Battle Ground Academy (BGA) is seeking a highly motivated, proven fundraising leader to serve as the Assistant Head of School for Advancement. This key leadership role is responsible for overseeing and executing the school’s fundraising and development initiatives, building strong relationships with donors, alumni, parents, and community partners, and advancing the institution’s philanthropic efforts.
The next Assistant Head of School for Advancement, in collaboration with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees will work to ensure that advancement priorities align with the school’s mission and strategic plan. Overseeing all fundraising initiatives, he or she will work to define and execute robust capital campaigns while continuing to lead programs related to the BGA Fund (annual fund), endowment growth, planned giving efforts, and alumni relations.
Additionally, the Assistant Head of School for Advancement oversees the school’s efforts in communicating and promoting BGA’s mission, history, and core values within and throughout the community.
The School | Battle Ground Academy (BGA)
Battle Ground Academy is the No. 1 Private K-12 School in Williamson County, Tennessee and is a 900-student co-education, independent college preparatory school. Ninety-eight percent of the Class of 2023 Graduates were accepted to at least one of their top three college choices.
BGA is an accredited independent school that is not bound by specific cultural or religious beliefs or government mandates.
As an independent school, BGA has the flexibility to adjust the curriculum to meet each student where they are academically and create a community where students from all different backgrounds feel like they belong.
For 135 years, Battle Ground Academy has held strong to “Character. Scholarship. Excellence.” as it has pursued its mission to ignite and nurture student curiosity, intellect, and character. They are the ideals that inspire faculty, staff, and students daily, still.
“Each day in every class, our goal is to provide an inspiring and nurturing environment that piques students’ curiosity and furthers their academic, social, and emotional development.
The result: a community of learners who are prepared to accomplish their academic, professional, and personal goals, becoming successful graduates at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities.”
The Location | Franklin, Tennessee
Located just 21 miles south of Nashville, Franklin boasts the perfect mix of history and progress.
Downtown Franklin, comprised of a beautiful 16-block historic district, has been named a “Great American Main Street” and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Offering 200 years of rich history, residents relish the commemorative brick sidewalks, beautiful landscaping, Victorian architecture, and renovated historic buildings. Locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, and other businesses line the streets, and multiple times a year, Downtown Franklin hosts holiday, music, community, and cultural festivals, bringing thousands to the area.
Outside the downtown corridor is the Cool Springs area, a business, dining, and shopping hub with many Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Franklin serves as the Williamson County seat, officing the county government.
Recent Franklin accolades include:
“The 30 Most Charming Small Town Downtowns in America”– HGTV
“Little Cities That Think Big: 8 Forward-Thinking Destinations Across the U.S.” – AFAR
“Top 50 Cities to Start a Small Business” – Business Week
While BGA is situated in Franklin, residents enjoy the city’s proximity to Nashville. With a population of over 1.5 million, Nashville is a vibrant metropolitan area with extensive amenities, restaurants, economic health, and entertainment.
THE POSITION: ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL FOR ADVANCEMENT
The Assistant Head of School for Advancement serves as the leader of the development, community relations, and communications aspects of the school. He or she serves on the Senior Admin Team and works closely with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Development to identify, cultivate, secure and steward philanthropy at Battle Ground Academy.
The position is supported by a team that includes nine full-time employees and additional ancillary staff in a variety of positions:
Major Gifts Officer
Director of Alumni and Annual Giving
Director of Community Relations
Advancement & Alumni Services Coordinator
Advancement & Alumni Engagement Officer
Director of Communications
Communication Content Specialist
This team works closely together to coordinate all of the work of the school’s fundraising efforts. The Assistant Head will have the opportunity to adjust and refine structures, systems, and teams in a manner to optimize performance of the Advancement Office within the context of the school’s mission, vision, and values.
In addition to embracing BGA’s mission, supporting its Head of School and leadership, and representing the school at professional and public forums, the next Assistant Head of School for Advancement has several primary responsibilities:
Leadership: Serves as a strategic partner with the Head of School and Board of Trustees in identifying and spearheading the implementation of a robust and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata.
Strategic Fundraising: Establish and execute forward-thinking advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major, and capital campaigns; legacy gifts; and planned giving in order to secure financial support for Battle Ground Academy’s programs, strategic priorities, and capital projects.
Board Relations: Serve as a liaison to the Board of Trustees, providing updates on fundraising progress, strategies, and opportunities. Work closely with the Development Committee of the Board to coordinate fundraising activities and elicit their involvement in the school’s current and future campaigns and giving strategies.
Donor Cultivation and Stewardship: Build and maintain strong relationships with current and prospective donors, alumni, parents, and friends of BGA. Develop an accurate assessment and inventory of the capacity and willingness of BGA families to support the school. Acknowledge and appreciate donors, providing them with updates on the school’s progress, outcomes, and the impact of their contributions.
Major Gift Solicitation: Identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects. Develop tailored proposals and collaborate with the Head of School to secure leadership level support for the school. Manage a portfolio of approximately 100 leadership-level donors and prospects by forming authentic relationships and providing meaningful, ongoing stewardship.
Alumni Engagement: Collaborate with the Alumni Relations team to foster a vibrant alumni community through events, communications, and outreach efforts.
Campaign Management: Lead and manage capital campaigns for specific projects or initiatives, collaborating with cross-functional teams of the Head of School, Trustees, faculty, alumni and/or community members, to ensure successful outcomes.
Database Management: Oversee the collection and organization of accurate donor records, track interactions, and utilize the school’s donor management system to support effective fundraising efforts.
Team Leadership: Supervise and mentor development staff, fostering a collaborative and results-oriented work environment designed to achieve clear and measurable goals while ensuring regular feedback and accountability toward progress.
Communications: Oversee the creation of regular, tailored communications (including direct messaging, social media, alumni magazine, etc.) in collaboration with internal constituents and enrollment personnel to produce messaging that expands and enhances the school’s visibility and reputation in all areas (school life, alumni news, major initiatives, etc.).
Networking: Attend community and industry events to expand the school’s network and identify new fundraising opportunities. Be present and engaging at BGA events to promote enthusiasm among families
Motivated, self-starter who enjoys developing relationships with donors, past and current, both on and off campus
Significant experience, including substantial responsibility in nonprofit fundraising, preferably within an independent school or university
Proven track record of fundraising success by personally securing or facilitating multiple major gifts
Demonstrated success in structuring and managing a capital campaign
Knowledge of planned giving vehicles, including wills, charitable remainder trusts, and insurance bequests
Outstanding knowledge of fundraising data and database management software
Proven success in engaging and motivating trustee leadership and supporting all facets of the board’s financial goals for the school
Familiarity with the greater local community
Excellent communication skills, both in writing and in speaking
Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment
Professional discretion, attention to detail, and commitment to excellence
Deep appreciation and understanding of the school’s mission and vision and the ability to inspire internal and external constituents
Excellent leadership skills, including previous work experience successfully managing a high-achieving team