Associate Director of Development Fundraising

The Walker School | Marietta, GA

Posted Date 6/20/2024

Position Title: Associate Director of Development - Fundraising

Reports to: Director of Development

Employment Status: Full Time 12 Months

FLSA Classification: Exempt


The Associate Director of Development at The Walker School will play a crucial role in advancing the school's mission through strategic fundraising initiatives. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the annual fund and Georgia GOAL program, including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of success fundraising within non-profit, philanthropic or educational environments and will be adept at building and maintaining strong relationships with donors to enhance their engagement, experience, and, ultimately, their giving.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising:

    • Identify, cultivate, and solicit new and existing donors to secure unrestricted gifts and meet the annual fund goal each year.

    • Assist with planning and execution of the comprehensive Annual Campaign plan.

    • Manage the Georgia GOAL scholarship program fundraising efforts to meet GOAL funding goals each year.

    • Plan and execute fundraising events to meet and exceed financial goals.

  • Donor Management:

    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with new and existing donors.

    • Enhance donor engagement and experience through strategic initiatives and implementation of the Annual Campaign plan.

    • Organize and manage donor appreciation and stewardship events to increase donor retention and gift level.

    • Coordinate key components of the Annual Campaign plan, including the Fall Annual Fund Campaign, Thank-A-Thon, year-end appeals, Giving Tuesday and more.

  • Event Management:

    • Oversee major donor events, including the Annual Leadership Society Dinner and donor appreciation events.

    • Plan and execute the annual Top 25 Donors event and other strategic donor engagements.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g., Non-Profit Management, Business Development, Communications).

  • Proven track record of success fundraising in a non-profit, philanthropic or school environment.

  • Experience with major gift solicitation and stewardship.

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.

  • Excellent organizational, planning, and event management abilities.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and manage multiple priorities.

Core Competencies:

  • Strategic thinking and planning in fundraising.

  • Effective communication and negotiation skills.

  • Donor-centric mindset with a focus on engagement and experience.

  • Leadership and team management capabilities.


The Walker School is a leader among independent schools in the metro Atlanta area and has long been recognized for its first-rate academic program, close relationships between students and faculty, and abundant opportunities for students to engage in meaningful experiences both in and out of the classroom. Walker enrolls students from Pre-K3 through Grade 12 and is open to all faiths. Our commitment to diversity provides a welcoming and safe atmosphere for students to discover who they are and to successfully navigate an ever-changing world. The Walker School is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. The best candidates will be able to demonstrate a proven commitment to working in diverse, multicultural settings.


The Walker School's salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, tuition remission, and a retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.

Interested applicants must complete the online application on the Careers Page at


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