Director of Development

Vistamar School
Posted: October 12, 2017
Location: California, United States
Position: Fundraising
Field: Academic centers, Community foundations
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Category: Alumni affairs, Annual fund, Capital campaigns, Corporate and foundation relations, Donor relations, Grant seeking, Major gifts
Employment Level: Full-time


Vistamar School

El Segundo, CA


Director of Development

November, 2017


Vistamar School is a college preparatory, co-educational, independent day school that serves a very diverse population of students in grades 9-12, supported by a generous program of Moderated Tuition.  Approximately 35% of our students participate in our Moderated Tuition program, and approximately 50% of our students identify as students of color.   As described in our mission statement, we seek to attract a faculty and student body who bring diversity of thought and culture to our school community, and who will be committed to ensuring that we provide an inclusive environment for the respectful exchange of multiple perspectives.


Since our opening in 2005, enrollment has grown steadily to 275 students, who are drawn from over 50 different middle schools and over 35 different zip codes in greater Los Angeles. We will add faculty and classrooms incrementally as we approach our target enrollment of 300.


Vistamar is located in the eastern-most section of El Segundo.  The school is close to major freeway interchanges and is well serviced by public transportation, including a commuter rail station.


Both tuition and salaries are competitive with other Los Angeles- area independent schools. Vistamar is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and holds institutional memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).


Overview of the Position

The Director of Development reports to the Head of School, and supervises the Development team and budgets for the department. The Director of Development is responsible for leading the School’s advancement program in partnership with the Head, Development team, and members of the Board of Trustees, and to that end is responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, donors, parents, and faculty & staff colleagues. Specific areas of responsibility include:



  • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other school-related solicitations.
  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  • Maintains contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
  • Develops and implements fundraising programs within the Vistamar Fund, our annual giving campaign, and partners with parent volunteers on these activities.
  • Develops a comprehensive planned-giving program as the need becomes appropriate.


Board of Trustees Relations

  • Works with the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising goals.
  • Develops fundraising training for Trustees and other leadership volunteers.
  • Assumes responsibility for all Development reports to the Board and other agencies, and attends all Board meetings.
  • Assists the Board by researching and recommending potential new members of the Development Committee.


Development Office Management

  • Creates office systems to support all Development projects and operations.
  • Supervises donor and gift record-keeping.
  • Coordinates development research activities.
  • Oversees the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.
  • Manages the pledge reminder and acknowledgement programs.


Alumni Relations

  • Manages and maintains the alumni database.
  • Organizes and supports an alumni association.
  • Organizes alumni events, collects news and information about the members of the alumni for publication, and keeps accurate records of the School’s alumni.


Parent Relations

  • Acts as the administrative liaison to the Parent Alliance for Vistamar Education (PAVE), and partners with the PAVE Council to identify and train a core group of volunteers to assist with the Vistamar Fund, parent education and special events, and other fundraising programs as needed.


Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising

  • Works closely with the marketing consultant and the Head of School to design and oversee the production of the annual report, portions of the school’s website, and development collateral materials.
  • Creates and implements a communication and promotional plan for the School’s annual fund and capital campaign.



  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a masters degree or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years professional fundraising experience, preferably in independent schools and/or non-profit organizations.
  • Proven experience and demonstrated success in designing and managing development and alumni relations programs.
  • Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors, parents, and faculty & staff colleagues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a high level of attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple project concurrently.
  • Ability to work as a leader and as part of a team, and the ability to take initiative.
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of current advancement software.
  • A sincere desire to work in an intentionally diverse and inclusive community.
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor are required.


How To Apply

Additional information about Vistamar School is available on the School’s website: Applicants should submit a complete résumé and cover letter by e-mail to: No calls please.