Reporting to the Head of School, the Senior Director of Advancement/Director of Advancement will lead the development of a comprehensive fundraising plan that optimizes the best of the School’s resources, which include a committed and engaged Board of Trustees, an intelligent and experienced Head of School, an outstanding faculty and staff, and a strong foundation of philanthropic support. The Country School is special in every way, and we seek a similarly special advancement professional. This role is ideal for a quick, witty, experienced, intelligent, and thoughtful development leader. Just as the students are thriving at the Country School, so, too, is the school under the new leadership of Head of School Aaron Cooper. At this moment in the School’s history, the Board of Trustees, Aaron, and the School community are seeking a highly knowledgeable and experienced fundraiser and manager with a demonstrated passion for independent education and a commitment to advancement excellence. Individuals of conviction and confidence with experience working with families from high net worth communities are preferred.
Current parents, grandparents, and alumni provide support of the ongoing $25 million campaign and the School’s Annual Fund, and the next Senior Director/Director will build a robust and thriving major and planned-giving program from this strong foundation. The Senior Director/Director will be a sophisticated, high EQ, outgoing ambassador for development and its essential role in the life of a school and will bring strong experience in partnering closely and seamlessly with School trustees, the Head of School, faculty, administrative colleagues, and Development Office colleagues.
The successful candidate will possess outstanding interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and project management skills; understanding of fundraising best practices, and a strong track record of personal fundraising successes, ideally from current parents and grandparents. S/He will be an inspiring manager who leads by example while trusting in and empowering the members of the development team to execute on priorities and meet goals.
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About New Canaan Country School
New Canaan Country School is a private, independent day school serving children from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 9. Located just west of the village of New Canaan, NCCS serves families from many surrounding towns. Founded in 1916, the school has combined a deep belief in tradition and the educational value of fundamental skills with an ongoing commitment to creative teaching and continuous self-evaluation. The result is a dynamic school environment in which elementary and middle school children from all over Fairfield and Westchester counties thrive. Throughout its history, NCCS has emphasized the value of childhood and the role of hands-on experience in learning. Teachers blend an outstanding academic program with an appreciation for patience, simplicity, and the power of imagination. The long-standing tradition of parent support and involvement continues to be a vital element of the School. The character and accomplishments of alumni provide powerful testimony to the success of the school’s approach. Country School is fully enrolled and fosters the socioeconomic diversity of its student body through a generous financial aid program. It has a well-earned reputation as an outst...anding day school, sending its graduates to many of the most selective secondary schools in the nation.
The mission of New Canaan Country School is to guide students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential. We value the imagination and curiosity of children and respect childhood as an integral part of life. Our teachers set high academic standards and challenge students to question, to think, to collaborate, and to act with integrity. The school works in partnership with families to teach personal, social, and environmental responsibility and to create a community that honors diversity and our common humanity. New Canaan Country School inspires students to be lifelong learners with the courage and confidence to make a positive contribution to the world.