About The Advent School The Advent School, located in the Beacon Hill section of Boston, Massachusetts, serves 200 students in pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. A mission-focused school founded in the principles of social justice, Advent has served the students and families of Boston since 1961. Through its Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Advent's faculty deliver authentic, rigorous, and experiential learning opportunities that encourage students to "learn with passion, act with courage, and change the world."
Annual philanthropic support from the Advent community comes from parents, trustees, alumni, and friends, enabling the School to deliver its mission. Advent is currently planning for a potential capital campaign. The Director of Development role is a new position created to support the strategic planning and success of the campaign and the School's annual giving program.
About the Position Reporting to the Head of School and working closely with the Director of Advancement, Board of Trustees, and a campaign consultant, the Director of Development will plan and execute critical activities related to the upcoming campaign. The Director of Development will manage the daily operations of the campaign and is tasked with identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major prospects and donors.
Manage a comprehensive fundraising campaign
Campaign planning in collaboration with a fundraising consultant, Head of School, and related stakeholders; develop and execute a campaign calendar to meet key milestones
Implement recommendations from a feasibility study
Manage the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process and portfolio for Head of School
Provide oversight, guidance, and management of campaign committee and volunteers as appropriate, based on the phase of the campaign
Manage donor acknowledgment, recognition, and stewardship program
Coordinate and advise on cultivation and recognition events in collaboration with the Director of Advancement
Manage campaign pipeline movement, gift proposals, campaign policy development, and goal setting
Oversee prospect research, preparing profiles and briefing memos
Ensure that data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in files and database; manage campaign record-keeping, evaluate progress toward goals and benchmarks, prepare reports on fundraising and present to senior staff and volunteers; recommend revisions to fundraising plan, as needed, to meet goals
Data analysis, including preparing monthly and quarterly reports for internal and external use
Creation of campaign-related materials in collaboration with marketing staff
Minimum of three to five years of professional fundraising experience with a track record of success, with specific experience in capital campaigns, individual giving and/or major gifts, and organizing campaign data to measure progress toward benchmarks
Excellent interpersonal, analytical, time management, and organizational skills; capable of working effectively with members of the board, other volunteers, donors, and prospective supporters, staff, and consultants
Energetic, self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable, able to multitask and work independently in a small, hands-on work environment
Experience with database management (Raiser's Edge preferred), including queries and reporting
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Computer fluency in Microsoft Office, G Suite, web applications, and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
Ability to attend occasional evening or weekend events
Bachelor's degree required
About The Advent School
Since 1961, The Advent School has stayed true to its founding vision: an urban school whose community reflects the diversity of Boston; a forward thinking curriculum that inspires and engages a child’s passion for learning; a commitment to social justice; and a culture of collaboration where every child has the confidence to take action in a connected world.