Business Management, Development/Fund Raising, Financial Aid
Catlin Gabel School is seeking an experienced and dynamic Director of Advancement. Reporting to and working closely with the Head of School, the Director of Advancement will lead all aspects of the School’s advancement program, which includes annual and capital philanthropy, alumni engagement, community events, and data services. The Director will manage a talented team of nine Advancement professionals. In the next year, the school will launch a comprehensive capital campaign in the $25 million range. The Director of Advancement will oversee campaign operations and be a lead solicitor, in addition to managing all departmental programs.
Catlin Gabel School is a nationally recognized leader in progressive education. Our preschool through twelfth grade students engage in a program designed to develop their intellect, social, emotional, and physical domains, and the ability to effect positive change in any community they join. Students are exceptionally well prepared to excel in college, and pursue successful professional lives reflective of their passions and values. Catlin Gabel School was named one of the Oregon’s Top Workplaces for 2015 by Oregon Business Magazine.
The Director of Advancement leads and oversees visioning, goal-setting, fundraising operations, and alumni engagement. In collaboration with the Advancement team, the Director will evaluate program success and opportunities for continuous improvement, relying on stakeholder feedback, analytics, team observations, and personal expertise. The Director will partner closely with the Head of School and campaign counsel to identify capital campaign goals and the campaign work plan. The Director also will work closely with the Campaign Volunteer Leadership Committee, and serve as the staff link between those volunteers and the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees.
The Director of Advancement will maintain a major donor portfolio of approximately fifty individuals who are campaign leadership prospects at the five and six figure level. The Director will partner closely with the Head of School and Campaign Committee volunteers in preparing for and executing on campaign solicitations. The Director will work with campaign counsel to put in place the building blocks for the most ambitious campaign in the school’s history.
The Director will work closely with the Alumni Relations Director to carry out the School’s strategic initiative related to Alumni engagement. This work includes developing a multi-year strategy aimed at learning more from Catlin Gabel alumni about how the school is achieving its mission. It also includes implementing a plan for incremental increases in participation by and dollars raised from alumni.
The Director will also ensure the Catlin Gabel Fund’s overall success, working carefully to support the CG Fund Director, and chart a path toward steady annual growth. This critical partnership also includes execution of the school’s largest fundraiser – the annual auction –which raises nearly one-third of the total Catlin Gabel Fund goal.
With the entire team, the Director will oversee stewardship of all donors, including producing the school’s annual donor impact report in collaboration with the Communications team.
The Director will collaborate closely with the Communications team (supervised by the Director of Enrollment Management) to ensure effective, strategic, and high-caliber Advancement communications to all stakeholders.
Oversee planning and strategy for the school’s fundraising operations and results, including annual fund, capital campaigns, endowment, grants, special projects, and planned giving. Develop strategies and plans for growing overall philanthropic support and stakeholder engagement.
In partnership with the Head of School, oversee the school’s upcoming capital campaign, working closely with key volunteers, the Board of Trustees, and campaign counsel.
Ensure strategic goals for the alumni program are set and important milestones are achieved, including effective management and support of the Alumni Board.
Effectively plan and collaborate with the Communications team to produce the highest quality collateral for Advancement that meet and enhance the school’s brand standards.
Promote a growth mindset among the Advancement team, encouraging risk-taking, innovative practices, inclusion, and strong connection to mission.
Supervise, set direction, and support the goals for each member of the advancement team. Ensure that each team member understands his/her responsibilities and objectives, and measures of success.
Provide comprehensive and effective support for the Head of School.
Attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees, Advancement Committee, Master Planning, and Committee on Trustees. Attend other committee meetings as requested by the Head of School.
Work closely with the chair of the Board Advancement Committee to provide oversight of fundraising and engagement goals.
Co-manage the Advancement Committee with the Director of Enrollment Management, including scope of focus for each year, volunteer management, and membership recruitment
Successful fundraising experience with cultivating, engaging, and expanding donor relationships with a wide variety of donors.
Experience working with and connecting to a large and diverse community.
Demonstrated strengths in interpersonal skills and collaboration.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including multi-media presentations.
Qualifications and Skills
Experience working in a leadership role in a significant fundraising campaign
Experience managing a team of direct reports (currently 9)
Demonstrated success in cultivating and managing volunteers
Demonstrated success in partnering with the president/CEO/head and the board to solicit gifts
Demonstrated commitment to inclusive, culturally competent leadership
This is a full-time, year-round, exempt position with a competitive salary and benefits package, including 100% employer paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with up to 6% employer match, paid vacation and sick leave, partial tuition remission and paid professional development opportunities.
Willingness to travel periodically to meet with board donors and prospective donors.
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beaut...iful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.