Donor Development/Advancement Director

Keith Country Day School

Keith Country Day School is Northern Illinois' leading independent college-prep school. Keith School was again named the #1 private school in the Rockford area and received an A+ rating by Niche, an independent agency which combines rigorous analysis with authenticated reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school. We’re even more proud of the educational achievements and family atmosphere we offer to our students every day.

Keith Country Day School is often described as one of the most beautiful preschool through 12th-grade campuses in the entire Northern Illinois. Our 15-acre property is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful trees and a picturesque view of the Rock River. Located less than half a mile from community resources like Sinnissippi Park, the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, the Nicholas Conservatory and Anderson Japanese Gardens, Keith is the perfect environment for young students to explore the world around them.

Keith is organized into three distinct schools – a Lower School (ages 3 to 5th grade), a Middle School (6th – 8th grade) and an Upper School (9th – 12th grade) – to ensure our students are connected and challenged to thrive at the pace best for them. We enroll talented, motivated, and diverse students from every economic, ethnic, and social background.

Position Details

Donor Development/Advancement Director
Northern Illinois
Rockford , IL

We're seeking an experienced and energetic individual to fill our donor development/advancement role to move our school to the next level to impact our amazing students, staff, faculty, and families. 

  • Work with Head of School and Board Fundraising Committee to develop, implement, and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy and timeline including long and short-term annual and planned giving components.
  • Knowledge in identifying and working with alum to enhance giving
  • Maintain relationships with a portfolio of 25-50 major donors, cultivating them toward meaningful support of the school.
  • Arrange, prepare for and host visiting donors and prospects.
  • Create and execute alumni engagement strategy to promote involvement and eventual support of school.
  • Serve on school’s administrative leadership team.
  • Provide reports to Board and key constituencies.
  • Create content and strategy for donor communication and relationship development.
  • Plan and execute all Development Communications such as emails, newsletters, appeals, stewardship materials, and acknowledgement letters.
  • Prospect new foundation and corporate possibilities. 
  • Create and submit letters of inquiry and grant proposals, and the maintenance of reporting and other grantee requirements.
  • Actively participate in Keith School community.
  • Bachelor’s degree required with a demonstrated track record of progressively responsible fundraising experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple projects.

We are open to a qualified part- or full-time individual. Full-time benefits include:

$45,000-$65,000 (dependent on part- or full-time status) 

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

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