Mission: The IDEAL School of Manhattan is an inclusion school dedicated to creating a diverse community that affirms and accepts the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.
Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director of Development is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating the fundraising programs of The IDEAL School of Manhattan. In our growing school of approximately 185 students, this role is a hands-on position requiring an exceptionally organized, proactive, and creative person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Founded in 2006, IDEAL is entering its twelfth year and will graduate its first senior class in the spring of 2018. IDEAL was founded by three visionary families seeking a nurturing, diverse, and independent school for their children with Down syndrome. IDEAL’s educational program is distinguished by small class sizes, highly skilled special and general educators, differentiated instruction, a robust social justice curriculum, and an excellent Arts program that cultivates creativity. Within this framework, students with a wide variety of learning profiles and with a diversity of talents and skills come together to learn. We believe that an academically and socially diverse and inclusive learning environment not only fosters academic success but also cultivates the development of empathy, collaboration skills, and creativity.
In the spring of 2016, IDEAL received a $10 million matching grant from an anonymous donor who believes in the mission and work of the school. The school has already received $5 million of the gift and has raised approximately $1 of the required $5 million needed to receive the second $5 million of the match. With the ambitious goal of raising at least $4 million in the coming 4 years, the school seeks a development professional with the energy and skills to inspire and nurture a culture of philanthropy within IDEAL’s community.
Additionally, because development at IDEAL is a one-person office supported by the Communications Manager, the position requires a collaborative and hands-on manager, who is willing to do what it takes on a day-to-day basis to get the job done, sets the Board, the Parents Association, and Head of School up for success in fundraising work, and contributes effectively to the culture of the community.
Establish and execute annual and multi-year development plans that meet fundraising goals
Increase support from families, foundations, and groups
In coordination with the Advancement Committee and Head of School:
Create and execute an annual giving campaign (The Pioneer Fund) that raises at least $1 million annually
Develop and plan cultivation programs for all school constituencies
Organize and implement targeted fundraising events, including an annual Gala, Golf Fundraiser, and other family-based events
Oversee and coordinate the planning of all school friendraising activities, including Grandparents and Special Friends Day, an eighth grade graduation dinner, etc.
Oversee proactive and clear communication about all school fund and friendraising events
Analyze and manage the School’s donor pool
Work closely with the President of the Parents Association to cultivate parent involvement and to support the work of the PA
Serve as a member of school’s senior administrative team and support the Board of Trustees as well as the Advancement Committee of the Board
With the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, supervise the Communications Manager
Ensure that all prospects and donors receive appropriate communications and are thanked and solicited in a timely and respectful manner
A hard-working, hands-on team player
Evidence of successful relationships with volunteers and donors
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational and quantitative skills
Strong knowledge of Excel; Senior Systems knowledge preferred
Ability to collaborate effectively with all school constituencies, internal and external
Ability to represent the school effectively in person, online, and in writing
Ability to serve as an effective and proactive Board liaison
Willingness to actively engage in the life of the school by attending events and being present in all aspects of the life of the school
Independent school experience preferred
Undergraduate degree in appropriate field, Masters preferred, with at least two years of experience in the field of development and/or communications
IDEAL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to employ qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, uniformed service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
The IDEAL School is an independent K - 12th grade school that offers a rigorous, individualized academic program. Our team-teaching model, small class sizes, and low student-teacher ratios allow us to differentiate instruction based on individual strengths, interests, and abilities. The curriculum challenges students by promoting high academic achievement and social and emotional growth. With an ...emphasis on creative arts and a unique elective program, we offer enrichment and support through classes such as world languages, chess, musical theater, and media production. Our philosophy of inclusion instills students with respect for differences and develops empathy, social responsibility, and world stewardship.