Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 03-Jul-2021 to 01-Aug-2021
  • - International School of Indiana
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

The International School of Indiana (ISI), with ~500 students, is a preschool through Grade 12 independent, non-profit school established by business and civic leaders in 1994 to support the participation of Indianapolis and Central Indiana in the global economy. ISI has become the premier international school in the Midwest and provides its students with a world class education that prepares them to be responsible citizens and effective leaders in a rapidly globalizing and interdependent world. 

ISI seeks a Director of Development. This is a full-time, 12-month position that reports to the Vice President of Development and External Relations and works closely with other members of the advancement and leadership team. The Director of Development will oversee all aspects of philanthropic giving at ISI, working to expand, strengthen, and retain annual donors. This person will help motivate volunteers, parents of students and other ambassadors to partner with us in our efforts to increase philanthropic giving. Ensures compliance with budget parameters, brand standards, donor confidentiality, and fundraising best practice. A full complement of benefits is provided, including a health care plan, and retirement contributions, each subject to associated waiting periods. The candidate will also receive generous holiday, vacation and sick days earned on an accrual basis. 



  • Design, implement and manage a comprehensive, proactive plan focused on retaining and expanding the donor base and increasing individual annual support of fundraising campaigns 
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual donors with gift potential of $5000 or less, emphasizing current and alumni families
  • Assist with effective stewardship and recognition of individual donors, including print and electronic recognition, events, and personalized stewardship 
  • Maintain a communication strategy in collaboration with the marketing and communications coordinator to ensure that donors are informed and connected 
  • Participate in school-wide cultivation and celebration events 
  • Ability to work evenings or weekends for donor and school events
  • Work with the Vice President of development and external relations, board members, development volunteers, members of the senior leadership team to identify, research, cultivate, and solicit current and new donors
  • Help plan and execute cultivation and stewardship events for annual fund and capital campaign donors and volunteers,  including but not limited to Travel Auction, Trivia Nights, Wine Tasting, and other campus events designed to cultivate donors (with the support of other staff members)
  • Manage all print and digital annual giving appeals to parents, alumni, past parents, and grandparents, in collaboration with Advancement Team 
  • Engage enthusiastically in the life of the School, leveraging daily interactions and major school-wide events alike for cultivation opportunities with all constituencies 
  • Assist the Advancement team as needed to support alumni relations, the Parents Association (PA), and other initiatives. 
  • Keep current with best practices, innovative developments, and trends in philanthropic giving with a focus on the independent school community. 

Donation Processing & Stewardship

  • Responsible for overseeing the secure, timely, and accurate deposits and recording of all gifts into the donor database 
  • Create all thank you letters and receipts
  • Coordinate stewardship activities 
  • Responsible for overseeing reconciliation of all contributions with the finance team
  • Develop sponsorship agreement documents 
  • Manage all in-kind contributions 


  • Provide administrative support to the VP of Development and External Relations as needed (scheduling donor visits, updating donor records, drafting correspondence, etc.)
  • Assist in the logistics of donor visits and events
  • Maintain documents on Google drive related to all development functions
  • Oversee the maintenance of the fundraising database (eTapestry) and provide direction to the advancement coordinator
  • Produce internal and external progress reports that evaluate the overall success of the Annual and Capital Campaigns against benchmarks and develop strategies to increase effectiveness. 
  • Oversee eTapestry and OneCause 

Performs other related duties as assigned by the Vice President of Development and External Relations


  • Bachelor's degree and 3+ years of direct fundraising and volunteer management experience, including soliciting and closing gifts, and alumni/ae development experience, preferably in an academic setting 
  • The breadth of knowledge of annual giving programs and capital campaign strategies 
  • Results-oriented commitment to departmental goals, with a high degree of initiative to motivate high-level donors and volunteers 
  • Broad experience working with a wide spectrum of volunteers and donors in an outward-facing capacity 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills, including written solicitation letters, acknowledgment and stewardship pieces, Annual Report profiles, and articles 
  • Advanced interpersonal and relationship building skills 
  • Energy, curiosity, creativity, willingness to take initiative, and a strong enthusiasm for Annual and Capital Campaigns and advancement events 
  • Computer fluency (eTapestry, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, at a minimum) -- strong familiarity with web content management 
  • Ability to perform in a dynamic work environment, meeting multiple deadlines and successfully managing multiple projects at a time 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and eTapestry or similar fundraising database program is a must, with particular emphasis on proficiency in report-generation 
  • Collaborative work style and comfort working with the development team, board members, parents, alumni, and school staff, faculty, and students from diverse cultures
  • Must be flexible as some evening events and weekend events are mandatory
  • Knowledge of independent, private, boarding, college preparatory, and like-kind school culture and values preferred

Click the APPLY button to submit letter of intent and resume (including the names and contact details of at least two professional referees whom we may contact).

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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