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Director of Development

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West Palm Beach, Florida



Full Time - Administration


Alumni Relations, Business Management, Development/Fund Raising

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Oxbridge Academy, a non-profit, independent grade 9-12 school in West Palm Beach, Florida, is seeking a director of development to spearhead the annual fund, major donor giving, acquisitions of foundation grants, and other fundraising-related activities. This opportunity calls for an experienced and entrepreneurial development professional who is excited by the opportunity to reestablish a developmental program and to tackle fundraising in a singular fundraising environment.

Oxbridge Academy was founded in 2011 by William I. Koch, CEO and founder of Oxbow Carbon. Mr. Koch graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana before earning his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from M.I.T. Mr. Koch’s father also attended M.I.T. thanks to the support of a generous benefactor. In a sense, Oxbridge Academy represents a grateful son’s effort to “pay it forward.” Oxbridge offers an outstanding financial aid program, with 46% of current students receiving some form of financial aid.

While the school has been fortunate to have initial and continuing financial support from its founder, it needs to develop greater and broader fundraising capacity for long-term sustainability within its community and from outside local and national resources. Challenges include educating the community on the importance of donations versus tuition, and competing against several other local well-established prep schools. In addition, the school is located in Palm Beach County, which boasts a remarkable density of nonprofits with over 4,400 registered as of 2016, and thus, requires a creative fundraising strategy to distinguish the brand.

Job Summary

The director of development works closely with the head of school and the board of trustees to manage the development department within the school and to build a strong culture of philanthropy with its parent, local, regional and global communities. The goal of this position is to design programs of giving that attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee all aspects of the development department, including leading the annual giving program, designing the capital campaign, building a core group of major donors, soliciting local and national corporate sponsorships, applying for local and national foundation proposals and grants, creating an alumni association, and hosting special development events.

Work collaboratively and consistently with the head of school on all fundraising activities. Collaborate with the admissions and the communications and marketing departments as part of the office of advancement to create fundraising-related communication.

Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the head of school and the board, supporting and advising them in all their fundraising efforts and responsibilities, including accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.

Enhance existing relationships and re-engage past donors, while building new relationships, systems, and programs that further tap into the generosity and resources of the community.

Educate the employee and parent community on the importance and necessity of giving.

Develop a complete program of research into the school’s key prospects and initiate an action plan of solicitation

Manage the development budget.

Create, supervise and nurture a development office staff.

Coordinate the school’s volunteerism efforts.

Time Commitment

12-month full-time exempt employee. Position starts as soon as possible after offer is accepted and the successful completion of background screenings.


Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

To Apply Interested Candidates Should Submit

• Resume

• Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit, including how your approach to fundraising would contribute to Oxbridge Academy.

• Application submission screening and interviews will be completed on a rolling basis until filled.

• Oxbridge Academy is committed to diversity at all levels.

• Oxbridge Academy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic, background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Qualification Requirements

Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred.

5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector preferred.

5 years of experience in fundraising preferred.

Independent school experience preferred.

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality.

Superb verbal and written communication skills.

Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members.

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About Oxbridge Academy

Oxbridge Academy is a private college preparatory school for young men and women in grades 9 through 12. Regardless of their economic background, our students have access to the best teachers and technology to learn the skills they need to be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. Teachers at Oxbridge Academy foster a lifelong love of learning, spark curiosity, encourage students to make good choices, and serve as role models. They deliver their content expertise to their assigned classes so that all students have rigorous and inclusive access to the curriculum and instruction every day to meet their learning goals. In Curriculum Coordination Teams, teachers work collaboratively on such areas as creating and revising curriculum, reviewing student work, selecting and developing instructional resources, planning and coordinating portfolio and exhibition activities, meeting with specialists, and preparing common assessments.

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