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Posting Date: November 2016 www.dcds.edu
Detroit Country Day School
Job Title: Director of Advancement
Class Code: FST
FLSA Status: Exempt
Issue Date: November 2016
Job Description – General Summary
As a key member of the Executive Team, the Director of Advancement primary responsibility is to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors. The Director of Advancement will develop, manage, direct and achieve the fundraising programs, activities, and goals of the school to help achieve the school’s overall goals and support the school’s mission and strategic plan. The Director of Advancement reports directly to the Headmaster and works closely with the Board of Trustees. All development, fundraising, alumni relations, and marketing and communications personnel will report directly to the Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement is expected to use independent discretion and judgment in developing, managing, executing, and providing strategic leadership in all areas of philanthropy, enrollment and marketing/communications including fundraising campaigns targeting trustees, alumni and parents for individual and major annual, capital, and endowment gifts, corporate and foundation grants, special fundraising events, and planned giving.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop, manage, and execute strategies to achieve and attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution. These strategies will include annual and long-range financial goals for each fundraising objective and define metrics to be achieved.
- Develop and recommend an annual plan for each fundraising objective. The annual plan will include financial goals, revenue generating activities, and operating plans that will be directed at supporting the strategic objectives established.
- Provide strong, effective, and highly visible leadership in the internal and external community in order to capitalize on the full potential of all fundraising opportunities.
- In addition to the above, responsibilities relative to fundraising and advancement will include but are not limited to:
- Develop and implement fundraising and capital campaigns to meet the school’s current and future needs.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit and expand a growing base of modest and major donors to the school, including individuals, corporations and foundations.
- Formulate and manage a planned giving and endowment program with specific goals.
- Formulate and supervise all research relative to evaluation and cultivation of past, current and prospective donors.
- Direct all internal and external community and special fundraising event activities.
- Develop, implement and manage initiatives that cultivate relationships for the school that foster financial giving and fundraising volunteerism.
- Maintain and expand the school’s existing relationships with parents, donors, and alumni in support of fundraising goals.
- Develop and write grant proposals to foundations and corporations.
- Responsibilities relative to alumni fundraising will include but are not limited to:
- Develop, manage and implement an alumni fundraising program that meets the school’s current and future fund raising goals.
- Engage with alumni at all alumni events as appropriate, including but not limited to class reunions, alumni games, official gatherings, alumni career day, holiday events, homecoming, ?receptions, etc.
- Engage the Alumni Council in its role as the representative organization of the school’s alumni, class agents, reunion agents and other alumni volunteers.
- Develop, implement and manage a strategic marketing and communications effort that effectively promotes the organization to internal and external constituencies.
- Work closely with Parent Volunteer boards.
- Prepare reports for the Board of Trustees as requested by the Headmaster.
- Manage, direct, and oversee all Advancement staff positions.
- Perform additional duties as requested or directed by the Headmaster or Board of Trustees and provide ?support to the Headmaster as directed.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Experience: A minimum of seven to ten years of experience and demonstrated personal success in relevant aspects of fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications, special events, and constituent relations. Independent school experience preferred.
Required Skills and Abilities
- Strong and effective revenue generating skills supported by excellent written, presentation and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Possess the ability to motivate and influence others.
- Strong results orientation and highly collaborative style.
- Excellent written, presentation, oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to effectively present information to School leadership, Board of Trustees, public groups and internal constituencies.
- Analytical skills necessary to conduct complex and detailed analysis. Ability to read, analyze and interpret marketing and business-related journals, financial reports and legal documents.
- Knowledge of regulatory (state and federal) compliance issues and laws relative to areas of responsibility and ability to train staff and faculty related to such issues.
- Excellent judgment and ability to work in a changing environment.
- Ability to offer practical solutions and participate in problem resolution.
- Analytical skills necessary to conduct complex and detailed analysis.
- Knowledge, skill, and intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office products.
- Maintain complete, organized files (both physical and electronic) and document sources of data.
- Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including long hours, nights and weekends, and travel.
The Director of Advancement reports directly to the Headmaster and liaises with the Board of Trustees. All advancement staff report to the Director of Advancement.