Position Description

Position Description

Mayfield Senior School

(Pasadena, CA)

Title: Director of Development


Founded in 1931, Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12 sponsored by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. The school is committed to academic excellence within the context of Christian values. Mayfield educates the minds and hearts of compassionate and inquisitive students, and guides them to become joyful, faith-filled, confident young women. Each student makes a meaningful contribution to society as Mayfield fosters their intellectual, spiritual, artistic, emotional, and physical gifts.

The measure of a Mayfield education goes beyond cumulative grade point averages, test scores and academic success.  It plumbs depths that touch character and virtue and finds expression in “Actions Not Words.”  Mayfield fosters unity within diversity, simplicity and faith that generates a joy of being.

Located in a lovely residential neighborhood of Pasadena with a historic mansion as the main hall (Strub Hall), Mayfield currently enrolls 330 girls with a budget of $11 million and endowment of approximately $10 million. By the end of the 2019 fiscal year, Mayfield’s Development Department will have received over $1 million in annual giving and scholarships. Mayfield is embarking on a capital campaign to renovate Strub Hall, the heart of their beautiful eight-acre campus. 

As a member of the Holy Child Network of Schools, Mayfield shares in the mission of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus: “to help others to believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world, and to rejoice in the divine presence.” Mayfield offers an education with a distinctive spirit, grounded in the philosophy and spirituality of Cornelia Connelly, foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

For more information about Mayfield Senior School, please visit www.mayfieldsenior.org.


Reporting to the Head of School and as a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Development is responsible for overseeing and executing Mayfield’s development activities. The Director of Development will oversee a program that includes a campaign, major giving, annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, alumnae relations, and special events in addition to prospect research and donor stewardship. The Director of Development will supervise a staff of three including the Director of Annual Giving & Alumnae Relations, Database Manager and Benefit Associate.

Mayfield Senior School is currently planning for a multi-year capital campaign to bring Strub Hall up to modern standards by enhancing plumbing, wiring, heating and cooling as well as seismic retrofitting and other structural upgrades. With the support of a top-level campaign consultant, the Director of Development will be required to work collaboratively with the senior leadership team to harness the best output from this resource. As the heart of the eight-acre campus, Strub Hall is home to Mayfield's main office, humanities classrooms, visual arts studios, library and technology center. Many of the house's original ground-floor entertaining rooms have been repurposed into community gathering areas, including the living room, conference room and chapel.  This beloved building was built between 1914-1919 for an oil magnate, and purchased for the Society of the Holy Child Jesus by Dr. Charles and Vera Strub in 1950.

Campaign, Fundraising and Board Relations Responsibilities:

  • Strategically lead a capital campaign/major gifts program working with the Head of School, the Associate Head of School and the Board’s Development Committee to attract leadership gifts and pledges supporting the school’s capital initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Head of School and the Associate Head of School to coordinate and implement solicitation strategies by utilizing wealth screening software. Build, maintain, cultivate and solicit donors from a major gifts portfolio.
  • Oversee Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT database of all constituents and provide development reports as required. Analyze data, set research priorities, and develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for soliciting individuals.
  • Provide strategic oversight to the Development Department as it builds a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school and greater community by leading and executing a robust annual giving program, growing alumnae relations program and special events.
  • Research, write grant proposal and manage relationships with corporations and foundations.
  • Coordinate submission of an annual budget for the Development Office and oversee use of allotted funds throughout the year.
  • Collaborate with the Admissions Office on public relations initiatives and with the Marketing and Communications Office to create and produce fundraising materials.
  • Attend Board Meetings and report to the Board and Head of School regularly about progress towards fundraising goals. Provide staff support for the Board’s Development Committee and Campaign Committee working with them to set goals and help monitor Committee progress.
  • Work collaboratively with senior administrators and faculty to enlist support for development efforts. Communicate as needed with other employees to share information, solicit help and build a culture of philanthropy.

Team Leadership, Management and Problem Solving:

  • Establish a clear direction and set “stretch” goals, objectives and benchmarks for each team member and for the development team as a whole.
  • Meet weekly with each member of the Development staff to provide leadership, mentoring, coaching, supervision and oversight. Motivate, lead, establish objectives and provide professional development opportunities to staff. 
  • Create a culture that will inspire a highly skilled staff with a sense of purpose, innovation, energy, productivity, accountability, collaboration and professional growth.
  • Design, implement and direct multiple projects, setting deadlines and ensuring program accountability and progress.
  • Strategically create plans that reflect best practices, but also embrace competitive and breakthrough strategies and approaches that are appropriate for Mayfield Senior School. Make strategic decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
  • Communicate a compelling and inspired vision and sense of core purpose for the Development Department at Senior Administrative Team meetings.


The Director of Development should be a dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial professional with a successful record of fundraising, including planning and executing a development program and a significant capital campaign. The successful candidate should have strategic planning skills and be capable of working with the Head of School, Board members and other administrators to develop and implement clear campaign and development goals, systems and priorities. The Director of Development will have the capacity to plan, organize and implement a variety of projects, sometimes simultaneously and under deadline conditions, while maintaining the integrity and quality of each project. The successful candidate will have the ability to earn the respect of and build long-term relationships with the Board, donors, administrators, parents and alumnae. 

Overseeing a team of three, the Director of Development will exercise sound judgment in both day to day decisions and strategic issues, and will possess an extraordinary work ethic and the highest level of integrity. Candidates should have an open, collaborative, team-oriented leadership style with the ability to motivate, coach and manage a highly qualified development staff. The Director of Development will be a hands-on professional who has developed and/or built a successful fund development program. An energetic and visible leader, the successful candidate will require a commitment to Mayfield’s mission and values, and have the ability to passionately represent and promote them.   

The successful candidate will be strategic and serve as a critical thinker, capable of providing positive and proactive solutions to advancement issues.  The Director of Development will have exceptional written and oral communications skills, and will be an active and intuitive listener who is able to hear and act on nuance and subtlety. The ability to be responsive, results-oriented and have good follow through is essential. The successful candidate will be a relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence. The ability to be a confident, self-aware professional who is willing to take thoughtful risks is highly valued. The Director of Development should have a good sense of humor and be an open, caring, communicative, strong and confident professional.


The successful candidate will have a minimum of seven to ten years of broad-based development experience with knowledge of current and evolving trends in capital campaigns, major gifts, annual giving, and alumnae programming. An exceptional record of personal achievement in cultivating donors and raising major gifts for a capital campaign as well as documented success in creating and managing a comprehensive development program is important. Participation in a major capital campaign is strongly preferred. A passion for empowering young women in education is highly valued. While experience with or knowledge of all-girls independent school education would be a plus, candidates with appropriate development experience in other environments will also be considered.  Skill in using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT will be necessary and is highly preferred. Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as Google Docs is important.


A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.


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