The Director of Advancement is a member of the leadership team and works closely with the Head of School, the Board of Trustees and other key leaders to support the strategic planning for the school as it relates to building a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the Stratford Friends community. The goal of the Director of Advancement is to design and lead fundraising initiatives to increase the school’s resource base and achieve fundraising goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of Advancement will:
Establish and execute forward-thinking advancement programs that produce the targeted funds for annual, special projects and capital, endowment fund, and EITC growth.
Oversee all aspects of the Advancement program, including fundraising, leading the annual giving program, guiding the capital campaign, soliciting corporate and foundation proposals, creating a strong alumni association, collaborating with the FEEC, planning and implementing special events and working closely with alumni and parent association groups.
Identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, while cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata.
Oversee the production and distribution of the Annual Report
Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and assist with draft grant applications.
Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming.
Personally solicit major donors.
Enhance existing relationships while building new relationships, systems, and programs that further tap into the generosity and resources of the community.
Collaborate with the Director of Enrollment Management on public relations and marketing initiatives including Summer Program advertising.
Create and produce fundraising-related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation within the larger community.
Maintain an accurate and current database of all contributors and provide acknowledgment letters in a timely fashion.
Manage the Advancement budget and provide all reports as needed.
Supervise the Assistant Director of Communications
Plan and implement a comprehensive long-range marketing plan working closely with the Director of Enrollment and the Assistant Director of Communications.
Oversee all electronic communications, social media and website requirements.
Supervise the planning and production of all external school publications.
Coordinate the school’s volunteerism efforts.
Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the Head of School, the board chair, and individual board members, supporting them in all their fundraising responsibilities, and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.
Attend Board of Trustee Meetings and work closely with the Chair of the Advancement Committee.
Support the mission of Stratford Friends School.
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising
Independent school experience preferred
Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds
Outstanding knowledge of fundraising data software and database management software
Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
Familiarity with the local community
Internal Number: 6.3.20
About Stratford Friends School
Stratford Friends School is a leader and a pioneer in the education of children who learn differently. SFS students are intelligent and imaginative, but find it difficult to learn in a conventional classroom setting. The school’s mission is to empower our students with the skills to be successful learners. SFS is a school committed to diversity, peacemaking, social justice, and the recognition of the spiritual dimension of life.
Our elementary and middle school programs are designed to prepare our unique learners for success. The well-rounded school day combines a research-based academic curriculum with STEAM and service-based learning with physical education and visual and performing arts that encourages our students’ creativity, builds a joy of learning, and bolsters self-esteem. After-school clubs such as photography, cooking, and robotics, and competitive sports give students the opportunity to celebrate their unique talents, skills, and interests and to find their voices as individuals.
Our average class size is 6:1 and we serve grades K-9. Our students have language-based learning disabilities and/or struggle in one or more of the following areas:
ADD & ADHD • Rec...eptive and Expressive Language • Executive Functioning • Dyslexia • Working Memory • Dysgraphia • Auditory Processing • Dyscalculia