Role and Responsibilities
The Director of Advancement is responsible for RPDS's fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, parents, and other constituent groups, the Director of Advancement engages in fundraising activities to help meet the operating, capital, and endowment needs of the school. Priorities include major gifts research, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and our annual fund, as well as community building events, such as Octoberfest, Duathlon, and Grandparents and Special Friends Day. RPDS enjoys a committed base of volunteers and staff members who are dedicated to promoting all aspects of the school's success.
The Director of Advancement is responsible for RPDS’s fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, parents, and other constituent groups, the Director of Advancement engages in fundraising activities to help meet the operating, capital, and endowment needs of the school. Priorities include major gifts research, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and our annual fund, as well as community building events, such as Octoberfest, Duathlon, and Grandparents and Special Friends Day. RPDS enjoys a committed base of volunteers and staff members who are dedicated to promoting all aspects of the school’s success.
The Director of Advancement reports directly to the Head of the School and is a member of the Administrative Team. Along with the Head of School, the Director of Advancement establishes close working relationships with the Chief Financial Officer, the Lower and Upper Division Directors, the Director of Marketing and Communications, and the Chair of the Advancement Committee.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
The Functions and Responsibilities of the Director of Advancement include all or some of the following:
- Identify, cultivate, solicit, steward, and acknowledge all donors directly while also supporting the work of the Head of School and RPDS Board of Trustees.
• Oversee and organize all fundraising for operating, capital, and endowment needs, including major gifts, the Promise Fund (annual fund), Capers (annual auction), and planned giving.
• Create, implement, and report on annual goals, objectives, and a plan of action for all fundraising initiatives.
• Develop and execute strategies for maintaining and enhancing the sense of community and belonging, goodwill, and positive feelings among all RPDS constituencies through personal relationships, internal and external communications, publications, and events.
• Work collaboratively with outside counsel to complete a campaign planning study and prepare for a capital campaign.
• Partner with outside counsel to direct all aspects of a successful capital campaign, including management of a campaign steering committee, organization of donor solicitations, and stewardship once the campaign has been completed.
• Manage the daily operations of the Advancement Office, including budget, database, files, correspondence, and mailings.
• Communicate regularly with the Head of School, Administrative Team, Advancement Committee Chair, and the RPDS Board of Trustees regarding planned and ongoing advancement projects and events.
• Serve as the liaison for the RPDS Board of Trustees, Advancement Committee, and the Committee on Trustees, while also participating in Board orientation and training and meetings with the Finance Committee.
• Manage, guide, and evaluate Advancement Staff (Assistant Director of Advancement).
• Collaborate closely with the Riverside Parents Association (RPA) leadership and the chairs of special events.
• Engage, connect, and cultivate alumni and oversee database and events.
• Undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- is a visionary, charismatic individual with the knowledge, ingenuity, fortitude, passion, and decisiveness necessary to gain support and advance initiatives in a complex setting.
• demonstrates consistent professionalism with the capacity to partner with and to guide a wide variety of constituents.
• is a spirited professional who encourages teamwork and motivates others for the good of the school, including committed and involved volunteers.
• is a strong manager who leads by example and seeks to move projects and the school forward through creativity and cooperation.
• has experience in a leadership role in a school or other nonprofit setting, including significant fundraising responsibilities and involvement with capital campaigns.
• has a record of successfully cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts directly from individuals, foundations, and other giving sources.
• has a record of managing a successful donor stewardship program.
• has extensive knowledge and experience with major gift solicitations, annual and capital campaigns, planned giving, and foundation grants.
• has the ability to develop strategies, implement operational plans, meet goals, and pivot based on shifting priorities and circumstances.
• has excellent project management skills and the ability to manage multiple initiatives.
• is comfortable with a range of technologies necessary to support prospect research, stewardship, and daily operations, as well as to stay connected with donors, including Blackbaud’s The Raiser’s Edge (NXT).
• has a strong understanding of the nonprofit setting and the relationships among the advancement, marketing, communications, admissions, and finance functions in an independent school
- has excellent writing and verbal skills, including the ability to present in front of large and small groups and communicate in a compelling manner on behalf of an organization.
• is passionate about the work and mission, highly organized, and extremely detail oriented.
• has a strong appreciation and understanding of a faith-based, independent school environment.
• is comfortable with all types of people and the ability to develop strong and meaningful relationships with major donors, prospective benefactors, and volunteers.
• is a person of great integrity with a strong reputation in the community.
• is self-confident, poised, and at the same time, empathetic, humble, and respectful.
• is accountable, honors commitments, and is forthright in communication and engagements.
• is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker who is both innovative and entrepreneurial.
• is kind, empathetic, open-minded individual who has a deep-seated respect for all people.
• is an extremely welcoming person with a strong moral compass and good sense of humor.
• is a creative self-starter with a positive outlook and is both approachable and available.
• is an individual who is reliable, decisive, flexible, outcome-oriented, and performance-driven.
Riverside Presbyterian Day School, an independent co-educational (PreK 3 – 6th Grade) elementary day school in Jacksonville, Florida seeks a full-time Director of Advancement for the 2020-2021 school year.
In achieving the mission to educate the mind, nurture the sprit, and foster the development of the whole child, Riverside Presbyterian Day School offers a balanced, challenging academic program which stimulates each child’s intellectual curiosity and desire for lifelong learning. Recognizing the unique potential and worth of each child, the program is designed to encourage the development of self-esteem, initiative, and confidence. An inclusive community, RPDS offers a school climate that promotes respect for the values of our global society and fosters empathy, responsible citizenship, and service of others.
To apply interested applicants Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.