Director of Advancement

Foothill Country Day School

Job Description

Position:  Director of Advancement

Reports to:  Head of School

Position Status:  Full-Time, Exempt

The Director of Advancement is responsible for leading or collaborating in all aspects of the School’s core effort to establish, build and maintain meaningful relationships and to develop and maximize philanthropic support. The advancement effort encompasses a broad range of responsibilities including direct oversight of development, collaborating with our parent leadership (BWO Council) and the wider parent body (BWO) to foster financial and volunteer support, and alumni relations. The Director of Advancement is a key partner on the senior administrative team—in particular, supporting and collaborating with the Head of School, Development Committee, and Directors of Communications and Marketing, and Enrollment. The Director of Advancement will be a key component in collaborating with the Head of School and Board to develop strategy, identify staffing needs, and develop a timeline for a near-future capital campaign.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Recruits, hires, and trains an Advancement Associate to support all aspects of the work of the Advancement Office.
Develops and leads fundraising strategies, and fosters and maintains donor relationships, including donor recognition and stewardship.
Collaborates with the Head of School, Director of Communications and Marketing, Director of Enrollment, and Development Committee to develop philanthropic and communications plans for the
Makes timely and accurate responses to donor concerns, requests, and gifts.
Leads the Board Development Committee and collaborates with committee and Head of School in preparation of an annual development plan for achieving goals for alumni engagement, parent participation, annual giving, and Spring Benefit revenue.
Collaborates with the BWO Council (parent leadership) to foster a volunteer and philanthropic spirit among parents.
Collaborates with the BWO Council on the Spring Benefit, providing administrative support as needed.
Collaborates with the Head of School and Development Committee to reach fundraising goals, and to engage the Board in fundraising activities.
Collaborates with the Head of School to research and identify prospective donors including individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Collaborates with Director of Communications and Marketing in preparation of solicitation materials, including direct mail and online appeals and newsletters.
Oversees recording of gifts in database management system according to all IRS specifications, and School policies and procedures.
Oversees gifts acknowledgement and pledge payment reminders.
Oversees timely delivery of all checks, cash, securities, and other contributions to the Business Office.

The ideal candidate will have the following educational and work background:

Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
Postgraduate degree from an accredited institution is preferred but not required.

 The ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

Understanding of DEI and its centrality to Foothill’s Mission and Core Values
Strong leadership, management, communication, and interpersonal
Commitment to partnering with the Head of School in a variety of matters that involve discretion, trust, and
Ability to identify, articulate, and advance philanthropic needs within the
Ability to set priorities and implement decisions in a timely
Ability to work collaboratively with different groups (Board, Staff, Parents, Students, etc.) to advance the school’s philanthropic
Successful administrative experience in planning and implementing campaign and fundraising efforts.
Organized, with highly effective oral and written communication
Willingness to be an administrative leader who is fully present in all aspects of school life and who steps outside of job description at times for the good of the larger
A congenial affect and a collaborative, team-oriented working style.
Significant and progressively responsible development experience, including familiarity with all areas of fundraising including annual giving, major gifts, planned gifts, corporate and foundation giving, capital campaigns, alumni relations, and events.
Strong results orientation and a proven track record in setting and achieving ambitious goals.
Experience linking donor interests to institutional priorities and the ability to link School initiatives or program issues with opportunities for fundraising.

Other Requirements:

Must furnish verification of COVID-19 vaccination or contact Human Resources to request a religious or medical related exemption


Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits
Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Benefits
403(b) Retirement Plan Benefits (7% employer contribution upon hire; 8% after four years of full-time service)
100% Tuition Remission for all admitted K-8 children of full-time employees (50% for admitted preschool children)
Vacation, Sick, Holiday, and Break Pay

Foothill Country Day School provides a competitive salary, benefits package, and an inviting, professional, and collegial working environment. Physical presence is an essential function of the job, with the potential of telework opportunities subject to terms of agreement.

Foothill Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer and abides by all local, state, and federal laws in its interview and employment practices.

Posted 1 year ago
Claremont, California
Full Time