The Chief Advancement and Experience Officer (CAXO) is a new position at Gordon and one that is unique in the independent school world. In addition to being responsible for all aspects of an integrated advancement program (fundraising, communications/marketing, and community relations), the CAXO is tasked with ensuring that all aspects of the school experience contribute to a positive and enduring engagement between Gordon and its families.
A member of Gordon’s senior leadership team, the CAXO provides leadership and vision for the school’s advancement and family experience initiatives and will work closely with the Head of School, the Leadership Team, trustees, and community stakeholders of Gordon to design and execute a comprehensive effort to cultivate a family-centered community and a culture of philanthropy that will support Gordon’s unique mission and programs. The CAXO will play a key role in executing the goals of the strategic plan and ensuring that the school’s advancement efforts are coordinated and aligned with the plan’s objectives.
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A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree or higher preferred) in nonprofit or independent school management, marketing/communications, public relations, business administration, or a related field.
Significant senior leadership experience including experience overseeing a major campaign or strategic initiatives (e.g., strategic planning, capital campaign, full-scale marketing/branding reboot, customer experience transformation).
Demonstrated experience implementing effective integrated marketing, branding, public relations, digital/online, design and communications principles and strategies.
Demonstrated success inspiring and leading a team, including establishing goals, managing performance, and fostering professional growth.
About The Gordon School
The Gordon School is a racially diverse nursery through eighth grade coeducational independent school in East Providence, Rhode Island. Child by child, the Gordon School community cultivates successful students by inspiring joyful learning, encouraging intellectual leadership, fostering an empathic spirit and stimulating a drive for positive societal impact.
We emphatically believe that each of the following five principles is essential for the success of our mission:
• Our curriculum is rooted in multicultural practice, which develops academic skills, thinking strategies, active imaginations and children’s social competencies
• We teach students to investigate and study concepts and topics from multiple perspectives, a basic skill for success in school and in life
• Students are challenged and inspired to be active workers toward their education
• As articulated in the Gordon School Statement on Inclusivity, we create and sustain a diverse community of faculty, staff, students and families
• As multicultural educators, our teachers strive to establish relationships of understanding and trust with each child and his or her family