The Director of Advancement is a member of the Senior Administrative Team and is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and strategic planning direction for Indian Springs’ Development Office. Functions which report to the Director include Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Alumni Relations, Data Management and Parent Relations.
The Admission and Communications Offices operate independently, reporting to the Head of School, but the three together comprise the school’s External Affairs team.
The Director of Advancement will report directly to the Head of School and will be responsible for developing and executing fundraising initiatives and managing all related matters. The Director of Advancement will work in close contact with the School’s senior administrative staff, faculty, alumni, parents and Trustees.
The ideal candidate 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. In addition, at Indian Springs, a cultural fit is of equal importance to a candidate’s ability to perform the tasks associated with this role. To that end, Springs seeks candidates who are self-starters, problem solvers, leaders and effective communicators, who embody the School’s core values.
This is a high profile position which requires a strong ability to build consensus and goodwill on behalf of the School with its loyal constituency. The Director will be expected to develop strong relationships with the full range of the School’s constituents and to secure annual, capital, endowment and planned gifts that support and advance the Indian Springs mission.
Duties and Responsibilities
Among other duties and responsibilities, the Director of Advancement will:
Articulate and exemplify the School’s philosophy of fundraising to the members of its various constituencies.
Initiate and lead plans for raising funds to meet the immediate and long range endowment, capital and operating needs of the School.
Work closely with the Head of School to develop goals and strategies for each of the School’s giving programs, including cultivation strategies for all major gift prospects.
Provide regular, detailed reports and information to the Head of School and Board of Trustees to help in decision-making and program evaluation.
Work closely with all relevant team members to develop and implement strategic goals and initiatives for fundraising, alumni engagement, parent relations and data management to ensure short and long term success of fundraising efforts.
Work closely with the Head of School, Trustees and administrative leaders to promote acquiring gifts to Springs both in and out of a campaign.
Provide support to Trustee committees, specifically the Development Committee and Governance Committee.
Maintain a portfolio of Leadership Donors to cultivate and solicit Annual Fund gifts, special and campaign gifts and planned gifts.
Work with the Head of School and administrative leaders to plan and execute capital initiatives and campaigns.
Oversee all aspects of the development program to include events, fundraising, alumni relations, database integrity, and the Parents’ Association.
Oversee all development communications to ensure they align with and are up to the standards of the School.
Oversee staff development and ensure a culture of inclusivity, respect and collaboration.
Communicate and collaborate regularly with the Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Director of Communications, and Director of Finance to promote message and mission consistency.
Work with all team members and administrative leaders to develop best practices for all development initiatives.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards, reflect an optimistic and positive attitude, demonstrate perseverance and stay focused on securing support for a set of campus-wide priorities.
Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and adhere to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording and acknowledging gifts.
Be able to conduct weekend and evening work.
Take responsibility for the School’s Planned Giving Program, through direct involvement and oversight of those who have a direct relationship to Planned Giving.
Manage and lead the major gifts aspect of development – determining programs of cultivation and solicitation of these key constituencies, and making major solicitations, as well as refining and expanding the leadership contact plan.
Develop a comprehensive cultivation and solicitation system that allows the School to move potential donors through an established process, leading to enhanced connection and giving.
Shape a vision for the alumni relations program that will enhance involvement and support from the School’s graduates.
Integrity, warmth, flexibility, confidence, a positive outlook and a good sense of humor.
Knowledge of and experience with successful major/leadership gift and planned giving solicitation for both alumni and parents.
Ability to interact effectively with and earn the respect of all the constituencies of the Indian Springs School community, including the leadership team, staff, faculty, Board of Trustees, alumni, parents, and friends of the School.
Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, develop and mentor staff.
Knowledge of how to effectively market and communicate the School’s mission, vision and values both internally and externally.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to oversee the identification, cultivation and securing of major gift and annual fund leadership prospects.
Knowledge and experience in prospect tracking, stewardship and reporting procedures and all aspects of annual giving programs.
Experience in organizing and conducting a Capital Campaign.
Experience managing volunteers, including members of governing boards.
A strong commitment to an independent co-ed college preparatory day school education.
3+ years of advancement experience required, preferably at an independent school and/or in higher education.
Interest in and willingness to travel.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Experience
Indian Springs School is a boarding and day school that brings together a diverse and vibrant cohort of just over 300 students in the 8th-12th grades, on a 350-acre campus where nature serves as both inspiration and laboratory. Students from over 20 different states and countries and about 40 faculty members work together in a model of shared governance, and students discover their passions by tak...ing part in everything from athletics to our renowned choir to student-run scholastic, service, and special-interest clubs. Our beautiful, cutting-edge classrooms (built in 2015), broad curriculum, and innovative independent study options all enhance the great teaching environment that opens doors to new ideas and new possibilities for students and faculty alike.
Founded in 1952 and led for its first 20 years by forward-thinking educator Dr. Louis E. “Doc” Armstrong, Springs has roots in the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey, who inspired our motto: “Learning Through Living.” The school’s founding impulse also stems from a connective, expansive vision of American society and democracy. Our mission is to develop in students a love of learning, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship. Springs aims to connect, value, and include young people and adults whose origins, identities, beliefs, and experiences reflect the rich and instructive diversity of our global society.
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Birmingham, Indian Springs is also part of a thriving, technologically advanced city with more than a million people in its greater metropolitan area. Home to world-class cultural institutions, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the McWane Science Center, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham also boasts the award-winning Regions Baseball Park, Red Mountain Park, and nearby Oak Mountain State Park. Birmingham also has a renowned restaurant scene and is an innovation hub. What makes Indian Springs School so unique is that it has the beauty, intimacy, and security of a small-town setting just minutes from the quality of life only a city can offer.
Indian Springs School offers a unique opportunity to participate in a school community that is unlike any other, providing faculty with the freedom to craft their teaching experience in a supportive environment, and enabling faculty to learn as much from students as their students learn from them.