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Career Center
February 7, 2019

Director of Advancement

Episcopal School of Acadiana
Lafayette LA United States
Diocesan Co-ed Day School, PreK-12 620 students
Position Starts: June 30, 2019
Application Deadline: May 1, 2019

Reports to: Head of School


Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Advancement Office works to inspire parents, alumni, grandparents, past parents, students, faculty, and friends to stay actively connected and involved, to give back, and to be ambassadors for the school. The Director of Advancement is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at ESA and part of a creative learning community. The person in this position plans and oversees fundraising and enrollment efforts, and builds strong relationships which accordingly deepens the culture of philanthropy to shape ESA’s future.

The Director of Advancement will provide overall leadership to the Advancement (Development, Admissions and Communication) team. The Director is responsible for the creation, implementation and management of an annual strategic fundraising plan, which includes annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, grant writing, corporate and foundation partnerships, and event planning. The Director will work with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, advancement team, and volunteers through fundraising, marketing, admissions, alumni relations, and community relations. In addition, the Director of Advancement will work with the capital campaign team to help execute various future campaigns. The Director will invest considerable time in relationship building throughout the school community, particularly with parents, past parents, and alumni, and will ensure that all of the school’s development, admissions and communication efforts are coordinated and in alignment.


  • Ensures that all philanthropic efforts are carried out in keeping with ESA’s values and mission
  • Builds relationships with donors and community stakeholders to advance the school’s mission and fundraising goals, and deepen stewardship with donors and partners at all levels
  • Oversees the cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • Leads the Advancement Team, which currently consists of the Development Director, Communications Director, Admissions Director, Lower School Admissions Coordinator, and Admissions/Development Assistant, and future positions which include a Major Gifts Officer
  • Partners with the ESA Board and campaign team to lead the community through a multi-year capital campaign. Collaborates with leadership to personally solicit major gifts.
  • Serves as a staff liaison to the Board’s Advancement Committee
  • Develops a comprehensive alumni engagement program
  • Oversees the design, production and distribution of school-wide communication
  • Oversees enrollment management efforts
  • Prepares and manages the annual advancement department budget
  • Fully engages in school life so as to gain a deep understanding of ESA’s academic and extracurricular programs, students, faculty, volunteer leaders, alumni, and community partners to strengthen the school’s external outreach and partnerships


  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience in a development role; independent school experience preferred
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, practices, and daily operations within a development office, and knowledge of strategic institutional branding, volunteer recruitment, advertising, marketing, enrollment management, and public and community relations
  • Demonstrated success leading fundraising campaigns
  • Experience successfully cultivating, soliciting and securing individual gifts
  • Strong staff management, team building and coaching skills, and ability to think strategically to inform and frame plans and execution
  • Experience partnering with a Board of Trustees and guiding their development efforts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong technology skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office and donor database software (experience with Blackbaud’s OnSuite preferred but not required)


  • A strategic partner and valued source of development expertise and perspective to the Head of School and Board of Trustees.
  • A team-oriented facilitator who is self-motivated and resourceful, a creative problem-solver, and one who can build unity, lead and affect consistent and key change.
  • An expert who has engaged in the planning and execution of a successful capital campaign.
  • A continual learner who is technology-savvy and well versed in multiple platforms, from fundraising database management to social media strategy.
  • A collaborator, coach and mentor who can create a culture and environment in the Advancement Office that encourages inclusivity, organization, hard work, teamwork and good humor.
  • A listener and communicator who understands and embodies the core values of the school and can secure the trust and confidence of all constituents


This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Head of School and requiring occasional evening or weekend work for meetings or events. The salary is commensurate with experience. ESA offers a generous benefits plan including 20 paid vacation days. In addition, employees receive 10 paid non-vacation days for medical or family leave. The School provides paid medical insurance for the employee portion, and offers dental, vision and other insurance options, and contributes up to 9% toward a retirement plan for employees who contribute. Employees with children are eligible for a 50% discount on tuition.

Contact Information

Please send or email letters of interest and résumés to:

Episcopal School of Acadiana
Attn: Sharlene Dubois
P.O. Box 380
Cade, LA 70519
Fax: 337.367.9841