FCS seeks a Director of Institutional Advancement to provide leadership for the advancement program as it creates a vibrant culture of philanthropy at Friends Community School. The Director of Institutional Advancement designs programs that ensure maximum gift support for the school.
The Director of Institutional Advancement supports and supervises the Director of Annual Fund and the Advancement Office Associate. As a member of the senior administrative team, the Director reports directly to the Head of School and works closely with the Clerk of the Advancement Committee of the Board.
Establishing and executing forward-thinking advancement and strategic programs that grow the annual fund, endowment and capital campaigns, legacy gifts, and planned giving.
Overseeing all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, guiding capital and endowment campaigns, soliciting corporate and foundation proposals, creating a strong alumni association, and organizing development events.
Identifying, researching, and leading the implementation of a multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, creating a culture of philanthropy across all constituencies and social-economic strata.
Collaborating with the Admissions Office and Director of Communications on public relations initiatives and the creation of fundraising-related communication materials to expand and enhance FCS reputation.
Identifying corporate and foundation funding opportunities and writing grant applications.
A bachelor’s degree required, a master’s degree preferred
Five plus years in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising
Independent school experience preferred
Proven success in directly soliciting and securing charitable gifts
A strategic thinker and problem solver
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Cultural competency and an ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Extensive knowledge of fundraising data software and database management software such as Blackbaud and Raiser's Edge
About Friends Community School
Friends Community School in College Park, Maryland is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school with small class sizes. We serve a diverse student body from Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Washington, DC. FCS offers a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity, and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage. Faculty and staff are highly engaged, and enjoy the flexibility, autonomy, and creativity associated with progressive education. FCS provides competitive salary and benefits, and offers flexibility in scheduling for part-time employees. Our green campus and LEED-certified building are located within minutes of the Beltway, easily accessible to public transportation and bike trails, surrounded by Greenbelt National Park.
FCS is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational community and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.