Golden Valley, MN
Title: Director of Advancement
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Head of School
Effective Date: January 10, 2017
Position Starts: July 1, 2017
Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
Breck School is an Episcopal, coeducational, college-preparatory day school enrolling 1,160 students of diverse backgrounds in grades preschool through twelve. All grades are located on one exceptionally impressive campus less than ten miles west of Minneapolis.
Founded in 1886, Breck was named for a pioneer missionary, the Reverend James Lloyd Breck. In its earliest years, Breck attracted students from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly children of local immigrant farmers. Over the course of the next 80 years, the school moved several times, briefly experimented with an all-boys, military focus, and in 1981 moved to its current location in Golden Valley.
Today, Breck is regarded as one of the finest coeducational day schools in the country. Guided by a dedication to service, a commitment to character education, and a desire to foster responsible stewards of the community and the environment, Breck’s Mission is to:
- Prepare each student for a college whose culture is compatible with the individual’s needs, interests, and abilities.
- Help develop each student’s unique talents and potential to excel by nurturing independence and self-worth.
- Instill in each student a deep sense of social responsibility.
The strength and health of the school are apparent in virtually every aspect of its operation. With an operating budget of slightly more than $36 million and an endowment of $47.9 million, the school is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity, allocating more than $6 million annually to financial aid, which supports approximately 25% of the student body. Students come to Breck from more the 65 surrounding communities and represent a broad diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions.
The leadership at Breck has thought carefully and deeply about the future, and the school is well positioned for the next chapter in its history, having recently completed the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Upper School, a successful capital campaign, reaccreditation through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and a comprehensive strategic plan that emphasizes the following Breck “truths:”
We are a community of lifelong learners and teachers, innovators and scholars, artists and athletes, servant leaders and independent thinkers boldly engaged in transforming lives and the world beyond our doors.
- We know that learning is not a spectator sport.
- We know that strong leaders serve the common good.
- We know that self-reflection sets the stage for action.
- We know that diversity and multiple perspectives enrich us all.
- We know that success happens when we have a safe place to fail.
- We know that thoughtful questions lead to deeper understanding.
Breck seeks an individual of outstanding character whose personal and professional skills match the school’s culture and who will inspire and enable Breck School to achieve its vision for the future via leadership within the Advancement Office.
The Director of Advancement provides leadership, planning and management of and for the Advancement Office and is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive institutional advancement program for Breck. This position is responsible for the oversight of all fundraising, volunteer, alumni activities and constituent relations. All responsibilities are to be in line with the mission of the school. The Director of Advancement reports directly to the Head of School and works collaboratively with the school’s administrative team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Designs and implements the vision for the advancement program.
- Oversees the establishment of policy and protocol on all issues pertaining to the advancement program.
- Identifies, cultivates, solicits and closes leadership gifts. Maintains an active pool of prospects.
- Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation and relations.
- Directs the organization and management of the comprehensive development programs through supervision of leadership within the team.
- Maintains contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
- Leads the development of fundraising programs and events.
- Develops fundraising training for Trustees and other leadership volunteers.
- Serves as a member of the school’s senior administrative team.
- Serves as an advisor and liaison to the Head of School on strategic fundraising initiatives and campaigns.
Education and/or Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred
- 7 + years of Development and/or Advancement experience
- A strong commitment to and understanding of donor recognition and stewardship.
- Ability to maintain clear, accurate records and prepare accurate and timely reports.
- Understanding of computer and constituent software.
- Strong managerial, leadership and supervisory skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Proven project management skills.
- Highly self-directed with an attention to detail and ability to organize effectively.
To apply: submit letter of interest, resume and two letters of reference to Breck School, 123 Ottawa Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55422, Attn Human Resources. May also submit to firstname.lastname@example.org