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Director of Institutional Advancement

Company: The Covenant School
Date Posted: April 16, 2015

Position Overview

The Director of Institutional Advancement (“The Director”) provides overall leadership and direction for Covenant’s advancement and alumni efforts.  A member of the Headmaster’s senior management team, The Director develops, manages, and executes the school’s fundraising strategies and alumni relations. This is a full-time, twelve-month exempt position.

 The Director oversees the design and implementation of all fundraising activities including annual giving (The Covenant Fund), major gifts, special projects, fundraising events (including the annual auction), planned giving, alumni giving programs, and other school-related solicitations. The Director manages strategies and activities for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and donor relations, and facilitates public and private institutional relationships (foundations, corporations, and government).

 The Director should possess a strategic approach to fundraising, have at least five years of fundraising experience, and be able to demonstrate a successful track record of soliciting and acquiring major and planned gifts. 

 The Director is the chief development officer for the school and works in close partnership with the advancement team as well as campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and alumni to build upon the energy and support the department currently enjoys.  Providing leadership for an advancement team of three professionals The Director will engage, manage, and develop synergies among a dedicated staff in support of school-wide goals.

 The Director should have a demonstrated ability to lead and motivate staff, colleagues, donors, and volunteers, and should have at least two years of direct management experience, preferably at independent schools.

 The Director needs to be an exceptional communicator, and an organized, results-oriented individual with a commitment to the school. The Director should be admired, well respected, and of high integrity, someone who is flexible, has confidence, and believes in creating an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration. S/He must possess a strong work ethic, be self-motivated, and possess a willingness to coordinate efforts with others. 

 Position Requirements

  • Is committed to the Christian faith, and is a dedicated member of a Christian church community.
  • Is willing to abide by and sign the school’s Statement of Principles – a commitment to the Christian faith, which is central to the core values of the school.
  • Develops the annual Advancement Plan with specific goals and performance measures for each program and constituency, including effective funding programs to meet the school’s annual and capital goals.
  • Leads and manages the advancement staff team responsible for annual giving, donor relations, alumni relations, and The Raiser’s Edge donor database management.
  • Develops and implements successful strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of major and planned giving donors.
  • Develops and cultivates new prospective donor relationships for the school and strives to expand the school’s philanthropic relationships with the board, parents, donors, and alumni.
  • Provides leadership to the alumni relations program to deepen the school’s relationship with alumni and engage alumni in the life of the school.
  • Writes and develops appropriate fundraising materials including letters, grant proposals, collateral materials, and major gift proposals.
  • Represents the school and speaks effectively at various functions and forums during the school year.
  • Helps identify, cultivate, recruit, and develop fundraising and alumni volunteers and leadership.
  • Assures stability by creating a working environment that is rewarding to staff and volunteers.
  • Ensures compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising professionals.


  • Strong grasp of Christian liberal arts education.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least five years of direct fundraising experience, with a demonstrated track record of acquiring major and planned gifts.
  • At least two years of demonstrated success in a staff leadership and management role, with demonstrated ability to lead and motivate colleagues, staff, and volunteers.
  • Strong and progressive communication skills.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively.
  • Highly organized and strong work ethic.
  • Willingness to engage the advancement work at all levels driven by a passion for this calling and the humility to share success.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, and experience using The Raiser’s Edge.

 Closing Date

The deadline for application is April 30, 2015.  Finalists must be available for onsite interview the week of May 11.

 To Apply

Those interested in the position should email their cover letter and resume/vita to Jim Bush, Principal Consultant, at  Please do not contact The Covenant School directly about this position.