Emma Willard School seeks a Head of Advancement as the School begins critical ground work to prepare for an ambitious campaign. Emma Willard School, located on a 137-acre National Historic Register campus in Troy, New York, celebrated its Bicentennial in 2014. Founded in 1814 by pioneering educator Emma Hart Willard, the School holds the distinction of being the oldest non-denominational girls’ boarding school in the country. The campus includes 23 buildings. The School’s location in the Capital District—minutes from Albany and down the street from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—opens the door to numerous opportunities for students and faculty. Only 15 minutes from Albany Airport, the School is close to recreational and art centers such as the Adirondack Mountains, Tanglewood Music Center, Saratoga Spa State Park, and much more. More information on Emma Willard School may be found at www.emmawillard.org
The Head of Advancement reports directly to the Head of School, works closely with the Board of Trustees, and serves as staff liaison to the Development Committee of the board. As the chief advancement officer for the school, the Head of Advancement oversees the Emma Fund, major gifts, planned giving, and alumnae relations. Working in close partnership with the communications and admissions teams, the advancement team is well-served by the founder’s forward-thinking, girl-focused vision that not only informs fundraising messaging but also empowers healthy collaboration across operational areas. The School seeks a senior advancement professional to play a key leadership role in advancing the School’s Alumnae and Development mission with an advancement office staff of 12 people. The ideal candidate we seek is a thoughtful, articulate and experienced leader who demonstrates the ability to organize a dynamic constituency towards a common goal. The Head of School seeks candidates who enjoy building deep and personal relationships, are strategically oriented, are experienced in planning and executing capital campaigns, and who demonstrate enthusiasm, sincerity, and effective managerial and leadership skills. This position starts July 2018. A full search description may be viewed at: https://deerfieldassociates.com/emma-willard-school/
Emma, as it is affectionately called by students and alumnae alike, is a college-preparatory boarding and day secondary school serving 354 girls Grades 9 – 12 and Post-Graduate. The 214 boarders and 140 day students come from 35 countries and 31 states. With a strong and dynamic administrative team and a superb faculty as its foundation, the School enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence in the world of girls’schools. The current endowment of the School is $107 million, and the annual fund raises more than $2 million. Together, with healthy tuition revenue, these sources support an annual operating budget of $20 million. The arrival of Jenny Rao as the new Head of School this year has positioned EWS for an ambitious campaign in the coming years. Through its long and distinguished history, Emma has held to a singular mission and faithfully celebrates numerous meaningful and longstanding traditions. Alumnae across all decades—there are 8,000 worldwide—acknowledge the impact of the school on their lives and are responsive and engaged donors. Welcome from Head of School Jenny Rao: Click Here
Emma Willard School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan, paid vacations, and medical insurance. Emma Willard School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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About Emma Willard School
Since 1814, Emma Willard School has been one of the nation's leading college preparatory boarding and day schools for young women. At Emma Willard, every possible resource is dedicated to developing in students the values and skills that form the foundation of a life of accomplishment, leadership, and fulfillment. These include a love for the life of the mind, a commitment to service, courage and confidence, grace and creativity, and collaboration and friendship. Known for its rigor, the school promotes intellectual curiosity and disciplined study habits through a challenging curriculum distinguished by a wide array of advanced placement courses and electives. It also promotes active involvement in the life of the campus and off-campus communities through a rich co-curricular program. In all they do, students are both challenged and closely supported by an outstanding faculty and staff. The school's extraordinary physical plant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a breathtakingly beautiful yet state-of-the-art setting for learning and living. Throughout its history, Emma Willard has been committed to enrolling a diverse student body from across the Ca...pital Region, across the country, and around the world. This commitment is honored by significant expenditures in financial aid to assist families who might not otherwise have the opportunity to provide an extraordinary secondary education for their daughters.