Summary All employees of Princeton Friends School work to help the school fulfill its mission:
Drawing on a rich tradition of Quaker values and practices, Princeton Friends School is committed to creating a diverse, vibrant learning community in which young people engage their natural curiosity, discover and express their individual voices and gifts, acquire intellectual, physical, artistic, and life skills, and develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and others. Princeton Friends both prepares students for the world that is and models possibilities for the society they will one day help to create.
Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Advancement (DOA) provides leadership for the School’s development efforts as it builds a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school community. The DOA designs programs of giving to attract the maximum gift support from all school constituencies, including parents, alumni, faculty and friends as well as maintaining existing and securing new private funding. The DOA will work closely with the Head of School and the School Committee’s Advancement Committee to facilitate the fundraising work of the school in order to meet agreed upon fundraising goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: In collaboration with colleagues, and under the supervision of the Head of School, the DOA responsibilities include:
Oversee all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, leading the annual giving (Friends Fund), soliciting corporate and foundation proposals; creating a strong alumni association and coordinating special development events (Spring Fling, Frolics)
Design and implement the Friends Fund campaign. Prepare annual plan for systemic annual giving with quantifiable goals, responsibilities, evaluation measures and completion dates
Establish and execute forward-thinking development/advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major, and capital campaigns, legacy gifts and planned giving
Identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies
Collaborate with the administrative team to create/produce fundraising-related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation
Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and prepare grant applications
Maintain existing private funding by meeting all reporting and proposal deadlines, and work with faculty and volunteers to identify new funding sources
Write, edit, design and produce all fundraising materials, including letters and proposals, copy for fundraising print and website content as well as for social media
Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni (and their parents) to further develop alumni programming
Personally solicit major donors
Enhance existing relationships while building new relationships, systems, and programs that further tap into the generosity and resources of the community
Maintain a database of all contributors and provide monthly development reports to the HOS and School Committee
Coordinate the school’s volunteerism efforts with support from the administrative team
Collaborate with the administrative team to execute communications responsibilities including but not limited to: website management, social media, publications, crisis management plan, marketing and advertisement.
Serve as a liaison to the Parents Association and cultivate volunteer efforts in support of enrollment and advancement initiatives.
Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the Head of School, The Clerk of the School Committee, the Clerk of the Advancement Committee and individual School Committee members, supporting them in all their fundraising responsibilities, and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate
Perform non-essential duties as assigned and participate in the life of the school community
The Director of Advancement will be exposed to information of a confidential, proprietary or statutorily protected nature, including but not limited to student, faculty and parent information. The Director of Advancement must maintain the confidentiality and private nature of such information with the upmost good faith, especially as it pertains to student, family and other proprietary and protected information.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Angela DeGraff, Interim Head of School, at email@example.com. Only those candidates who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls please.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, disposition and/or ability required.
5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising with increasing responsibility, especially with annual giving, major gifts and special events;
Independent school experience preferred
Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
Ability to excel both as a frontline fundraiser and to manage the fundraising work of a volunteer board
Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel required; comfort with technology, especially with the school’s fundraising database
Exceptional writing and communication skills
Excellent time management skills; detail and goal oriented
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality
Solid organizational and problem-solving skills
Ability to work independently
Highly resourceful and motivated – a “self-starter” with infectious energy and enthusiasm
Exemplary work ethic
The Director of Advancement must use discernment in responding to various needs and requests from the school’s stakeholders. Communication and decisions beyond the scope of this position must be referred to the Head of School.
About Princeton Friends School
Drawing on a rich tradition of Quaker values and practices, Princeton Friends School is committed to creating a diverse, vibrant learning community in which young people engage their natural curiosity; discover and express their individual voices and gifts; acquire intellectual, physical, artistic, and life skills; and develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and others. Princeton Friends both prepares students for the world that is and models possibilities for the society that these young people will one day help to create.