Gillispie School, an independent, coeducational day school located in downtown La Jolla, enrolling students from age two through Grade Six, is hiring for a Director of Advancement. This is an exciting time to join the Gillispie team. The School is mounting its largest capital endeavor, Constructing Sandboxes Campaign, to enhance current facilities and to create a dynamic, multi-disciplinary project-oriented space in a recently purchased building adjacent to the campus. The first phase of construction is nearing completion.
The successful candidate will be a team player who enjoys working with various constituent groups in advancing the mission and goals of Gillispie. We are looking for someone who has positive energy and likes wearing multiple hats. The successful candidate will be someone who can soar at 30,000 feet to see the big picture, think strategically and, at the same time, is comfortable rolling up his or her sleeves to get the work done.
POSITION DESCRIPTION The Director of Advancement reports to the Head of School and works closely with the Director of Finance & Business Operations, Board of Trustees, and Development Committee to continually strengthen the School's culture of philanthropy and engagement.
The Director of Advancement will:
Develop and coordinate Gillispie School's two major fundraising initiatives: Annual Giving and the Gala.
Spearhead the Constructing Sandboxes Campaign so that the campaign proceeds on schedule and successfully by:
Guiding and coordinating the HOS and Campaign Committee in all meetings, events, and activities.
Overseeing the preparation of personalized campaign proposals.
Cultivating and soliciting families, both personally and with the HOS and Campaign Committee members.
Recording the progress of each initiative taken with a prospect through a tracking system.
Manage the School’s foundation-relations program, including writing grant proposals, arranging site visits, and preparing annual reports to funders.
Create and implement a comprehensive stewardship program that thanks and recognizes donors and volunteers for their investment of time, talent, and treasure.
Develop and oversee the Gillispie Alumni, Alumni Parent, and Grandparent Programs.
Provide staff support for the Board's Development Committee.
Plan all friend- and fundraising events.
Contribute to marketing and communications efforts to expand and enhance the School’s visibility, image, and reputation and to develop an appreciation of the School’s mission, vision, and goals.
Work closely with the Business Office in forecasting donor revenue for budgeting purposes and have proficiency using development software.
Coordinate with the Business Office to oversee the accurate processing of all gift income.
Keep the Head of School abreast of plans for and the status of development initiatives.
Become actively engaged in the life of Gillispie.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
A generative thinker who possesses vision and practicality in moving fundraising initiatives from concept into action
A collaborative team leader who empowers staff and volunteers to feel ownership of their projects and a sense of camaraderie in the community
At least five years in the field of institutional development, preferably with an education-related organization, that includes leadership roles in annual and major gift programs, capital and endowment campaigns, communications, special events, and constituent relations
Successful experience in, and enthusiasm for, donor cultivation and major gift solicitation
History of recruiting, training, motivating, and working with volunteers in leadership roles
Skills and Knowledge
A Bachelor’s Degree
Ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement a cohesive strategy for development and marketing/communications
Natural networking instincts that make one adept at developing meaningful relationships with donors and understanding their individual motivations to give
An understanding of independent school culture that allows one to perceive and to capitalize on the connections between people, programs, and development goals
A willingness to understand the School's mission and conduct oneself in keeping with the Gillispie values and culture
Proven ability to balance multiple priorities and meet frequent deadlines in a complex environment
A commitment to seek best practice professional growth experiences that augments advancement work
Ability to use technology (e.g. databases and other giving platforms) to support advancement goals
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to be a vocal and visible advocate both internally and externally for Gillispie School
Personality and disposition characterized by collaboration, collegiality, excellent follow-through, discretion, openness to suggestions, and a kind sense of humor
Please reply with a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to Jon Bluestein, Assistant Head of School, firstname.lastname@example.org; no calls, please.
Gillispie School does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, financial aid determination, or admission and employment practices based on sex/gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, or any other legally protected class.
About The Gillispie School
The Gillispie School is an independent, coeducational day school enrolling 275 students from age two through Grade Six. Our campus is located in downtown La Jolla, and includes a fine arts center, science lab, library, and gymnasium. Two playgrounds provide areas for recess and physical education. Students benefit from San Diego’s numerous natural and intellectual resources. - See more at: http://www.gillispie.org.