CARNEY SANDOE & ASSOCIATES has been retained by Miami Country Day School, located in Miami, Florida, to conduct a national search for their next Director of Philanthropy.
For over eight decades, Miami Country Day School (MCDS) has lived out its motto, delivering an exceptional college- preparatory curriculum that educates the whole person. Currently serving around 1,270 students in PreK3 to 12, MCDS has undergone remarkable changes since its founding in 1938. Nonetheless, the faculty and student body at this FCIS-accredited coeducational day school are united in their appreciation and continued respect for the school’s mission, philosophy, and traditions. Across all grades and divisions, MCDS’s students present themselves as creative, poised, confident, multi-talented, and enthusiastic-truly thriving in an environment that nurtures their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, and spiritual potentials. From its nationally ranked chess club to its national champion girls’ basketball team, from its environmental studies center to its Comprehensive Outdoor Education Program, Miami Country Day School’s offerings are as exceptional as they are varied.
Director of Philanthropy:
The Director of Philanthropy must understand the benefits of an independent school education and be able to inspire others about Miami Country Day School’s mission, vision, and program. The Director of Philanthropy provides strategic vision, leadership, and direction for all fundraising, alumni relations, stewardship activities, donor cultivation and planned-giving. The Director of Philanthropy leads all philanthropy staff to cultivate relationships. The Director of Philanthropy provides information about Miami Country Day School and its development policies to prospective and current families and employees. Responsibilities include directing staff efforts and managing on-going operations to meet fundraising initiatives. Oversees all operations of The Philanthropy Department ensuring the School’s current and future financial needs are met or exceeded.
Essential Functions and Tasks
Collaboratively design, implement, and oversee a comprehensive fundraising program designed to broadly support the mission and strategic initiatives of the school.
Prepare, manage and execute annual and long-range development strategies.
Partner with the Governance and Nomination Committee to help identify potential Board members.
Partner with the Philanthropy Committee to develop and implement longer-term advancement initiatives and engage the Board of Trustees in fundraising goals and initiatives.
Oversee the creation of alumni relations initiatives and events.
Oversee the Philanthropy Office and appropriate development materials, mailings and publications.
Continually evaluate and redesign where appropriate all aspects of the Philanthropy process with the goal of maintaining a strategic revenue stream.
Represent the school at various gatherings and conferences.
Maintain relationships with all constituents and local community members and aggressively work to market the school in coordination with the Advancement team.
Promote a culture of inclusion within the Philanthropy program and school community at large.
Work closely with Parents Association to cultivate volunteer & community engagement.
Ensure that a comprehensive planned gifts program is implemented and that appropriate strategies and procedures are in place to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.
Design and implement effective department practices and programs, ensuring successful outcomes for annual and ongoing fundraising and capital campaigns.
Set clear priorities and expectations for the development staff with success matrix that are reviewed regularly.
Oversee parent special events to make sure that parent programs and events are consistent with development and school goals.
Guide the President & Head of School’s outreach to donors.
Participate in the acknowledgement and recognition of donors.
Coordinate development efforts with the Marketing and Communications Department to ensure consistency of message.
Participate in the administrative management of the School by serving as member of the Head of School Committee. Collaborate with senior leadership on strategic school initiatives beyond fundraising.
Create and manage the Philanthropy Department budget.
Travel on an as needed basis to conduct donor solicitation and stewardship visits and to attend regional alumnae gatherings.
Interested candidates contact: Jonathan Ball, Managing Associate, Carney Sandoe & Associates at email@example.com. All inquiries and nominations are kept confidential.
About Carney Sandoe & Associates
Carney, Sandoe and Associates is an educational recruitment firm that places teachers in private, independent and like kind (charter, magnet, pilot and merit) schools across the nation and internationally. Since 1977 we have placed over 28,500 teachers and administrators in independent schools.