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Director of Advancement - Bishop's College School

Overview

Bishop's College School, a co-educational independent boarding school established in 1836, is seeking an experienced advancement professional to lead our active team in the Advancement Office. Bishop's College School, a co-educational independent boarding school established in 1836, is seeking an experienced advancement professional to lead our active team in the Advancement Office. The school is thriving in every aspect, operating at capacity with 280 students, a robust annual and major giving culture in place, and recognized as an IB World School.  With the largest endowment per student of any boarding school in Canada, BCS has a rich history of philanthropy and an energized donor base.  A new ambitious strategic plan (2021-24) and campus master planning process are at the heart of the vision forward for BCS.  As a member of the senior administration team, the director will merge with the entrenched positive momentum for events, major gifts, and annual fund participation to ensure the healthy future for philanthropy at one of Canada’s oldest and most distinguished schools.

The Position

Reporting to the Head of School the incumbent is directly responsible for designing, implementing, managing, and expanding BCS’ philanthropic fundraising strategy.  The Director will manage all components of the strategic fundraising plan including major gifts, special events, donor stewardship, planned giving and annual giving and is expected to reach or exceed targets established to increase the schools endowment, fund capital projects as established by the campus master plan, and fund other projects as determined by the school’s leadership.

Key Responsibilities

        Oversee and evaluate the Advancement Department’s work and staff members

        Oversee the planning of alumni activities and special events

        Qualify, cultivate, solicit and provide stewardship to selected major gift donors and prospects in consultation and partnership with the department and other stakeholders

·         Maintain contact with key individual BCS alumni

·         Work with the Head of School to develop effective solicitation strategies for each constituent group and prospects to lead to positive long-term philanthropic relationships

        Provide direction for and work in collaboration with the Communications Department for advancement and alumni communication

        Develop new funding opportunities for projects and programs

·         Work with the Advancement staff on tracking each prospect, ensuring that each moves through the solicitation process with effectiveness and efficiency

·         Write proposals for major gift prospects

·         Serve as campaign director and be responsible for the coordination of all aspects of a capital campaign

·         Develop Terms of Reference and/or Donor Agreements for gifts and naming

·         Grow the prospect list and incorporate it into the major gift prospect tracking system

·         Identify, recruit, train, and lead volunteers

·         Assist the BCS Boards in the development of Advancement reports

·         Be responsible for additional activities as requested by the Head of School.

Qualifications

        Bachelor’s degree augmented by relevant advancement experience and study

        Significant senior experience in program development, event and volunteer management

        Proven track record in fundraising and major gift philanthropy

        Experience with a donor database (Raiser’s Edge) and prospect management tools

        Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various constituent groups, volunteers and community partners

        Motivated professional who is goal-oriented and pursues success

        Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and accuracy, and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously

        Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, with a preference for bilingualism

·         Values diversity, equity and inclusion in the school environment

·        Strategic thinker who can communicate and implement the school’s vision for growth

        Strong commitment to the BCS mission and values

The Process

BCS is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.

This position offers a competitive salary and benefit package.

Application Deadline : 2021-09-03
Institution : Bishop's College School
Description :

Overview

Bishop's College School, a co-educational independent boarding school established in 1836, is seeking an experienced advancement professional to lead our active team in the Advancement Office. Bishop's College School, a co-educational independent boarding school established in 1836, is seeking an experienced advancement professional to lead our active team in the Advancement Office. The school is thriving in every aspect, operating at capacity with 280 students, a robust annual and major giving culture in place, and recognized as an IB World School.  With the largest endowment per student of any boarding school in Canada, BCS has a rich history of philanthropy and an energized donor base.  A new ambitious strategic plan (2021-24) and campus master planning process are at the heart of the vision forward for BCS.  As a member of the senior administration team, the director will merge with the entrenched positive momentum for events, major gifts, and annual fund participation to ensure the healthy future for philanthropy at one of Canada’s oldest and most distinguished schools.

The Position

Reporting to the Head of School the incumbent is directly responsible for designing, implementing, managing, and expanding BCS’ philanthropic fundraising strategy.  The Director will manage all components of the strategic fundraising plan including major gifts, special events, donor stewardship, planned giving and annual giving and is expected to reach or exceed targets established to increase the schools endowment, fund capital projects as established by the campus master plan, and fund other projects as determined by the school’s leadership.

Key Responsibilities

        Oversee and evaluate the Advancement Department’s work and staff members

        Oversee the planning of alumni activities and special events

        Qualify, cultivate, solicit and provide stewardship to selected major gift donors and prospects in consultation and partnership with the department and other stakeholders

·         Maintain contact with key individual BCS alumni

·         Work with the Head of School to develop effective solicitation strategies for each constituent group and prospects to lead to positive long-term philanthropic relationships

        Provide direction for and work in collaboration with the Communications Department for advancement and alumni communication

        Develop new funding opportunities for projects and programs

·         Work with the Advancement staff on tracking each prospect, ensuring that each moves through the solicitation process with effectiveness and efficiency

·         Write proposals for major gift prospects

·         Serve as campaign director and be responsible for the coordination of all aspects of a capital campaign

·         Develop Terms of Reference and/or Donor Agreements for gifts and naming

·         Grow the prospect list and incorporate it into the major gift prospect tracking system

·         Identify, recruit, train, and lead volunteers

·         Assist the BCS Boards in the development of Advancement reports

·         Be responsible for additional activities as requested by the Head of School.

Qualifications

        Bachelor’s degree augmented by relevant advancement experience and study

        Significant senior experience in program development, event and volunteer management

        Proven track record in fundraising and major gift philanthropy

        Experience with a donor database (Raiser’s Edge) and prospect management tools

        Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various constituent groups, volunteers and community partners

        Motivated professional who is goal-oriented and pursues success

        Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and accuracy, and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously

        Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, with a preference for bilingualism

·         Values diversity, equity and inclusion in the school environment

·        Strategic thinker who can communicate and implement the school’s vision for growth

        Strong commitment to the BCS mission and values

The Process

BCS is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.

This position offers a competitive salary and benefit package.