The Associate Head of School for External Relations oversees all development, constituent relations (board, donors alumni, parents, alumni parents, grandparents, and Jewish community), communications, marketing, and alumni activities at Milken Community Schools. The Associate Head of School for External Relations is responsible for creating a school-wide strategy for all external audiences with the goal of raising the profile of Milken in order to attract financial support for current use, capital improvements, and endowment. As a member of the Head’s senior leadership team, the Associate Head of School is fully engaged in discussions regarding the strategic direction of the school and the development of action plans to achieve stated goals. The Associate Head of School provides leadership and guidance in cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and the strengthening of all relations outside of faculty and students). The Associate Head of School for External Relations reports to the Head of School.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
? ?Serve as the key strategic partner for the Head of School and the Board on all external relations issues.
? ?Develop and implement strategies and programs to raise the profile of the School expand and strengthen the school’s base of philanthropic support.
? ?Work with the Head of School, the Board, the Development Committee, and outside counsel as needed to plan and lead the school’s major gift program including endowment, planned giving and future capital campaign initiatives.
? ?Identify, cultivate, and solicit major donors both by approaching them directly and by staffing the Head of School, Board, or other partners.
? ?Direct the day-to-day activities of the External Relations Office and ensure that administrative systems and procedures such as database management, stewardship, and prospect research perform optimally.
? ?Supervise the External Relations Office Assistant, Communications Director, the Development Director and Alumni Relations.
? ?Act as a key spokesperson on behalf of Milken Community Schools and build relationships both with school constituents and in the broader Los Angeles Jewish community.
?Strengthen the school’s relations with alumni, alumni parents and grandparents to make certain that programs are designed to foster meaningful relationships that unite the school and these constituencies in a sense of common purpose.
? ?Oversee the school’s communications by managing public and community relations, websites, publications, and outreach programs.
? ?Develop and implement an integrated marketing plan for the school that incorporates research, analysis, strategies, and tactics that target key constituencies.
? ?Work closely with the Board, the Board Development Committee and the Development Committee to determine ways to increase the commitment, involvement, and efficacy of volunteers in the school’s fundraising efforts.
?Attend every Board meeting and provide training and associated administrative support to the Board, administrators, and other volunteers to assist them as ambassadors from Milken.
? ?Actively participate in the life of the school.
? ?Serve as a presence at all External-facing events.
? ?Expert knowledge of both fundraising principles and the various functions that comprise a?comprehensive advancement program.
? ?Able to think strategically in order to envision, plan, execute, and achieve results in a complex ?environment.
? ?A skilled communicator who can present a persuasive and compelling case with sincerity and conviction.
? ?A talent for moving comfortably in a variety of social settings and building meaningful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
?An understanding of independent school admissions, communications, marketing, and external relations and how they integrate with a successful fundraising program.
?Adept at building a strong department through training, mentoring, motivating and holding accountable a team of professionals.
?Proficient at gathering and analyzing meaningful data to aid in the development of effective fundraising strategies and plans.
? ?Strong sense of Jewish identity and commitment to Milken Community Schools’ mission.
? ?Superior communication and interpersonal skills.
? ?At least seven years in the field of institutional advancement, ideally in an
independent school, college or university, or cultural institution.
? ?A track record of significant involvement in annual and major gift programs, multi-million dollar capital and endowment campaigns, alumni relations, and communications.
? ?Background creating and successfully implementing strategies that enhance an existing advancement effort by developing new avenues for admissions, giving, constituent engagement, and providing clear and consistent communications regarding an institution’s character, value, and needs.
? ?Experience in and enthusiasm for donor cultivation and major gift solicitation.
? ?A history of managing a motivated, high achieving and committed group of staff and volunteers.
? ?Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other development databases a plus.
About Milken Community Schools
Milken Community High School is the largest community, Jewish day school in the United States. On the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish ethical and spiritual values, Milken Community High School develops students with sharp minds, generous hearts and kind souls. We value each
member of our pluralistic community while we foster a deep connection to Israel, a lifelong dedication to the Jewish people and a passionate commitment to the service of humanity and the perfection of God's world.