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Director of Advancement

Company: North Florida School of Special Education
Date Posted: April 6, 2018

Position overview

The Director of Advancement works closely with the Head of School, administrative staff and Board of Directors to oversee and manage all aspects of the development program that benefits the North Florida School of Special Education.  This individual must be able to think strategically and practically to implement a comprehensive and results-oriented development plan that includes traditional and innovative strategies, goals and timetables. 

A development plan should also focus on prospecting and tactics to building and sustaining key relationships with alumni, families and community, corporate and foundation leaders.

This position reports to the Head of School, serves as a member of the school’s administrative team and works closely with the Director of Capital Campaign.

Essential duties and responsibilities

-Develops and implements short and long term advancement plans to meet established development goals and objectives. 

-Serves as the annual campaign director and provides direct daily management of focused initiatives.

Works collaboratively and creatively with Board of Directors and designated staff to appropriately position development opportunities and integrate messages in publications, grant submissions, reports and collateral materials for cultivating and stewarding donors.

-Clearly articulate and promote the need for philanthropy and build opportunities.

-Oversees management of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, donor database and financial reporting.

-Manages prospect research and cultivation initiatives with emphasis on pursuing strategies to secure or increase giving from donors.

-Develops strategies for existing donors to effectively move them through a meaningful cycle of giving.

-Meets regularly with the Head of School regarding program goals and initiatives and routinely reports to the Board of Directors and appropriate committees.

-Attends NFSSE events and activities and fosters pride and excitement for fundraising efforts.

Time commitments:

• Hours are generally Monday-Friday, between 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, but flexibility is required.

• Some weekends and evenings may be required.

• Attend meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Team and other committees as required.


-Exceptional interpersonal skills required, including ability to effectively connect with donors, members and school supporters.
-Very strong organizational skills and sense of self-direction.
-Strong written and oral communication skills and public speaking; must be able to communicate professionally, effectively and diplomatically.
-Strong organizational and analytical skills; excellent attention to detail.
-Must be able to establish, monitor and meet timelines.
-Must work well under pressure with demonstrated ability to juggle tasks, prioritize and manage multiple competing deadlines.

-Must have an appreciation and understanding of the school’s mission and the ability to articulate its values and vision both internally and externally.

-Proven track record of fundraising success, managing campaigns and engaging a community of motivated supporters.


-Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Communications, or related field. 
-Successful ability to personally identify, cultivate and solicit individual donors, corporations and foundations.
-Networking skills, strategic planning skills.
-Demonstrated experience in managing people and budgets; excellent written and verbal communication skills.
-Knowledge of best practices in non-profit fundraising.
-Proficiency in database management, Excel, Power Point, Word and other computer skills; proficiency in E Tapestry.
-Experience managing and/or supporting annual giving campaigns, solicitations and stewardship, donor recognition, donor databases, and special events.

-Minimum of 5-8 years experience and increasing responsibility in non-profit fundraising, preferably in an independent school setting.

-Possess a working knowledge of development practices and trends utilizing technology in the maintenance of donor databases, e-mail and research.

Time commitments:
• Hours are generally Monday-Friday, between 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, but flexibility is required. 
• Some weekends and evenings may be required. 
• Attend meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Team and other committees as required. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

NFSSE provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, medical condition, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual preference or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law or local ordinance applicable to our work locations. We also make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees if we are aware of the need for accommodation and if the requested accommodation does not cause undue hardship as interpreted from the ADA/ADAAA.
This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, and social and recreational programs. 
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