The Director of Advancement works closely with the Head of School and supervises and collaborates with a small staff to provide leadership for the Development program as it builds a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school, alumni, and global community. The goal of the Director of Advancement is to design programs of giving that attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution.
To maintain congruency between the school’s mission statement and all activities of the department
To establish and execute forward-thinking development/advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major and capital campaigns; legacy gifts; and planned giving
To oversee all aspects of the Development program, including fundraising, leading the annual giving program, guiding the capital campaign, soliciting corporate and foundation proposals; creating a strong alumni association, and special development events
To identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata
To collaborate with the admissions office on PR initiatives and the marketing and communications office to create/produce fundraising-related communications materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation
To identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and help draft grant applications
To strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming – much of this will be planned and delegated to support staff within the office
Strategic skills: The ability to see the big picture, anticipate opportunities and set the vision by creating longer-range perspective on various situations. Effectively use strategic thinking to assist other departments in the achievement of their goals.
Business/Financial skills: The ability to effectively analyze results of all of the programs you oversee, manage your budgets, and make recommendations supported by financial analysis.
Creative Problem Solving:Uses a disciplined process to define problems, identify root causes, and evaluate data from a variety of sources. Creatively solves these problems.
Collaboration skills: The ability to work effectively with others inside and outside the lines of formal authority to accomplish goals and identify and resolve problems. Participate in local, regional, and national business related organizations to build relationships and keep the school current with regard to financial operations.
Communication skills: The ability to listen, overcome objections, work with others towards “win-win” situations. Must have outstanding writing, verbal and presentation skills and present a positive atti