The Director - Development plays a key role in advancing the mission, vision, and philosophy of Southwest Christian School within the school and extended communities. The primary responsibilities are to involve families in meaningful ways at SCS, produce effective events, design and create giving opportunities, seek funding from a variety of avenues, and build the School’s Excellence Fund, and other funding and community-building opportunities such as the Auction on an annual basis to meet and exceed financial and involvement goals. This role must work collaboratively with all school stakeholders to ensure that our brand and identity are strengthened to advance our visibility.
Required Spiritual Qualities:
- Acknowledge Christ as Savior and seek to live life as His disciple
- Believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God – our standard for faith and practice
- Believe and actively support the School’s statement of faith
- Demonstrate a desire for spiritual growth as evidenced by prayer life, Bible study, and spiritual outreach to others
- Be a Christian role model in attitude, speech, and actions towards others (Luke 6:40)
- Actively participate in a local Bible-believing church
Required Professional Qualities
- Previous fundraising experience at a Director level highly preferred
- Special skills related to the role at hand include event planning and execution, volunteer coordination.
- Work cohesively with Advancement professionals including marketing, enrollment management and communications.
- Work with and understand the needs of SCS stakeholders including our greater community, parents, alumni, faculty and staff.
- Demonstrate computer savvy, having proficiency in word processing, creating and using a spreadsheet, emailing, and electronic platforms for giving, etc. Knowledge and understanding of Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising databases/platforms is highly preferred, including experience with Moves Management.
- Possess evidence of other adequate preparation, background, or experience as determined by the school administrator and/or hiring committee. Commitment to professional development to grow in the role.
Required Personal Qualities
- Demonstrates positive relationship-building attributes
- Personal integrity, commitment to a high level of confidentiality
- Live by the School’s statement of faith as a condition for employment and continued employment in this ministry
- Have the spiritual maturity, academic ability, and personal leadership qualities to “train a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6, NIV)
- Meet everyday stress with emotional stability, objectivity, and optimism
- Maintain a personal appearance that serves as a role model of cleanliness, modesty, and good taste consistent with school policy
Essential Job Functions:
- Have a conviction that God has called you to Christian school ministry
- Reflect the purpose of the school which is to honor Christ in every activity
- Maintain high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all personal and professional matters
- Follow Matthew 18 principle in dealing with conflict with donors, parents, staff, and administration
- Defend principles and conviction in the face of pressure and partisan influence
- Develops and maintains rapport with students, parents, alumni, donors, and staff by treating others with courtesy, patience, friendliness, dignity, respect, and a good sense of humor
- Is prepared each day, responding to unforeseen challenges and situations with the proper attitude and action
- Demonstrates sensitivity toward school and local community stakeholders with an ability to interact effectively with all groups
- Understands the importance of discernment, discretion, and confidentiality in the operation of the school
- Serves as a communication liaison between administration and the communities served to ensure the goals and direction of the school are clearly stated and aligned with the mission of the school
- Seek and accept constructive evaluation of personal job performance
- Recognize mistakes and take measures to correct them
- Use acceptable English in written and oral communication; speak with clear articulation
- Maintains relationships within the school, community, state, and national arenas to further expand and enhance school development
Additional Duties / Responsibilities:
This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required in the course of active participation in the mission of Southwest Christian School. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned to this role, with or without notice. It is expected that the person in this role will accept other duties as assigned throughout the course of employment.
The work environment is typical of a school-office setting while working onsite at Southwest Christian School, and the employee is not generally exposed to adverse environmental conditions. The person in the role generally uses computers and other office equipment in the performance of the job duties.