Congressional Schools, an independent school in Falls Church, VA, seeks a Director of Advancement and External Affairs to start late summer 2021. The Director of Advancement and External Affairsis responsible for helping to advance Congressional School's mission through entrepreneurial leadership in strategic planning, enhancing the School's philanthropic culture, cultivating communication with all constituents, and extending Congressional School's reach into the broader community. The Director of Advancement and External Affairs will oversee all aspects of advancement, including annual fund, major gifts, grant writing, alumni relations, capital and major-gift campaigns, and special events. The Director of Advancement and External Affairs will supervise and manage the alumni, public relations, development, marketing, and communications functions of the School. The Director is detail-oriented, creative, motivated and flexible; exhibit integrity and discretion; and work collaboratively with colleagues and other constituents.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develops the annual advancement plan, working in concert with the Head of School and current Strategic Plan
Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with key business, community, academic and philanthropic organizations
Identifies opportunities to increase the visibility of Congressional School among AISGW, VAIS and NAIS schools, and build the School's reputation and presence as a mission-driven, engaged, strong community player and employer
Develops a culture of philanthropy at the School, fostering good will with constituents at every level, cultivates connections with the School community, and develops new relations with those outside the School
Identifies, cultivates, and solicits a portfolio of major donors, including donors making planned gifts to the School
Devises and manages a fundraising program to attract maximum gift support through an annual fund, planned giving, corporate and foundation grants, and endowment giving
Develops, implements and manages the annual giving program
Develops, implements and manages a strong alumni base with a goal toward increasing fundraising initiatives
Develops and manages a major gifts program, and cultivates and solicits major gifts
Designs, organizes, manages, and implements all capital and endowment campaigns
Identifies and solicits corporate and foundation grants
Serves as a member of the School's Leadership Team
Develops an annual budget that is directly linked to the priorities of the department and the institution and works with the CFO/COO to ensure prudent budget expenses
Supervises, sets direction and supports goals for each member of the Advancement team in order to maximize their individual talents and encourage professional growth
Plans and implements a comprehensive long-range marketing plan, working closely with Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid and Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications
Works closely with the Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid to identify potential markets for admission
Supervises the planning and production of all external School publications
Works closely with the Congressional School Parent Organization (CSPO) and manages the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications
Maintains a regular presence in the School community
Performs other initiatives, special programs and duties as assigned by the Head of School
Bachelor's degree, preferably in a related field
Five or more years of experience in development, preferably in an independent school
Ease in working with donors, parents, board members, community members and other stakeholders and can work independently
Broad and deep knowledge of fundraising, communications, and marketing, and the ways in which these three functional areas must integrate seamlessly in order to form a successful, comprehensive advancement effort
Previous experience with Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge; proficiency in basic data management systems, and basic computer applications; willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed
Proven track record in all key advancement areas
Experience with grants/grant writing
Knowledge of current best practices in development and external affairs
Strong oral and written communication skills, with a high capacity for accuracy, attention to detail, and analysis
Excellent judgment and ability to work in a changing environment
Outstanding relationship building and collaboration skills to work with a diverse constituency.
Strong results-orientation and highly collaborative style
Management skills that allow one to oversee, motivate, and delegate effectively to a team while retaining ultimate responsibility for the activities of the department
An ability to work in a joyful, collegial and collaborative environment
A sense of humor, warm personality, and growth-mindset
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Founded in 1939, Congressional School is a co-ed independent day school in the heart of Falls Church, VA. Dedicated to young learners—infants through eighth graders—Congressional School serves more than 400 students and 2,000 campers annually through its academic and summer programs. The school develops great thinkers and leaders by encouraging students to explore, embrace challenge, and grow through an innovative academic program —all in a diverse and inclusive community. Well-prepared for excellent secondary schools, Congressional School graduates have confidence, a sense of ethics, and the desire to continually and respectfully question, collaborate, create, and lead.
Teachers at Congressional School are passionate, innovative, and dedicated members of the Congressional community who embrace the vision, mission, philosophy and traditions of the School while always striving for excellence. Teachers are committed to growth as professionals and individuals, and are eager to help the school’s students strive for and be their best. Congressional is a community where learning, growing, curiosity, engagement, hard work, and play are all valued and nurtured.