Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is an independent, college preparatory, all girls Catholic School serving 460 students PS-12 located on 55 acres in Princeton New Jersey. This is an exciting time for Stuart having recently completed our new strategic plan, A Vision for 2021: Powerful girls leading positive change in themselves, their communities and the world. Stuart is seeking a full-time, 12-month Director of Institutional Advancement who can help us execute that plan. A feasibility study conducted in the late fall resulted in the approval of an $11.7M Capital Campaign. The new Director of Institutional Advancement (DoIA) will be responsible for leading this campaign, supported by a highly engaged Board and a skilled department of eight, with an opportunity to grow the team. The position also includes oversight of the annual Stuart Fund, major gifts, planned giving, publications, marketing and all other communications, alumnae engagement, and special events for community building and fundraising. The DoIA is a key member of the Leadership Team reporting directly to the long-tenured Head of School.
Stuart’s mission is to prepare young women for lives of exceptional leadership and service, through a challenging and innovative curriculum, superb teaching, and close attention to each girl’s personal development. Part of an international community of Sacred Heart schools, Stuart welcomes and embraces students of all faiths and backgrounds, helping them to become accomplished, committed women whose confidence, global perspective and passion for justice will transform the world in which they live.
Management of the Institutional Advancement Program
Produce adequate funds for current operations, special projects and capital growth
Manage and support the work of the advancement staff, providing regular feedback, opportunities for growth and challenging goals in a collegial environment
Develop, implement and edit the annual Institutional Development Plan to support the current Strategic Plan
Develop, monitor and adjust annual budgets, tracking and allocating expenses and revenue
Communicate a broad understanding and awareness of Stuart Country Day School’s mission and programs
Implement the stewardship plan, producing new donor recognition signage and updating as needed
Represent the institutional development interest at the senior administrative level
Recommend funding goals for the fiscal year to the Development Committee
Oversee The Stuart Fund planning and yearly solicitation strategy and schedule with the director of The Stuart Fund
Plan and implement strategic initiatives such as capital campaigns, or major gift initiatives
Develop an effective planned giving program
Oversee the gift reporting, acknowledgments, accounting and data management of the development office
Identify, cultivate and steward major donors. Develop relationships with key donors and develop strategies that will bring donations to the School either through direct solicitation or by facilitating the Head of School, board members, or volunteers in securing the gifts directly.
Oversee events, (alumnae and friend receptions, parent receptions, recognition events, Reunion Weekend, special celebrations) which promote the connection of individuals to Stuart
Steward restricted and endowment gifts
Plan and implement, with Director of Communications, a comprehensive long-range marketing plan, with annual review and evaluation
Together with the Communications staff, determine plan, focus and potential markets for admission with annual review
Oversee all digital media with the Director of Communications
Supervise the planning and production of all publications with the Director of Communications
Board of Trustees
Serves as secretary of the corporation
Coordinate the work of the Development Committee
Report annually to the board on the State of the School and other times as required
Work with the chair of the Development Committee—set agendas, providing data, and coordinating all fundraising efforts
At committee meetings report to Development Committee the work of the Advancement and Communications staff
Work closely with the Committee on Trustees to provide all research and data needed for the recruitment and training of new trustees
Head of School
Provide comprehensive and effective support for the Head of School
Provide research, background information, appropriate materials and recommended strategies for dealing with specific constituents and donors
Work with Head of School on the implementation of Head’s goals and vision for the institution and as a member of the Administrative Team, develops priorities and strategies for the School
Participate on school wide initiatives such as the accreditation committees
Attend all Leadership Team meetings and additional meetings as called
The Advancement Office consists of the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Director of the Stuart Fund, Coordinator of Alumnae Relations, the Director of Communications, Director of Events, Director of Development Services, Manager of Digital Media and Design, Major Gifts Officer, and the Development and Events Assistant.
Supervise, set direction and support the goals for each member of the Advancement Team. Ensure that the job descriptions are clear and that annual reviews take place for the benefit of the staff member and the department
Supervise the staff in a manner which will maximize their individual talents and encourage professional growth
Stress teamwork for the entire development staff. Hold regular meetings of entire staff, briefings and at least one annual retreat to benefit from the team’s collaboration on the Advancement Plan
Bachelor's Degree required. Master's preferred. Experience with Independent Schools, capital campaigns, and Raiser's Edge preferable.