Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree


Founded in 1947, Duke School has as its mission to “inspire learners to boldly and creatively shape their future.” Duke School offers an exceptional project-based learning environment that seeks to develop high-level analytical and critical thinking skills in all of its students. Duke School is a preschool through 8th grade day school enrolling approximately 500 students.

Duke School seeks a dynamic, energetic, experienced fund raiser to serve as our full-time Assistant Director of Development.



Reporting directly to the Director of Advancement and Community Engagement, the Assistant Director of Development will be a front-line fundraiser whose responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Develop and maintain prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donor lists.

Plan, implement and manage a comprehensive annual fund and alumni relations program as part of Duke School’s overall development efforts.

Serve as an integral team member in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation, of gifts to the Capital Campaign.

Responsible for the achievement of financial, participation, and engagement goals and other goals established for the School’s total fundraising program.

Coordinate fundraising strategies leading to an annual increase in revenue and key participation metrics for all philanthropic initiatives.

Work closely with faculty, other staff, and volunteer leads to engage prospects in the work of the School and to build the major gift pipeline.

Implement direct marketing solicitation and communication strategies using direct mail, email, web, social media, and telemarketing channels. Use research on giving patterns to improve solicitation techniques.

Develop various reporting tools and segmentation strategies. Identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in distribution and tracking of annual campaigns and alumni engagement.

Develop a greater understanding of predictive modeling and scoring, testing, and analysis to communicate performance of strategies implemented.

Analyze renewal and retention rates for all funds; implement solicitation strategy to meet objectives.

Collaborate with team to design and produce all fundraising and engagement materials. Assist in the writing of solicitations and marketing material as well as other written material as required.

Interact regularly with prospects, donors and provide a high level of customer service.

Oversee fundraising special events; Integrate alumni engagement and donor recognition opportunities within cultivation activities (Donor Recognitions, Dragon Dash, Donor Cultivation Parties, etc.)

Prepare required donor proposals and gift agreements as necessary.

Develop an effective model for volunteer recruitment, training, and assessment for alumni and

fundraising events. Work closely with the PSO (Parent-School Organization) to engage volunteers in philanthropic endeavors.

Assist in the recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating of staff and volunteers.

Perform related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate must have a commitment to the educational objectives and mission of the school, an exemplary work ethic, high energy, and a proactive and consistent follow-through.


Additional requirements include a minimum of three years of fund-raising experience – with preference given to individuals with major gift experience, a bachelor’s degree, excellent written and communications skills, an appreciation and understanding of events management, and a detailed knowledge of Microsoft Office and preferred experience with Raiser’s Edge and Constant Contact.

Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities and reflective of local salary levels.



Duke School offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Interested candidates should email cover letter, resume, salary requirements and references to Dr. Kenneth W. Chandler, Director of Advancement and Community Engagement, Duke School, 3716 Erwin Road, Durham, North Carolina 27705, phone 919-493-9968, or via e-mail at    In the reference field please note: ADOD Search 2021

Applications accepted until filled.