Director of Institutional Advancement & External Affairs
Greens Farms Academy
DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES is pleased to announce a new search on behalf of Bob Whelan, Head of School and Greens Farms Academy (GFA), located in Westport, Connecticut, to conduct a national search for a Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs. Greens Farms Academy is a coeducational, PreK -12 independent day school serving 715 students including 170 students enrolled in Lower School, 230 in Middle School and 315 in the Upper School.
The Director reports to the Head of School and has responsibility for oversight of all fundraising, alumni, parent relations, marketing, and communications. The Director is a member of the School’s Administrative Team and is responsible for relationship management, administration, goal setting and budgeting for the Advancement Office, and for managing the staff, which includes a team of nine. The Head of School seeks a dynamic advancement professional who is a skilled fund-raiser, an excellent leader of people and is able to excel with a fast moving and sophisticated organization. GFA recently completed a successful $21M capital campaign and enjoys an annual fund approaching $2M. The current endowment is $43M. The opportunity is available immediately and will be filled following a comprehensive national search for the best candidate.
Key accountabilities include setting goals, determining strategy, establishing plans, and managing staff and relationships with various constituencies. The Director is responsible for implementing best practices in data recording and management, gift acknowledgment and reporting, donor relations, giving policies and confidentiality of information. The Director serves as a staff member on the Committee on Trustees, the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Advancement Committee, the Marketing Committee, attends all Board of Trustee meetings, and oversees the management of the Advisory Council. The Director personally maintains a portfolio of major gift prospects, cultivating, soliciting, and closing these gifts.
At Greens Farms Academy (GFA) students are empowered to do the hard, thrilling, essential work of shaping their own world, of building their own future. The School’s highly regarded academic program is built around small class sizes (average 15), mentoring partnership with faculty (8:1 student to teacher ratio), and Signature Programs (World Perspectives, STEAM, and Human Ecology and Sustainability) spanning all grades.A stunning waterfront campus in Westport, CT, comprises three ecosystems - a salt marsh, Audubon woodlands, and the Long Island Sound - and architecture ranging from a modernized Vanderbilt estate to a state of the art center for arts and global studies. Greens Farms Academy has graduated thousands of compassionate, enterprising, broad-minded women and men - people with the courage and vision to build a better world. For more background on Greens Farms Academy please visit: www.gfacademy.org
Greens Farms Academy offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan with employer-matching, a full array of insurance plans, and generous support for professional growth. Greens Farms Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and seeks candidates who will add to the diversity of the school community.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, send your résumé and a letter of interest, both as WORD documents, along with a list of your top references (who will be contacted only if mutual interest is determined), to:
Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATESExecutive Search, Inc.
572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800.