Episcopal School of Acadiana is seeking a creative and talented leader to be our Director of Advancement. As a member of the senior leadership team at ESA, the Director of Advancement will be part of a creative learning community. We seek an inclusive team player and coach who will plan and oversee our fundraising and enrollment efforts, and who can build strong relationships and deepen our culture of philanthropy. An exciting part of this work will be the opportunity to help carry out an ambitious multi-phase, multi-million dollar campaign to upgrade the Cade Campus (6th-12th grades). Our Director of Advancement will have the opportunity to work with an inspiring and committed group of people, and to play a major role in shaping ESA’s future success.
The Director of Advancement will provide overall leadership to the Advancement (Development, Admissions and Communication) team. The Director is responsible for the creation, implementation and management of an annual strategic fundraising plan, which includes annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, grant writing, foundation and corporate partnerships, and event planning. The Director will work with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, advancement team, and volunteers through fundraising, marketing, admissions, alumni relations, and community relations. In addition, the Director of Advancement will work with the capital campaign team to help execute various future campaigns. The Director will invest considerable time in relationship building throughout the school community, particularly with parents, past parents, and alumni, and will ensure that all of the school’s development, admissions and communication efforts are coordinated and in alignment.
A complete position description including the academic credentials and work experiences may be viewed at: https://esacadiana.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/762/download/download_3262265.pdf
Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities
Leads the Advancement Team, which currently consists of the Development Director, Communications Director, Admissions Director, Lower School Admissions Coordinator, and Admissions/Development Assistant, and future positions which include a Major Gifts Officer.
Oversees the cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of individual donors, foundations, and corporations.
Builds relationships with donors and community stakeholders to advance the school’s mission and fundraising goals, and deepen stewardship with donors and partners at all levels which includes developing a comprehensive alumni engagement program.
Partners with the ESA Board and campaign team to lead the community through a multi-year capital campaign. Collaborates with leadership to personally solicit major gifts and serves as a staff liaison to the Board’s Advancement Committee.
Oversees enrollment management efforts and the design, production and distribution of school-wide communication.
About Episcopal School of Acadiana
ESA is an independent PK3-12th grade school serving students from the seven-parish area of south Louisiana known as Acadiana. Our Lafayette Campus houses grades PK3 through 5, with a state-of-the-art classroom facility and an Enrichment Center that hosts art, music, language, technology, science, the library, and the learning center, as well as administrative offices. The Cade Campus, home to 6th through 12th grades, is a 100-acre rural site that once operated as a sugar mill and plantation. ESA’s academic program is recognized statewide, regionally, and nationally, and ESA alumni succeed in colleges and careers around the world.
The Episcopal School of Acadiana does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin or physical disability in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, and hiring policies.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Bachelor’s degree with 5 or more years of experience in a development role; independent school experience preferred
Knowledge of fundraising principles, practices, and daily operations within a development office
Knowledge of strategic institutional branding, volunteer recruitment, advertising, marketing, enrollment management, and public and community relations
Experience successfully cultivating, soliciting and securing individual gifts with a demonstrated success leading fundraising campaigns
Strong staff management, team building and coaching skills, and ability to think strategically to inform and frame plans and execution
Experience partnering with a Board of Trustees and guiding their development efforts
Excellent written and verbal communication and technology skills.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and donor database software (experience with Blackbaud’s OnSuite preferred but not required)
Additional Salary Information: ESA offers a generous benefits plan including 20 paid vacation days. In addition, employees receive 10 paid non-vacation days for medical or family leave. The School provides paid medical insurance for the employee portion, and offers dental, vision and other insurance options, and contributes up to 9% toward a retirement plan for employees who contribute. Employees with children are eligible for a 50% discount on tuition.
About Episcopal School of Acadiana
Episcopal School of Acadiana is a coeducational, independent day school for students in grades PreK-3 through 12. Our mission is to instill in every student the habits of scholarship and honor. ESA challenges students to develop intellectually, spiritually, and physically.