About the Position
The Director of Advancement reports directly to the Head of School and provides leadership and expertise in pursuing ambitious goals in fundraising and institutional advancement while working in partnership with the administrative leadership team and the Board of Trustees. The Director of Advancement leads an office of three and oversees major gifts, annual fund, current capital campaign, parent volunteers, special events, grant writing and alumni relations. The school seeks an experienced fundraiser and advancement administrator who will join a school and a team that values relationships, partnerships, and is passionate about this work within a community focused school.
- Serve as a thought partner and strategic advisor to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees on fundraising, community engagement, institutional advancement and strategic objectives.
- Participate actively and collaboratively as a member of the school’s administrative leadership team.
- Support the school’s mission and be a visible presence in the community.
- Maintain and build relationships with all constituencies (parents, students, alumni, trustees, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, donors, and friends of the school).
- Serve ex officio on the Board of Trustees Advancement and Marketing and Engagement Committees.
- Manage and provide leadership to the advancement office staff and volunteers
- Develop, coordinate and manage all aspects of major giving, annual fund, capital campaign, tax credit donations, grant-writing and other areas of cultivation and development.
- Support the Parents’ Association.
- Oversee alumni relations.
- Perform other tasks as assigned by the Head of School and assist with other projects as needed.
- In collaboration with the Head of School:
- Provide leadership and direction for the annual fund, tax credit program, capital campaign, grant writing and planned giving program.
- Lead efforts to cultivate donors and giving support for the school.
- Establish and execute forward-thinking, goal-driven development plans and programs.
- Evaluate each year’s giving programs and develop goals and objectives for the following year.
- Oversee the implementation of the comprehensive strategic advancement plan in consultation with both the Head of School, Advancement Committee, and Board of Trustees.
- Oversee the processing of all gift income, in conjunction with the business office, for the purpose of providing receipts and thank you letters, as well as maintaining giving records of donors to the school.
- Oversee advancement related databases with the support of the advancement team.
- Educate potential donors on planned giving including, but not limited to, estate planning and tax credit giving, and corporate matches.
- Create a strong sense of community through volunteer recruitment and management for advancement efforts.
- Facilitate the efforts of school volunteers (including parents, alumni and friends) with regard to fundraising activities.
- Oversee special events for the school.
- Provide visionary and strategic leadership that allows all members of the team to understand their roles and contribution to achieve individual and team goals.
- Strengthen alumni relations by creating programs to foster relationships with former students and unite alumni, parents, and the school in a sense of shared experience and common purpose.
- Work with the Head of School to support the Board of Trustees strategic initiatives related to Advancement.
- Collaborate with the marketing/communications office and the admissions team on the school’s internal and external communications and publications, marketing plans, and related strategies.
- Seek opportunities to enhance the school’s profile in the Phoenix community.
- Serve as school representative to local, regional and national fundraising professional associations.
- Manage the Strategic Dashboard with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to fulfill objectives in the Strategic Plan.
- Share creative ideas about advancement initiatives and areas of growth.
Knowledge, Skills, Characteristics, and Abilities:
- Enthusiasm, positive and engaging personality and a desire to be involved in the school community.
- Organized, passionate, and relationally focused
- Knowledge and ability to create and drive a team. Enjoys working collaboratively and in a team.
- Leadership skills that foster relationships, productivity, and passion.
- Demonstrated ability to interact positively and productively with multiple internal and external constituencies.
- Familiarity with the philanthropic environment in Phoenix or a similar city.
- Desire and skills to grow a robust development program that already has significant strengths.
- Innovative and strategic thinker who is eager to be a proactive leader with a passionate team. • Prior successful fundraising/development experience.
- Outstanding creativity and flexibility skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with families, colleagues, and all external constituent groups.
- Attention to accuracy, confidentiality, details, and deadlines.
- Database management knowledge.
- Ability and willingness to attend evening and weekend events as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree required (advanced degree or equivalent professional development preferred)
- Relevant and successful experience in fundraising and institutional advancement, preferably in an educational or non-profit setting.
- Demonstrated strengths in partnering with a Head of School/CEO and working in a collaborative relationship with senior administrators.
- A track record of team building and demonstrated success creating a culture of collaboration and collegiality, coupled with an openness to being coached.
- A demonstrated ability to hire well and mentor effectively.
- Understanding of the benefits of an independent, Episcopal, Pre-K to Eighth grade school.
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
About the School
All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix, Arizona, is a parish-affiliated PK-8 coeducational institution established in 1963. Enrolling approximately 520 students, All Saints’ has small class sizes and a strong focus on relationships, and the core tenets of community, academic excellence, and character cultivation.
Situated 10 minutes from downtown in the north-central area of Phoenix, the campus is in an attractive residential area along beautiful tree-shaded streets. The 15-acre campus is shared with All Saints’ Episcopal Church. The challenging curriculum and close-knit, caring community reflect the traditional Episcopal appreciation of cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and religious diversity.
All Saints’ is open and inclusive of all religious traditions and embraces diversity as a value to be sought, including in its employment practices. All Saints’ is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools and holds membership in the National Association of Independent Schools, the Arizona Association of Independent Schools, and the National Association of Episcopal Schools. All Saints’ Episcopal Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and a list of 5 references to:
- Marcus Hurlbut, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 949-279-3084)