Director of Development
  • Advancement
  • Development
  • Full-time
  • Fundraising

Charles River School, Dover, MA

Accredited by AISNE

Charles River School
Since its founding more than 100 years ago, Charles River School students have learned to use both inquiry and creativity to build practical skills, discover new interests, and take responsibility for themselves, their communities, and the future. The school offers students in PreKindergarten through eighth-grade a global curriculum grounded in thematic, hands-on teaching and learning. CRS classes are small, learning is personalized, and teachers are accessible. The faculty and staff at Charles River School are exceptionally talented, diverse, active individuals concerned with the development and education of children. 

The school is located on 16 acres in idyllic Dover, Massachusetts, approximately 30 minutes from Boston. Charles River School facilities include a theater, dining room, academic buildings, gymnasiums, a wetlands laboratory, two playing fields, tennis courts, and an outdoor swimming pool.

The Position
The Director of Development is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating all funding strategies in support of Charles River School’s mission and vision. Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director develops and oversees annual and capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, and endowment giving and plays a key role in community building with the school’s various constituencies. The CRS Director of Development supports both the Head of School and the Board of Trustees in strategic planning for the future of the school.

The Director of Development is a member of the senior administrative team and will manage one additional member of the development staff. They will also serve on the Advancement Team at CRS, composed of the Assistant Director and Director of Development, the Assistant Director and Director of Admissions, and the Director of Marketing and Communication.

The ideal candidate will be an optimistic, energetic, creative, and collaborative leader with experience implementing initiatives which will strengthen the culture of philanthropy at CRS.

 Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, a comprehensive development strategy appropriate to Charles River School’s mission.
  • Establish and maintain both short- and long-range goals for cultivation and stewardship of all constituencies of the school. 
  • Support and elevate the Head of School’s engagement and leadership in fundraising. 
  • Act as administrative liaison to the Development Committee of the Board and serve on the senior administrative team
  • Completes other responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School.

Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate will be a self-starter, attentive to detail, and motivated by a donor-centric mentality, bringing fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset to the Advancement team. 

  • A track record of successful fundraising across a breadth of programs, including annual, major, campaign, and planned giving;
  • The ability to switch easily between high-level strategic visioning and hands-on engagement as necessary, in keeping with the school’s culture and needs;
  • Track record of conceptualizing, planning, and leading a full range of development programs. Campaign leadership experience a plus.
  • Highly professional team-player, with a strong sense of integrity, fun, and desire to collaborate effectively with colleagues, volunteers, and Board members; 
  • Thorough grasp of the current trends in development and issues facing independent schools; 
  • A demonstrated commitment to creating and supporting diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities;
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong command of fundraising ethics and best practice;
  • A creative, confident problem-solver;
  • A positive outlook, and a sense of humor
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;


  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Experience with CRM systems, Microsoft Office products, Google applications, and database management

Charles River School Quick Facts

Founded: 1911
Enrollment: 190
Grades: PreK-8 (Day)
Gender: Coed
Teaching Faculty: 36


At Charles River, the school's mission guides the community every day, in all that they do.

“Charles River School honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement.  Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.”

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

At Charles River School, diversity, inclusivity, and cultural competency are essential parts of the curriculum and the community and are central tenets of the Mission Statement. Through their teaching practices and the authentic learning experiences provided for students each day, Charles River School shows a deep dedication to graduating well-rounded students. As stated by the school:

We commit ourselves to:

  • Cultivating cultural competency and diversity throughout our curriculum, our student body, and our faculty and staff
  • Deepening our knowledge and appreciation of the many aspects of cultural identities, in ourselves, our local communities, and globally
  • Providing an environment and an education that equips children and adults to become successful, contributing members of a global society
  • Understanding both historical and current implications of diversity, power, and privilege
  • Engaging in this complex work with careful thought and enduring dedication.
  • And most of all, we commit ourselves to fostering a school community in which each of us is welcomed, recognized, and valued as an individual and as a member of the Charles River School family.

Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy

Charles River School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, personnel policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs and athletic and other school-administered programs. It is the policy of Charles River School to admit students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin.

To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact Head of School, Gretchen Larkin, in confidence. 

Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents: 

  • A cover letter expressing their interest in this position; 
  • A current résumé; 
  • A list of 3-5 professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to: