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Benton Hall Academy

Director of Development

Benton Hall Academy


Job Summary






The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and tracking all of Benton Hall Academy’s fundraising including major gifts program, annual fund, and special events.  The Director works closely with the Head of School and Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. 

MISSION: We believe in Benton Hall Academy where children who learn differently are educated with compassion, where children who struggle academically and socially are inspired to discover their strengths and maximize their potential, and where children who have been on the outside looking in are invited to belong.


Job Responsibilities


  • Contact prospective donors and current supporters on a continual basis to establish and maintain effective communications
  • Grow major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors
  • Have knowledge of grant writing
  • Build a planned giving program, including deferred giving
  • Direct annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
  • Coordinate fundraising special events including “Food for Thought” and other events
  • Work directly with the Head of school to complete fundraising events
  • Oversee and refine fundraising database and tracking systems.  
  • Ensure all data are entered into the database in a timely manner
  • Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities, working with Head of School, Dean of Academics, and Office Manager
  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times
  • Perform other related duties as required.




  • Must embrace the mission of Benton Hall Academy
  • Have strong interpersonal and writing skills
  • Have experience in successful fundraising, particularly major gift fundraising
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, families, board members, and volunteers
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal-driven in initiating donor visits and fundraising calls
  • Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate self-confidence, common sense, and good listening skills
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years minimum experience in professional fundraising or a similar field. 
  • Knowledge and experience in electronic fundraising platforms.

Additional Information


How to Apply




or Mail To:

James Purcell

5555 Franklin Road

Nashville, TN. 37220



  • Date Posted: March 24, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 04/01/2022
  • Working Hours: full time