Job Description: Director of Development

Job Type: Part-time, 20 hrs/wk

The Role: Montessori Community School of Rhode Island is seeking a part-time Development Director to join the leadership team. MCS RI is a one of a kind Montessori school in Providence that is committed to and embodies true diversity across all areas of operations; the family community, the staff community, the board, and all relationships in the broader community. MCS RI is a school dedicated to valuing each individual person and family in its social, familial, and environmental context and celebrates all of this wholeness in a variety of ways, as well as committing to grow in this way. The Development Director will enhance  the mission of MCS RI by raising funds in order to increase access to this unique Montessori education in Providence. The Development Director will be responsible to build our fundraising program to help the school build a strong foundation of educational equity and access in Montessori education in Providence.

The Development Director will focus efforts on relationship development and fundraising for our scholarship fund and professional development in Montessori education and Anti-Bias, Anti-racist education, creating an engaged and inspired philanthropic donor base, while building organizational fund development capacity. The Development Director at MCS RI will lead the planning and implementation of all fundraising initiatives and activities, including but not limited to the  MCS RI Annual fund, Scholarship Fund, corporate campaigns, foundation grant writing and reports, and event planning. The Development Director will serve as a key leadership team member working closely with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director making strategic decisions affecting the financial sustainability and development of MCS RI.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead all major fundraising initiatives

  • Develop and execute fundraising events and gift campaigns

  • Work with Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, state and federal government grants and contracts

  • Create a donor relations policy that nurtures positive relationships and loyalty through a comprehensive relationship-building program including cultivation and communication of a mission, vision, and work

  • Expand and diversify MCS RI’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives

  • Work closely with and assist the Board of Directors to take on a more active fundraising role. Present to the Board proposed fiscal fundraising goals and monitor and report on the results

  • Oversee research of funding sources and trends to position MCS RI ahead of major funding changes or trends

  • Appropriately represent the institution, its Board and Executive Director to donors, prospects, regulators, development committee(s) and fundraising volunteers

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fund development and fundraisers

  • Reports to Executive Director

  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Track record of achieving and surpassing fundraising goals

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization

  • Ability to take initiative, construct, articulate, and implement short-term and long-term strategic development plans

  • Comfortable working with high-net individuals and diverse groups of people and organizations

  • Creative problem solver, strategist and conceptual thinker

  • Experience with research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, direct mail, and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting

  • Excellent communicator, networker, and friend builder

  • Flexible self-directed worker and committed team player

  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives

  • Politically, socially, and technologically savvy

  • Passion for educational equity and social justice


    To apply, please send your thoughtful resume and cover letter to Amy Borak, Founder/Head of School, at aborak@mcsri.org.

Montessori Community School of RI is a 501c3, nonprofit corporation, whose policies are set and overseen by an elected Board of Directors. It is the policy of the school not to discriminate on the basis of age, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, race, color and national or ethnic origin in its educational programs, admission policies, financial aid process and other school administered programs, nor does the school discriminate on the basis of gender in its programs and activities in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Any questions in this regard should be directed to the Head of School.