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Director of Advancement Greenwich, CT

Greenwich Academy, an independent college-preparatory day school for girls and young women, seeks an exceptional and experienced director of advancement to provide strategic vision, leadership, and direction for all fundraising initiatives. This is a compelling opportunity for a sophisticated individual to lead an advancement and alumnae engagement program during an exciting time of growth as the Academy prepares to embark on an ambitious capital campaign. The successful candidate will work collaboratively and creatively with colleagues across the Academy to support the primary goal of ensuring a superb educational experience for each and every student. This is a rare opportunity to partner with a visionary leader and play a central role in leading the distinguished Academy to even greater prominence within the community and beyond.

Since 1827, Greenwich Academy has provided an ideal balance of a character-based education within the context of an extraordinary academic environment. A leader in girls’ education, Greenwich Academy sets a high bar in academics, athletics, arts, and service leadership – and Greenwich Academy girls consistently exceed expectations. Fueled by its motto, Toward the Building of Character, students understand that choosing to do the right thing is a vital prerequisite to achieving success. Greenwich Academy serves about 800 students in grades Pre-Connecting through Group XII and has an operating budget of $37 million and an endowment valued at approximately $106 million. In May 2015, Greenwich Academy began a strategic planning process to engage the community in considering future priorities for the Academy into the next decade. Greenwich Academy approached strategic planning following a period of significant progress and accomplishment, including the successful conclusion of The Campaign for the Future in June 2014, a community-wide $60 million endowment campaign, and many new educational initiatives launched in the last several years. With hopes of elevating its campaign success, Greenwich Academy is in the early planning stages of a comprehensive campaign anticipated to launch publicly in the fall of 2018.

Reporting to the head of school and serving as a key member of the senior administrative team, the director of advancement provides innovative leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of the Academy’s fundraising activities and constituent relations. S/he will establish priorities, objectives, and best practices for a comprehensive program across major, endowed, and planned giving; the annual fund; alumnae and parent engagement; and donor relations. The next director of advancement will build a culture of high achievement and accountability to ensure that the Academy’s nearly 5,000 alumnae, current parents, and friends are actively engaged. The ideal candidate must have a track record of success in creating highly efficient and effective advancement programs and experience leading an advancement program to new levels of growth. S/he will have a collegial, team-building style with a proven ability to motivate staff and keep them inspired, energized, and focused on results. The candidate must have a strong and compelling appreciation for the Academy’s mission.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Nicole Poe and Kaleigh Hoffman.

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