Full-time Position: Associate Director of Advancement
Expected Beginning Date: June 2017
Application Deadline: Until filled
The Associate Director of Advancement is an integral part of an energetic, fast-paced, and joyful department that includes alumni relations, communications, and fundraising. This person will be responsible for supporting the overall fundraising goals for The Athenian School, including the School’s major gift efforts and continuing the recent growth and success of the Annual Fund. This position directly supports the Director of Advancement in all School fundraising initiatives. Some evening, weekend work, and local travel is required. All Athenian employees are educators, admission officers, and fundraisers and support the teaching staff, Admission, and Advancement offices.
Lead the Annual Fund campaign to meet the School’s fundraising goals.
Work closely with the Director of Advancement and members of the Advancement team to design and implement the strategy, message, and timeline for The Athenian Fund to increase revenue and the percentage of participation and engage more volunteers.
Solicit and steward all School constituencies for annual gifts.
Organize and help produce all Annual Fund materials and communications, including writing appeals and managing the design of signs, electronic, print, and other collateral materials.
Coordinate and manage annual fund kick-offs and phone-a-thons.
Organize constituency segmentation and solicitation appeal levels.
Assist Director of Advancement with creating and implementing a plan for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift and campaign prospects and donors.
Solicit and steward an organized portfolio of major donors and foundation partners using prospect research.
Assist with production and organization of all major gift materials and communication.
Support the growth of our international fundraising program.
Work with Director of Advancement to expand the Pillar Society (Legacy Giving) program.
Be a presence in the Athenian community; form relationships with parents, employees, and students by attending community events and participating in on-campus activities.
Recruit, train, manage, and steward Annual Fund volunteers. Plan and execute Annual Fund donor and volunteer cultivation events.
Assist in planning and staffing Advancement Office events as needed.
Work with donor management software to provide reports on Annual Fund performance, metrics, and statistics, and other reports as needed.
Participate in team projects and other duties as necessary in a collaborative work environment.
If interested, please apply electronically by emailing a cover letter and resume (as attachments) to Allie Rowe, Director of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of related experience in a direct fundraising role. Independent school experience and/or international experience are preferred.
Excellent interpersonal communications skills and strong writing experience required.
Strong self-motivation and the ability to work as a team member. Someone who enjoys problem solving, embraces flexibility, takes initiative, thinks critically, and likes to be creative will thrive in this position.
Attention to detail, highly organized, with ability to manage multiple projects at once.
Highest integrity and commitment to confidentiality, diplomacy, discretion, and tact.
Strong aptitude for technology including software, database, social media, or web-based applications in support of non-profit and/or development work. Ability to pick up new systems quickly and a desire to learn.
Appreciation for and ability to clearly articulate the mission of The Athenian School. Demonstrated commitment to education for democracy, justice, equity, inclusion, community service, and environmental stewardship.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The benefits package includes professional development opportunities.
The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 490 students, including 56 boarding students, 42 of whom are international studen...ts. For more information about Athenian’s unique educational program, applicants are encouraged to visit our website: www.athenian.org.
Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all teaching and professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.
Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change. We ask that all candidates take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy.
The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.