DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES has been retained by The Wheeler School, located in Providence, Rhode Island, toconduct a national search for a Head of Advancement. Founded in 1889, The Wheeler School is a co-educational independent day school for over 800 students from Nursery through Grade Twelve in beautiful and dynamic Providence, Rhode Island, adjacent to the campus of Brown University. The essence of our vision comes down to a simple concept: Wheeler is a place where we strive to make anything possible for students, where choice, inquiry, and interest are of primary import, where we know individuals well, and where we insist upon and nurture intellectual character, critical thinking, empathy, and creative spirit.
An integral member of the school’s leadership team and a strategic partner to the Head of School, the Head of Advancement will work closely with her to provide leadership and oversight of all cultivation, development and fundraising within the parent and alumni communities, ensuring a cohesive, consistent message and ethos for the school’s overall engagement with our parents and larger community, resulting in the expansion of overall support and resources for the school. Learn more about The Wheeler School at www.wheelerschool.org.
The Head of Advancement will play a critical part in setting and implementing vision for the future through highly effective development and engagement strategies and initiatives, and will build a framework and plan for Wheeler’s next capital campaign along with an energetic and collaborative Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees. While Wheeler has a vibrant culture of philanthropy, having quadrupled our endowment over the past 16 years to over $40 million dollars, there is a great deal of potential to realize. At the highest level, the ideal candidate will be a dedicated leader and manager, a pragmatic visionary, collaborative, self-motivated, and decisive. He or she will have experience leading growth and change, and will garner trust through open and direct communications and a strong work ethic. He or she will be creative and dynamic, and will have a high energy level to match the dynamism of the Wheeler School environment.
An established and innovative educator, Allison Gaines Pell, Head of School, is beginning her third year as the 8th Head of School at The Wheeler School. Gaines Pell attended Brown University and earned a Masters from Harvard University in School Leadership and Development. Most notably among her professional accomplishments across her 20 years in education, Gaines Pell was the founder and founding Principal of “Arts & Letters,” a diverse and student-centered public school in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. During her first two years at Wheeler, Gaines Pell has led the Wheeler community through a new Strategic Design process, resulting in not only a plan, but also a new mission statement, “to learn our powers and be answerable for their use,” derived from the ideals of Mary C. Wheeler, the school’s founder. Galvanizing to the community, Wheeler is embarking on an exciting new chapter, having completed a 10-year master plan and a strategic plan, and is ready for a strategic leader to collaboratively design a new capital campaign to support the innovative and creative initiatives and the dynamic community for which the School is known.
At Wheeler we actively seek students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds in the belief that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhance learning, enrich life on campus, and better prepare us all for full participation in a pluralistic, democratic society. The Wheeler School is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, or disability, and any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
This high visibility opportunity is available immediately and will be filled following a comprehensive national search for the right person. Excellent benefits and an attractive salary. For a full search description of this opportunity including the duties and responsibilities of the position, the necessary academic credentials, and the work experiences and skill sets required, please visit: https://deerfieldassociates.com/the-wheeler-school/
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, send your résumé and a letter of interest, both as WORD documents, along with a list of your top references (who will be contacted only if mutual interest is determined) to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant,DEERFIELDASSOCIATESExecutive Search, Inc.572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Wheeler School
The Wheeler School is a Nursery through Grade 12 co-ed independent day school founded in 1889 in Providence, Rhode Island located on College Hill on the East Side of Providence. Wheeler is comprised of four divisions, Lower School (N-5), Middle School (6-8), Upper School (9-12), and Hamilton School (1-8), the latter a special school- within-a-school for students with learning differences. We are a vibrant, joyous family with exceptional Fine and Performing Arts, Athletics for grades 6-12, Summer Programs open to the public, and numerous curricular and co-curricular choices for our students. Our programs are creative, innovative, and challenging.