Antilles School seeks an experienced and accomplished advancement professional with demonstrated expertise in fundraising, alumni development, marketing, communications, events management, and community engagement. The Director of Advancement provides a vision and strategic direction for the development efforts of the school, identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding support to provide for long-term financial sustainability. The Director of Advancement’s personal and professional skills match the School’s culture and will inspire and enable Antilles to achieve its vision for the future through leadership of the Advancement Office.
Designing, articulating, and implementing an ambitious and thoughtful advancement program.
Overseeing all fundraising, volunteering, alumni activities, and constituent relations.
Creating and overseeing policies and protocols of the advancement office.
Fostering a vibrant culture of philanthropy so that giving time and financial resources is a joyful and meaningful experience for donors and volunteers.
Working with prospective donors to determine their philanthropic interests as related to the School’s fundraising goals and giving opportunities.
Cultivating and stewarding lifelong support and donors for the School.
Soliciting and securing leadership gifts.
Developing grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
Developing fundraising training for Trustees and other leadership volunteers.
Collaborating with the Director of Development on the annual fund and events.
Skills, Qualifications, and Experience:
The Director of Advancement has an impeccable work ethic, a high-level of analytical ability, and excellent interpersonal, communication, and computer skills. A successful candidate has the ability to work independently and the ability to forge effective working relationships with a broad range of internal and external constituents. This leadership position requires both big- picture thinking and attention to detail, managing multiple tasks and priorities effectively. An understanding of, and a commitment to, a culturally and ethnically diverse population is essential.
At least 3 - 5 years of experience in development and/or advancement, preferably in an independent school.
A bachelor’s degree required; a master’s degree is desirable.
A strong understanding of donor recognition and stewardship.
Ability to maintain clear, accurate records, and prepare accurate timely records and reports.
Understanding of development software and strong computer literacy.
Antilles School is an independent coeducational day school located in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Antilles enrolls approximately 500 students in a toddler program through grade 12. Antilles occupies a distinct place in Caribbean culture and the history of the larger Virgin Islands community.
Excellence, Diversity and Community are the guiding principles for each day at Antilles. We pride ourse...lves on inspiring each student to reach his/her potential in a multicultural setting that is one of the hallmarks of our school. Antilles combines educational excellence and character development to transform our students into young adults prepared for college, career, and life. Antilles develops the “whole child” through challenging academic courses, technology, music, art, physical education, and athletics.