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Chief Development Officer

As a member of the Senior Staff reporting to the Head of School, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for formulating and implementing goals, strategies, and programs to attract financial support for operations, capital projects, and endowment. In addition, he or she will support and collaborate with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees in the development and execution of major campaign initiatives. He or she will also be a key spokesperson on behalf of the School, cultivating and strengthening alumni and parent relations both as part of the development program and as part of reinforcing ties with the community and the School’s various constituencies. Furthermore, he or she will be responsible for managing the development staff including annual giving, alumni relations, capital campaign, and the auction gala.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide day-to-day oversight of development activities to assure the smooth and effective functioning of the department.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the School’s strategic plans.
  • Develop and implement an integrated, comprehensive fundraising program designed to achieve the School’s financial and fundraising goals.
  • Develop actionable strategies for meeting and exceeding those goals through grants, sponsorships, gifts, donations, and fundraising events.
  • Discover new and potentially lucrative revenue streams for expansion of the School’s fundraising efforts.
  • Ensure that information systems and department processes and procedures are efficient and effective.
  • Ensure that all development functions – including annual fund, auction, alumni relations, corporate and foundation support, major donor cultivation and solicitation, records maintenance, stewardship, and gift acknowledgement – perform optimally in support of the School.
  • Track revenue and fundraising trends to predict future opportunities for expansion efforts and to avoid any downtrends in individual, corporate, or foundation gifts.
  • Maintain close relationships with major donors and private foundations as a means of continuing to build endowment and to fund substantial programs.
  • Identify prospects for major gifts and cultivate meaningful relationships to secure significant contributions.
  • Plan and execute strategies for framing and managing the School’s public image and relationships with key constituencies.
  • Oversee alumni and parent programs designed to foster relationships and to bind the School, alumni, and parents in a sense of common purpose.
  • Manage an annual budget for cost-effective financial results.

Qualifications:

  • Outstanding organization and communication, oral and written, to work effectively with board members, school leaders, parents, students, and representatives from the business communities
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively
  • Ability to supervise and manage multiple functions and activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to respecting and maintaining the confidentiality of sensitive information and situations
  • Willingness and ability to be responsive beyond school hours and official days as needed

Interested candidates are asked to e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information of four professional references to Evelyn Cambria, Director of Finance and Operations at ecambria@ehshouston.org. The request to complete and submit via regular mail or email an employment application will be made later in the process.