Mackintosh Academy - Boulder, CO (Mack Boulder) seeks a creative, entrepreneurial, results-oriented Advancement Director. The Advancement Director is a new position, created to formalize the current giving program, while simultaneously preparing for the school’s first major capital campaign. Ideally, the DOA will also provide leadership for all relevant marketing and outreach efforts supporting both Admissions and Development efforts.
Mackintosh Academy is a K-8 co-educational, independent, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School serving gifted and creative children across the Front Range in Colorado. Mackintosh Academy is a unique learning institution, established to nurture the keen minds and compassionate hearts of the gifted child to be contributors to a world that needs them. Mackintosh currently enrolls a unique and talented student body of 155 students in Lower School and Middle School.
Reporting to and working in concert with the Head of School, the Advancement Director will provide leadership, and day-to-day planning, coordination and execution of all fundraising and donor volunteer management at Mack. The Advancement Director will also provide strategic direction for the School's advancement and external relations efforts, including establishing and implementing an overall advancement strategy; ensuring annual goals are met; implementing and managing all fundraising initiatives including the auction, annual giving, and special projects; and preparing for a capital campaign in its early stages.
The ideal Advancement Director is highly competent in their role as a fundraiser and manager, while maintaining a collaborative working style. He/She is self-directed and able to thrive in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment. The Advancement Director should bring an awareness of industry best practices and the flexibility to integrate new procedures into organizational culture. He/she also needs to bring the ability to educate and positively engage other staff and volunteers in the implementation process with a sense of humor and warmth that reflects the culture of the school.
The successful candidate will possess at least 8-10 years in development or advancement leadership roles with demonstrated expertise in major gift fundraising and the process of growing a comprehensive advancement program. He/she needs experience planning and implementing a comprehensive capital campaign which will require excellent organizational skills, clear and effective communication skills, and well-honed listening skills. He/she should possess: the ability to think strategically, to manage change, and to take intelligent risks in a complex environment, and the credibility to represent the School and gain the respect of donors, School committee members, parents, faculty, and other colleagues. Lastly, he/she needs a high level of energy, a balanced sense of urgency, and the intellectual capacity to partner effectively with a visionary Head of School.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Annual Fund: Oversee Annual Fund strategy, solicitations (including mail, online, and face-to-face appeals), tracking, and acknowledging donations
Annual Auction: Develop annual auction strategy and goals. Manage the annual fundraising auction with team of parent volunteers, including communications, acquisitions, solicitations, and operations
Capital campaign: Develop both short and long term strategy for a capital campaign
Planned Giving: Identify, cultivate, and solicit planned gifts in order to broaden Mackintosh's long-term fiscal sustainability
Grant and Business Partnerships: Identify, communicate with, and apply to grant funders and develop and steward partnerships with local businesses
Work with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to deepen our school’s culture of philanthropy
Work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, Board Development Committee, Campaign Steering Committee, and parent volunteers. Provide regular reports to the Board and relevant committees
Plan and manage periodic cultivation and recognition events
Create and initiate effective marketing and communication activities for the School
Serve as a member of the school’s leadership team
An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required with a strong preference for an advanced degree
Significant experience (at least 8-10 years) preferably for not-for-profit development role, including management experience
Proven track record in fundraising and sophisticated understanding of the fundamentals of annual giving, capital fundraising, and the relationship between the two
Outstanding communication skills, especially writing and public speaking
A sense of humor, warmth, and a willingness to bring joy to the work
Strong organizational skills, including great attention to detail
Impeccable professionalism, integrity/ethics, and confidentiality
Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and school culture
The ability to create sophisticated reports and to analyze and synthesize data to maximize the development program’s effectiveness
Proficiency/experience with donor CRM database systems, social media (Facebook, Instagram), Google Suite/Microsoft Office, graphics creation (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), and email software (Constant Contact)
Able to work occasional evening and weekend hours, as appropriate
About Mackintosh Academy - Boulder
Mackintosh Academy - Boulder is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about Mackintosh Academy - Boulder, visit our website: http://www.mackboulder.com.