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The Academy School

Director of Advancement


Our School

The Academy School is an independent, classical Kindergarten through 8th grade school focused on rigorous education in a supportive environment. Through inquiry-based pedagogy and practices, The Academy School strives to recognize and meet the needs of every individual student to ignite within each child a lifelong love of learning as they discover their full and unique potential. Founded in 1969, The Academy remains a beacon of K-8  classical education. The Academy currently enrolls 115 students.

The Opportunity

As Director of Advancement reporting directly to the Head of School, you will have the opportunity to advance our school’s unique educational mission through all aspects of fundraising, Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Special Events, and Grants – and to harness the energy of a vibrant Academy community – parents and alumni, trustees, and staff.

About You

You have a track record of meeting or exceeding financial goals in the advancement or fundraising roles you’ve held.

You have a framework for creating an advancement plan, building buy-in around it, executing against it in a disciplined way, measuring progress, and making changes when it’s not producing the desired results.

You are familiar with the standard elements in an advancement plan and the right context and trade-offs for each –  annual giving, major giving, planned giving, events planning, capital campaigns, marketing, and communications, and grant procurement.

You are comfortable presenting to and building trusted relationships with varied audiences–foundations, corporate donors, high net-worth individuals, trustees, parent associations, and alumni.

You embrace both the calling and the heavy lifting in a small school environment: researching donors, maintaining the development database, writing grants, responding to donor requests, serving as admin lead for an event, and so on.

The Academy School is an equal-opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.  School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.

Applicants, please submit a cover letter and, resume to:

Cecee Penney, Head of School, at with “Advancement Director – (your name)” written in the subject line.



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