In July 2015, the Walton Family Foundation announced the founding of an independent school in Bentonville, Arkansas. Named in honor of Louise Thaden, a pioneering aviator who was born and raised in Bentonville, the school opened in the fall of 2017 and will grow incrementally over the next few years to serve approximately 550-650 students in grades 6-12.
The school now seeks an Advancement Manager to support the Founding Head of School and the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of the school’s fundraising and strategic planning efforts.
Reporting to the Founding Head, the Advancement Manager will support the development and implementation of Thaden School’s fundraising and strategic planning. In particular, the Advancement Manager will undertake the following responsibilities:
Establish and manage a new database for current and prospective donors
Maintain records on corporate and individual donors through executive correspondence and gift tracking in accordance with current, fundraising best practices
Identify and conduct research regarding potential sources of funding (individuals, corporations, foundations, etc.)
Schedule and attend meetings with current and prospective donors
Participate directly in Thaden School cultivation and stewardship of donors to ensure their continued support and participation in the school’s advancement efforts
Prepare fundraising reports with contact and giving history for the board and the leadership team as requested
Maintain relationships with external stakeholders and brief them on events impacting Thaden School
Participate as an integral part of the fundraising strategy through meetings with staff and the Board’s Advancement Committee
Work with the Board’s Advancement Committee to develop all relevant policies such as gift acceptance and naming policies
Work with the Office of Admissions on the development of promotional materials and other communications and publicity efforts
Participate as a visible presence at school-wide events as well as parent and family functions
Work with volunteer parents on grassroots fundraising initiatives such as the annual fund.
Qualifications and Qualities
Knowledge of principles, methods, and practices of the development profession in general and as they relate to the Thaden School
Knowledge of research techniques and resources in the fields of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations
Experience in a fast-paced work environment that requires versatility and resourcefulness
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent writing, speaking, and presentation skills
Ability to connect with a variety of people and constituencies (e.g., faculty, parents, donors)
Experience with database management software, Blackbaud and Raiser’s Edge preferred
Experience in event planning, communications, and marketing
Collegial, collaborative, and team-oriented
Discretion and skill in the handling highly confidential information
Commitment to the educational value of diversity
Applications should include a resume and cover letter that addresses salary requirements, if any. Applications must be submitted to email@example.com by September 21, 2018, for full consideration. The start date is negotiable.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
About Thaden School
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville, the school is walking distance from the town square, Brightwater Culinary Institute, the future site of Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts, and a variety of other educational resources. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program, the school has engaged a nationally renowned team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The school also offers an indexed tuition program that makes a Thaden education more accessible for all families in Northwest Arkansas.
Please visit the Thaden website for additional information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.
About Thaden School
A new independent school in the downtown Bentonville, Thaden opened in August 2017 with grades 7 and 9 and will grow incrementally over the next four years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. The school offers a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship. Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.