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Development Director

Company: Academie Lafayette
Date Posted: January 12, 2018

Key Responsibilities  


As the Chief Fundraiser of the school, the Development Director will build collaborative partnership with faculty, staff, alumnae, parents and other members of the school community. He / she will work with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to develop and implement a short and long term development plan to meet established development goals and objectives.

The Development Director will oversee:

  • the school annual campaign and special benefit events,

  • major gifts, planned giving and grant writing,

  • alumnae events and programming,

  • the school’s external communication and public relations

  • publications and printing program which will most effectively communicate with our various constituencies.


Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.

  • Identify and Solicit new potential donors and grants to support Academie Lafayette’s growth plan

  • Foster and Leverage long-term relationship with both private and corporate donors so that they are well versed in the plans and successes of our school.

Lead the effort of exploring, writing and winning grants

  • Conduct necessary research complemented by on strategy to successfully submit a winning proposal

Other day-to-day responsibilities and expectations of the position:

  • Ability to work nights and weekends as workload dictates

  • Perform in a matrix environment where you will report to both head of school as well as the board of directors.

  • Leverage brand ambassadors (i.e. parents and students) to be an extension of your fundraising efforts.

  • Ensure marketing efficiency through revenue to expense management.  Perform other special projects and duties as required

  • Demonstrated strong relationship with key philanthropic individual and entities within the Kansas City metro area and beyond, including international opportunities.  

  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.



  • Min 5+ years of relevant development experience – major gift fundraising and/or high-end account management/growth.

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university

  • Experience in Microsoft Office Software and other development type software vehicles.


  • Experience in high-end development efforts for academia/education.    

  • MBA degree from a four-year college or university


Special Instructions

 Applicants are to submit their CV/resume, cover letter, and three references to:

or submit materials to:

Académie Lafayette Attn: Employment 6903 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 64113


Salary starts at $62,000 and is commensurate with education and experience.  

Deadline for resume submission is Feb. 20th, 2018.