Date Posted: 9 November, 2021
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Education: Masters degree
Minimum Experience: 8-10
The Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement reports directly to the Head of School and serves on the Executive Leadership Team. The Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement will assume significant responsibility for working with the Board of Trustees, engaging alumnae, parents, and donors of all levels, and serving as a strategic partner in the planning related to growth of the School. The position oversees five direct reports with responsibilities for donor stewardship, major gifts, the Loyalty Fund, database management, and alumnae relations. Additional areas of responsibility include developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy and ensuring an effective communications plan, especially important as the School embarks on an ambitious multi-million endowment campaign. Equally important is growing the Loyalty Fund, which raises over a million dollars each year as well as continuing funding for restricted projects, as needed.
The Charleston community is seen as an excellent place to live and work and is experiencing substantial wealth moving into the area. Helping us strategize and capitalize on the wealth coming into the community as a new source of potential funding is an incredible professional opportunity for the candidate that can be creative and innovative with promoting institutional advancement.
The position will also focus on increasing the engagement and philanthropic support of the School by alumnae. Ashley Hall has a very strong, dedicated, and involved alumnae network, and the School sees this as an opportunity to build on the support and heritage of sisterhood that has come to define Ashley Hall. Executive level skills are essential – being able to meet externally with donors while at the same time managing internally. Managing many different sectors is a balancing act, but the Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement will be well supported by a highly talented and experienced team along with sophisticated and well-established practices and processes. The team members have demonstrated that they are self-starters, effective and wellconnected to the current alumnae and donor bases. By the Numbers: Year Founded: 1909 *2021-22 Enrollment: 683 Living Alumnae: 2,700 2020-21 Loyalty Fund Giving: $1,045,998 2020-21 Major Giving: $1,207,302 Alumnae Participation Rate: 18% Parent Participation Rate: 46% *Record enrollment
The Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement will need to become fully knowledgeable about the history of the School and community while at the same time providing the leadership and visibility required to develop new relationships within the growing Charleston community. The right candidate should have or be willing to build a strong network across the country to enlist innovative ideas and identify those practices that best fit Ashley Hall’s future growth.
Responsibilities ● Promote Ashley Hall’s mission priorities to internal and external audiences, building support for the School among alumnae, parents, friends of the School, and Board members. ● Develop and lead a high-performing team of fundraising and communication professionals, providing vision, effective feedback to enhance performance, and professional development opportunities to ensure cutting-edge skills and up-to-date practices. ● Lead a team that is expected to raise $3 million in gifts annually and execute and manage a multi-million-dollar endowment campaign, while executing on strategic goals related to new institutional advancement initiatives. ● Evaluate the existing marketing, communication, and fundraising plans and strategies and revise/update the plans to support the new focus on fundraising. ● Build relationships with alumnae, donors, Board members and parents by being accessible and highly visible in the community. ● Emphasize the value of Ashley Hall to the Charleston community and the benefits of Charleston to many of the programs within the School. ● Promote an attitude of excellence, identifying challenging goals and holding everyone accountable for success. Preferred Qualifications: 3 to 5 years of leadership experience; Master’s degree, and 8 to 10 years of proven fundraising success Salary/Benefits: Ashley Hall is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a comprehensive package that includes a competitive salary for institutional advancement professionals working in independent schools and a generous employee benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, disability, 403b, tuition assistance, professional development, paid holidays, and vacation. Ashley Hall is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Deadline for applications- December 15, 2021 or until the position is filled.
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