Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY seeks an experienced Associate Director of Advancement to serve as a thought partner to the Director of Advancement, responsible for assisting the Director in the planning, execution, and evaluation of a comprehensive advancement program that secures the necessary philanthropic resources for the current and future needs of the school. S/he will provide programmatic leadership in the areas of annual giving, alumni engagement, parent engagement, and special events, while assisting with the development of the overall advancement strategy. The Associate Director will develop and implement annual operational plans grounded in data and aligned with the advancement strategic plan, set ambitious team and program goals, and develop metrics for accountability. In addition, s/he will empower and coach program directors, leading the team in successfully attaining or exceeding annual goals. The Associate Director will build relationships across the school community, including the cultivation and solicitation of major donors, in support of Hackley’s mission.
The Associate Director of Advancement will report to the Director of Advancement and supervise the Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship, Director of Alumni Engagement, and the Director of Events / Liaison to the Hackley Parents Association (HPA).
Lead a team of constituent engagement and annual giving professionals, mentoring and motivating the team to achieve or exceed shared annual giving and engagement goals.
Develop annual operational plans that provide a tactical approach, including program initiatives, timelines, goals, and metrics.
Foster cross-functional communication and collaboration among program directors to strengthen constituent engagement and annual giving support.
Provide the Director of Advancement with regular and detailed reports to measure program performance.
Use data analytics to optimize program performance on an ongoing basis.
Cultivate and solicit a portfolio of approximately 50 prospective major donors, using moves management and prospect plans.
Provide training and support to program leads in cultivating and soliciting their leadership annual giving portfolios and ensure proper moves management.
Oversee community-wide programming critical to advancement objectives (e.g. Hackley’s 125th Anniversary or the 50 Year Anniversary of Women at Hackley).
Build and maintain the annual budget for the engagement and annual giving program areas.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement.
Embraces Hackley’s unique school culture and exemplifies its values as a representative of the school.
Communicates clearly and persuasively in writing and in person.
Effectively employs data to evaluate and improve program performance.
Driven to set and achieve ambitious goals.
Manages personnel with clarity and diligence, providing mentoring and professional development opportunities regularly.
Demonstrates strong organizational, planning, and time management skills.
Embraces a donor-centric fundraising model and enjoys cultivating and soliciting major gifts.
Understands and harnesses the power of collaboration across engagement and annual giving programs.
Anticipates and responds to trends in constituent engagement and annual giving.
Possesses a sense of humor and values building relationships with colleagues, volunteers, and alumni.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years of progressive responsibility in development, annual giving, alumni relations, or a similar field.
Strong leadership experience with proven ability to motivate and manage a team of professional and support personnel, as well as volunteers.
Demonstrated success using data analytics to support programmatic decision-making.
Ability to think strategically and translate that thinking into targeted goals, actions, and performance metrics.
A comfortable front-line fundraiser with experience developing, cultivating and soliciting major gifts.
Excellent interpersonal skills; able to build and foster networks of individuals and institutions.
A commitment to working as a member of a team; able to work across departmental lines to achieve common goals.
Knowledge of best practices in the advancement field.
Advanced computer skills with proficiency in database systems (preferably Veracross), Microsoft Office, and Google Docs.
Ability to prepare and manage budgets.
Willingness to travel and to work evenings and weekends, as required.
To apply for this position, please send cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and three references to:
Teresa S. Weber
Director of Advancement
Only complete applications will be considered.
Hackley values the rich diversity of its workforce and does not discriminate in its employment policies or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status. As part of its continuing equal employment opportunity efforts, Hackley is committed to providing a work environment that respects diversity and fosters equality. Faculty and staff are encouraged to grow through professional development opportunities related to their field, as well as through those focused on issues of diversity and inclusion in accordance with the school’s mission.
About Hackley School
Hackley School was founded in 1899 as a college preparatory school for boys through the generosity of Mrs. Frances Hackley, who, in partnership with leading Unitarians of the era, sought to create a non-sectarian school that embraced Unitarian values of intellectual questioning and inclusiveness.
Hackley’s mission statement reads as follows:
"Hackley challenges students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world."
The Hackley community embraces four mottos that weave throughout the culture and shape our journey, K-12 and beyond. First, we “Enter here to be and find a friend.” Once here, “United, we help one another.” We learn and share a commitment that “Character is higher than intellect.” And ultimately, the journey prepares us to “Go forth and spread beauty and light.” These ideals are embedded in our history, our collective identity, and even our architecture.
Hackley has evolved since its founding into a co-educational K-12 day school with five-day Upper School boarding, increasing the number and variety of perspectives in its community, while faithfully and vibrantly carrying its founder’s vision forward.