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Located six miles from Washington, D.C., St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School (SSSAS), a junior kindergarten-12 Episcopal School, educates the whole child by tending to the academic, social, physical and spiritual needs of each of its students. Named the No.1 Midsize Workplace in the D.C. area by The Washington Post, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes is a positive and collegial community with a commitment to its mission to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of its members as a child of God in a caring community. SSSAS combines a rigorous academic program with outstanding opportunities in the arts, athletics and service learning as well as a celebration of diversity.
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School is searching for a Chief Advancement Officer. SSSAS has a strong culture of philanthropy in which annual fund goals are met each year and there is a proven ability to conduct successful campaigns. (The most recent campaign, Light the Way - A Campaign for Teachers, raised endowment funds for professional development and faculty salaries.) In addition, the School is proud of the fact that 100% of its faculty, staff, administration and seniors contributed to the annual fund for the past two years. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School is seeking someone with the experience and skills to help continue this outstanding work and the vision to lead all areas of giving, particularly a new campaign to begin in the coming months.
The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is a member of the School Leadership Team who is responsible for the overall leadership, vision and strategic planning direction for the Advancement Office. The current Development Team includes: Director of Development, Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving, Director of Annual Giving (Saints Fund), Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Alumni Giving, Advancement Associate, Database Manager, Administrative Assistant.
The Chief Advancement Officer will report directly to the Head of School and will be responsible for developing and executing fundraising initiatives and managing all related matters. The Chief Advancement Officer will work in close contact with the School’s senior administrative team, faculty, alumni, parents, Board of Governors and Association of Parents and Teachers.
The School seeks candidates who are self-starters, problem solvers, leaders and effective communicators who will exemplify the School’s mission, especially the importance of valuing “goodness as well as knowledge.” The ideal candidate is a thoughtful, articulate and experienced advancement professional who can both effectively lead staff and serve as a superb front-line fundraiser. The ability to orchestrate and run a capital campaign is essential to the mission of the advancement effort. At St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, cultural fit is of equal importance to a candidate’s ability to perform the tasks associated with this role. To that end, the School seeks candidates who are self-starters, problem solvers, leaders and effective communicators who will exemplify the School’s mission, especially the importance valuing “goodness as well as knowledge.”
This is a high-profile position that requires a strong ability to collaboratively set and achieve goals and create a vision and successfully bring it to fruition. The Director will be expected to develop strong relationships with the full range of the School’s constituents to secure annual, capital, endowment and planned gifts that support and advance the School’s mission. This opportunity is available on or before December 2018.
Among other duties and responsibilities, the Chief Advancement Officer will:
Articulate and exemplify the School’s philosophy of fundraising to the members of its various
Initiate and lead plans for raising funds to meet the immediate and long-range endowment, capital
and operating needs of the School.
Work closely with the Head of School to develop goals and strategies for each of the School’s giving programs, including cultivation strategies for all major gift prospects.
Provide regular, detailed reports and information to the Head of School and Advancement
Committee of the Board of Governors to help in decision-making and program evaluation.
Work closely with all relevant team members to develop and implement strategic goals and
initiatives for fundraising, alumni engagement, parent relations and data management to ensure
short- and long-term success of fundraising efforts.
Work closely with the Head of School, Board members, Parents Association and administrative
leaders to promote acquiring gifts to St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes both in and out of a campaign.
Maintain a portfolio of Leadership Donors to cultivate and solicit Annual Fund gifts, special and
campaign gifts and planned gifts.
Work with the Head of School, administrative leaders and consultants to plan and execute capital
initiatives and campaigns.
Oversee all aspects of the development program to include events, fundraising, alumni relations,
database management and the Association of Parents and Teachers.
Regularly attend sporting events, concerts, performances and other special events in order to be someone who is known to faculty, staff, students and parents.
Oversee all development communications to ensure they are on message and adhere to the school brand and connect with the school’s strategic plan.
Oversee staff development and ensure a culture of inclusivity, respect, collaboration and professional growth.
Communicate and collaborate regularly with the Chief Financial Officer, Dean of Enrollment Management and External Marketing and Director of Communications to promote message and brand consistency.
Work with all team members and administrative leaders to develop best practices for all advancement initiatives.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards, reflect an optimistic and positive attitude, demonstrate perseverance and stay focused on securing support for a set of campus-wide priorities.
Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and adhere to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording and acknowledging gifts.
Be able to conduct weekend and evening work.
Be responsible for the School’s Planned Giving Program, through direct involvement and oversight of those who have a direct relationship to Planned Giving.
Manage and lead the major gifts aspect of development – determining programs of cultivation and solicitation of these key constituencies and making major solicitations, as well as refining and expanding the leadership contact plan.
Develop a comprehensive cultivation and solicitation system that allows the School to move potential donors through an established process, leading to enhanced connection and giving.
Shape a vision for the alumni relations program that will enhance involvement and support from the School’s graduates.
Integrity, warmth, flexibility, confidence, a positive outlook and a good sense of humor.
Knowledge and experience with successful major/leadership gift and planned giving solicitation for both alumni and parents.
Ability to interact effectively with and earn the respect of all the constituencies of the SSSAS community, including the leadership team, staff, faculty, the Board of Governors, alumni, parents and friends of the School.
Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, develop and mentor staff. • Knowledge of how to effectively market and communicate the School’s mission, vision and values both internally and externally.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Oversee the identification, cultivation and securing of major gift and annual fund leadership prospects.
Knowledge and experience in prospect tracking, stewardship and reporting procedures and all aspects of annual giving programs.
Experience in organizing and conducting a Capital Campaign.
Experience managing volunteers, including members of governing boards.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Eight-plus years of advancement experience required, preferably at an independent school and/or in higher education.
Interest and willingness to travel.
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including qualified tuition remission plan, medical plans, a retirement plan and paid vacation. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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About St.Stephens and St.Agnes School
OUR MISSION: To help our students succeed in a complex and changing world, we seek to inspire a passion for learning, an enthusiasm for athletic and artistic endeavor, a striving for excellence, a celebration of diversity and a commitment to service. Our mission is to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community.
Located six miles from Washington, D.C., St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, a JK-12 Episcopal School, educates the whole child by tending to the academic, social, physical, and spiritual needs of each of our students. Named as the 2nd best workplace in Washington, D.C. by the Washington Post, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes is a positive and collegial community with a commitment to our mission to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community. SSSAS combines a rigorous academic program with outstanding opportunities in the arts, athletics and service learning for our students. SSSAS has a deep commitment to creating an inclusive community which values diversity and multiculturalism, and we seek candidates w...ho have this same commitment. The diverse student body is 27% students of color, and 21% of our students receive financial aid to create a socioeconomically diverse community.
Our culture promotes lifelong learning, and our faculty have a wealth of opportunities available to them to continue expanding their knowledge of both their disciplines and the field of education. Summer study grants, a 6-week multicultural seminar for new faculty, support for graduate studies, and conferences and workshops are just a few of the ways in which we support and encourage our teachers to continue to grow and learn.