The Associate Head of School for Development (AHSD) will join Out-of-Door at an exciting time in the life of the School. The successful candidate will be a key partner within the Head of School and the senior Leadership Team. The focus of this newly created position will be to oversee all advancement efforts, to strengthen the culture of philanthropy at ODA to further the School’s mission and to build strong and lasting relationships between the School and all of its constituents. Currently, the school raises over $1 million in annual giving and a highly successful and sustained capital campaign has transformed both campuses over the past decade. The AHSD should be prepared to develop strategies and implement best practice procedures in all aspects of the advancement program. The successful candidate will need to invest significant time and energy to develop personal relationships with parents, trustees, alumni and donors in order to become fully integrated into the Out-of-Door community.
Reporting to the Head of School, the Associate Head of School for Development will be responsible for the following:
Strategically lead and manage the Development department in the planning and successful growth of the Annual Giving program with a focus on increasing participation across all constituencies.
Lead and oversee cultivation and stewardship efforts for both annual giving and capital fundraising.
Formulate and direct leadership gift solicitation strategies that emphasize program priorities and capital needs.
In collaboration with the Head of School, lead and engage the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee in all fundraising initiatives.
Develop strategic, long-term plans for capital, endowment and planned giving programs.
Ensure prompt and accurate gift and pledge recording, acknowledgements, and compliance with School policy and philanthropic best practices.
Lead, recruit, develop, and motivate an excellent team of fundraisers.
Be a visible and accessible presence on campus who is well-known to the entire Out-of-Door community.
Live the school’s mission and core values of respect, integrity, service, excellence, and responsibility.
An honest person who will live the school’s values and who effectively blends candor, care, and empathy in dealing with others, and whose style is rooted in honesty, transparency and collaboration.
A thoughtful individual who embraces managed risk-taking and experimenting with new ideas, and is excited by the opportunity to help a well established and thriving independent school reach new levels of success.
A flexible, open-minded individual who is comfortable with ambiguity, sees the “grays” rather than simply the “black and white” of various issues, and possesses the courage to follow through on his or her beliefs and convictions.
An approachable, collaborative professional, who values teamwork, builds meaningful relationships, listens well, and respects differences of opinion.
A strategic thinker who possesses excellent communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence.
An effective storyteller who can articulate the history, mission, values and aspirations of the Out-of-Door Academy.
A hard-working professional who thrives in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations.
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
A Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree in a related field is preferred
At least 10 years of fundraising, leadership and external relations experience, ideally in an independent school, college or university setting.
A proven track record of relationship-based fundraising with an intentional focus on cultivation, stewardship, and building personal relationships with philanthropists and donors.
Demonstrated experience of leading, implementing, and integrating a full range of development programs.
Demonstrated experience in cultivating and securing major gifts
Mastery of a relational databases such as Raisers Edge or RE NXT; proficient with Word, Excel and the Google drive platform.
A successful track record of working effectively with a wide range of constituencies including students, faculty, staff, parents, trustees and alumni.