St. David’s School, an independent day school grounded in the values of faith, virtue, and knowledge, seeks a dynamic fundraiser to serve as its Director of Advancement.
About St. David’s School
Mission: St. David's is an independent school in the Episcopal school tradition that prepares young men and women for college and life by challenging them to excel in the vital areas of faith, virtue, and knowledge.
Vision: St. David's seeks to serve as a model Christ-centered college preparatory school by equipping its graduates to successfully engage and impact their generation for Jesus Christ. The vision focuses on five key areas:
RIGOR: A focused intention on the quality of student learning and not the quantity of tasks, ensuring a well-lived life for our students.
CHARACTER: Prioritizing the development of key habits, virtues, moral imagination, and a love for learning for our students.
TECHNOLOGY: Evaluating the relationship between technology and learning to determine a comprehensive approach that is the right model for St. David’s School.
DIVERSITY: Providing a heterogeneous learning community where students are capable of participating in broad, multi-perspective discourse.
CORE: Establishing what the shared curricular experience is at St. David’s School that transcends fads, trends, and generations.
Founded in 1972, St. David's School has sustained a tradition of academic excellence paired with an authentic biblical worldview.
An independent Episcopal, co-educational, fully accredited day school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, St. David's has experienced rapid growth and significant development of its facilities in the past 30 years. It currently serves 670 students and 450 families. It’s alumni base dates to 1973 when the founding school, Hale High School graduated its first class.
In 2003, the School name was changed to St. David’s School. Saint David, for whom the school is named, was the Archbishop of Wales. During his lifetime, he expanded Christian education through the establishment of 12 monasteries and built a chapel at Canterbury, home to the Archbishop of the Anglican Church. Graduates of the current school date back to the founding year of St. David’s School.
Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director of Advancement is an important part of the administrative team, bringing a philanthropic lens to the strategic conversations of the school. The Director of Advancement will lead a structured, intentional fundraising program, managing the overall portfolio of donors, as well as his or her own portfolio. The Director will focus on strengthening the culture of philanthropy by retaining current investors while implementing new strategies to both broaden the donor base and to move current donors to deeper levels of investment in the school.
The Director of Advancement will be entrusted with the following key responsibilities:
Leadership - Responsible for building an overall philanthropic culture rooted in a spirit of gratitude and in recognition of the important role St. David’s School plays in forming future leaders. The Director of Advancement will approach this work through the lens of each constituency of the school including the Board, the faculty/staff, current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends of the school. As a member of the administrative team, the Director will bring a philanthropic lens to the strategic discussions that will set the overall course for the school. The Director supports the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, prepares regular Advancement reports to the Board, and attends Board meetings as requested.
Resource Development – Directs and executes a strategic, comprehensive annual development plan focused on relational giving across all constituencies. Leads the ongoing growth of annual, capital, and endowed resources through outright and planned gifts, helping donors grow from initial donations to deeper investments overtime. Analyzes renewal, retention and acquisition rates annually using data and predictive models to set goals for overall giving and participation year over year. Trains and supports advancement staff, senior staff leaders and/or volunteers in fundraising best practices to maximize a relational approach to philanthropy.
Donor Data – Oversees the integrity of all donor records in Veracross. Manages the overall portfolio of donors using Veracross to record call notes, follow up steps, proposals, etc. Reviews weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual fundraising reports to ensure compliance with all solicitation strategies, stewardship protocols as well as all donor and business office policies. Mines data regularly to inform strategy. Assists with annual audit as requested.
Communications - Develops automated and personal solicitation and stewardship strategies as a part of the comprehensive, annual development plan. Works closely with the Director of Communications to ensure the consistent delivery of philanthropic messages and the alignment of messages with the overall communication strategy for the school. In partnership with the Director of Communications, sets an annual calendar of advancement communications with agreed upon deadlines for delivery.
Staff Leadership - Maintains a culture of teamwork and accountability throughout the department and across departments. Conducts annual performance reviews and coaches team members throughout the year, providing professional development as appropriate. Helps administrative team members align his or her skills and purview to promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the school. Engages the faculty and staff in appropriate ways that promote the school’s philanthropic culture.
Attributes of the New Leader
The Director of Advancement must be committed to the St. David’s School mission and vision and dedicated to the value of an independent school education. The Director will be passionate about continually strengthening the culture of philanthropy across all school constituencies. The plans of the Director of Advancement will be relationship focused and strategic, grounded in best practices, yet bolstered by innovation. In addition, he or she should possess key attributes, including:
At least 10 years of proven leadership of a strategic, comprehensive fundraising program with success directly soliciting major ($50,000+) gifts, ideally in an independent school setting
Excellent philanthropic strategist, blending the art and science of development
Inspired and inspiring fundraiser who is passionate about relationship-based fundraising
Ability to articulate, verbally and in writing, the value of a St. David’s School education
Familiarity with Veracross preferred and a solid understanding of the key role that data serves in creating development strategy
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, master’s in a relevant discipline preferred
CFRE or ACRFE preferred
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About St. David's School
St. David's School is an independent Episcopal school in Raleigh, NC that prepares young men and women for college and life by providing challenging opportunities to excel in the vital areas of faith, virtue and knowledge. www.sdsw.org