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Director of Institutional Advancement

Job Announcement
The San Francisco School
Director of Institutional Advancement
Start November 2014
The San Francisco School seeks candidates who are talented, experienced and team players for the position of Director of Institutional Advancement. 
The Director of Institutional Advancement is responsible for developing, managing and directing all aspects of the school’s core effort to establish, build and maintain meaningful relationships and to develop and maximize support for the school financially. The advancement effort includes a broad range of activities including direct oversight of the development, communications, external and alumni relations. In addition the Director of Advancement is a key partner and remains actively engaged in strategic planning, trustee development, admissions and enrollment management.
Skills, Qualifications and Attributes:

  • Strong leadership, management, communication and interpersonal skills that will ensure the effective development, communications and strategic planning stewardship of a thriving, progressive school.


  • Commitment to partnering with the Head of School in a variety of matters that involve a high level of generative thinking, discretion, trust and communication. 


  • Ability to strategize, articulate and advance effective approaches to balancing philanthropic needs within the institution.


  • Highly effective development and communications management skills coupled with an ability to set priorities and implement decisions in a timely fashion.


  • Ability to work collaboratively with different groups (Board, Staff, Parents, Students, etc) within the school to advance the institution’s philanthropic future and stability.

·      Ability to work closely with the Head, Advancement Committee and Board to develop current and long-term philanthropic and communications plans for the school.
·      Successful administrative experience in planning and implementing major campaign and fundraising efforts.
·      Organized, with highly effective oral and written communication skills.
·      Willingness to be an administrative leader who steps outside of job description at times for the good of the larger school.
·      An advanced degree (BA/MA) desired but not absolutely necessary.
Overview of School
The San Francisco School is an independent school, pre-K through eighth grade, with a commitment to being a multicultural and inclusive community. Suitably characterized by one parent as an “urban school with a village atmosphere” the school embraces San Francisco’s ethnic, cultural and economic diversity. Our progressive approach to education encourages children to develop self-reliance, solid academic skills, creativity, and a commitment to social justice. The program is designed to help students identify and develop their own passions and to be respectful and supportive in their community.
Interested candidates may apply by sending a resume, cover letter and references to:
The San Francisco School
Attn:  Director of Institutional Advancement
300 Gaven Street, SF, CA  94134
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The San Francisco School is committed to increasing staff diversity, both to reflect the high value SFS places on a multicultural understanding, and for the direct benefit of each student

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