Greenwich Country Day School seeks a Director of Stewardship & Operations, to start July 1, 2019. This newly added position will report to the Director of Advancement. The “DSO” will focus on building the donor community through the creation of meaningful opportunities to identify, engage and retain donors at all levels of giving. This is a year-round, full-time position.
Create, support and oversee a comprehensive school-wide donor acknowledgment and recognition plan to meaningfully recognize all gifts; includes acknowledgement correspondence and publication of donor lists, thank you events, named gift recognition, and dedication events for larger gifts
Generate creative solutions to enhance, strengthen and maintain the school’s close relationship with individual donors
Participate in the development and execution of an advancement program that meets the needs of the growing school
Plan, implement and manage fundraising programs to secure individual, foundation, and corporate philanthropic support for capital, endowment, and planned giving campaigns
Develop and manage long-term major gift and planned giving initiatives to build and maintain relationships with prospective donors; includes identification, cultivation, and face-to-face solicitation of donors
Work with assigned portfolio of 100-125 donors to meet activity targets, maintaining accurate records of activity
Monitor annual, major gift and campaign progress, and provide periodic reporting
Work with Director of Advancement to prepare reports for the Board of Trustees
Support Trustees in the articulation of annual fund gifts, major gifts and planned giving fundraising needs
Facilitate interaction of Trustees, Head of School, and Director of Advancement with major and planned giving prospects, top annual fund contributors and key volunteers
Assist in all aspects of the school’s development program, including solicitation of alumnae, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school
Coordinate cultivation and solicitation activities with other development team members
Assist in the recruitment, training, and organization of volunteers
Stay current with industry trends, innovations, and best practices
5-10+ years of administrative leadership experience in an independent school setting
Proficiency using Raiser’s Edge events module to track event budgets, generate reports, and benchmark results
Ability to think strategically about donor engagement
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to comfortably, warmly and effectively engage with large groups in social settings
Superlative organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to work well both as a team and independently to accomplish departmental and individual goals
Positive energy and a high degree of initiative
Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality and the integrity of the advancement process, and exercise good judgement and tactfulness in all situations
Commitment to being part of a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
Cultural competency skills to successfully collaborate across difference
Understanding and support of the mission of the school
A commitment to education of the whole child that incorporates the arts, athletics and character development and anti-bias education along with academics
Interested candidates are invited to use the link provided to submit a cover letter and resume to:
Greenwich Country Day School is an independent, co-educational day school with current enrollment of 900 students in grades N-9 and a faculty and staff of over 200. As of September 2019, GCDS will expand to include a high school program (GCDHS) for grades 9-12, resulting in a projected overall school enrollment of up to 1200. The new high school will be located on a separate campus, less than two miles from our existing property.
Founded in 1926, The Greenwich Country Day School is a family school where creative teaching is encouraged and used to foster a love of learning and motivate children toward academic excellence. The school’s emphasis on developing the whole child results in attention to the development of character, values, creativity, and sportsmanship along with strong academic skills.
GCDS is fortunate to have built a large endowment, which helps to fund competitive salaries and benefits, a robust professional development program, and tuition assistance for graduate school. GCDS offers a substantial need-based financial aid program to support students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Diversity is a core value at GCDS and we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion.