Position Summary: The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for all activities related to identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual, major and planned gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations.
Position Description: The Chief Advancement Officer provides overall leadership, management, and coordination of the Linsly School’s fundraising and alumni relations programs. This dynamic administrator will support strategic initiatives and engage in development activities to increase endowment assets and respond to school needs through the creation and implementation of a comprehensive development and alumni relations plan. The Chief Advancement Officer reports to the Headmaster and will serve on the administrative team.
Advise the Headmaster and Development Office of current resources, trends, obstacles, and developments in revenue generation and donor relations.
Establish and implements short- and long-range alumni development strategies, goals, objectives, and strategic planning in conjunction with the Headmaster and the Board of Trustees.
Proactively ensure the organization develops strong long-term relationships with large-scale individual, foundation, and corporate donors. Builds and maintains key relationships to ensure fund development strategy is achieved.
Identify and cultivate new sources of funding including private, corporate, and foundation sources.
Build and manage a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects and coordinate solicitation strategies with the Headmaster and Development Office staff.
Participate in development activities including individual meetings with donors, prospects, and campus constituent groups.
Develop and oversee engagement programs and/or events that deepen relationships with donors to raise money.
Implement organization-wide planned giving program that includes identification, evaluation, cultivation, initial solicitation, recognition, and stewardship of planned giving prospects and donors.
Oversee the development of all donor appeal, stewardship, and cultivation materials.
Assure that best practices are in place for data collection, analysis, and maintaining good donor records.
Monitor, analyze and report on overall fundraising results versus goals to internal and external constituencies.
Prepare and maintain development office reports, fundraising materials, and annual donor acknowledgment recognition.
Direct, supervise, and evaluate the work of the Development Office staff.
Comprehensive management skills and experience are required including but not limited to short- and long-term planning; evaluation; directing and motivating staff; oral and written communication skills; marketing and financial management; organizational behavior and development; and governance.
Demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions.
Experience leading a group of volunteers and staff.
Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required:
The nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail.
Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money.
Familiarity with computer systems, Senior Systems a plus.
Ideal candidates will hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and a minimum of 7 years fundraising experience in a professional position.
Interested candidates should send through email or mail a letter of interest and CV to:
Additional Salary Information: To be based on qualifications and experience.
About The Linsly School
The Linsly School is an independent college preparatory school where academic excellence and character development are emphasized in every facet of student life. Located in Wheeling, WV, Linsly is a co-educational day/boarding school providing a structured, disciplined program in a community environment that challenges young people to achieve their greatest potential. Established in 1814, the school recently celebrated it's 200th anniversary, and uses its rich history to support the high standards and traditional values that students are held to. Linsly offers an engaging college preparatory curriculum, and talented faculty are committed to teaching using innovate and research based teaching strategies. For more information please visit our website at www.linsly.org.