Opportunity: The Stony Brook School, a premiere Christian Boarding and Day School on Long Island is seeking a multi-talented, relationally skilled, and self-motivated individual to lead its Development Office. The School stands at the precipice of significant opportunity and needs the right leader to help catalyze and mobilize fundraising efforts towards the realization of our full potential as a School. The Director of Development will be a vital member of the Administrative Team and will report directly to the Head of School.
Personal and Professional Qualifications
The Director of Development should have the following qualifications/attributes:
- An unswerving commitment to Jesus Christ, characterized by impeccable Christian character and membership in an evangelical church
- Strong and proven verbal and written communications skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and relational skills: a friendly, poised, and professional demeanor, and modest, professional dress; tactful, courteous, energetic, and polite.
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
- Ability to work independently and make decisions in accordance with the Head of School’s expectations, established school policies and procedures and school mission and core values.
- Ability to plan, set priorities, and implement work in a disciplined manner to keep multiple projects progressing to completion simultaneously with minimal direction.
- Strong computer skills including word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation creation, social networking, and web-based technologies. The ability and willingness to adapt and upgrade computer skills if needed; and ability to quickly learn and utilize new technologies.
Position Objective: The Director of Advancement grows support for the mission of The Stony Brook School by building strategic and favorable relationships with potential donors through positive communication, personal requests to give, and disciplined follow-through. Serving the school through the work of growing generous giving, the Director of Advancement fills a crucial role by applying the school’s strategy and approach to engage individuals in face-to-face dialogue about investing long-term in The Stony Brook School.
The responsibilities of the Director of Advancement include:
- Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board Development Committee.
- Provide creative and innovative leadership in establishing new programs for the development and enhanced impact of The Stony Brook School.
- Develop and implement short-term and long-term, high-impact action plans to engage donor prospects face to face, seeking their generous financial support for the mission and vision of The Stony Brook School.
- Implement disciplined methods for contacting, scheduling, visiting, and personally following-through to consistently grow a base of support from a growing number of donors.
- Establish and maintain contact with key individuals in businesses and foundations with the potential for contributing funds, services, or other resources.
- Develop and implement plans for involving a growing and broad constituent base (e.g. parents, past parents, grandparents, alumni, corporations, foundations, friends).
- Maintain an appropriate level of visibility at school events where The Stony Brook School constituents attend.
- Identify and recruit volunteers for Development related teams and projects.
- Build a Development team that will provide effective implementation of the Development strategy of The Stony Brook School.
- Organize and oversee various capital campaigns, giving campaigns, annual giving, and special projects.
- Integrate the efforts of key people (Head of School, board members, key staff, volunteers, etc) in the implementation of giving campaigns and development programs.
- Integrate the efforts of various school staff, organizations, committees, and groups in organizing and implementing development programs.
- Provide appropriate training for staff or volunteers related to development and communications.
- Provide leadership for major development events (small and large group meeting, key donor lunches, banquets, organized phone-a-thons, etc.)
- Provide leadership for all internal and external communications that create a culture of generous giving to The Stony Brook School.
- Provide leadership and/or assistance in internal or external communications, public relations, media resources, community organizations and other initiatives internal to marketing and communications.
- Provide leadership in implementing a planned giving approach for The Stony Brook School that creates opportunities for long-term sustainable giving.
- Apply a disciplined approach to communication with the Head of School as this must be the primary way to stay informed and connected to The Stony Brook School operations and improvements.
- Regularly attend school or staff and volunteer meetings as assigned by the Head of School.
- Attend occasional Board meetings to provide appropriate communication or reports at the special request of the Head of School.
- Communicate and administrate The Stony Brook School fundraising policies and procedures among constituent groups (faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni).
- Maintain careful notes, update and maintain the appropriate development records at all times.
- Other job-related duties as assigned.
- Maintain accurate records in donor database.