The Director of Advancement will provide the leadership, direction, coordination and vision for all marketing, communications and fundraising activities of the school.
In doing so, the Director of Advancement will develop and oversee communications and strategies which promote Sequoyah’s values, nurture constituency relations, and inspire engagement and investment in the life of the school. Success depends upon the careful identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors to raise voluntary financial support, and close collaboration with the Director of Admission to achieve enrollment targets. With the support of the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, he or she is expected to shape the capacity of the organization to meet annual and long-range fundraising goals. The ideal candidate will have a track record of cultivating and soliciting major gifts successfully, both personally and in collaboration with others.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
With school leadership devise and manage an advancement program designed to attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution including: annual fund strategy and solicitation, community building and fundraising events, planned giving programs, corporate gifts, foundation grants, and major and capital campaign gifts.
Assist Head of School and the Board of Trustees in identifying and addressing long range challenges, developing and implementing strategic plans, and supporting action plans.
Articulate strategic direction, build a case for support.
Develop and coordinate all aspects of gift campaigns, and in doing so assure personal attention is given to key volunteers and donors while building a broad base of support for strategic priorities amongst stakeholders.
Provide direction and support to the Head of School in fulfilling his advancement responsibilities.
Provide regular analysis of advancement program results and status to the Head of School, Board of Trustees and administrative team as appropriate. This will include regular verbal, written, quantitative and qualitative analysis, briefings and recommendations.
Oversee the stewardship of all gifts.
Oversee marketing and communications to ensure the messages are developed and communicated in ways that promote Sequoyah’s mission and values, and nurture constituency relations, commitment and investment.
Manage advancement staff including establishing annual goals, performance reviews and professional development.
Address and enhance the public’s perception of the school.
Serve as staff support for the board of trustees and board committees as needed, including the Executive Committee, Development Committee and Committee on Trustees.
Assist Head of School and the Board of Trustees in addressing emergent issues.
Represent Sequoyah school in its values, achievements, mission, needs, and opportunities to its constituencies and donors.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Desired Expertise & Experience
Proven success as an administrator responsible for fundraising and communications
A master’s degree in a related field
Demonstrated success in managing multiple high-stakes projects with shifting priorities and competing deadlines
Experience using data as a tool for decision-making
Exceptional public speaking and writing skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to think strategically and at a level of detail that assures effective planning and implementation
Understanding of the value of diversity within a school
The Director of Advancement will take on other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Head of School, and must be willing to work evenings and occasional weekends to fulfill responsibilities.
Sequoyah School has a rich history of diversity and seeks candidates to enhance that tradition. Sequoyah offers competitive salary and benefits.
Interested candidates please send a cover letter along with your resume to: