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Grace Community School

Director of Development

Tyler, Texas

Grace Logo PMS 661-01



Total Enrollment: 1,000

Location: Tyler, Texas

Vanderbloemen is honored to present this role.  www.Vanderbloemen.com/jobs

The role: The Director of Development is responsible for identifying and cultivating donors who will support and enhance Grace Community School, as well as communicating current needs and giving opportunities to the school community. The Director will actively contribute to the mission-centered vision and leadership within the school family and community.


Meet Grace Community School: 

Grace Community School exists to assist Christian families in educating, equipping, and encouraging their children to influence the world for Christ. A school that strives to “Teach Jesus” in all that they are and do--together the community reflects the core value of “Life as Worship.”

Grace is the only East Texas school recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for high academic achievement at the elementary and high school levels. Grace is also a charter member of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) and is one of the first two schools in the country to be recognized with Exemplary Accreditation status by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Every year since 1999, Grace Community School has finished in the top five for the TAPPS Henderson Cup which recognizes schools’ excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics. As we celebrate our excellence, our primary focus remains to Teach Jesus.

God calls us to excellence, to love our God with all our minds. As a result, Grace is committed to giving kids a top-notch education. Grace students have attended colleges and universities all over the country and have succeeded there. Classes with National Merit Scholars are the rule, rather than the exception. Grace graduates have received millions of dollars in scholarships, and many have attended our nation’s service academies. The commitment to academic excellence is just one reason why Grace has become the largest private school in East Texas.


The effective Director of Development will carry out the following primary responsibilities:


  • Promote the mission of Grace through developing and maintaining current donor relationships, and continually identifying and cultivating prospective donor relationships.

  • Create, implement, and execute an annual development plan to fully fund the next school year’s financial aid goal through coordinating major gifts, overseeing an annual event, maintaining a corporate partnership program, and managing other annual fundraising initiatives.

  • Manage a major gifts portfolio with a primary focus on financial aid; this portfolio will also include capital projects, educational enhancements, endowment, and special initiatives.

  • Develop and maintain a stewardship plan to emphasize gratitude and gift impact to donors.

  • Work with the Director of Marketing & Communications to market the annual fund with the goal of increasing outside involvement and support through publications and communication with the media.

  • Is comfortable engaging with supporters and asking for support with a range of small initial gifts to larger gifts of over $250,000.

Volunteer Management

  • Identify and recruit annual event chairs.

  • Collaborate with volunteer chairs and committee on planning and executing annual event.

  • Act as a liaison between volunteer staff and the leadership team/school board.

  • Continually create connection points to engage volunteers.


  • Develop, manage, and adhere to the advancement department budget, including accurate forecasting of needs.

  • Create agenda for and lead development team meetings.

  • Attend school board, leadership team, advancement team, and development committee meetings.

  • Attend conventions, meetings, and conferences as necessary to maintain knowledge of existing and new development policies, practices, and procedures.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement.


What you bring: 

Education & Experience

Candidates applying for this position should have high energy and drive, excellent listening and communication skills, strong organizational skills, and an ability to plan strategically. The candidate should know or be willing to learn the Grace faculty, curriculum, and current students; and they should be prepared to speak knowledgeably about each to guests and the community. Discretion is paramount to this role.

The candidate must have an understanding of biblical generosity. They must have a personal yet professional demeanor, especially on the phone and during in-person meetings. Ideally, the candidate would also have a working knowledge of Christian education and 2-4 years of experience working in development with collaborative decision-making processes is highly desired. A Bachelor's degree is required.

Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrate a love for God and His Word, a love for people, and a passion for Christian education.

  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiative and work independently.

  • Possess the ability to formulate and articulate policies, procedures, expectations, and practices.

  • Exhibit strong analytical, problem solving, and time management skills.

  • Demonstrate the ability to delegate and supervise tasks.

  • Have the ability to establish immediate rapport.

  • Be comfortable in speaking to small and large groups.

  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with others and with volunteers.

  • Possess excellent technology skills, including database and spreadsheets.


What it's like to live in Tyler, Texas:

The Rose Capital of America, Tyler is located in the piney woods of East Texas, with a New South feel. It is a regional hub, less than two hours from Dallas and three and a half hours from Houston. It features lakes, golf courses, four large private schools of more than 600 students each, and lots of other educational options. It is thriving economically, based primarily upon the energy, medical, and technology industries. Tyler has hundreds of churches, a strong Christian ethos, a thriving arts culture, and was named by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as the most generous city in Texas.

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