Director of Development

Job Type: Administrative
Job Category: Advancement
Job Location: Greater Seattle Area
Employment Type: Full-Time Permanent

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

CalWest client school in Seattle, Washington, seeks a Director of Development for a July 2024 start date.

CalWest Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and/or other educational requirements listed on the job description
  • Requisite skills commensurate with the position
  • A reasonable commuting distance to the CalWest client school, or a willingness to relocate
  • Authorization to live and work in the United States

Client School Preferred Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and be exceptionally organized, accurate, flexible, and a quick learner.
  • Database management experience is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of all aspects of nonprofit development, preferably with experience in independent schools;
  • Experience with managing, organizing, and implementing annual funds and auctions is required.


  • Develop special solicitation materials and campaign ads, coordinate communication and dissemination of materials (email or regular mail), and personally contact potential contributors; 
  • Work with the board development committee and enlist parent council and alumni volunteers to assist in the campaign; 
  • Manage, organize, and implement the school’s annual auction; 
  • Work with Parent Council and board development committee on developing themes, budgets, and other auction-related activities; 
  • Develop and promote ideas, methods, and devices for planned giving and major gifts; 
  • Develop marketing materials to educate and encourage planned giving and major gifts; 
  • Coordinate donor acknowledgment and stewardship activities; 
  • Guide and oversee alumni relations and create and promote activities designed to ensure that alumni are involved, interested, and cultivated for future giving; 
  • Manage, organize, and/or provide support for all school-wide special events;
  • Ensure that all charitable gifts are received, processed, and acknowledged in a timely manner; 
  • Maintain working knowledge of relevant IRS regulations, ensuring all acknowledgments and activities are compliant; 
  • Produce all reports and data for tracking fundraising; 
  • Act as liaison between development and business office. Produce reports, maintain and report data on time, and reconcile monthly to ensure gift records are correct in both offices; 
  • With the development associate, ensure accurate biographical and gift data and assist with any questions or needs surrounding that data. Manage architecture, coding, and reporting in Veracross; 
  • Plan, prepare, and propose development budget for approval and track departmental budget; 

Salary Range

$ 140,000 – $ 180,000

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