The Bryn Mawr School seeks a talented, highly motivated advancement professional who excels with "best practices" to serve in an expanding role as Director of Advancement. The ideal candidate is someone who is an experienced, entrepreneurial, results-oriented senior advancement professional. We seek a "player/coach" who can serve as a leader of the advancement office and personally excel with high-level front-line fundraising work. The new hire will work closely with a dynamic, visionary Head of School, Sue Sadler, who joined Bryn Mawr School in 2017, senior staff at the school and the Board of Trustees. The current endowment of the School is $42 million dollars. There are 5,318 Alumnae. The opportunity is available immediately following a comprehensive national search and the candidate of choice identified.
The School enjoys a group of committed and enthusiastic parent and alumnae volunteers. The Director of Advancement will direct an intense philanthropic effort, provide leadership, direction and support to alumnae affairs, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, alumnae communications and all other advancement activity to continue building on the strengths of parent support. There is a strategic plan for growth of the alumnae, parents and advancement office to include: leveraging talent and enhancing efficiency, streamlining annual giving, events, and alumnae relations. Responsibilities also include leveraging technology and marketing, utilizing the database and investing in major gifts for the next capital campaign. The new Director of Advancement will work to align and manage frontline advancement positions to focus on qualifying and cultivating major gift prospects. This will include moving each prospect through the pipeline for cultivation, ask and closing of major gifts, and utilizing metrics to achieve maximum results. The Director will lead and manage a team of eight (8).
The Bryn Mawr School is fortunate to have generous alumnae, parents, grandparents, parents of alumnae, faculty, staff and friends whose gifts help shape the experiences of Bryn Mawr students. The School reports incredibly strong participation among alumnae--one of the best in the Baltimore area. In 2019-20, alumnae, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends contributed over $3.1 million to Bryn Mawr. This includes new gifts to the endowment for financial aid, support for teachers and capital gifts that helped build the Student Center, which opened in fall 2019. A total of 1357 donors gave nearly $1.5 million in unrestricted gifts to The Fund for Bryn Mawr, providing vital and immediate support for the school's annual operating needs. The Bryn Mawr School's last capital campaign raised over $21 million and concluded in 2019.
Key Objectives: - Embrace the mission and daily experience of Bryn Mawr, becoming familiar with the history, vision and community that drives the institution. - Work closely and collaborate with the Head of School, Assistant Head for Finance and Administration and Board of Trustees to develop fundraising goals, strategies and action steps that align with and support the mission of the School, enhancing the culture of philanthropy throughout the constituencies. - Speak passionately about the mission, vision and needs of the School in public appearances, speaking engagements and digital formats. - Lead a team that builds and sustains relationships in the Bryn Mawr community to foster philanthropic support of the mission and goals of the School. This includes all constituents such as parents, past parents, grandparents, alumnae, trustees and friends of the School. - Partner with the Communications team to develop a strong fundraising brand, implement a digital and analog fundraising strategy, and engage the greater community through thoughtful and regular communications. - Work closely and in concert with the Admissions Office to engage new families when they join the Bryn Mawr community. - Stay current of the changing landscape of philanthropy in independent schools and look for ways to implement new strategies at Bryn Mawr. - Serve as the primary liaison to the Board of Trustees Development Committee and Committee on Trustees, jointly setting agendas, reporting on the fundraising progress of the School, researching prospective and candidate Board members and developing fundraising readiness for the next major campaign. - Serve on the senior administrative team to ensure Advancement support for delivering the mission, strategic plan and priorities of the School. - Represent the School on campus, in the community and across the country to build a strong network of philanthropic support.
Contact Information To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send your resume and letter of interest along with a list of references (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc. 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email: [email protected]
- Lead the donor-centered strategy for and manage the Advancement Office activities according to best practice in areas including advancement services and record management, annual giving, major giving, planned giving, donor relations and stewardship, alumnae and parent engagement, trustee relations and campaign planning.
- Create and implement a yearly advancement operating plan that includes annual fundraising, solicitation of major gifts, donor cultivation and stewardship. Manage a portfolio of major gifts donors and prospects at the $100K+ level.
- Conduct no fewer than 75 individual visits per year, closing no fewer than 12 major gift proposals per year.
- Work directly and closely with the Head of School to manage the Head's involvement in major gift donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Manage the Advancement Office budget.
- Supervise, mentor, and evaluate advancement staff (currently 8) responsible for: --Bryn Mawr's annual giving program, The Fund for Bryn Mawr, currently $1.5 million.
--Major gift proposals, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donors.
--Bryn Mawr's planned giving program, focusing on deferred gifts through bequests and other vehicles.
--Constituent engagement such as volunteer fundraising, parent engagement and giving, alumnae relations, and trustee relations.
--Advancement services, including prospect research, gift recording and reporting, data integrity management, and support for stewardship activities.
--Fundraising publications, including the annual Report on Giving.
--Special events to support constituent engagement, donor cultivation and stewardship.
About Bryn Mawr School
The Bryn Mawr School is an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school for girls from preschool through grade twelve. Within a nurturing environment, Bryn Mawr's rigorous academic curriculum inspires a passion for intellectual curiosity and emphasizes the delights and demands of learning. In the classical humanistic tradition, Bryn Mawr promotes the full development of mind, body, and spirit. The school cultivates respect for diversity and engenders habits of moral and ethical leadership and a sense of responsibility to the broader community. To learn more visit www.brynmawrschool.org