This is a new position responsible for advancing the financial support of Lafayette Academy. As the Development Manager, you will be responsible for leading all development activities to raise funding for the organization’s operations and programs.
ABOUT LAFAYETTE ACADEMY
Lafayette Academy is a K-12 classical school in St. Charles County, Missouri. It was founded in 2016 by Katy McKinney, a longtime educator, who was unhappy with the schooling options available for her three children. Researching options, she and her husband found classical education and wanted it for their children. Katy started Lafayette Academy (originally called Classical Academy de Lafayette) and named it to honor the French hero of the American Revolution. Since then, the school has grown to 80 students in all 13 grades. All the teachers are classically trained in the curriculum and pedagogy. Lafayette Academy intends to grow to over 300 students and to build a new campus in the near future.
This is a new position responsible for advancing the financial support of Lafayette Academy. As the Development Manager, you will be responsible for leading all development activities to raise funding for the organization’s operations and programs. The position develops, implements, and monitors a comprehensive fundraising plan to expand support of the organization – including identifying and strengthening relationships with community stakeholders; actively pursuing, and managing corporate and individual leads; and fostering strong donor stewardship.
This position oversees fundraising strategies, policies and procedures, managing the database, creating and monitoring relevant metrics, and working closely with the Leadership Team. They also oversee grant writing and provide grant management. The Executive Director and leadership team along with the board will work with this position to create tough, but realistic goals.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
•Develop with key stakeholders the Annual Fund Plan, including strategies and tactics to achieve the fundraising goals of the organization, and ensure plan implementation;
•Lead and coordinate donor cultivation and stewardship efforts at the major, middle, and lower dollar levels;
•Create and monitor key metrics;
•Collaborate with the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and other staff to ensure a culture of philanthropy at all levels;
•Coordinate with volunteers and professional contractors for special events, fundraising campaigns, and projects, including implementation of giving clubs;
•Database Management—enter all gifts and generate acknowledgement letters in an expedient manner. Maintain an accurate database.
•Oversee grants, including relationship management and reporting.
•3-5 years of applicable work experience in fund development;
•2+ years of experience leading teams, managing projects, and/or supervising interns/volunteers;
•2+ years of grant administration experience preferred;
•Superior communication skills (written and verbal) with exceptional attention to detail;
•Works well both collaboratively and independently, flexible, and able to manage multiple projects at the same time;
•Ability to analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information;
•Highly Proficient in Word, Excel, Bloomerang, and Greater Giving.
•General understanding of how to use social media and mass email distribution programs;
ADDITIONALLY, THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING:
•A thorough understanding and passion for Classical education and private schools
•Knowledgeable about the St. Louis philanthropic community and relevant funding areas (Schools).
•Creative and innovative approaches to fundraising that is right sized for the organization as it grows.
$60,000 - $65,000 per year