The Miami Valley School’s mission is to challenge young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens. For a half-century, The Miami Valley School has provided a unique learning option for families in the Dayton, Ohio community.
Title: Director of Advancement
The Director of Advancement is responsible for advancing a culture of philanthropy at MVS, cultivating donors in the broader community and securing both Annual Fund and major gifts for the School. As an integral member of the leadership team and a close partner to the Head of School, the Director is a visionary thinker who demonstrates a clear strategy and a bold approach to moves management. The Director oversees all areas of the Advancement office and prepares the Head of School and Major Gifts Officer for cultivation and major asks with donors. The ideal candidate will have compelling development experience, a commitment to multicultural practice and inclusion, and a spirit that will inspire and grow a strong culture of philanthropy at the school.
Reports to: Head of School
Position status: 12 months (exempt)
Start Date: June 15th
DEADLINE TO APPLY: MAY 11th
The ideal candidate for the Director of Advancement position will be an experienced, engaging, and inspiring fundraising professional who is deeply committed to the MVS mission, vision, and core values. You may find the full job description here.
Minimum five (5) years managing a development team responsible for major gifts, planned giving, grants, foundations, and special events
Four years of college preferred
Experience leading a major capital campaign a plus
Proven success “making the ask” and securing major gifts; an effective closer
Demonstrated strengths in organizational skills and project management
A consummate professional who understands both the art of fundraising, as well as the technical experience to practice the science of fundraising.
Demonstrated success in growing annual giving and an unrestricted annual fund, creating a thriving major gifts program, growing endowments, scholarships, planned giving, capital campaigns, and increasing alumni engagement.
A solutions-oriented mindset with a willingness to jump in when needed
A history of meeting a high bar and getting things done even when facing obstacles
Productive member of a senior leadership team, including participation in the strategic planning process
Polished presentation skills, outstanding interpersonal skills, and strong writing ability
Solid understanding of donor database/development software
Ability to utilize social media and other media to communicate with potential donors
Able to work flexible hours, including evenings and Saturdays
To Apply: Please send the following to Erin O’Malley, Executive Assistant to The Head of School ([email protected]) by May 11th.
A cover letter expressing interest in the position and in working at an independent school
Three recent references (please include email, phone and relationship information)
About The Miami Valley School
The Miami Valley School’s mission is to challenge young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens. For a half-century, The Miami Valley School has provided a unique learning option for families in the Dayton, Ohio community. MVS is looking for unique educators who are ready to help refine a truly differentiated educational opportunity as MVS becomes a nationally-recognized leader in experience-based learning. Come be a part of designing a school of the future.