Riverside Presbyterian Day School, an independent co-educational (PreK3 – 6th Grade) elementary day school in Jacksonville, FL seeks a full time Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) for the 2024-25 academic year.
In achieving the mission to educate the mind, nurture the spirit, and foster the development of the whole child, Riverside Presbyterian Day School offers a balanced, challenging academic program which stimulates each child’s intellectual curiosity and desire for lifelong learning.
Recognizing the unique potential and worth of each child, the program is designed to encourage the development of self-esteem, initiative, and confidence. An inclusive community, RPDS offers a school climate which promotes respect for the values of our global society and fosters empathy, responsible citizenship, and service of others.
The CAO is responsible for RPDS’s fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, parents, and other constituent groups, the CAO engages in fundraising activities to help meet the operating, capital, and endowment needs of the school. Priorities include major gifts research, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and annual fund, as well as community building events such as Fall Festival, Run Riverside, Capers, and Grandparents and Special Friends Day. RPDS enjoys a committed base of volunteers and staff members who are dedicated to promoting all aspects of the school’s success.
The CAO reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the Administrative Team. Along with the Head of School the CAO establishes close working relationships with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Assistant Head of School, the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Director of Admissions, and the Chair of the Advancement Committee. The position also oversees an Advancement Team comprised of an Assistant Director and Advancement Services Manager.
The Riverside Cornerstone Campaign Steering Committee will continue to seek additional gifts and pledges through the campus construction phase that will commence in late 2023. The CAO will provide support to the Campaign Steering Committee during this final phase of fundraising and ensuing campaign closure activities. Additionally, the CAO will be responsible for managing appropriate donor stewardship activities as a result of the Campaign.
Identify, cultivate, steward, and acknowledge all donors directly while also supporting the work of the Head of School and RPDS Board of Trustees.
Oversee all fundraising activities for operating, capital, and endowment needs with a targeted goal of $500,000 annually.
Organize and successfully execute a major gifts effort, the RPDS Fund (annual fund), Capers (the signature annual event/auction) and planned giving.
Create, implement, and report on annual goals, objectives, and a plan of action for all fundraising initiatives.
Develop and execute strategies for maintaining and enhancing the sense of community and belonging, goodwill, and positive feelings among all RPDS constituencies through personal relationships, internal and external communications, publications, and events.
Manage the daily operations of the Advancement Office, including budget, database, files, correspondence, and mailings.
Communicate regularly with the Head of School, Administrative Team, Advancement Committee Chair, and the RPDS Board of Trustees regarding planned and ongoing advancement projects and events.
Serve as the liaison for the RPDS Board of Trustees, Advancement Committee, and the Committee on Trustees, while also participating in Board orientation and training, and meetings with the Finance Committee.
Manage, guide, and evaluate Advancement Staff
Collaborate closely with the Parent Association leadership and special event chairs.
Engage, connect, and cultivate Alumni/ae and oversee records management and events.
Undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School.
A visionary charismatic individual with the knowledge, ingenuity, fortitude, passion, and decisiveness necessary to gain support and advance initiatives in a complex setting
Experience in a leadership role in a school or other nonprofit setting, including significant fundraising responsibilities and involvement with capital campaigns
A record of successfully cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts directly from individuals, foundations, and other giving sources
A record of managing a successful donor stewardship program
Extensive knowledge and experience with major gift solicitations, annual and capital campaigns, planned giving, and foundation grants
Consistent professionalism with the capacity to partner with and to guide a wide variety of constituents
A spirited professional who encourages teamwork and motivates others for the good of the school, including committed and involved volunteers
A strong manager who leads by example and seeks to move projects and the school forward through creativity and cooperation
The ability to develop strategies, implement operational plans, meet goals, and pivot based on shifting priorities and circumstances
Excellent project management skills and the ability to manage multiple initiatives
Excellent writing and verbal skills, including the ability to present in front of large and small groups and communicate in a compelling manner on behalf of an organization
Passionate about the work and mission, highly organized, and extremely detail oriented
Strong appreciation and understanding of a faith-based independent school environment
Comfortable with all types of people and the ability to develop strong and meaningful relationships with major donors, prospective benefactors, and volunteers
A strong understanding of the nonprofit setting and the relationships among the advancement, marketing, communications, admissions, and finance functions in an independent school
Comfort with a range of technologies necessary to support prospect research, stewardship, and daily operations as well as to stay connected with donors, including Blackbaud’s The Raiser’s Edge (NXT)
A person of great integrity with a strong reputation in the community
Self-confident, poised and at the same time empathetic, humble, and respectful
Accountable, honors commitments, and forthright in communication and engagements
A creative out of the box thinker who is both innovative and entrepreneurial
Kind, empathetic, open-minded individual who has a deep-seated respect for all people
An extremely welcoming person with a strong moral compass and good sense of humor
Creative self-starter with a positive outlook who is approachable and available
An individual who is reliable, decisive, flexible,outcome-oriented, and performance-driven
Jacksonville's first private elementary school, Riverside Presbyterian Day School is a co-educational independent day school serving 455 students from PreK 3 through Grade 6. Characterized by high academic standards and a commitment to an excellent educational experience.