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Director of Development and Board Support

The Baltimore Design School seeks an organized, detail-oriented team player to serve as Director of Development and Board Support and to oversee the fundraising program for this innovative new school. The candidate must have excellent skills in oral and written communication and relationship building, demonstrated fundraising experience, and commitment to public education and design. The candidate should be able to work independently, with attention to detail, and be able to manage multiple deadlines.

Mission and History of the Baltimore Design School

Baltimore Design School fosters creativity and develops the academic and critical thinking skills of 6th through 12th grade students and prepares them for admission to college and careers in the design fields of Architecture, Fashion, and Graphic Design. BDS is a Baltimore City public transformation school that offers a comprehensive college preparatory program that integrates design throughout the academic curriculum and provides Career and Technology Education (CTE) pathways. The school opened in 2011 with a 6th and 7th grade, and in 2013 the school moved into its acclaimed facility in Station North, an arts and entertainment district. Currently the school serves students in grades 6 through 12 with a capacity of approximately 550 students.

Job Description – Director of Development and Board Support

The Development Director reports to the Chair of the all-volunteer Board of Trustees and/or his designee to ensure that the Baltimore Design School achieves its financial objectives and is consistent with its mission. The Director participates in all board and fundraising activities, including donor stewardship, grant proposals, annual operating appeals, capital campaigns, database management, and special events. The Director serves as the primary support to the board, including setting up meetings, preparing agendas and minutes, and coordinating committees. This position requires close coordination with the Principal, Assistant Principal and other staff and faculty. The Director is responsible for a wide range of administrative functions.

Board Support

  • Attends meetings, distributes agendas and prepares minutes for Board, Executive and other committee meetings
  • Follows up with Board members to ensure assignments are completed in a timely manner

Donor Identification and Cultivation

  • Conducts prospect research of foundations, corporations and individuals
  • Cultivates ongoing relationships with prospective and current donors, involving board members as appropriate
  • Tracks gifts, prepares and sends acknowledgement letters promptly
  • Develops and implements donor recognition plan
  • Provides building tours to educate prospective donors about the school
  • Makes presentations to outside groups about the school

Fundraising and Grants Management

  • Prepares grant proposals to foundations and corporations
  • Prepares status reports for grantors
  • Coordinates multiple fundraising appeals – capital, annual operating, and on-line
  • Coordinates all in-kind donations
  • Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers and interns to provide support for fundraising efforts

Data and Financial Management

  • Sets up and maintains database of foundation, corporation and individual donor files
  • Processes donations, including making bank deposits
  • Sets up and administers on-line donation application
  • Tracks restricted gifts and associated expenses
  • Ensures the prompt payment of invoices and maintains accounting records for the non-profit
  • Provides financial information to accountant and auditors
  • Produces customized income/analytical reports


  • Provides coordination and support for all fundraising and cultivation events as needed— including mailings, RSVPs, materials and event staffing
  • Assists with logistics for all events, including vendor arrangements, A/V services, registration
  • Oversees the recruitment and coordination of all event volunteers
  • Provides oversight for rental of school facility to outside organizations


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience with database and website management
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience in managing Boards and volunteers
  • Ability to work effectively with staff, teachers, students, parents and community members

Two to three years of management experience is required. Fundraising experience, including prospect research, writing grant proposals, managing a database, cultivating donors, and managing and tracking multiple fundraising campaigns is preferred. Design background a plus.

Salary range $45,000 – $55,000, commensurate with experience.

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume by email to No phone calls please.

Baltimore Design School 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.