Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 01-May-2017 to 30-May-2017
  • - Orchard School
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

The Orchard School is a national leader in independent school education.  Founded in 1922, Orchard sets high standards and achieves excellence through a program that makes learning come alive. Over ninety years ago, the genesis of Orchard came from the writings and philosophy of John Dewey and the progressive school movement of the early 1900s.  From the beginning, Orchard students were actively involved in the learning process and guided to discover knowledge for themselves through experiential learning, extensive time spent outdoors and field trips.  Originally housed in an apple, pear and peach orchard, Orchard moved to its current 50-acre campus in the mid-1950s.  

The values esteemed since Orchard's founding are as important today as in 1922. Nine decades of accomplished graduates validate Orchard's belief in and commitment to a challenging, responsive, experiential education. Orchard faculty and staff are committed to the school's educational philosophy and mission.  

The Director of Development is a full-time, 12-month administrative position reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement. 

Job Summary
 • Assures the Development office successfully implements a comprehensive fund development program designed to achieve the institution's immediate financial objectives, as well as position the institution for long-term success.
• Oversees the school's ongoing Capital Campaign.
• Ensures all philanthropic and fund development activities are carried out in keeping with the institution's values, mission, vision and plans.
• Maintains accountability and compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and standards of best practice related to donors and charitable giving.
• Leads the process of developing annual fundraising goals and an action plan to achieve these goals.
• Establishes performance measures, monitors results, and assists the Director of Institutional Advancement in evaluating the effectiveness of the institution's fund development program.
• Fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout the institution, and assures institution systems, policies, and procedures support an effective fund development program.
• Coordinates outreach to and cultivation of alumni and parent emeriti.
• Liaisons with the Parents' Association to support community and fund raising events.
The charitable giving programs for which the Director of Development is accountable include:
• Responsibility for a robust annual giving program. This program seeks philanthropic support from all constituencies connected to Orchard.
• Implement the strategy and plan for the capital campaign.
• Responsibility for a well-defined and strategic major and planned gifts program, coordinated with annual and capital giving programs.  
• Responsibility for a formal, strategic, organized planned and major gift program that builds on constituent connection to promote and accept gifts from estates.  
• Responsibility for efforts that seek support from corporations and foundations through the appropriate grant making processes.
• Shaping of and nourishing a variety of constituency-specific programs, the goal of which is to further engage all constituents with the institution's mission, deepening their relationships over time.  
• Responsibility for all fund raising, cultivation and stewardship events, ensuring appropriate staffing, both volunteer and professional, is in place, and that goals are met, procedures are followed, and The Orchard School mission is advanced. 
• Help drive institutional identity and create the optimal internal conditions for strong philanthropic support of the institution.  
• Foster a culture of transparency and dialogue throughout the institution, and assure organizational systems, policies, and procedures anticipate and respond to constituents' needs with a flow of reliable and useful information as needed.  
• Ensure regular financial reports and fund raising results are coordinated and consistent with the overall financial reporting for the institution.   
• Lead the effort to engage and educate current families regarding the importance of parental involvement in promoting, financing, and sustaining a strong community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• A passion for the mission and vision of The Orchard School
• Assuring details are executed in a way that is guided by the big picture while not getting mired in those details
• Bringing new ideas and clarity around a vision for Development
• A capacity to communicate ideas and to help others see and understand things that may not come easily to them
• An openness to listening to the thoughts of others in order to understand their values, hopes and interests, and at the same time provide comfortable influence to others so they may also see other views and perspectives
• Budget management
• Strong experience in public speaking to large and small groups
• A capacity to develop and cultivate constituents using principles of fundraising
• Ability to model high ethical standards that earn trust and respect
• A capacity to respect the core values and traditions of Orchard while moving the school forward
• A capacity to develop various communications and publications related to alumni, campaign literature, solicitation letters and annual reports
• A proven track record of cultivating major gift donors, including planned giving
• Experience with writing grants
• Fluency in fund raising software
• A capacity to lead and inspire others including constituents, subordinates, peers and superiors
• Experience with a capital campaign
• A capacity to identify problems, collect and analyze data, and problem solve
• A capacity to develop meaningful and targeted messages, creating interest
• A capacity to multi-task, be flexible, be organized and implement efficient and effective systems
• An ability to listen actively and build consensus or act decisively as required

Personal Attributes
• Energetic and motivational
• Leads by example
• Values and embraces diversity
• Listens well and empathetic
• Able to make connections and analyze data
• Forward-thinking and flexible
• Diplomatic and respectful
• Ethical, discreet and trustworthy
• Independent, but a team player
• Goal-oriented
• Willingness to fully integrate into The Orchard School culture
• Good natured and comfortable around people
• Flexible with a sense of humor
• Even tempered in times of stress

Experience and Education Requirements
• A bachelor's degree is required; a master's degree is preferred
• Five-ten years of progressive advancement or development experience
• Demonstrated success in activities to coordinate, attract and close major gift funding including face-to-face solicitation of gifts of $50,000 or more
• Experience working in private education
Orchard values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin in the administration of its admission, tuition assistance, or employment determination.

The Orchard School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.
For more information about The Orchard School, please visit

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