Lawrence Academy is seeking applications and nominations for their next Senior Director of Development.
About Lawrence Academy
One of the oldest independent schools in the United States, Lawrence Academy, founded in 1793, is situated on 135 acres in picturesque Groton, MA. Just 35 miles northwest of Boston, in the heart of New England, Lawrence Academy is home to 400 students, half of whom live on campus in 10 student residences. Each day, the Lawrence Academy community comes alive with a population of learners and educators delving into a rigorous curriculum, an award-winning arts program, championship athletics, and an expansive array of extracurricular offerings— each an important facet of a comprehensive, yet non-traditional college preparatory experience.
With this long and distinguished history, a vibrant present, and a future full of promise and excitement, philanthropy has played and will continue to play a significant role in ensuring that Lawrence Academy fulfill its ambitious educational, global mission.
Reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement, the Senior Director of Development (SDOD) will collaborate with senior staff and Board to execute a fully integrated advancement effort for Lawrence Academy. He/she will be responsible for overall execution and coordination of philanthropy and engagement for the school. The SDOD will manage and integrate development and engagement functions, which include annual fund, campaign and leadership giving; parent giving and engagement, alumni giving and engagement; and cultivation of other key constituents. The SDOD will maintain a small portfolio of key prospects.
The successful candidate will be a leader and mentor who is ambitious regarding Lawrence Academy's institutional reach and fundraising potential and who will broaden the number and nature of relationships across the school community at all levels. The SDOD will have proven competency in annual giving, constituent relations, and major and planned giving, as well as on growing alumni engagement. Experience with campaign implementation is also important.
The candidate will present with strong management competencies and the ability to work well with a Board of Trustees, senior colleagues across the school, staff at a variety of levels, and other volunteers. The SDOD will be an experienced, talented fundraiser and relationship builder looking for a position in which professional talent and initiative are crucial.
Implement a long-term advancement structure and plan to significantly enhance philanthropic giving and alumni engagement.
Oversee and manage all aspects of philanthropy and engagement including campaign execution, major gifts, annual fund, alumni giving, parent giving, and operations.
Provide strong direction, management, and mentorship for the advancement team.
Ensure effective, useful, and thoughtful enhancements of systems, analytics, processes, and measurements to monitor, project, and guide engagement activities and fundraising results.
Plan and implement with staff and volunteer leaders both annual and one-time community events.
Manage a small portfolio of key prospects.
Demonstrated ability to develop staff to next levels of achievement in their professions.
Demonstrated track record of setting and executing a fundraising strategy.
Ability to hold the department as a whole to high standards of achievement for giving and relationship building.
Seven to ten years of advancement experience highly preferred.
Significant experience in an independent school environment highly preferred.
Campaign experience preferred.
Successful front-line experience with the cultivation and solicitation of leadership gifts.
Experience working with board, senior management and volunteer leadership.
Excellent interpersonal skills with a passion for creating successful teams.
An understanding and enthusiasm for education and Lawrence Academy's mission.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an emphasis on the ability to persuade and influence others around ideas, decisions, and financial support.
Highly organized self-starter and motivator of teams.
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.