The Blake School, a premier, independent, co-ed day school located in the Minneapolis area, seeks an exceptional and experienced chief advancement officer to provide strategic vision, leadership, and direction for all fundraising initiatives. This is a compelling opportunity for a sophisticated individual to lead an advancement and alumni engagement program during an exciting time of growth as the school nears the successful conclusion of Excellence Accelerated, an $80 million comprehensive campaign. Overseeing both the fundraising and advancement services divisions, the successful candidate will work collaboratively and creatively with colleagues across the school to support the primary goal of ensuring a superb Blake educational experience for each and every student.
Founded in 1900, Blake serves about 1,375 students who come from approximately 55 communities around the Twin Cities, defining Blake as a truly metropolitan school. Blake is a complex and large-scale enterprise that spans three campuses – in Hopkins (grades PK-8), Minneapolis (grades 9-12), and Wayzata (grades PK-5) – each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules, and activities. Blake has an operating budget of $38 million and an endowment valued at approximately $68 million. In July 2013, Blake announced one of the most ambitious projects in the school’s history. Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake will dramatically increase the school’s investments in student excellence, faculty development, and the campus environment. With less than one year left in the campaign, Excellence Accelerated has already secured $70 million, representing nearly 90 percent of the campaign goal. The school’s endowment will exceed $90 million at the conclusion of the campaign.
Reporting to the head of school, Dr. Anne Stavney, and serving as a key member of the senior leadership team, the chief advancement officer (CAO) provides innovative leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of the school’s fundraising activities and constituent relations. S/he will establish priorities, objectives, and best practices for a comprehensive program across major, individual, and planned giving; the annual fund; alumni and parent engagement; donor relations; and advancement services. The next chief advancement officer will build a culture of high achievement and accountability to ensure that the school’s nearly 12,000 alumni, current parents and grandparents, and friends are actively engaged in the life of the school. The ideal candidate must have a track record of success in creating highly efficient and effective development programs. S/he should have a collegial, team-building style with a proven ability to motivate staff and keep them engaged, energized, and focused on results. The candidate must have an appreciation for the school’s mission, goals, and commitment to pluralism.
Blake has retained the services of Mr. Jack Gorman of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this recruitment. Please direct all applications, nominations and inquiries to Isaacson, Miller as indicated at the end of this document. For more information, to make a nomination, or to apply for this role, please visit:
The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental, or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, Blake recognizes its responsibility to help make each person’s experience a success.