Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

Director of Development

Location: Hawthorn School
Department: Non-instructional and/or Support Positions
Listing Date: 2019-04-30
Position: Director of Development

Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls provides a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment that enables young women from diverse backgrounds to achieve academic success in a college preparatory program and to become leaders in their communities and professions.

Hawthorn is the first all-girls public school in Missouri. Hawthorn is a college preparatory charter school with a focus on STEM. The school opened in August 2015 and currently has 170 students in 6th – 10th grades.  We will add a new grade each school year until fully enrolled in 2020 with approximately 300 students in grades 6 – 12.

Hawthorn affiliates with the Young Women's Leadership Network, a national leader in girls' education. Washington University serves as Hawthorn's charter school sponsor.

Located in North St. Louis, Hawthorn serves students who reside in the city and the school is committed to closing the achievement gap for our young women. Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation performs the development function of the school.

Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation is seeking a Director of Development to maintain and expand the school’s charitable giving program. As a charter public school, Hawthorn relies on public funding for the majority of its revenue, but it is the investment of the philanthropic community that enables us to meet the operational and capital needs necessary to provide the high quality educational experience our students deserve and to ensure the school’s sustainability.

Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

  • Work with the Development Team and Foundation Board to set annual goals and develop strategies to meet those goals. This includes setting goals based on giving levels; maintaining relationships with current donors; identifying donor prospects including corporations, foundations and individuals and working with the team to cultivate new donors; and engaging the St. Louis community in the life and work of Hawthorn.
  • Design and implement ongoing fundraising efforts including: end of year and spring appeals; growing Hawthorn’s 4.0 Club giving circle; special appeals such as Give STL Day and other specific requests for funding.
  • Develop and execute communication strategies. Key to effective communication about Hawthorn is having a genuine understanding of the mission and daily life of the school and our students’ challenges and successes. Communication includes checking in with donors and friends of the school by phone and in person; generating gift acknowledgments and thank you notes; designing and distributing the Annual Impact Statement; assisting the Development Team in designing and distributing regular newsletters; assisting in designing event invitations and receiving RSVPs; generating seasonal greetings and tokens of gratitude to our donors.
  • Create and execute events to support the school. Work with the Development Team to strategize, design, plan and execute events that are in keeping with the Hawthorn spirit, including small gatherings/friend raisers, invitations to attend school events, and bi-annual major fundraiser. Plan and execute Founders Day and Cool Women/Hot Job -- annual events for Hawthorn students. Represent Hawthorn at a variety of community events and in the philanthropic community.
  • Support the Hawthorn Foundation Board by scheduling meetings, preparing reports and attending quarterly board meetings. Serve as liaison with board members to keep them informed of the life of the school and help coordinate their outreach efforts.
  • Engage the St. Louis community in the life of Hawthorn including inviting guests to tour the school, attend certain school events, and participate in special events such as annual hackathon, student capstone presentations, and 4.0 recognition assembly.
  • Select, train and facilitate Student Ambassadors, a group of girls who represent the school to visitors, prospective students and families and donors. The Student Ambassadors guide tours, attend events, and write thank you notes to our guests. The Director of Development serves as the group’s sponsor.
  • Coordinate with accountants and business manager on monthly reconciliation of funds received, ongoing tracking of restricted funds expended, and annual work with auditors to provide information, documentation and backup reports.
Skill Requirements

The ideal candidate will have earned at a minimum a Bachelor’s Degree and will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Minimum three to five years of non-profit development experience
  • Initiative, drive, commitment and sense of urgency to achieve results
  • Ability to multi-task and have a “roll up your sleeves” mindset
  • Attention to detail and timelines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build positive relationships based on understanding and respect
  • Excellent work ethic, including a positive attitude, flexibility, and willingness to perform a variety of work assignments in a start-up environment
  • Proficiency with computers and standard productivity tools
  • Experience with data management system
  • Strong commitment to Hawthorn’s mission
  • Continual interest in professional growth and improvement

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director of the Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation. Salary will be based on experience and background. 


Qualified candidates are encouraged to send cover letter and resume to info@hawthornschool.org. Subject Line: Director of Development Position.

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