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Director of Development
Lansdowne Friends School
Lansdowne, PA

Lansdowne Friends School seeks a dynamic, personable, optimistic, and result-oriented Director of Development.

The School
Founded in 1902 and under the care of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Lansdowne Friends School is a thriving Pre-K through 6th grade school that serves a richly diverse student body of 97, just outside Philadelphia. More than half of the current student body identify as BIPOC. The school has a strong, positive relationship with Lansdowne Monthly Meeting and the Lansdowne community, and retains a talented faculty. While enrollment has grown steadily since 2013, tuition has been kept at affordable levels. Scholarship aid is robust, with 48% of children receiving need-based tuition assistance. Our commitment to equity in education is unsurpassed in the Delaware Valley.

The Position
The Director of Development provides a strong, positive community presence and leadership for all philanthropic initiatives and community events. Working closely with the Head of School, the Director of Development is responsible for communicating the mission of Lansdowne Friends School, building connections to constituents, and identifying, cultivating and stewarding donors to foster lifelong relationships that result in connection and philanthropic giving.  The Director of Development reports to the Head of School, works closely with the Advancement Committee, with the School and Community Association, and with the full School Committee, and is a vital member of the Administrative Team. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The Development officer is responsible for both the strategic leadership of fundraising and the day-to-day operation of the Development Office. This includes:

Strategizing, developing, and implementing fundraising strategies; Partnering with the Clerk of the Advancement Committee in the development of fundraising strategies, in the organization of the Committee’s work, and in the effective utilization of trustees and other volunteers; Establishing, maintaining, and growing relationships with major donors; Applying for grants to support the school; Promoting donations to the Friends Collaborative, a Pennsylvania tax-credit program; Planning and preparing the development calendar with the Head of School and the Clerk of the Advancement Committee; Coordinating a yearly auction and other community fundraising events; Reporting to and being a thought partner with the School Committee, as well as attending School Committee (trustee) meetings; Coordinating with the leadership of the School and Community Association (parents’ association) in the development of community-wide programs and events; Overseeing all development mailings and communications related to the Annual Fund, special funds, and specific campaigns; Maintaining and updating mailing lists and accurate donor records; Preparing the Annual Report as well as acknowledgements of all gifts for the head of school; Serving as representative in professional organizations, such as ADVIS, The Friends Collaborative, and the Friends Council on Education; and Supporting other administrators as needed with problem solving, phone duties, recess coverage, and student supervision.


Desired Characteristics and Experience

A successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • A love of children;
  • An engaging, warm demeanor -- someone who connects well with families, teachers, alums, grandparents, students, and who exudes enthusiasm, compassion, and positivity;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Honed organizational and planning skills, as well as leadership experience;
  • Experience in independent school fundraising;
  • Technical skills, including experience with databases and school information systems;
  • Independence and the ability to initiate work independently;
  • Ability to focus on long term projects despite the interruptions of working in a small school setting;
  • Enthusiasm about an education rooted in Quaker values;
  • Commitment to bringing the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the school’s development work and into the school overall; and
  • Affinity with and dedication to an experiential, thematically-based pedagogy and curriculum.


  • Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Experience in an administrative role in an independent school
  • Prior leadership role in a Friends school is a significant plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google a plus
  • Experience with maintenance of websites and working understanding of Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Networking, Google technologies
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop

Salary Range: $60,000 to $92,000, depending on experience and educational background. This position comes with a full menu of benefits, including a retirement plan, health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and support for professional development.

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and a philosophy of education statement to Linda Sena, Administrative Assistant at lsena@lansdownefriendsschool.org.

Lansdowne Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation in the operation of its educational programs and activities.