The Director of Advancement provides visionary leadership, day-to-day management, and active execution for Wayland Academy’s comprehensive fundraising program.
The Director of Advancement will lead all aspects of the Academy’s fundraising programming, including annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, endowment initiatives, parent and alumni engagement, prospect management, donor stewardship, and special events.
The Director of Advancement reports to the Head of School, is a member of the Administrative Leadership Team, and supervises a staff of dedicated advancement professionals. Additionally, the position works closely with the admission and communication teams and serves the Board of Trustees as a member of the Advancement Committee.
Leadership in Fundraising and Stewardship
The Director of Advancement works with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, Alumni, Parents, and campus leaders to enhance the culture of philanthropy throughout the Wayland Academy community. This individual oversees short, and long term, advancement initiatives.
Assess, design, implement, and manage – in collaboration with the Head of School and Board of Trustees – a comprehensive development program to successfully raise annual, capital, and endowment funding to support the Academy’s mission and strategic goals
Coordinate the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors
Provide leadership and direction in building programs to support prospect research, major gifts, planned giving, and stewardship
Engage the local, national and global Wayland Academy community through travel to cultivate and steward relationships
Management and Administration
The Director manages and contributes to a series of important advancement-related processes, while managing and coordinating a team of professionals.
Oversee the hiring, managing and evaluating of all advancement personnel.
Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Trustees, reporting and participating on the Advancement Committee.
Create and manage the advancement budget in coordination with the CFO and Head of School.
Develop and oversee the appropriate data protocols and procedures to ensure that the database and current software system is accurately and efficiently used and regularly updated.
Assist the Head of School and Governance Committee with trustee candidate identification.
Collaborate with and provide an advancement perspective to the Academy’s communications and marketing team.
Wayland Academy seeks an individual who can balance a wide range of experiences in fundraising with a willingness to become an active member of our dynamic and unique community. The following are requirements for the position:
Five+ years of non-profit development experience, preferably in a school/college setting
Demonstrated ability to establish, develop, and maintain meaningful and authentic relationships with prospects, donors, parents, alumni, trustees, and other constituents to strengthen relationships and grow financial support.
Strong leadership and team-building skills to work in collaboration with a wide range of colleagues and constituencies.
Proven management experience with demonstrated success as a development professional.
Comfortable in a strategic capacity, management role, and/or hands-on contributor.
Excellent writing, editing, and public speaking skills.
Proven organizational skills, attention to detail, and respect for confidentiality.
Proficient with fundraising/donor management software and administrative systems.
Understands and supports the mission and vision of Wayland Academy
This is a full-time, year-round position requiring frequent travel and work outside of normal business hours. Wayland Academy an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
About Wayland Academy
Wayland Academy is a great place to work. Just as we prepare our students for the rigors of higher education and the life that follows, so too does the Academy encourage our employees to grow personally and professionally within our friendly campus community.
Wayland Academy was founded as Wayland University on January 31, 1855. Although the Academy has been a nondenominational boarding school for over seventy years, it was initially chartered as a Baptist university and named for the president of Brown University, prominent educator and Baptist minister Francis Wayland. On July 4, 1855, the cornerstone of the first campus building, College Hall, was laid in place. The building still stands today, but is now known as Wayland Hall. Whereas this building served as the entire school during Wayland's early years (classrooms, chapel, library, dormitory, and administrative offices), today it is one of four dormitories on campus and houses 50 boys and five dorm supervisors.
Wayland Academy prepares our students for college and beyond through a challenging liberal arts curriculum and campus programs devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and the development of character.
Our students, ...from across the United States and nearly 30 countries across the globe, benefit from the unique experience found only at our campus in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.