Tower Hill School was founded in 1919 as a coeducational private school for age 3 through Grade 12. Throughout its nearly 100 year history, the school has consistently dedicated itself to providing students with a superior academic experience, supported by development of creativity though the arts, healthy attitudes toward athletics, and responsibility through service to the community. In keeping with its motto Multa Bene Facta—Many Things Done Well—the school provides a challenging program, engaging students in a variety of educational experiences, while allowing them to develop their individual strengths and pursue their passions.
Tower Hill School is one of the leading college preparatory schools in the region, and enjoys a superb reputation in a robust, competitive local school market. The Director of Parent Stewardship and Philanthropy will join Tower Hill as it prepares for its Centennial anniversary in 2019 and looks to launch a comprehensive campaign.
Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Director of Parent Stewardship and Philanthropy is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the parent program, which seeks to increase and enhance engagement with and raise funds from current parents, past parents, and grandparents of Tower Hill School students. The Director will be primarily responsible for expanding both the major and annual giving parent fundraising, with strategic oversight of parent volunteer committees and all support affiliated with those committees. S/he will be responsible for identification and cultivation of individual prospects capable of making leadership gifts to the Tower Hill Annual Fund, capital projects, and the endowment. In addition, the Director is responsible for soliciting gifts both independently and in collaboration with Advancement colleagues, the Head of School, Trustees, and parent volunteers.
- The Director will manage prospect cultivation, stewardship and build relationships with Tower Hill School administrators and faculty leading to successful gift solicitations.
- Will be responsible for creation and oversight of parent volunteer committees which may include a leadership gift council, major gift committee, and annual fund committee.
- In collaboration with the Director of Advancement, plan, direct, monitor, and coordinate the fundraising program responsible for raising an increasing annual fund goal each year.
- Meet with prospects to assess interest in the School, evaluate for future donor viability and match prospect motivation with appropriate funding opportunity.
- Develop strategies to direct and manage a comprehensive fundraising approach to legacy families for School priorities.
- Coordinate regular review of the prospect list to re-prioritize as needed to ensure appropriate focus on the most likely leadership gift donors.
- Develop innovative engagement opportunities for both donors and prospective donors, at leadership levels and at participation levels.
- Prepare written solicitations, annual appeals, engagement pieces, proposals, and other written materials for use with donors and prospective donors.
- Collaborate with Advancement and School Communications teams on creation of stewardship pieces of leadership and participation donors, as well as stewardship events such as leadership donor receptions.
- Responsible for creating schedule for annual fund appeals, days of giving, volunteer meetings, etc. in conjunction with overall Advancement calendar.
- Partner with Director of Advancement around creation of signature parent events, such as bi-annual gala auction and/or other events.
- Participate in Advancement events such as Homecoming, Reunion, and Alumni receptions as appropriate.
- Attend family and parent events on- and off-campus as appropriate, including sporting events, performing arts events, and lectures.
- Is responsible for compliance with all Tower Hill policies and procedures as pertains to solicitation and acceptance of gifts including naming policies.
The Director of Parent Stewardship and Philanthropy must have the following:
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse group of individuals;
- Resourcefulness in finding appropriate solutions to problems and initiative in presenting alternatives to ensure effective progress;
- Ability to be flexible in working independently as well as collaboratively with Advancement colleagues, faculty, staff and parent volunteers to achieve defined goals;
- Take initiative to organize and follow-through with complex tasks to meet deadlines;
- Is self-motivated to utilize best practices in all aspects of work;
- Has proficiency in computing skills including MS Office Suite, and ability to appropriately use Internet for knowledge searches;
- Possesses traits of good judgement, confidentiality, and discretion in communicating with colleagues and volunteers;
- Successful experience in raising annual funding through leadership-level gifts;
- Ability to work effectively with Advancement and Communications teams in devising, analyzing, and implementing all aspects of an annual giving program;
- Ability to handle other duties as assigned by Director of Advancement and Head of School as appropriate.