Development Director

Maine Coast Waldorf School | Freeport, ME, United States

Posted Date 10/04/2021

General Statement of Responsibilities:  The MCWS Development Director will provide a strategic and comprehensive fundraising program, including maintaining relationships with existing internal and external constituents; identifying and developing new donors; the timely submission of grant proposals and reports; and the general oversight of the annual giving, special events, and alumni programs. With a results-oriented and enthusiastic temperament, the Development Director will aim to further the mission of Maine Coast Waldorf School by identifying, engaging and inspiring philanthropic support from the entire school community and beyond. 

 Salary and Benefits:

Total compensation: approximately $60 to 65k, determined on the same pay scale as faculty salaries. Benefits include tuition remission, health insurance, and retirement. 


Maine Coast Waldorf School is seeking an experienced, creative entrepreneurial leader to guide the school’s fundraising and community building efforts. The Development Director will serve the school by leading and managing the school's development work in conjunction with the Board of Directors, and Administrative team. The Development Director will focus on both short- and long-term financial health of the school by cultivating positive relationships with community members, alums, alum parents, grandparents, and foundations. This position calls for a data-driven, dynamic individual who possesses progressive development experience in major gifts fundraising, planned giving, campaign planning and an appreciation for and understanding of Waldorf education. The Development Director will demonstrate the ability to carry out a strategic and comprehensive fundraising program, including maintaining relationships with existing internal and external constituents, identifying and developing new donors, the timely submission of grant proposals and reports, and the general oversight of the annual giving, special events, and alumni programs. 

General Responsibilities:

  • Set direction for development goals and strategies in conjunction with the Development Committee, including a multi-year plan to increase overall giving statistics (both participation and money raised) 
  • Create and implement a multi-year development plan 
  • Participate as a colleague in pedagogical, administrative, and board meetings 
  • Effectively communicates development opportunities and integrates messaging in MCWS publications: case for support, grant proposals, newsletters, the annual report, digital communications, etc. 
  • Oversees the management of the constituent database, prospect assignment and prospect management to ensure effectiveness across giving platforms.
  • Serves as an ambassador for MCWS through interactions with donors, prospects and school constituents and community members and promotes philanthropy at all levels of the school community.
  • Ensures strong volunteer leadership and volunteer involvement in the development program, including parent engagement as a top priority, but also encompassing alumni, alumni parents and grandparents.


  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships between the school and core communities including: parents, community foundations, and extended community (extended families, alumni, alumni parents), leveraging administrative team, board members and Development Committee members for key ongoing relationships 
  • Plan and implement any strategic initiatives jointly approved by the board and the college such as capital campaign or major gift initiatives 
  • Identify strategies in individual giving and donor relations and cultivate new major donors to align with strategic planning and goals 
  • Develop and implement an annual solicitation strategy, in collaboration with the Development Committee, for current families and extended community 
  • Develop and manage, in collaboration with the Development Committee, fundraising projections, budget and analyses 
  • Participate in the school’s annual budget process 
  • Oversee all aspects of the gift cycle 
  • Oversee the task of establishing and maintaining benchmark indicators for reviewing success of development activities and ensure best practices in data management 
  • Present monthly board reports on development data 
  • Oversee gift reporting and acknowledgements 
  • Oversee grant applications and reports as appropriate 
  • Oversee work on ad hoc projects that relate to development, institutional advancement, and strategic planning and marketing 
  • Ensure that the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in fundraising efforts.
  • Inspire committee efficacy, checking in with committee members on completion of tasks 
  • Manage outside agencies and resources, as appropriate
  • Integrate with Marketing to support fundraising goals
  • Strategic Leadership and Committee Participation 

Skills and training required:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Professional development background, preferably 3-5 years of progressive fundraising leadership experience, ideally in an educational setting, including: annual fundraising, major gifts, events management, capital campaigns, planned giving and strategic planning
  • Mission-driven motivation and an appreciation for and interest in MCWS and Waldorf Education values to actively raise funds 
  • Ability to balance a mix of external and internal development communications including our continuously growing alum base
  • Maturity, confidence, and discretion necessary to work effectively with faculty, parents, administrators and board members 
  • Alignment with Waldorf education and collaborative leadership 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong organizational and planning skills including ability to prioritize time investments and delegate non-strategic items as appropriate 
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team and to manage and inspire volunteers 
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Google. 


To Apply:  Please send a letter of introduction, your resume, a brief biography, and three letters of recommendation to the attention of the Board President, Frederick Veitch at Interviews to begin in mid-late October, 2021. Starting date: Dec. 2021 or January 3, 2022.

Maine Coast Waldorf School is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of our faculty and staff. We actively seek systemically excluded communities in our applicant pool, including but not limited to BIPOC and/or LGBTQIAP2+ candidates. 

Maine Coast Waldorf School strives to promote social justice. We are committed to affirming people of all religions, spiritual values, countries of origin, immigration statuses, races, genders, abilities, identities, and sexual orientations. MCWS is a multicultural, pluralistic community; we embrace diversity as a core strength of our community and seek to make our curriculum and policies as inclusive as possible. MCWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational programs, hiring, self-government, admissions, financial aid and all other school-related activities, and emphatically rejects discrimination in all its forms.


Salary65000.00 Annual
Job Type
Geographic Region
Greater Portland/Casco Bay
Education | Non-Profit
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