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Education Associate Director of Development in Seattle, WA

The Bush School
Base Salary Yes (amount not posted)
Qualifications Years In Sales
Industry: Education
Benefits: yes
Customer Size: all
Car Allowance: no
Sales Cycle: Short
Travel: none
Years Selling in Industry:
They Sell Preschools & Child Care Services
To Whom Education
Location: Seattle, WA
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

The Bush School is dedicated to valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, and encouraging compassion and kindness. Our employees enjoy an environment that inspires creativity while being part of a collaborative community.

Associate Director of Development (Seattle, WA)

Full Time (40-hours per week)

Yearlong Position (12-month schedule)

  • This position requires applicants to be, at the time of application, legally authorized to work in the United States. The Bush School does not offer visa sponsorship for this position and will not consider applicants who require visa sponsorship.
The Bush School, a K-12 progressive, independent school located in Seattle, WA, is in search of an individual to join our Development Department as an Associate Director of Development. We are seeking a candidate who is able to support the schools mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of intercultural fluency. We are building a team in which diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and talents are valued in order to work with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and families. We encourage those of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The Associate Director of Development will advance the mission of The Bush School by planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal engagement and financial commitment of current and former Bush families, alumni, and friends. Particular emphasis will be given to securing philanthropic and volunteer support for the schools Annual Fund.

The Associate Director of Development reports to the Assistant Head of School for Advancement and supervises the Annual Giving Manager and works closely with all other members of the Development and Communication teams. This position will play a key role in leading the development function of the school in a relationship-based and major gift framework to support the needs of the school. At the core of this philosophy is an ongoing effort to build a strong and supportive culture of gratitude and philanthropy.

While other duties may be assigned, a qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and tasks listed below:

Manage operations of the capital campaign
Oversee the annual giving program with a relationship-based perspective lens
Work a portfolio of annual giving prospects and strategically manage relationships through face to face and meaningful communication
Develop and cultivate the Annual Fund as measured by total dollars, percentage of participation in key constituent groups, consistency of giving, and average gift size
Oversee the development of messages and other communications to solicit gifts from all constituents; these include digital, electronic, and direct mail solicitations
Identify donors who have potential to make leadership gifts and coordinate with the Assistant Head of School for Advancement on solicitation strategy and schedule
Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School for Advancement to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of reports; analyze annual giving results and reports
Provide regular reports on results and trends to the Assistant Head of School for Advancement
Serve as a staff liaison and support to the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees

Donor Relations and Stewardship duties include:
Follow up with donors in a professional and timely manner
Manage, update, and implement the stewardship plan
Oversee the preparation and production of Gratitude (annual report of giving)
Promote a culture of philanthropy and gratitude; raise awareness and understanding of philanthropy among all constituencies
Be an active and visible participant in the life of The Bush School
Perform other duties, as assigned

Experience and Professional Competencies:
Bachelors degree is required
Experience with capital campaigns is required, with three or more years preferred
Experience with fundraising leadership is required, with two or more years preferred
Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, standards, and ethics is required
Successful experience leading annual giving programs is preferred
Experience with data segmentations and analysis; understanding of fundraising software (preferably Raisers Edge) and gift processing; donor relations; and strategic fundraising is required
Project management experience is required
Customer service orientation is required
A strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is required

Successful Candidates will:
Have a philosophy that aligns with the schools mission and values please review the schools mission and values on our website (
Maintain a strong work ethic, with high standards of professionalism accountability, and confidentiality
Demonstrate an attention to detail, with customer service oriented engagement practices
Demonstrate exemplary organizational and communication skills, as well as an ability to work with and inspire volunteers and development colleagues
Be able to provide direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement
Have an open and collaborative work style and an openness to new ideas and their implementation
Demonstrate resourcefulness and sound judgment in decision-making
Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to provide prompt, courteous customer service; with an ability to listen carefully to and understand constituents needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond to those needs in a consistent and timely manner
Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
Be able to organize, prioritize multiple projects and events while meeting deadlines in a time-sensitive environment
Apply a detail orientated approach to all work, with a high level of accuracy
Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in both verbal and written form
Be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite programs, databases and web-based software

Additional Requirements:
Have a current Adult and Children CPR, First Aid and AED Certification (or receive one soon after hire date)
Meet the schools standards when completing two separate background screenings
Meet the schools COVID vaccination requirements. The Bush School is committed to providing a safe environment and campus for students, employees, and visitors alike. In support of this commitment, candidates who are invited to campus during the hiring process will be required to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination* to the schools Main Office, prior to attending their on-campus appointment. Newly hired employees shall provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain school approval of a religious or medical exemption, prior to being allowed to work at The Bush School. Requests for a COVID-19 vaccination accommodation due to medical or religious reasons are made to the schools Director of Human Resources.

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is defined as one J&J, two Pfizer or Moderna, plus booster when eligible.
Compensation/Benefit Information for this position:
Annual Salary Range: $93,000 to $103,000 per year
The school offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package to benefits-eligible employees, which includes:
Employer-paid medical insurance for eligible employees (includes an employee paid buy-up plan option)
Employer-paid dental and vision insurance for eligible employees
Health Savings Account with employer contribution for eligible employees
Medical, dental and vision insurance for dependents of eligible employees (employee paid)
Flexible Spending Accounts (medical and dependent care) available to eligible employees (employee paid)
Employer-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance for eligible employees
Employer-paid Life Insurance for eligible employees
Optional Voluntary Life Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)
Optional Voluntary Accident Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)
Optional Voluntary Critical Illness Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)
Retirement Plan available to eligible employees - the Retirement Plan includes generous employer contributions that align with specific years of service
Employee Assistance Program for eligible employees and their dependents
School lunch discounts, with free employee lunch on Wednesdays
Free parking at Seattle, WA campus
Use of school fitness center
Paid Time Off (sick leave, vacation leave and personal days)
Professional Development opportunities


Applicants interested in applying for this opportunity should visit our website at [please apply online] and navigate to the employment section of the website (found under the About Bush tab) for additional information/instructions.

If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position does not fit your talents, please visit the employment section of our website noted above.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information. In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.
The Bush School
Company Size
51 to 200 Employees
They Sell
Preschools & Child Care Services
To Whom
$5 to $25 million (USD)

The Bush School is currently hiring for 1 sales position
The Bush School has openings in: WA
The average salary at The Bush School is:

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The Bush School is currently hiring for 1 sales position
The Bush School has openings in: WA
The average salary at The Bush School is:

1 Yes (amount not posted)