges is an Equal Opportunity, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.