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Director of Advancement

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Landmark School is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced fundraising professional to lead the School's Advancement Department. 

Mission and Background: Landmark School’s mission is to enable and empower people with Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD) to reach their educational and social potential through an exemplary school program complemented by outreach and training, assessment, and research.

Since 1971, Landmark School has steadily increased its capacity to unlock the potential of young people with Language-Based Learning Disabilities through its school-based and outreach and training programs. Landmark enrolls 475 students in grades 2-12, trains thousands of educators annually, and 95% of Landmark’s graduates attend college.

DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT - Job Description

The Director of Advancement will provide leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for all Landmark School fundraising activities. The Director will implement fundraising strategies that increase the organization’s support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other sources. The Director of Advancement plays a key role in identifying, cultivating, and the solicitation of major donors for annual and capital gifts, and works in close collaboration with the Headmaster, Management Team, and Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities:

• Plan, administer, and implement all fundraising activities at Landmark School;

• Manage the Advancement Department in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing and procedures are in place to support department goals;

• Develop a performance-based, individualized management model for a staff currently numbering seven;

• Develop strategies (in collaboration with the Advancement Staff, Headmaster and Trustees) for all major donor cultivation in support of the annual fund and upcoming capital campaign;

• Provide detailed reports of fundraising progress to the Headmaster, Development Committee of the Board, and other appropriate staff and volunteers on a regular basis;

• Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual, corporate and foundation annual contributions;

• Cultivate and directly solicit key annual donors, working with the Headmaster, as appropriate, and train and motivate key volunteers to actively cultivate and solicit gifts;

• Develop annual fundraising plans in consultation with the Headmaster for presentation to the Board of Directors, as required;

• Develop criteria for design/content standards and oversee all direct mail letters, case statements, grants, brochures, alumnae, parents association materials, and sponsorship proposals required to support fundraising;

• Oversee donors receptions and events;

• Ensure that all donors are appropriately recognized and receive regular and appropriate communication by making donor stewardship and good communication a priority throughout the department;

• Develop and maintain positive and professional working relationships within the school, including the Management team and Campus Personnel;

• Coordinate efforts with the Marketing Department with regard to website updates and posting of relevant information;

• Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for Landmark School’s mission and programs in the community; and,

• Serve as a member of Landmark School’s senior management team.

• Travel for events or to meet constituents as necessary.

Ideal Experience: The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

• At least 7-10 years of increasingly more responsible senior positions in fundraising. Proven experience as an organized senior manager capable of managing a complex fundraising program in a sophisticated organization with a reputation for quality and excellence;

• Demonstrated experience in managing people and budgets; ability to work in a hands-on environment; computer literacy and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is highly desirable;

• Ability to effectively gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including board and staff members, donors, foundation and civic leaders;

• A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, corporations and foundations;

• A record of measurable results in organizing and implementing such activities as: major gifts, annual gifts, planned giving, grant-writing, corporate and foundation giving, direct mail and special events;

• A track record as an excellent writer and effective verbal communicator; and,

• Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree.

Personal Qualities: The Director of Development will be:

• Committed to and enthusiastic about Landmark School’s mission and programs;

• Highly entrepreneurial, resourceful and flexible;

• A strategist who is adept at planning, prioritizing, multi-tasking, organizing and following through, while remaining highly energetic and focused;

• A team builder with strong skills in management and leadership;

• A catalyst with vision that can create excitement and energy around Landmark School’s programs and encourage others to support the school – persuasive, persistent, and determined in the pursuit of the school’s fundraising goals;

• Straightforward, self-motivated, and diplomatic – sharing information readily, listening as well as giving advice and respecting the abilities of others;

• Sensitive to the often confidential nature of fundraising;

• Energetic and willing to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fundraising activities; and,

• Emotionally mature with a sense of humor to maintain balance.

Reports to: Headmaster
Compensation: Negotiable and commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: November 11, 2016

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Robert J. Broudo, President and Headmaster
Email: bbroudo@landmarkschool.org