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Development Director

The Westview School is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Development Director to oversee all fundraising activities including executing fundraising events, identifying grant opportunities, cultivating major gifts, executing capital campaigns, and developing recurring givers. A successful candidate will work closely with the Head of School and Board of Directors. In addition, the Development Director will collaborate with the Marketing, Communications, and Admissions team members to generate financial resources for The Westview School each year.

About Us

The Westview School is the premier school for children with autism in the greater Houston area. The mission of The Westview School is to provide a unique, specialized learning environment offering outstanding educational and social opportunities for children on the autism spectrum.

Education, Training, and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or related field – Required
• Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Certification - Preferred
• At least 5 years of experience in development and fundraising, including donor cultivation, annual giving programs, and corporate or foundation solicitations

Qualifications

• Exceptional oral and written communication skills
• Knowledge of grant writing
• Event planning experience
• Extremely detail-oriented
• High degree of personal integrity
• Strong time-management skills
• Emotional intelligence, discernment, and interpersonal skills
• Enjoys collaborating with others
• Must have the ability to stay calm under pressure

Computer Skills

• Able to create spreadsheets, graphs, presentations, and other documents
• Must be able to manage time efficiently to meet expected weekly deadlines
• Able to write reports, presentations, blogs, essays, as needed

Mathematical and Reasoning Skills

• Must be able to work with mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios in proportion to practical situations
• Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
• Must be able to review, create, edit, decipher, and utilize financial reports on a regular basis

Key Attributes

• Flexible
• Outgoing
• Organized
• Growth Mindset
• Responsible
• Authentic

Responsibilities

• Develop and execute the annual strategic fundraising plan
• Raise funds to support implementation of the current 3-year strategic plan, which may include a capital expansion and capital campaign.
• Provide leadership in community relations
• Enthusiastically promote the work of The Westview School to potential donors (corporations, foundations, individuals, community partners)
• Provide regular fundraising metrics to the Head of School and Board of Directors
• Provide excellent donor appreciation and stewardship at all levels
• Collaborate on and oversee the departmental budget
• Build a culture of philanthropy within The Westview School community
• Research major gift donor prospects and create compelling proposals for consideration
• Track and evaluate fundraising metrics
• Manage the donor database
• Identify and steward prospective donors
• Utilize fundraising and marketing platforms, including online tools
• Identify prospective grants, write proposals, and manage grant awards and reports
• Stay up to date on fundraising trends and best practices
• Create regular solicitation material content as needed
• Other responsibilities as assigned

Work Schedule

• 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday, year round
• Occasional evenings and weekend events

Salary and Benefits

• $65,000 - $80,000 depending on experience
• 401K
• Health insurance

How to Apply Send the following materials to bkoch@westviewschool.org

• Cover letter and resume
• Contact information for three references

Mission Statement

The Westview School provides a unique, specialized, and nurturing learning environment offering outstanding educational and social opportunities for children on the autism spectrum.

Belief Statement

The Westview School believes that when children with autism are educated in a nurturing and supportive environment, they learn, grow, and develop a strong sense of self and an appreciation for others.

Vision Statement

The vision of The Westview School is to provide a learning environment that is sensitive to the social, emotional, and academic needs of children with autism to ensure that they have opportunities to reach their full potential.