DEERFIELD ASSOCIATESExecutive Search, Inc. has been retained by Kent Place School, located in Summit, New Jersey, to conduct a national search for a Director of Advancement. Kent Place School is an independent all-girls K–12 college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool. The only nonsectarian girls day school in New Jersey, Kent Place provides a rigorous and fulfilling education for more than 600 students. KPS also offers a coed Junior Pre-Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten program, The Preschool at Kent Place. The beautiful, 26-acre campus draws families from more than 80 communities. For more information about the school please visit www.kentplace.org
The Director of Advancement, a member of the Administrative Team, is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and strategic planning direction for the school’s Development & Alumnae Relations Office. The current Development Team consists of the Associate Director of Annual Giving, Parent Relations & Special Events; the Associate Director of Alumnae Relations; the Development Associate; the Associate Director of Annual Giving & Database Management; and the Special Projects Manager. The Director of Advancement will report directly to the Head of School.
Among the position’s responsibilities are to develop and execute fundraising initiatives and to manage all related matters. The Director of Advancement will work closely with the school’s senior administrative staff, faculty, alumnae, parents, trustees, and Parents’ Association.
The ideal candidate our client seeks is a thoughtful, articulate, and experienced advancement professional who can both effectively lead staff and serve as a superb front-line fundraiser. The ability to orchestrate and run a capital campaign is essential to the mission of the advancement effort. KPS is looking for a self-starter, problem solver, leader, and effective communicator who embodies the school’s core values, especially the importance of an all-girls education.
This is a high-profile position that requires the ability to build consensus and goodwill with the school’s loyal constituency. The Director of Advancement is expected to develop strong relationships with the full range of the school’s stakeholders and to secure annual, capital, endowment, and planned gifts that support and advance the KPS mission.
Kent Place School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package with a retirement plan, paid vacations, and medical insurance. Kent Place School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek candidates who will add to the diversity of the school community.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, send your résumé and a letter of interest both as WORD documents, along with a list of your top references (who will be contacted only if mutual interest is determined), to: