Phillips Brooks School (Menlo Park, California) offers a child-centered education that balances top-notch academics and fully integrated social emotional learning. Our advancement efforts and decisions are focused on inspiring energized and confident advocates of the school, with the strategic goal of advancing the school’s mission among our constituents. This senior-level Director of Advancement position reports to the Head of School and is an essential player in realizing this goal. You’ll have an opportunity to contribute to an upbeat professional learning community that appreciates creativity and innovative advancement ideas.
Collaborate with school leadership in creating and driving strategies to effectively message PBS’s brand, values, and reputation for excellence across current and prospective stakeholders.
Work collaboratively with the PBS admission, fundraising, and communications staff to develop an integrated and innovative approach to marketing, community relations, and outreach.
Work effectively with Trustees, the Board Advancement Committee, and the Administrative Team to establish an advancement strategy that is aligned with the school’s strategic plan.
Foster a vibrant culture of philanthropy so that giving of time and financial resources is a joyful and meaningful experience for donors and volunteers.
Cultivate and steward lifelong support and donors for the school.
Lead the school’s development efforts through soliciting gifts at donor meetings together with the Head of School; strategic planning of the annual fund and benefit; cultivation of major gifts and planned giving; building volunteer teams; and ensuring that the Strategic Development Plan is aligned with school financial goals.
Build the foundation for a possible new capital effort.
Work closely with the Head of School to set fundraising objectives and solicitation strategies, evaluating results and developing corrective strategies as needed.
Bring a strong voice to the Administrative Team to ensure that discussions incorporate an advancement perspective and that program decisions are integrated with the school’s advancement strategy.
Bolster PBS connections to its constituent groups, including current students and their parents, employees, donors, alumni, community leaders, and friends.
Motivate, coach, and support two members of the Advancement Office: Development Associate and Communications Manager.
Ability to find new and bold ways to take an already successful program to the next level of excellence.
Relationship-building and stewardship-oriented approach to cultivating donors and school advocates.
Decision-making based on research, analysis, and sound judgment.
Ability to inspire excitement among all constituents for supporting PBS with time, ideas, and financial resources.
Partner successfully with different constituents, recognizing and managing different needs, wants, and opinions.
View advancement through a school-minded lens, being sensitive to the particular needs of an educational community and enjoy interacting with students and teachers.
Willingness to lead collaboratively so the school establishes and implements an informed, thoughtful, and effective advancement program.
High-quality verbal and written communicator and visible community leader.
Good sense of humor with an open, warm, and confident approach to people.
Be flexible, think outside the box, and have fun working with students and colleagues.
Preferred Qualifications and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree a plus).
Experience with institutional advancement (independent school experience a plus).
Proven track record creating and managing a comprehensive development program, including annual giving and benefit, major gift and capital giving programs, volunteer support, and solicitation.
Documented success raising money, creating communication strategies, overseeing donor records, and developing financial models for fundraising.
Experience mentoring and managing staff.
Proven capacity to plan, organize, and implement a variety of projects at the same time and with overlapping deadlines.
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Compensation and Benefits
Full-time, year round, administrative position.
Compensation package will be very competitive nationally and commensurate with experience, degree attainment, and the national independent school and college markets.
PBS offers superior health benefits and retirement plan and exceptional support for professional development.