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Director of Advancement

Position Type Administrator / Administrateur
Start 08/16/2020
School Name Trafalgar School for Girls
City, State Montreal, Qc 
Posted 07/17/2020


Would you like to be part of a close-knit team, committed to challenging, guiding and encouraging both students and staff to achieve their personal potential?

Trafalgar School for Girls is seeking a dynamic, relationship-oriented and organized individual for the role of Director of Advancement, who will oversee the Advancement Team and serves as a member of the Trafalgar School for Girls Strategic Leadership Team. This position oversees the development and implementation of all fundraising initiatives with the objective of securing ongoing, sustained revenue for the School. The Director will develop stewardship strategy and manage priorities, goals, and budgets - will research, identify and engage with potential donors and other sources of potential revenue, including government/corporate grants and other opportunities available to not-for-profit organizations. The Director of Advancement also oversees alumnae relations with the goal of building and sustaining strong relationships with all alumnae and supporters through a variety of means.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively support the vision, mission and values Trafalgar School
  • Build a strong community and philanthropic culture that will further advance the strategic initiatives of the school.
  • Develop, plan and execute a comprehensive fundraising program to fulfill all fundraising commitments annually in support of advancement priorities, including but not limited to the Capital Campaign, Endowment, Major Gifts, Annual Giving and Planned Giving.
  • Organize and supervise the integration of all Advancement programs (fundraising, alumnae relations, donor stewardship, corporate partnership, community relations, communications and archives.)
  • Ensure the timely identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects. Recommend and manage individualized strategies for prospects and donors and engage with them through a variety of ways.
  • Increase engagement with and participation by internal and external donors. This includes the planning and coordination of fundraising events.
  • Create fundraising goals and implement effective strategies that allow for continuous improvement our donor engagement and participation.
  • Develop quarterly plans for alumnae engagement, donor relationships, major and minor fundraising campaigns. Identify goals, monitor outcomes, and develop reports for Head of School and Board of Governors on a monthly basis.
  • Solicit major gifts personally or with Campaign Volunteers and serve as a key contact for all prospective donors, community organizations, parents and families, alumnae and media in support of Advancement priorities and goals.
  • Attend school and community events as required, engaging with and delivering presentations to various groups within the Trafalgar community and beyond as needed.
  • Introduce philanthropy to the senior classes and build strong relationships with the Grade 11 graduating class and alumnae.
  • Work with and support the Trafalgar Old Girl Association, meeting regularly with the President to further develop and cultivate the relationships with the constituent base.This includes attending all meetings and AGM.
  • Cultivate Trafalgar’s volunteer “Parent Community Network” program to further school initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the School’s Leadership Team to optimize all Advancement activities and collaborate with other departments in the School to develop and execute fundraising
  • Provide guidance to the Board of Governors and the Parent Community Network regarding Advancement initiatives - support the Chair and Members of the Board Advancement Committee in the recruitment, training and orientation of volunteers to support campaign initiatives.
  • Ensure the Advancement Office policies and procedures are maintained at a high standard. This includes providing timely letters of appreciation to donors, accurate issuance of tax receipts, ensuring the donor database remains current, preparing annual stewardship reports for donors, etc.
  • Maintain current knowledge of CRA - charitable giving and privacy rulings and regulations, including upholding the School’s Privacy Policy in all matters relating to the Advancement Office.
  • Provide a high level of service and support to the Head of School, including the management of all briefings and event plans for the Head’s development activity.
  • Oversee and monitor the Advancement operating budget and ensure fiscal responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Head of School.

Qualifications Requirements

  • A university degree: CFRE qualifications preferred.
  • 7+ years of fundraising experiences and demonstrated success including fundraising for a capital or endowment campaign.
  • Superior EQ skills in self-awareness, self-management, social agility, empathy, impact and influence, mastery of purpose and vision.
  • Demonstrated leadership and senior management ability.
  • Knowledge of independent school and/or working in an educational setting.
  • Developed competencies in the area of impact and influence through relationship building and networking.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.

Skills & Experience

  • A history of advocacy for girls education and/or women’s empowerment
  • Energy, vision, creativity and team building skills
  • Ability to organize multiple priorities and conflicting deadlines
  • Ability to maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Ability to be innovative and think outside the box regarding creative strategies to engage prospective donors and supporters for the School
  • Excellent interpersonal, public relations and presentation skills
  • Exceptional and persuasive written, oral and presentation skills, with a strong customer focus
  • Ability to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Proficiency with data base management and the use of Raiser’s Edge NXT, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and Google Docs

We offer a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, including a government pension program.

Start date: August 16th 2020

Application Deadline: August 1st 2020

Please submit your application to: hr@trafalgar.qc.ca

Note: We sincerely thank all applicants, but only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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