The Advancement Director is a member of the Head of School’s senior leadership team and is charged with developing, coordinating and advancing all the interests of the school that pertain to development, communication and enrollment. The position translates the school’s Strategic Plan into specific goals for use within the Advancement Department. The Director’s key goal is the management of all formats of fundraising. The Director works closely with the Head of School, the administrative senior leadership team and, at times, the Board of Trustees’ committees.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Advancement will:
Identify, research and manage the implementation of a diverse fundraising program to support the Head of School’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving, gratitude and stewardship among all Seabury Hall stakeholders. These include an ability to:
Analyze and understand trends in independent school-related advancement programs.
Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communication.
Develop strong internal relationships with Admissions and Communication personnel with regard to messaging, policy and planning.
Design systems and programs to further Seabury Hall’s advancement.
Work collaboratively with the Seabury Hall Parent Organization, the Seabury Hall Alumni Association, and key stakeholders (including grandparents, parents, friends and community members) in cultivating a consistent school message.
Coordinate publications and press releases in concert with the administration’s senior leadership team.
Lead the website team in designing and focusing the school’s online presence.
Seek professional development in support of these goals.
Collaborate with the Admissions Director on public relations initiatives and events, as well as creating communication materials that expand and promote the school’s visibility and reputation.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Professional Qualifications Required
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred.
5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
Experience in grant writing, and fundraising required.
Independent school experience preferred.
Understanding of marketing and its effect on consumer behavior and enrollment.
Ability to think and lead strategically.
Experience in implementing marketing strategies and messaging campaigns.
Strong knowledge of fundraising data software and database management software.
Proven track record in soliciting and closing major gift solicitations and capital campaigns.
Supervisory experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members.
Understanding of enrollment management concerns and strategies.
Ability to write in a number of styles based on stakeholders’ interest.
Expertise in polished, professional presentations in a multitude of formats (oral, written, digital, social media, etc.).
Strong experience in budget management.
Embrace the Mission of Seabury Hall and accept the code of ethics and behaviors as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
Personal Qualities Required
High integrity with a strong work ethic and a desire to promote the school’s mission.
Strong communication skills.
Ability to innovatively enhance school policy to drive student success.
Strong interpersonal (team) skills and ability to work with all the school’s stakeholders while maintaining strict confidentiality.
Resilience and perspective in problem-solving and professional relationships.
Familiarity with the Hawaiian culture, as well as the local Maui community.
Competitive and commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
Please address letter of interest, resume and references to Paul Wenninger, Head of School, and submit to Lynn Matayoshi, Administrative Assistant to the Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.