The Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at the Ross School will provide guidance and oversight to a comprehensive resource development program. The Associate Director, in collaboration with the Director of Institutional Advancement, will be responsible for planning, executing and growth of the school’s major gift efforts and annual giving campaign.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with the Board of Trustees and the school’s administration to create and implement an annual institutional advancement plan and long--?term resource development strategy;
Assist in leading and managing the Ross School’s overall development efforts to achieve its annual development targets;
Manage the Office of Advancement budget;
Cultivate prospective donors and solicit gifts directly; prepare those at the Ross Institute/School involved with philanthropic giving for major gift cultivation and solicitation;
Write proposals and reports for corporate sponsorship and private/individual family foundations;
Develop and grow the Ross School’s individual donor base; manage the annual giving campaign paying strict attention to annual fund leadership donors of $10,000 or more;
Cultivate volunteers to support the work of the Advancement Office;
Assist in the training Board Members and other volunteers (staff, parents, alumni, etc.) to fundraise for the School; supporting them in their outreach and solicitation efforts;
Serve as a representative of the school to current and prospective donors, effectively communicate Ross School’s unique approach and record of success as well as students’ future needs;
Oversee and manage of the Ross School Alumni Association and the school’s alumni and parent engagement efforts;
Solicit and steward existing and prospective donors using a multi--?channel approach to include social media and face--?to--?face solicitations.
Together with the Special Events Coordinator plan and manage the school’s signature special events to include receptions, annual golf outing, donor recognition, and benefit events;
Oversee the school’s donor recognition program.
In collaboration with members of the Advancement Office team and the school’s publication department, prepare fund raising materials, including solicitation letters, funding proposals and stewardship reports.
Assist in the preparation of Institutional Advancement reports and presentations for the Board and Ross School constituents.
Plan and execute international travel to include events and solicitations in support of the school’s Advancement goals.
A minimum of 10 years of experience with increasing responsibilities in all aspects of resource development office management.
A strong knowledge of resource development principles and best practice. (A CFRE a plus)
Must possess an entrepreneurial spirit, which reflects the mission of the School.
Must understand and have passion for the Ross School mission and its unique global approach to educating young people.
Must have past experience and social awareness in dealing with groups similar to constituents of the Ross School.
Demonstrated track record of providing vision and setting and achieving appropriate goals for fund raising growth.
Clear and convincing communications style.
Well--?organized self--?starter with a strong collaborative management style and a demonstrated ability to manage details efficiently.
Ability to work effectively in a fast--?paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
Comfortable with ambiguity yet is able to provide clear direction to advancement team members.
Demonstrated familiarity and exposure to all components of resource development including annual fund, major gifts, planned gifts, capital campaigns, corporate and foundation giving; participation in special events.
Direct experiences working at the secondary independent school level or in an institution of higher education with similar experience and exposure a plus.
Diplomacy, energy, innovation, and the ability to anticipate, prioritize and implement.
The ability to inspire, mentor, and effectively manage and motivate staff and volunteers with the skills needed to effectively cultivate, solicit, and steward a wide variety of constituents.
S/he will be willing and able to attend evening and weekend performances and special events on a regular basis.
Proficiency in database management (knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and its advanced features a plus), Microsoft Office Suite and other technological skills, is required.
Unquestioned professional and personal integrity.
Excellent written and verbal skills.
Creative, intelligent, a sense of humor, and flexibility.
Ross School’s mission is to change the way education meets the future; to foster interdisciplinary, integrated thinking and innovative leadership; to engage fully in the global community; and to facilitate lifelong learning. Ross School was founded in 1991 by Courtney Ross and Steven J. Ross. They recognized that preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century requires new paradigms ...to transform education. Aided by the research of educational pioneers and leading thinkers, they expanded upon some of the best practices in K–12 education, combining them with the notion that leadership in an increasingly connected and rapidly changing world demands a global perspective and an openness to technology and innovation.
Located on two campuses in East Hampton and Bridgehampton, New York, Ross School serves 520 students pre-nursery to grade 12. Beginning in grade 7, the school hosts a growing number of domestic and international boarding students on the Upper School campus. The nonprofit Ross Institute, founded by Courtney Sale Ross in 1996, promotes understanding of globalization’s implications for precollegiate education and develops and provides curriculum resources and mentoring to schools around the world interested in adopting the Ross model. Ross School operates as Ross Institute’s lab school. www.ross.org