The Director Advancement is responsible for the oversight and management of the Development and Communications Departments. The Director of Advancement will support the Head of School in strategic planning for the future of the school and will collaborate in developing, implementing and coordinating funding strategies for annual and capital campaigns. The Director works closely with the Head of School and members of the Board of Trustees to establish funding strategies and goals and objectives for the school to accomplish its advancement goals.
Development Team: Director of Foundation & Special Giving / Development Associate: Alumnae Relations & Events / Development Associate: Database Manage Communications Staff: Director of Marketing & Communications
Oversee operations of the Development and Communications Departments
Serve on the internal Advancement Team, Retention Committee, Major Gift Team (and others as needed)
Make recommendations to the Head of School on policy and staffing
Perform additional assignments per direction of Head of School.
With the Head of School, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees and the Director of Foundation & Special Giving, work to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors for significant annual, capital and endowment gifts
Oversee the coordination of all major gift solicitations, utilizing a moves management strategy
Board of Trustees/Advancement Committee
Attend Board meetings
Serve as the Staff liaison for the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, and serve as a member of Long-Range Planning Committee and Committee on Trustees
Assist Trustees in attaining development-related Board goals
Provide relevant and timely reports to the Head, Advancement Committee & Board
In conjunction with the Head of School and the Committee on Trustees, assist in the identification of prospective new Board and Advancement Committee members
Annual & Capital Campaigns
Develop funding strategies and oversee all aspects of fundraising with all constituent groups
Coordinate with appropriate team members and volunteers to develop all fund development strategies
Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications in the school’s internal and external communications/publications.
Attend school meetings and events as related to development goals
Serve as a representative/advocate in the community to promote Marymount enrollment and to garner additional resources to support the school
Oversee the implementation of the comprehensive strategic development plan in consultation with both the Head of School, Advancement Committee, and the Board of Trustees
Work with Trustees and volunteers as a strategist and develop/train solicitors to assist in soliciting annual and capital needs
Ensure that each staff member has an annual performance plan and monitors performance progress
Encourage ongoing professional development program for staff
Affirm staff for their individual and group accomplishments
Oversee and help to implement Alumnae engagement through giving, events and mentoring platform
Oversee internal and external development communications to ensure timely communication of the school’s vision/mission and strategic school goals
Oversee gift processing, acknowledgements and information systems
Oversee special activities, events and communications for donor recognition and stewardship
Comply with all Marymount High School policies, procedures and quality standards as well as safety and environmental regulations.
Candidates will have a minimum of 10 years of experience in fundraising, including a minimum of 3 years of experience at an independent school.
5-10 years of experience in planning and executing fundraising campaigns including leadership giving and/or a capital campaign.
Demonstrated leadership ability to balance internal responsibilities while successfully fulfilling significant role in identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects
Highly developed organizational ability and communication skills
Exceptional writing and speaking skills
Proven ability to strategize, structure and implement development efforts
Experience with donor software (i.e., Raiser’s Edge)
Operates with complete integrity and understands the role that trust plays in building a successful development program
Respect for confidentiality
Team player with ability to delegate, motivate and empower others
Big-picture focused but with ability to see details that must support it
Flexible, able to adjust when needed
Proactive approach to problem solving
Familiarity with culture of the westside of Los Angeles
Passion for education, particularly for single-gender, girls only institutions
A Bachelor’s degree is required; a masters and/or CFRE is preferred