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Director of Development 

TMS is seeking a motivated and inspiring professional as its next Director of Development. This  is an outstanding opportunity to work with a supportive leadership team, talented faculty, staff,  and students, and highly engaged parents and volunteers in a School that has a great story to  tell. Ideally, the appointment will be effective in the spring of 2024. 

Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is a leading independent school offering a unique  combination of Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes in exceptional  facilities on two campuses in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

A Montessori approach to learning is  expertly delivered at the Lower School from Toddler through Grade 6 before students transition  to the Upper School, where the IB curriculum is delivered through both the Middle Years and  Diploma Programmes. With approximately 900 students ranging in age from 18 months to 18  years, TMS delivers an engaging, highly acclaimed educational experience focusing on knowing  every child uniquely. It encourages every learner to become a compassionate, curious, and  connected citizen in a complex and changing world. The school desires to inspire and challenge  students to discover the best of who they are, to achieve their full potential, and to strive and  excel in academics, arts, athletics, and citizenship. As a member of CIS Ontario and accredited  by CCMA, CAIS and IBO, TMS pursues ongoing improvement in all areas. Additional  information about TMS and its recent growth and direction is available at

The ideal candidate is an engaging visionary with strong strategic and conceptual fundraising  skills. They have experience with building a culture of giving within organizations and are  respected by peers and staff as a compelling communicator, a trusted and sought out relationship builder, and a highly effective motivator. The capacity and commitment to drive  fundraising/development growth in times of economic pressure and the flexibility and resilience  to act as a public face for the School with current and prospective donors will be highly valued.  As an experienced fundraising/development leader, they are known to set clear priorities,  achieve targets and deadlines, and rally internal and external communities around a shared  vision. Prior experience in independent schools or the not-for-profit sector will be an asset.  

Reporting to the Executive Director of Community Development and working closely with the  Head of School, the Leadership Team, and the Directors of Enrolment Management, Marketing  & Communications, and Alumni & Community Relations, the Director of Development will  advise on all aspects of matters related to philanthropy in policies, procedures, best practices,  and emerging trends. TMS offers opportunities for professional development and the chance  to work in a vibrant, collegial workplace. Compensation is highly competitive.  

The consultants will begin review of candidates immediately, with committee consideration  later in the new year, and will continue until the role is filled. Applications should include a letter  of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted  without the consent of the candidate), and should be submitted in confidence to the School’s  executive search consultants: 

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. 

TMS is an equal opportunity employer. We provide any needed accommodations as laid out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Promoting diversity is one of our core values and we are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming culture within our school community.

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