The Director of Development at MUSE School is a seasoned development professional who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and who ideally has worked in an independent school setting. We seek a professional with an exceptional record of personal achievement in designing and managing a comprehensive development program and exceeding volunteer and fundraising goals. Our DOD will be skilled at cultivating relationships within our parent community, bringing them closer to the school and engaging them in activities that increase their philanthropic commitment. The DOD will have experience soliciting and coaching volunteers to solicit major gifts and leading and inspiring parent volunteers who chair and orchestrate our annual campaign and special event. The DOD is responsible for creatively writing and designing an impactful case for support of MUSE School, including proposals for restricted gifts and is also responsible for communications to parents throughout the annual campaign.
MUSE is a co-educational school serving students from early childhood through high school on two of the greenest campuses in the United States. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains off of Malibu Canyon, we offer a rich academic program based on the philosophy of passion-based learning.
Our school is uniquely committed to practicing sustainability and teaching our next generation to be stewards of the earth. We generate our energy on campus through solar panels, our greens through our own gardens and Seed to Table program and we have a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant® on campus where our cooks prepare delicious plant-based meals for our students and staff daily.
We are committed to developing the emotional intelligence of our students. By teaching self-efficacy —the belief in one’s ability to succeed — and by practicing effective communication skills through the Process Communication Model (PCM), MUSE students are well-positioned for living and working in the future. Our faculty and administration are well-versed in PCM which makes MUSE a very positive workplace environment.
Founded in 2006, MUSE has a growing philanthropic program with a small and growing alumni base and dedicated parents. We are embarking on a strategic planning process to establish goals for this next phase of MUSE’s development in which a seasoned Director of Development will develop and lead the plan for ensuring philanthropic revenue to support our goals. This is an important point in MUSE School’s history requiring a strong development leader.
The Director of Development reports to the Head of School and serves as a member of the senior leadership team. If you are seasoned development professional who thrives in an entrepreneurial setting, have a track record of inspiring donors and a leadership style that inspires volunteers, we hope you will consider applying.
The Director of Development works closely with the Head of School and Co-Founder to create an integrated development strategy that incorporates a parent-led annual campaign, major gifts for restricted programs and unrestricted support and event sponsorships.
Proactively works with volunteers to identify parent interests including participation in solicitation, hosting relationship building events and new funding sources while stewarding and building relationships with current donors.
Guides and provides staff support to the Development Committee, Annual Campaign and Special Event Committees.
Initiates an alumni support organization.
Designs and manages a focused donor identification, cultivation and solicitation plan.
Coaches parent volunteers in their donor engagement and solicitation activities with research and coaching.
Manages annual campaign plan including the development of a prospect list of prospective volunteer leaders, recruitment of leadership, campaign timelines and events, volunteer training.
Works with board members on identifying opportunities for them to introduce individuals to MUSE school who may become donors or sponsors.
Provides guidance and support to Head of School and Co-Founder in their personal donor cultivation and solicitation activities.
Manages staff assigned to assist the DOD with data input, report generation and other assigned administrative functions.
Participates as a member of the Senior Team of Administrators.
Necessary Competencies and Skills:
Ability to create and execute an annual department operating plan. S/he must have the ability to think broadly about the strengths, opportunities and challenges in setting stretch yet realistic goals and the action plans to achieve them within predetermined timelines. Must be attentive to details.
Positive and energetic leader willing to lead by example through personal effort and initiative. Adept at identifying, hiring and onboarding volunteers and staff as the department grows.
Exceptional communication skills. Must be a strategic listener with well-developed oral and written communication skills. S/he will be accomplished at making a compelling case for supporting MUSE verbally and in writing.
Highly collaborative workstyle. MUSE is a small school, where teachers and administrators know every student and family by name and are highly collaborative. Key to building MUSE’s culture of philanthropy is establishing effective working relationships with teachers, administrators, parent volunteer leaders and donors.
Decisive problem solver. Able to listen to different points of view and make sound decisions by modeling decisive, transparent, forthright and open communications. Does not avoid difficult decision making.
High integrity. Must possess tact, discretion and integrity and bring a positive outlook and professionalism to the role.
Be a self-starter who thinks strategically, analytically, and entrepreneurially and is able to transform new ideas into executable programs and results.
Highly skilled at identifying, stewarding and closing gifts through relationship building.
Creative coach and strategist who can conduct training and prepare volunteers for their roles in prospect identification, donor stewardship stewardship and solicitation.
Possess a demonstrated track record of success with an independent school or other nonprofit that relies on support from primarily individuals and who can develop creative proposals to foundations and businesses whose missions align with MUSE.
Able to manage through ambiguity and is not discouraged by inaction as MUSE School accelerates its fundraising capacity and builds a culture of philanthropy.
Understand and be able to articulate and appreciate the benefits of MUSE School’s passion-based learning methodology, PCM, sustainability practices and school culture.
Seven or more years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, preferably having worked with parents in an independent school setting.
Ability to manage a comprehensive development program with an understanding of prospect research, database segmentation, special event management, creative communications, donor recognition and an emphasis on individual major gifts.
Demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and seek assistance as appropriate during high activity periods of the school year.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Superior interpersonal skills.
Local travel and availability to work evenings and weekends is necessary.
About MUSE School
Founded in 2006, MUSE School CA is a private, non-profit school offering a student-centered academic curriculum for students 2.3 to 18 years of age. MUSE School’s mission is “To Inspire and Prepare Young People to Live Consciously with Themselves, One Another, and the Planet.” At MUSE, learning is alive. Interconnections are critical between students, educators, and parents. Sustainability is key on our two beautiful, green campuses in Calabasas. Lastly, MUSE is ever-evolving by embracing change and consistently challenging ourselves in our ongoing efforts to learn, grow, and improve.
MUSE centers its educational philosophy on five pillars: Academics, Passion-Based Learning, Sustainability, Communication, and Self-Efficacy. Students and educators work together to build a personalized curriculum based on the students’ interests and passions. MUSE’s hands-on, real world learning encourages students to explore, create, discover, and reflect to become passionate learners.
MUSE School incorporates passion-based learning into its core academics. Students pursue education fearlessly when their core academics are entwined with something they love. Students deepen their critical thinkin...g skills by connecting their core academics and learning to real-world problem solving. With an average student-teacher ratio of 18:1, each student gets the attention they need. Small class sizes and an inspiring teacher ensures that each student gets the most out of their academics. MUSE Students are prepared for a lifetime of learning. 100% of MUSE School graduates have been accepted to the college or university of their choice.
For more information, please visit www.museschool.org.