The Town School, a Nursery-8th grade coeducational school in New York City, seeks a new Director of Institutional Advancement. Reporting to the Head of School and working collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and Administrative Team, the Director is responsible for directing the school’s comprehensive fundraising program, including strategic oversight of annual and major gifts and capital campaigns, managing alumni/ae affairs and overseeing external communications. The Director also leads and manages Town’s Advancement Office: the Associate Director of Development; Alumni/ae Affairs, the Director of Communications, and the Development/Communications Manager.
Lead a comprehensive and strategic fundraising program, including annual and capital campaigns, to attract the maximum possible gift support to enable the school to reach its goals and objectives
Identify, cultivate and strengthen relationships with potential donors
Recruit, train and manage fundraising volunteers
Develop and implement all major gift-cultivation strategies
Serve as the senior-administrative liaison to the Board’s Development Committee, with responsibility for collaborating on setting and achieving the school’s fundraising goals and reporting on fundraising progress and otherwise supporting the Committee chairs.
Oversee the Alumni/ae Advisory Board.
Work with the Associate Director of Development; Alumni/ae Affairs and the Director of Communications to formulate and implement a strategy to enhance alumni/ae connection to, and support of, Town.
With the Director of Communications, collaborate with the Board’s Marketing Committee to (i) create and implement a strategic marketing/communications plan designed to effectively communicate Town’s mission to all constituencies and to assist in achieving its strategic and enrollment goals and (ii) design/redesign all communications to effectuate that plan and to enhance both internal and external perception of the school.
Management & Outreach
Manage the staff of the Institutional Advancement Office and provide financial oversight for the Office, including budgeting, planning and expense tracking.
Collaborate with the school’s Chief Financial Officer and financial organization on financial reporting and otherwise, as required.
Connect all constituencies to the mission and educational vision of the school through communications, reunions, celebrations and other special events.
Serve as liaison to and oversee all-school and Parents’ Association events including opening day, Town Fest, Book Fair, Benefit Auction and Graduation.
Serve as the senior-administrative liaison to the Board’s Trustees Committee, with responsibility for identifying and supporting the Committee and Head of School in cultivating potential Board of Trustees candidates and otherwise supporting the Committee Chairs.
Candidates should send a letter of interest, resumé, and the names/contact information of three professional references to Doug Brophy, Head of School, at email@example.com
Bachelor’s degree; targeted education in advancement and fundraising.
Minimum of five years’ experience working within an independent school or equivalent advancement office.
Successful leadership and supervisory experience.
Supportive of Town’s mission and philosophy.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, and supportive of Town’s Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
Superb communication, organization, planning and project-management skills.
Proficiency with a range of technology, including Blackbaud.
Personal characteristics of an outstanding professional: warmth, discernment, high energy and a good sense of humor.
About The Town School
The Town School is committed to elementary co-education, serving students in nursery through eighth grade. As we embrace high academic and ethical standards for each student, we are guided by our school motto, “Joy with Purpose.”
Town’s program balances the traditional and the innovative, emphasizing excellence in academics and a thorough exposure to the arts and physical education. We teach children to think creatively, read critically and reason logically, stressing the value of both individual learning and collaboration. We are committed to diversity, teaching students to be inclusive and to respect themselves and others.
Students leave Town as well-rounded, articulate, resilient and morally responsible individuals. They are prepared to meet the challenges of a demanding secondary education and continue on the path of lifelong learning.
We believe that the process of learning is as important as the result. Town builds on children’s natural curiosity and creativity, helping them discover and celebrate their strengths. In our nurturing and supportive environment, we challenge each student to take risks and persevere. The pr...ogram enables students to experience success, increase self-confidence and develop individuality. Faculty and parents collaborate in support of each child’s growth.
Town students develop social awareness through age-appropriate service within the school and the community at large. Students exercise responsibility and assume leadership roles as they learn to become involved citizens of the world.