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Director of Development

  • 16 Mar 2023 3:41 PM
    Message # 13134511

    Reports to: Head of School

    Position Type: Full-time; Exempt


    Bentley School is a K-12 co-educational, independent day school located on two campuses in Oakland (K-8) and Lafayette (9-12), California. Founded in 1920, Bentley School's legacy of excellence in teaching and learning maximizes student success in college and throughout their lives. Bentley is an inclusive community that shares a vision of academic achievement, balance, and the cultivation of character.

    The Director of Development is responsible for leading and collaborating in all aspects of the School’s core effort to establish, build and maintain meaningful relationships and to develop and maximize philanthropic support. The advancement efforts include oversight of the School’s Annual Fund and other key fundraising initiatives, the cultivation, direction, and planning of the alumni relations program, and leadership on key special events. The Director of Development is a member of the senior administrative team, supporting and collaborating with the Head of School, Board of Trustees Development Committee, and Directors of Communications and Marketing, and Enrollment Management. The Director of Development will collaborate with the Head of School and Board to develop fundraising strategies and other key fundraising initiatives. 


    Responsibilities (including but not limited to):



          Work closely with the senior administrative team and the Board in all development and fundraising endeavors

          Oversee office staff to support all aspects of the work of the Development Office

          Collaborate with the Head of School, Director of Communications, Director of Enrollment Management, and Board Development Committee to develop philanthropic and communications plans for the school

          Partner with the Director of Communications on outreach strategy and preparation of all solicitation materials, including direct mail and online appeals and newsletters

          Act as liaison between the Bentley Parent Association and the School

          Collaborate with the Head of School, the Senior Administrative Team, the Development Committee, and the Board of Trustees in determining the School’s near-and long-range goals for donor support


          Design and implement comprehensive fundraising plans for the school

          Create the calendar, audience segmentation, communication strategies, and donation stewardship for the Annual Fund and Senior Class Gift campaigns

          Supervise and assist the parent volunteers who help with School fundraising

          Conduct thorough prospect research and creates strategies accordingly

          Ensure timely gift processing, pledge payments, acknowledgments, and accurate reporting

          Work with the Director of Communications to produce the Annual Report and other fundraising collateral and materials

          Coordinate grant requests as needed


    Alumni Relations

          Strengthen relationships with the School’s alumni network and further develop alumni programming

          Oversee annual alumni events, including the Alumni Induction Ceremony and local and regional reunions


    Special Events

          Provide leadership for the annual Gala in partnership with the BPA parent volunteer committee

          Oversee special events such as donor stewardship events, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, and other community-wide school events like Back to School Picnic


    Preferred Qualifications:

          Bachelor’s degree

          Minimum of 3 years of experience developing and directing annual fund and/or alumni relations programs

          Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

          Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, motivate, and work with volunteers

          Organized and self-directed with the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues

          Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media tools required. Experience with Raisers Edge or a similar donor database preferred

          Ability to work some nights and weekends; possible travel




    Bentley School requires all community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain current with COVID-19 vaccine boosters.


    Bentley School is an equal opportunity employer and seeks rich diversity among faculty and administration. The School offers competitive compensation and benefits. Bentley is a growth-oriented school which is reflected in our commitment to providing ample funds to support the professional development of our faculty.


    Pay Range:


    Bentley uses a competitive salary scale, which takes into account experience, education, and skill level. The salary for this position ranges from $150,000 - $180,000.


    How to Apply:


    Please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three (3) references. No phone calls, please.


    Qualified, interested candidates may apply for the position through online application at

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