St. Stephen's Episcopal School, a day and boarding school of 688 students (grades 6-12), is seeking a Director of Advancement for a full-time position beginning August 1, 2020.
The Director of Advancement reports directly to the Head of School and is responsible for establishing and executing the strategic priorities of the Advancement team. The Director will collaborate with the Head of School, as well as the Board of Trustees and the Trustee Advancement Committee to ensure that Advancement priorities align with the school’s mission and strategic plan. The Director oversees an experienced team of Advancement professionals and works with them to define and execute a robust new capital campaign across several years while continuing to build on successes in annual fund support, endowment growth, planned giving efforts and alumni relations. The Director plays a critical role in communicating and promoting St. Stephen’s mission, history and founding values within the school and larger community, ensuring that the school’s early values of social justice, equity and diversity permeate school culture today and continue into the future.
The Director of Advancement serves as liaison to the Board Advancement Committee and is a member of the Governance, Finance and Campus Committees. The Director attends Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and Endowment Fund Board meetings.
Develops and implements both short- and long-term Advancement plans to meet established goals and objectives;
Clearly articulates and promotes a strong case for the school’s philanthropy needs and builds opportunities to enhance and sustain a culture that understands the relationship between philanthropy and the unique quality of a St. Stephen’s education;
Manages a portfolio of approximately 100 leadership-level donors and prospects by forming authentic relationships and providing meaningful, ongoing stewardship;
Develops and fosters relationships with institutional donors, particularly family foundations;
Directs the school’s new capital campaign and endowment campaign while personally securing seven-figure gifts;
Leads Advancement team including the director of advancement operations, director of annual fund, director of major gifts, director of planned giving, director of alumni relations and advancement database manager;
Works collaboratively and creatively with the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer to appropriately position advancement opportunities and drive fundraising messaging in school publications, grant submissions, reports and collateral materials to cultivate and steward donors;
Presents frequently to trustees, parents, alumni and other large and small groups of school constituents;
Meets regularly with the Head of School regarding development goals and initiatives and routinely reports to the Board of Trustees and appropriate committees;
Attends St. Stephen’s events and activities to foster pride and excitement for community life and values.
Minimum of 10 years of increasing responsibility in nonprofit fundraising, preferably within an independent school or university;
Proven track record of fundraising success by personally securing multiple gifts larger than $1 million;
Demonstrated success in structuring and managing a capital campaign;
Knowledge of planned giving vehicles, including wills, charitable remainder trusts and insurance bequests;
Proven success in engaging and motivating trustee leadership and support;
In-depth knowledge of advancement best practices in an independent school, including fund development and alumni relations;
Superlative written and speaking skills and the ability to inspire others;
Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment;
Extreme discretion, attention to detail and commitment to excellence;
Deep appreciation and understanding of the school’s founding vision and mission and the ability to inspire internal and external constituents;
Excellent leadership skills including at least seven years of previous work experience successfully managing an advancement team;
St. Stephen’s has a longstanding commitment to being an inclusive community. For the 2019–20 school year, students of color represent 30 percent of the Upper School student population (50 percent when including international students), and 30 percent of the Middle School population.
Equal access to employment, programs and services is available to all. With respect to its employment practices, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation or identity.
Qualified candidates should submit their resume and a letter of interest addressing their qualifications for this role at https://st-stephens-episcopal-school.checkwritersrecruit.com/job/177258/director-of-advancement
About St. Stephen's Episcopal School
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School is a coeducational, day and boarding school for 697 students in Grades 6-12. It is located on 374 acres on the west side of Austin in the Texas Hill Country.