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Career Center
May 22, 2019

Senior Director, Advancement Services

St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
Alexandria VA United States
Junior Kindergarten - 12 Independent School
Position Starts: August 19, 2019
Application Deadline: August 20, 2019

Located six miles from Washington, D.C., St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, a JK-12 Episcopal School, educates the whole child by tending to the academic, social, physical, and spiritual needs of each of our students.  Named the No.1 Midsize Workplace in the D.C. area by The Washington Post, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes is a positive and collegial community with a commitment to our mission. SSSAS combines a rigorous academic program with outstanding opportunities in the arts, athletics, and service learning for our students.  SSSAS has a deep commitment to creating an inclusive community which values diversity and multiculturalism, and we seek candidates who have this same commitment. The diverse student body is 28 percent students of color, and 22 percent of our students receive financial aid to create a socioeconomically diverse community. 

St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School Advancement Office is responsible for engaging, cultivating and soliciting over 7,000 constituents including alumni, current parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff.  The Senior Director of Advancement Services is responsible for overseeing the facilitation of fundraising, gift processing, constituent tracking and pipeline management, relationship management, research and reporting, stewardship, gift acknowledgement, events and database management.  This position will be responsible for the understanding and implementation of industry-standard best practices and will liaise with the Business Office on matters of compliance. This position will ensure data integrity across the Advancement function. As the school embarks on its most ambitious campaign to-date, this position will be instrumental in providing in-depth support across various facets of the Advancement team and helping to standardize and implement metrics to ensure success.  This position reports directly to the Chief Advancement Officer and serves as a member of the leadership and decision-making team within the Advancement Office, while overseeing a team of two, plus one cross-departmental position. This position is a full-time, twelve-month position.  


A bachelor's degree and 5+ years of experience in advancement services, advancement, event-planning, or other relevant areas.  Excellent analytical and quantitative skills are required, including the ability to manipulate, analyze, and interpret data and statistical models.  Ability to provide recommendations based on analysis in support of strong Advancement practices is important. This position requires proficiency with database structures, including an aptitude for database report writing tools and a demonstrated aptitude for new and emerging technologies.  The ideal candidate will possess strong project management skills and the ability to translate team and program needs into action-oriented plans.  Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with the school's internal stakeholders, while maintaining strict confidentiality.  Attention to detail is critical and the ability to adopt processes and best practices befitting of the school is key. The ability to juggle multiple, unique projects, with thoughtfulness and strategy is paramount.  Other qualifications include: a sense of humor, effective time management skills, proficiency with Google tools, knowledge of Raiser's Edge or other database.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Management of team of two full-time staff who have direct responsibility over data and data-base management, and stewardship and events, respectfully.  Provide part-time management of School Archivist, a cross-school function.
  • Provide oversight of portfolio and prospect management systems and manage the tracking of strategic metrics, which serve as a dashboard of indicators for fundraising performance
  • Work closely with CAO and other key Advancement staff to develop a strong donor pipeline from Annual Fund through Principal Giving levels
  • In partnership with the CAO, develop Advancement Office processes to create greater efficiencies
  • Develop and conduct strong prospect research practices, including web and specialized software research, prospect identification and analytics
  • Provide oversight of donor recognition and cultivation/stewardship activities and events
  • Support a culture of philanthropy through creation of annual report and other vehicles for impact
  • Other duties as assigned

The School is an equal opportunity employer. The School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual's race, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, age, veteran status, marital status, disability, genetic information, military service or any other factor prohibited by applicable law. For more information about St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, please visit: www.sssas.org.

Contact Information

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