The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine, a 296 student K-8 Independent Episcopal School for children of all faiths, is a dynamic institution located on the magical campus of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. An engaged Board of Trustees, a dedicated administration and faculty, and more than 235 supportive, diverse families make The Cathedral School one of the leading K-8 schools in Manhattan today.
The Advancement Office serves the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, and all of the school's constituencies by organizing and/or supporting the Capital Campaign, fundraising initiatives, and special events to generate the maximum support for The Cathedral School. It provides outreach to the school's parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends and organizes or supports special fundraising events and alumni programming. In its publications, the Advancement Office communicates the mission and values of the school, as well as news of programs, events, and constituents.
The Director of Advancement is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the fundraising, alumni relations programs, publications produced by the Advancement Office, social media, and other forms of marketing and communication. With direction and approval from the Head of School, the Director of Advancement establishes overall goals and strategies for fundraising, communications, and marketing at the school in conjunction with the advancement and membership committees of the Board of Trustees. He/she must be highly organized and motivated with a passion for promoting the Mission of The Cathedral School. The Director of Advancement reports to the Head of School.
Overseeing the design and implementation of the annual fund.
Overseeing all special, restricted fundraising initiatives.
Developing and coordinating research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors to the school
Overseeing the planning, coordination, and execution of special events, benefit auctions, and donor-recognition events.
Researching foundation opportunities and drafting and submitting proposals.
Developing and coordinating planned giving to the school
Communications and Marketing
Overseeing internal and external communications and marketing initiatives including but not limited to social media, print, electronic, web, and other media.
Working with the Parent's Association to involve parents in advancement functions.
Overseeing alumni relations and events.
Overseeing production of biannual issues of the school magazine, Close Up, and other publications of the Advancement Office.
Managing new technology and aspects of the school website to communicate with and steward donors, and to electronically keep the school’s various constituencies informed about Advancement Office initiatives.
Managing the budget of the Advancement Office.
Supervising the advancement staff in their roles.
Developing, supporting, and leading professional staff and volunteers to carry out the activities of this office.
Serving as a member of the administrative senior staff.
Board of Trustees Relations
Working with the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising goals.
Developing and executing fundraising training for Trustees and other leadership volunteers.
Assuming responsibility for all Advancement reports to the Board and other agencies and attending all Board meetings.
Working with the Members Committee of the Board in recommending and researching potential new members to the Board.
Managing all Capital Campaign activities, including direct supervision of consultants and vendors and coordination of strategic campaign plans with volunteer leadership.
Working with Board leadership and the Head of School to prepare volunteers for solicitation calls; performing solicitations as required.
Other duties assigned by the Head of School.
Five to seven years of fundraising experience; communication and alumni development experience highly preferred.
Strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Blackbaud Raiser's Edge
Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work both independently and within a team-oriented Ability to be highly organized, able to balance priorities, and willing to take initiative.
Ability to act professionally with highly involved volunteers and Board Members and handle confidential and sensitive information with appropriate discretion and judgment.
Strong verbal communication skills.
Strong written communication skills and experience in writing donor letters, grant proposals, and marketing collateral.
A results-oriented team player with high ethical standards and a commitment to, and enthusiasm for, philanthropy and institutional advancement.
Ability to have a flexible schedule and be available for occasional evening and weekend events and activities.
The Cathedral School admits students and hires faculty and staff of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students and staff at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid, and athletic or school-administered programs.
To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of four references to Monika Jasinska, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent, Episcopal, K-8 day school for girls and boys of all faiths. The School is committed to a rigorous academic program that integrates the arts, athletics, and leadership development. Located on New York City’s Upper West Side on the 13-acre Close of the Cathedral, the School offers a unique setting for the celebration of the many traditio...ns shared by its families. The School prides itself in being a diverse community in partnership with families who take an active role in their children’s intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth. The Cathedral School offers a stimulating environment in which each child can become an articulate, confident, and responsible citizen of the world. Continuing a century-old relationship, the School draws upon the Cathedral’s vast resources and provides its children’s choir.