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Development Director,  Birmingham, AL

Job Title:            Director of Development

Organization:     Briarwood Christian School

Reports to:         Superintendent, Briarwood Christian School

FLSA Status:      Exempt

About Briarwood Christian School

Briarwood Christian School is a ACSI Cognia accredited K4-12 school of over 1,680 students offering extensive academic, fine arts, and interscholastic sports programs. If you are interested in a challenging, professional, Christian environment where you can serve from a biblical perspective, where you are treated as a Christian professional, where the school environment is enjoyable, disciplined, and conducive to teaching and learning, and where the pursuit of academic excellence for God’s glory is a hallmark of the school, then Briarwood Christian School may be the workplace for you. 

Position Summary

Based in Birmingham, the Director of Development is responsible for the organization’s annual development plan and the stewardship of advocates and donors.  The Development Director will drive all fundraising strategies for Briarwood Christian School, collaborating with school leaders, volunteers, and board members to achieve revenue goals. 


This is a 12-month position reporting to the Briarwood Christian School Superintendent.



Cultivate Donor Relationships and Increase Fundraising Revenue

•          In conjunction with the superintendent of BCS and the school board of BCS (or the Board of Directors of                     BCS), this Director will have primary oversight for Briarwood’s annual development plan. 

•         This person will create the short and long-term strategic direction of the development plan, including the                       solicitation and stewardship activities.

•         This person is responsible for a portfolio of donors, which includes the retention and/or upgrade of donors,                  and the acquisition of new ones.

•         This person is responsible for achieving revenue targets by engaging donors in meaningful relationships. The             primary areas of focus are individual giving through the Lion Fund and other alumni-based initiatives. Other                 revenue strategies may include but are not limited to soliciting corporate gifts, foundations, and various                       community partners

•         Regarding grants, this person will manage foundation relationships for existing partners and new partners.

•         Collaborate with the marketing staff to implement a stewardship plan for Briarwood Christian School’s alumni              and donors, which includes one signature event.

•         Develop and maintain a working knowledge of computer software programs specifically designed to facilitate              accurate donor information.


Minimum Qualifications:

•         Must align with the mission, vision, and values of Briarwood Christian School

•         Hold a Bachelor’s Degree

•         2-4 years of nonprofit or private-school fundraising experience. Experience in solicitation of individual gifts is              preferred.  In lieu of fundraising experience, sales or account management experience in other industries will              be considered

•         Must be a self-starter and goal driven

•         Must be able to analyze data and build short/long-term strategic plans

•         Must be able to build relationships and donor-centric partnerships

•         Must have the ability to steward donor relationships

•         Must be a strong collaborator internally and externally

•         Should be able to learn how to use and leverage reporting software to plan 

Estimated hiring range for this role is competitive based on experience.  Final offers will be based on experience. Any offer is contingent on a background check.


A comprehensive benefits package is available, including health and dental insurance, paid holidays, and paid time off.

Briarwood Christian School does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin.


 All interested candidates should contact Bright Street Solutions, which is recruiting for this position ( 

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