North Shore Country Day School, founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919, is an independent school for over 535 students in grades JK-12. Our mission is to prepare students with a challenging education that requires them to think critically, communicate effectively and engage fully in their intellectual growth and personal development. In doing so, they become self-confident, ethical citizens of the world who embody our motto, “Live and Serve.”
As the Senior Associate Director of Development, you will engage with the entire school and be an essential member of the Development department, implementing strategic development initiatives. Reporting directly to the Director of Development, you will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Development department and play a central role in our upcoming Centennial Campaign and Celebration.
Your work will be engaging, varied, complex, rewarding, fast-paced, wide-ranging, collaborative, detailed and essential to the School. As our Senior Associate Director of Development, you will leverage your strengths in:
Management: Working closely with the Director of Development, you will supervise and manage a development team of three (Director of Alumni Relations, Development Associate—Annual Giving, and Development Assistant). Our department takes pride in partnering with faculty, students, parents, alumni, volunteers, the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, the Marketing & Communications department and other administrative departments to support North Shore and its mission.
Fundraising: With a keen awareness of and appreciation for best practices in nonprofit fundraising, specifically in independent schools, you will provide leadership, guidance, and a collaborative environment in which to determine realistic objectives and effective strategies to meet dollar and participation goals for Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Centennial Campaign.
Communications: By partnering with the Marketing & Communications department you will build a team mentality around developing key messaging for internal and external communications in fundraising materials including but not limited to letters, electronic newsletters, social media and publications to educate others about the School, its people and programs.
Programs and Events: You will provide oversight and direction for alumni and development programs and events with creative department brainstorming as well as streamlined and efficient systems for executing projects and events.
Community Presence: You will immerse yourself in school and alumni events, classroom teaching and learning, performing and visual art showcases and athletic events while capturing moments that showcase the NSCDS educational experience in order to communicate it to all constituents and donors.
Systems: You will build a strong working knowledge of departmental and institutional systems and support of tools available to improve department functions and outcomes.
Bachelor’s degree required
Demonstrable management skills
Substantial knowledge of fundraising best practices and systems
Strong communication, collaboration, interpersonal and organizational skills
Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines and being responsive to spontaneous constituent needs
Technological savvy, particularly with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge database, Microsoft Word and Google Docs. Willingness to learn other programs as needed
An innate desire to get the job done right, lead by example and inspire a collaborative atmosphere, which may (occasionally) require working beyond set office hours to keep specific, time-sensitive projects on track
Mission oriented. You are committed to North Shore Country Day School’s mission. You hold a strong belief in and dedication to the power of education, and are loyal and driven to advance the School’s goals and the work we seek to accomplish.
Service-driven. You take delight in being part of a department that is integral to the School’s success and deeply enjoy exceeding others’ expectations while supporting common goals. You develop and maintain relationships across all levels of the School and demonstrate respect for all in our community.
Confident, passionate, direct and humble. You are diplomatic, a good listener and understand the productive value of candid team discussions. You support colleagues and work well with all school community members.
Flexible. You ask questions, listen and learn. You are not afraid to try a new, possibly bold, approach. You adapt to change and shift gears as appropriate.
Strong communicator. You possess exceptional written and oral communication skills and communicate effectively at all levels, one-on-one and in groups.
High standards. You perform at a high level and your work is high quality. You see the big picture and understand how the details relate to the overall mission of the organization. You strive to get it done right the first time.
Trustworthy. You use the utmost discretion, inside the office and out, and do not share confidential information.
You have a sense of humor and are not afraid to use it.
Why North Shore Country Day Is Attractive to the Right Candidate:
NSCDS has a strong, positive and growing reputation as an independent school of choice in the Chicago area.
As we approach our Centennial in 2019-2020, we are embarking on many new, exciting and important projects that will help you grow personally and professionally and propel the School into our next century.
You will have the support and resources of North Shore to do your job, your ideas will be heard and you will develop professionally. You will work with a team that has your back and values the contributions you make.
You will have the opportunity to develop and expand your skills and portfolio, while also supporting and expanding the School’s reputation, increasing financial support for the short and long-term strength of the School through effective fundraising.
You will enjoy and respect the people you work with and your life will be enriched by the alumni and visiting guests you meet, as well as the special events and programs you help to create and attend.
Email your cover letter expressing why you believe this position is a perfect fit for you, your resume, and a list of professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.