Director of Advancement

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Trinity Episcopal School is seeking a Director of Advancement for the 2023-24 academic year. This individual will report directly to the Head of School and serve on the Senior Administrative Team. The Director of Advancement provides leadership in planning, organizing, and implementing programs, activities, and communications intended to garner support for the operational, capital, and endowment needs of Trinity.

The Director of Advancement raises funds that will be used to advance the mission of Trinity Episcopal School. In addition, the Director leads a team that includes the Marketing and Communications Director, the Development Director, Advancement Coordinator, and Visual Communication Coordinator.

Primary responsibilities:
The Director of Advancement’s primary responsibilities include the following:
• Establish a vision and develop a strategic direction for the School’s advancement efforts and communicate that vision and direction effectively
• Oversee the daily operations of the Advancement office and establish consistent processes and systems to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the fundraising, development, alumni relations and branding/design and marketing/communication efforts
• Support and advocate for the Head of School’s vision and initiatives and act as a key spokesperson on behalf of the school
• Serve as a member of the Senior Administrative Team and participate in strategic planning, budgeting, business-planning and policy-setting aspects of the school
• Identify, cultivate, and solicit major donors either directly or by facilitating relationships with the Head of School, trustees, and volunteers
• Build and maintain meaningful relationships with multiple constituencies – alumni, students, parents, community donors, trustees, faculty, and staff – to further and protect the mission of the school
• Expand the culture of philanthropy within and beyond the school community
• Work closely with the Board of Trustees Development Committee Chair to lead and execute fundraising efforts
• Work with the Development Director, Marketing Director, and Head of School to develop program elements and messaging for fundraising and community events
• Represent the School through community events and networks
• Liaison for the Parents’ Association Leadership Team and parent volunteers in coordinating School events
• Work with the Admission office to create a marketing plan to raise the profile of the school, and collaborate with the Admission office on the internal and external messaging necessary to assist with re-enrollment and enrollment
• Support the mission of the school through direct involvement with school programs as needed

Management and administration
Hiring – Coordinate the hiring process by establishing a pool of candidates, conducting interviews, soliciting input, and working with the Senior Administrative Team to determine the needs of the school
Evaluation and Retention of Staff – Manage the department staff evaluation process, including compensation and renewal

Staff Development and improvement
Promote staff development and improvement by setting goals with staff and planning for professional development; foster an impactful, efficient and supportive work environment

Create an atmosphere of professionalism and respect by promoting positive interaction with the faculty/staff and between faculty/staff

Qualities and alignment to Trinity’s mission and core values
The successful candidate will have the following qualities
• Familiarity with and a commitment to the mission of independent schools and Trinity Episcopal School. A commitment to our three core values of scholarship, diversity, and spirituality is a must
• A love for students and a willingness to go above and beyond in the best interests of students
• Integrity, sound judgment, self-confidence, maturity and a sense of perspective
• A high level of energy and ability to work on multiple tasks/projects
• Ability to model, promote, and provide opportunities for students to live into the Trinity Honor Code
• Demonstrated sensitivity to students, faculty, and staff of varying racial, ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, disability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic backgrounds

Education and work experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Fundraising and leadership experience for a non-profit organization
• Experience cultivating and stewarding meaningful, productive, and discreet relationships with the highest levels of donors and high net-worth prospects
• Proven track record of successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, and closure of major gifts
• Capital campaign management including campaign planning and execution
• Demonstrated ability to work with and/or motivate a wide range of people, including trustees, parents, alumni, faculty and staff
• Experience managing/oversight of development communications

Skills and qualifications:
• Integrity, sound judgment, self-confidence, maturity and a sense of perspective
• Excellent interpersonal, presentation, writing, organizational and communication skills
• Ability to be a self-starter and initiator, and ability to work effectively, both independently and on a team
• A high level of energy and ability to work on many tasks/projects
• Ability to be a self-starter and initiator, and ability to effectively work independently and be a contributing team member
• Become involved in the mission and life of the school beyond the primary responsibilities outlined

Physical demands:
Candidate must be able to frequently perform duties in a stationary position and occasionally traverse campus and Uptown Charlotte.

Salary and benefits:
Trinity Episcopal School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a compensation plan that compares favorably with those of other independent schools both locally and nationwide. Individual salary levels are competitive and are determined by educational background and experience.

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