Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Advancement will oversee all development activities of Pilgrim School in order to attract financial support for current use, capital improvements, and endowment. As a member of the Head’s Leadership Team, he or she will be fully engaged in discussions regarding the strategic direction of the school and the development of action plans to achieve goals. This individual will provide leadership and guidance in cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and the strengthening of our overall fundraising program - with specific focus on growth areas, including alumni, grandparents, and foundations/corporations. Currently, the Director of Advancement has one staff member, with the potential to add 1 additional position in the next 12-18 months.
In collaboration with a small (but growing!) team, oversee:
Pilgrim Fund (fall)
Two fundraising events (spring)
Constituent and community relations
Donor cultivation and stewardship programs and events
Constituent volunteer programs
Donor research and data management
Develop and implement strategies and programs to expand and strengthen the school’s current base of philanthropic support, with the goal of launching a new campaign within 3-5 years.
Serve as an expert and advocate in the School’s CAIS/WASC accreditation process (visit scheduled for Spring 2020).
Organize and help execute the fundraising work of the Head of School, including his portfolio of 30+ prospects.
Manage a personal portfolio of 50+ prospects. Identify, cultivate, and solicit major donors both by approaching them directly and by supporting the Head of School and Governing Board members.
Direct the day-to-day activities of the Advancement Office and ensuring that administrative systems and procedures such as database management, stewardship, and prospect research perform optimally.
Act as a key spokesperson on behalf of Pilgrim School and build relationships both with school constituents and in the broader Los Angeles community.
By recruiting and managing a new position within the department, strengthen the school’s relations with alumni and making certain that programs are designed to foster meaningful relationships and to unite the school, alumni, parents, grandparents, and students.
Working closely with the Development Committee to determine ways to increase the commitment, involvement, and efficacy of volunteers in the school’s fundraising efforts.
Providing training and associated administrative support to the Governing Board, administrators, and other volunteers to assist them in their general fundraising efforts and in their targeted major gift solicitations for the capital campaign.
Actively participating in the life of the school where appropriate and relevant to the priorities of the Advancement Department.
At least ten years in the field of advancement, ideally in an independent school, college or university.
A track record of significant involvement in annual and major gift programs, multimillion-dollar capital and endowment campaigns, and alumni relations.
Direct experience with donor cultivation and major gift solicitation, including 6 and 7-figure asks.
Experience in creating and implementing strategies that enhance an existing advancement effort by developing new avenues for giving.
A strategic, self-starter who sees the “big picture,” but also has the ability to organize, focus, and coach others in pursuit of a well-developed plan.
A thoughtful manager who can delegate effectively, while finding appropriate ways to stay engaged in projects from start to finish without micromanaging.
A skillful communicator who builds trusting and sincere connections with colleagues and stakeholders.
A service-oriented person who will be an active and visible presence in the life of the school.
A hardworking individual who fully dedicates his or her energy to a cause and is willing to “go beyond the job description” as necessary.
Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
Please send resume, cover letter, and two professional references.
About Pilgrim School
Pilgrim School, founded in 1958, is an independent, co-educational school for students in Preschool through Grade 12 that includes an international high school boarding program. The school is cradled in Wilshire Center, 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and attracts a student body as varied as the city's population. Pilgrim is the only accredited K-12 independent school within the urban core of Los Angeles.