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Associate Director of Advancement

Job Title: Associate Director of Advancement
Reports To: Director of Advancement
Status: Full Time
Start date: January 2013
Position Description
The Associate Director of Advancement is part of an energetic, fast-paced, collegial department that includes fundraising, alumni relations, communications, and events. S/he will have primary responsibility for the alumni program, including alumni fundraising, and will be the coordinator for the events and activities to celebrate the School’s 50th Anniversary in 2015. S/he will work closely with the Director of Advancement on all aspects of the School’s upcoming Capital Campaign, including major gift solicitations. Some evening and weekend work required.

Primary Responsibilities
• With the Director of Advancement, be an integral part of all Campaign fundraising and planning, including the solicitation of major gifts
• Work with the Alumni Council on all projects and events that serve Athenian Alumni, including reunions, regional events, young alumni activities, etc.
• Cultivate and solicit alumni for gifts to the Annual Fund and Capital Campaign
• Manage volunteer and faculty/staff teams as we plan for the 50th Anniversary, paying careful attention to budget and outreach to different constituencies
• Plan and execute major events for the 50th Anniversary
• Recruit, train, manage and steward volunteers
• Provide reports on fundraising performance, metrics, and statistics
Additional Responsibilities
• Assist in planning and staffing Advancement Office events as needed
• Participate in office projects
• Other duties as assigned
• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 3-5 years of experience in related non-profit fundraising/development work. Experience at an independent school a plus.
• Appreciation for and ability to clearly articulate the mission of The Athenian School
• Strong computer and technical skills, including work experience with Raiser’s Edge (or other comprehensive database management programs)
• Detail-oriented, with strong analytical and data management skills
• Strong self-motivation and the ability to work collegially and collaboratively as a team member
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and relate well to alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and others while maintaining appropriate confidentiality
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The benefits package is excellent and includes professional development opportunities.
If interested, please e-mail cover letter and resume (as attachments) to Linda Rafferty, Director of Advancement at Description:
The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 440 students, including 42 boarding students, 30 of whom are international students. For more information about Athenian’s unique educational program, applicants are encouraged to visit our website:

Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all teaching and professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.

Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change. We ask that all candidates take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy.

The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.

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