Director of Advancement Opportunity

Director of Advancement Opportunity


The Director of Advancement is the senior administrative leader of the Advancement Department of St. Paul’s Episcopal School. The Director of Advancement successfully executes all administrative and executive roles in the Advancement Department; administers its programs; leads, develops, and evaluates Advancement Department staff; ensures accuracy of advancement data, record-keeping, and reporting; and implements all school policies, procedures, and programs. In conjunction with the Head of School and Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Advancement coordinates advancement efforts with those of program and operational workgroups to ensure maximum benefit to the School as a whole in accordance with its mission and strategic goals. The Director of Advancement also serves as the chief liaison to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees and serves as an ex officio member of the St. Paul’s Foundation endowment trust.

Key Areas of Responsibility


  • Collaborate with the school’s leadership and the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees to identify funding needs, develop dollar goals, and create strategies for each giving program;
  • Direct all fundraising programs and campaigns to support school operations and growth, specifically the “Saints Fund” annual giving program, planned giving through the St. Paul’s Foundation, corporate and foundation grant-writing efforts, and any capital or major gifts campaigns;
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospective donors in all constituencies;
  • Support fundraising volunteers at all levels;
  • Provide regular, detailed reports and information to the Head of School and Board of Trustees to help in decision-making and program

Marketing and Communications

  • Oversee the Director of Marketing and Communication’s work in creating and implementing strategic marketing strategies which further the mission of the school, build its brand, and help it reach enrollment goals;
  • Manage and oversee all advancement communications, including all materials, mailings, and social media platforms;
  • Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to monitor the branding and cohesiveness of St. Paul’s messaging in all print, graphic, video, and digital publications and communications;
  • Work with the Head of School and board leadership to coordinate community relations efforts and media relations

Volunteer and Constituent Relations

  • Design a long-term strategic plan for parent, volunteer, and alumni engagement programs; review and adjust such plans annually;
  • Oversee advancement team’s engagement programming for all constituents (parents, alumni, and families), including on-campus events and off-campus events such as regional gatherings, dinners, the Saints Night Out annual auction, and all other cultivation and fundraising events;
  • Identify, recruit, train, and reward volunteer leadership, creating a cadre of working and giving volunteers;
  • Assist the Saints Night Out chair and volunteers in the successful execution of the annual event;
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to guide and support the Parent Council and parent volunteers in their
  • Manage and oversee the work of the Alumni Coordinator with the goal of enhancing alumni/ae connection to, and support of, St. Paul’s Episcopal School.
  • Oversee all special events related to fund-raising and

Staffing and Operations

  • Hire, manage, lead, motivate, develop, and evaluate Advancement Department personnel;
  • Set policies regarding volunteer management, donor relations, fundraising reporting, and other office procedures;
  • Work closely with, support, and inform the Head of School and Board of Trustees on all matters regarding school advancement;
  • Manage the Advancement Department budget within established parameters;
  • Prioritize proper maintenance of all advancement databases to ensure data and records accuracy, meet reporting requirements, and productive and efficient exploitation of software capabilities;
  • Serve as effective, cooperative member of the administrative leadership team; attend and contribute to administrative team meetings, and work towards the collective goals of the team;
  • Attend Board and Board Advancement Committee meetings and report on Advancement activities of the office;
  • Oversee the processing of all gift income to ensure legal compliance and provision of appropriate tax

Qualifications and Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field from accredited university required; advanced degree preferred
  • Several years of successful independent school (or equivalent) administrative experience strongly preferred, including direct fundraising and other advancement activities (marketing, communications, volunteer & alumni coordination, etc)
  • Exhibits personal characteristics of a “St. Paul’s Leader” (see below)
  • Represents St. Paul’s Episcopal School, its mission, and values well in all settings and at all times.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, ) and Blackbaud beneficial to success.
  • Attendance at some weekend and/or evening functions and events is
  • Occasional travel and committee work may be required to meet school success
  • Other duties and responsibilities may on occasion be

St. Paul’s Leadership Characteristics

A St. Paul’s Leader:

  • Enthusiastically embraces the vision, mission, culture, and values of St. Paul’s Episcopal School as established by the board of trustees and the Head of School.
  • Is professional in dress, appearance, and bearing
  • Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills, openness, and transparency
  • Exhibits sound judgment and professional discernment, including maintaining appropriate confidences and
  • Is a “servant leader” with a strong heart, high enthusiasm, a sense of humor, and a love for working with children and their
  • Possesses a high “success” drive:
    • Flexibility, adaptability, persistence, and proactivity;
    • A strong work ethic;
    • An orientation to results and accountability; and
    • A complete dedication to students and their
  • Creates and maintains a culture of safety, superior education, efficient operation, and continuous
  • Sets high standards for self and
  • Has a strong moral foundation and ethical sense; leads with
  • Possesses a growth mindset; seeks and values feedback, takes professional risks and embraces growth
  • Is approachable, accessible, and
  • Is team-oriented with a commitment to
  • Understands the transcendent value of a strong, positive culture as the critical basis for school

Direct Supervision

All Advancement Department Staff

  • Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator
  • Alumni Coordinator
  • Webmaster
  • Saints Fund Coordinator
  • Graphic Designer

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter which states your particular interests and qualifications for the position
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae
  3. A statement of Advancement Philosophy
  4. Any other documents that would support your candidacy
  5. The names, addresses, phone numbers and email of three References will not be contacted without candidate’s permission.

Materials should be sent via email to


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