The Chief Advancement Officer will provide strategic vision, innovative leadership, and clear direction for all development and alumni relations programs. S/He will be an enthusiastic, thoughtful, and organized professional who leads by example and empowers the members of the Office of Alumni and Development.
Reporting to the Head of School and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, the CAO will lead all aspects of the development and alumni relations office including annual, major, principal, and planned giving programs; alumni and donor relations; advancement services; stewardship; events; and prospect research and provide oversight and management of the office budget. S/He will launch systematic initiatives to identify and cultivate the next generation of donors to Hotchkiss while maintaining and strengthening ties to existing donors, seek out with determination new philanthropic opportunities, and create a strong and consistent message about Hotchkiss to its constituencies.
The Hotchkiss School is eager to consider applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.
The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and people-management skills as well as a keen understanding of best practices in fundraising and have a proven ability to meet objectives with a record of accomplishment. The candidate will be a professional of the highest integrity and will seek to bring out the best in the members of the team and everyone involved in development and alumni relations activities. The successful candidate will possess extraordinary communication skills and be an open, achievement oriented professional. The individual should have a collegial, team-building style with a track record of motivating staff to keep them engaged, energized, and focused on results. S/He will create a professional work environment that rewards individual and collective success while building confidence in the individual team members.
S/He will have 15 years of advancement experience and five to seven years of experience managing a 10- plus person team. S/He will have been closely involved with $100 million-plus campaigns and have a demonstrated track record of successful partnership with a Head of School (or equivalent) and members of a sophisticated and experienced Board of Trustees.
About The Hotchkiss School
Founded in 1891, The Hotchkiss School is a competitive, college-preparatory boarding school for 600 students in grades 9-12. Located in Lakeville, Connecticut, the School sits on 827 acres of woods, fields, and farmland in the midst of the scenic Berkshire-Taconic region - a place the Nature Conservancy calls "one of the most extraordinary landscapes in the Northeast."
The Hotchkiss School seeks to inspire a diverse range of students who are committed to the betterment of self and society, and to cultivate in them, at the highest standards of excellence, imagination and intellect, openness and personal integrity, and empathy and responsible citizenship, that they may discover and fulfill their potential as individuals fully engaged in our world. As of the 2018-2019 school year, 33% of students are U.S. students of color, 16% are international, and 95% of students are boarders.