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Director of Development

The Quaker School at Horsham
19044, Horsham
Date posted
May 30, 2024

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The Quaker School at Horsham (TQS) is searching for a Director of Development to begin July 1, 2024.


The Director of Development is responsible for providing leadership and strategically managing all the school’s fund-raising programs as adopted by the Board of Trustees and directed by the Head of School. This individual oversees all fund-raising—annual, capital, planned giving, endowment and special events—as well as constituency relations and volunteer coordination.


Additionally, this individual is responsible for preparing and monitoring the development budget and generating annual goals and objectives. Other responsibilities include collaboration with marketing and communications as it relates to development and other areas as part of an integrated approach to the school’s overall advancement efforts.


The Director of Development reports directly to the Head of School and works closely with the Board of Trustees, especially with the Committee on Trustees and the Development and Finance Committees. This individual works with a broad range of Board members, administrative colleagues, faculty, students, alumni, parents, grandparents and community members. This individual participates in the policy-making of the school as a member of the leadership team.


TQS uses research-based programs provided by compassionate professionals to enable each student with complex challenges to blossom and achieve meaningful personal, social and academic success. Our compassionate community builds trusting relationships among students, parents, therapists, faculty and staff.


The physical, mental and emotional well-being of faculty and staff is of top importance. We provide opportunities for fellowship and goodwill, and experiences to create overall positive morale. We share the many positive achievements of our school community and acknowledge and celebrate the personal and professional milestones within our faculty and staff community.

Position Title: Director of Development

Status: Full-time, 12 months

FLSA: Exempt

Salary: $120,000


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and executes a strategic fundraising plan that includes individual giving, major gifts, corporate partnerships, grants, events and focusing on sustainable revenue growth.
  • Develops and implements strategic plans, programs and campaign initiatives to expand and strengthen the school’s current base of philanthropic support.
  • Identifies, cultivates and maintains relationships with current and prospective donors, including individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies.
  • Sets annual and strategic goals for–and plans, develops and coordinates the expense budget of– development.
  • Educates the school’s constituencies about development and fund-raising activities.
  • Collaborates with the Board of Trustees to engage them in fundraising efforts, providing support and guidance to board members in their roles as ambassadors and fundraisers.
  • Creates and manages major gifts initiatives, including identifying and cultivating major donors, developing customized solicitation strategies and securing major gifts.
  • Plans and implements all aspects of multi-million dollar campaigns (e.g. capital, endowment, or comprehensive) and major gifts programs.
  • Develops a planned giving program.
  • Plans and implements approaches to potential foundation funders and to potential corporate sponsors for supporting the school.
  • Proactively develops, provides and supports individualized solicitation plans for the Head of School, Trustees, other volunteer leaders to carry out.
  • Develops fundraising materials, donor communications and marketing strategies that align with fundraising goals.
  • Directs the day-to-day activities of Development and ensures that administrative systems and procedures such as database management, stewardship and prospect research function smoothly and efficiently.
  • Keeps the Head of School, Leadership and Development Committee informed with accurate and timely information regarding fund-raising activities and progress toward established goals.
  • Staffs the Board Development Committee and the Committee on Trustees, offering them guidance, status reports and support.


  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, practices and daily operations within a development office. Knowledge of strategic institutional branding, volunteer recruitment, advertising, marketing and public and community relations. Ability to think strategically to inform and frame plans and execution.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including public speaking and the ability to articulate and present clear, persuasive written and verbal communications.
  • Advanced understanding of administering budgets. Ability to think strategically and analyze trends; develop short- and long-term projections.
  • Demonstrates a collaborative management style; has a relational management style with an ability to motivate and develop teams.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team leader as well as independently; ability to train, inspire and motivate volunteers, peers and subordinates.



  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Eight years progressively responsible experience as a senior level development officer.
  • Proven track record in major gift solicitations and capital campaign experience.
  • Five (5) years supervisory experience developing, managing and evaluating team members.


NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION:  The Quaker School at Horsham (TQS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental handicap/disability, citizenship, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities or employment practices.


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