Position Description

Director of Academy Giving - Great Hearts Forest Heights (2020-2021)
Location GH Texas
Job Category Academy - Support Staff (Office Manager, School Nurse, Librarian, etc.)
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Role: Director of Academy Giving

  • Full-time position with benefits
  • Manages fundraising and community development for the Great Hearts Forest Heights community
  • Reports to Great Hearts Forest Heights Headmaster
  • Located in San Antonio, Texas; occasional travel within San Antonio required
  • Anticipated start date is June 1, 2020

About Great Hearts: Great Hearts is a network of tuition-free, public schools dedicated to improving education nationwide. A Great Hearts education prepares students to be more than just proficient test takers, but rather, to become great-hearted leaders capable of success throughout their higher education and professional careers. With a curriculum built upon a classical liberal arts tradition and a revolutionary approach to school itself, Great Hearts cultivates the hearts and minds of students in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

PurposeThe Director of Academy Giving is a member of the Great Hearts Forest Heights administrative team and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships throughout the campus to drive financial support for the school through the annual giving campaign. As a public charter school, Great Hearts receives the majority of its funding from state and federal governments, however a financial gap exists from this funding and the cost to deliver an exceptional education. The Director of Academy Giving is a key team member charged with telling this story and driving annual financial support from families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implementation of both predetermined development strategies and applying creative experiences to new strategies
  • Cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts from academy families and faculty
  • Successful completion of annual Community Investment campaign, reaching and exceeding fundraising and donor stewardship goals
  • Participation in and support of academy-based Capital Campaigns, as needed
  • Central liaison to Headmaster for all campus fundraising activities
  • Plan and execute campus events to drive engagement and philanthropy
  • Data entry for all donor data and giving
  • Work in partnership with the Parent Service Organization (PSO) and home office advancement team, including the following departments: fundraising, communications, marketing and advocacy
  • Maintain current information on fund development practices and procedures and develop processes and procedures as needed
  • Serve as a key public representative for the organization; including cultivating relationships with faculty, parents, community members, prospective donors, and volunteers in order to effectively communicate the mission and build a strong reputation for Great Hearts
  • Adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights

Education, Experience and Skills: Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required. A minimum of 2 – 3 years of success in a related role required.                                                                                                                

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, problem solving and presentation skills
  • Outgoing, relationship-oriented personality with the highest degree of personal integrity
  • Proven in taking initiative, prioritizing projects and work flow, and working independently
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting 
  • Skilled at developing positive, trusting and professional relationships with team members and constituents
  • Provide excellent customer service and maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times
  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of Great Hearts
  • Must be comfortable in a matrix reporting structure, reporting to one Headmaster with additional direction from the Senior Director of Advancement
  • Possess a growth mindset
  • Pass mandatory background screening
  • Fluency in Spanish is an asset.
  • CFRE is an asset.

Computer Skills:  Strong proficiency with computer skills including extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Outlook, Google Drive (Docs/Sheets/Slides) and donor databases. Experience managing social media outlets is preferred.

Travel Requirements: May need to travel locally to meet with academy families and attend school activities.

Physical Functions: Requires but is not limited to standing, sitting, repetitious hand and body movements, bending, squatting, and reaching. May be required to move or position equipment up to 15 pounds approximately.

This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not exclude or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Great Hearts Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested Applicants: Once you have completed the online application, please also send your resume and cover letter to Jessica Smith-Perry, Senior Director of Advancement at Jessica.Smith-Perry@GreatHeartsTX.org.

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