Date Posted: May 2, 2017Position: CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER
TMI—The Episcopal School of Texas seeks an accomplished professional to lead the school’s advancement programs. In order to lead staff and volunteers in building a robust and broad community of support for TMI it is important for the candidate to embrace the mission of TMI, “to provide an excellent educational community, with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, challenging motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership."
The school has an annual budget of $11 million, annual restricted and unrestricted giving of over $1.5 million, and a growing endowment and planned gift program. The board is currently planning a capital campaign with a significant goal.
TMI is the flagship school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and the oldest Episcopal Church-sponsored, college-prep school in the Southwest. Formerly known as Texas Military Institute, it offers an optional JROTC program, designated as an Honor Unit with Distinction, and 5-day or 7-day boarding for students in grades 8-12. The top student in the first graduating class in 1897, General Douglas MacArthur, was one of many distinguished alumni.
The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) reports to the Headmaster and works closely with the Advancement Committee and the Board of Governors to advance TMI’s mission through major gifts (endowed gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns), annual giving and special events, alumni relations, and volunteer coordination. He/she will assume lead responsibility for managing and growing an existing donor base of parents, alumni, and community members. He/she must be committed to the skillful building and maintaining of relationships, both internally (able to work closely with Head, Board, staff, and key volunteers) and externally (willing to spend a significant amount of time cultivating and stewarding donors, including time devoted to travel).
The Chief Advancement Officer will have significant responsibility and time commitment away from campus engaged in major gift development and capital campaign solicitation along with responsibility for successful management of the day-to- day, on-campus activities of the advancement staff.
The CAO works closely with staff responsible for communication, publications, and public relations as well as with the Director of Admissions. The CAO will supervise a staff of four full-time and one part-time professional. The successful candidate will have significant advancement experience and demonstrated success in:
- Working in concert with the Board and Headmaster in identification, cultivation,
- solicitation and stewardship of donors
- Major capital campaigns
- Major gift donor management
- Major gift solicitations
- Annual giving campaigns
- Alumni relations
- Implementation of planned giving programs
- Donor recognition events and meaningful gift acknowledgment
- Working with a team of colleagues sharing mutual goals
In sum, the successful candidate will have the ability to execute a complete program of fundraising and have excellent management and communication skills. Familiarity with independent schools and/or local connections/memberships is a plus. Salary and benefits are highly competitive.
This is a full-time salaried position.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, CAP designation a plus (Chartered Advisor in
Experience: Minimum three years’ experience in an academic or non-profit setting. Fund-raising and capital campaign experience desired.
Please complete the online application and consent to a background check.