The Director of Advancement is a member of the Senior Administrative Team and is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and strategic planning direction for Indian Springs’ Development Office. Functions which report to the Director include Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Alumni Relations, Data Management and Parent Relations. The Admission and Communications Offices operate independently, reporting to the Head of School, but the three together comprise the school’s External Affairs team.
The Director of Advancement will report directly to the Head of School and will be responsible for developing and executing fundraising initiatives and managing all related matters. The Director of Advancement will work in close contact with the School’s senior administrative staff, faculty, alumni, parents and Trustees.
The ideal candidate is a thoughtful, articulate and experienced advancement professional who can both effectively lead staff and serve as a superb front-line fundraiser. The ability to orchestrate and run a capital campaign is essential to the mission of the advancement effort. In addition, at Indian Springs, a cultural fit is of equal importance to a candidate’s ability to perform the tasks associated with this role. To that end, Springs seeks candidates who are self-starters, problem solvers, leaders and effective communicators, who embody the School’s core values.
This is a high profile position which requires a strong ability to build consensus and goodwill on behalf of the School with its loyal constituency. The Director will be expected to develop strong relationships with the full range of the School’s constituents and to secure annual, capital, endowment and planned gifts that support and advance the Indian Springs mission.
Duties and Responsibilities
Among other duties and responsibilities, the Director of Advancement will:
Articulate and exemplify the School’s philosophy of fundraising to the members of its various constituencies.
Initiate and lead plans for raising funds to meet the immediate and long range endowment, capital and operating needs of the School.
Work closely with the Head of School to develop goals and strategies for each of the School’s giving programs, including cultivation strategies for all major gift prospects.
Provide regular, detailed reports and information to the Head of School and Board of Trustees to help in decision-making and program evaluation.
Work closely with all relevant team members to develop and implement strategic goals and initiatives for fundraising, alumni engagement, parent relations and data management to ensure short and long term success of fundraising efforts.
Work closely with the Head of School, Trustees and administrative leaders to promote acquiring gifts to Springs both in and out of a campaign.
Provide support to Trustee committees, specifically the Development Committee and Governance Committee.
Maintain a portfolio of Leadership Donors to cultivate and solicit Annual Fund gifts, special and campaign gifts and planned gifts.
Work with the Head of School and administrative leaders to plan and execute capital initiatives and campaigns.
Oversee all aspects of the development program to include events, fundraising, alumni relations, database integrity, and the Parents’ Association.
Oversee all development communications to ensure they align with and are up to the standards of the School.
Oversee staff development and ensure a culture of inclusivity, respect and collaboration.
Communicate and collaborate regularly with the Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Director of Communications, and Director of Finance to promote message and mission consistency.
Work with all team members and administrative leaders to develop best practices for all development initiatives.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards, reflect an optimistic and positive attitude, demonstrate perseverance and stay focused on securing support for a set of campus-wide priorities.
Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and adhere to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording and acknowledging gifts.
Be able to conduct weekend and evening work.
Take responsibility for the School’s Planned Giving Program, through direct involvement and oversight of those who have a direct relationship to Planned Giving.
Manage and lead the major gifts aspect of development – determining programs of cultivation and solicitation of these key constituencies, and making major solicitations, as well as refining and expanding the leadership contact plan.
Develop a comprehensive cultivation and solicitation system that allows the School to move potential donors through an established process, leading to enhanced connection and giving.
Shape a vision for the alumni relations program that will enhance involvement and support from the School’s graduates.
Integrity, warmth, flexibility, confidence, a positive outlook and a good sense of humor.
Knowledge of and experience with successful major/leadership gift and planned giving solicitation for both alumni and parents.
Ability to interact effectively with and earn the respect of all the constituencies of the Indian Springs School community, including the leadership team, staff, faculty, Board of Trustees, alumni, parents, and friends of the School.
Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, develop and mentor staff.
Knowledge of how to effectively market and communicate the School’s mission, vision and values both internally and externally.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to oversee the identification, cultivation and securing of major gift and annual fund leadership prospects.
Knowledge and experience in prospect tracking, stewardship and reporting procedures and all aspects of annual giving programs.
Experience in organizing and conducting a Capital Campaign.
Experience managing volunteers, including members of governing boards.
A strong commitment to an independent co-ed college preparatory day school education.
3+ years of advancement experience required, preferably at an independent school and/or in higher education.
Interest in and willingness to travel
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Indian Springs School
Indian Springs School in Indian Springs, Alabama, brings together a diverse cohort of just over 300 boarding and day students in the 8th-12th grades on a 350-acre campus where nature serves as both inspiration and laboratory. Students from more than 20 states and countries work together with Springs’ 40 accomplished faculty members in a model of shared governance. Students discover their passions by taking part in everything from athletics to our renowned choir to student-run scholastic, service, and special-interest clubs. Our broad curriculum; idyllic setting; innovative independent study and virtual learning opportunities; international community; and cutting-edge, Silver LEED-certified classrooms (built in 2015) all enhance the dynamic teaching environment that opens doors to new ideas and new possibilities.
Founded in 1952 and led for its first 20 years by forward-thinking educator Dr. Louis E. “Doc” Armstrong, Springs has roots in the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey, who inspired our motto: Learning through Living. Our mission is to develop in students a love of learning and creativity, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participa...tory citizenship with respect for individuality and independent thought.
Personalized learning has been a hallmark of an Indian Springs education since the school was founded. More than two dozen advanced courses are available through our participation in the prestigious Malone Schools Online Network, and endless possibilities for independent studies with our dedicated faculty allow our students to hone skills and explore interests.
Learning at Springs is both an individual pursuit and a collective endeavor, in which we seek to understand our world and one another. As members of a caring, international community, students from across the country and around the globe come together to learn and live side by side in order to broaden their experience and perspectives. Located just 15 minutes from Birmingham, which made civil rights history in 1963, Indian Springs draws from the city’s rich history as it highlights the importance of understanding other cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints.
One of our best-known alumni, author and educator John Green ’95, has said that Springs is where “all at once, I became a learner ... because I found myself in a community of learners.” As members of this passionate community, Indian Springs students are ready for college and prepared for the world. Visit our website: www.indiansprings.org.