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Director of Advancement

The Browning School, located in New York, New York, seeks a new Director of Advancement. The Browning School was founded as a college preparatory school for boys in 1888 by John A. Browning. A liberal arts curriculum helps support boys intellectually, physically and emotionally from Kindergarten through Form VI (Grade 12). The School is located in the heart of New York City, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at 52 East 62nd Street, near Central Park.  The Browning School makes use of the city’s vast resources. www.browning.edu

There are 400 students, with an average class size of 15, and an average grade size of 30. Kindergarten draws from at least 20 early childhood schools. Of the 60 faculty members, 95% hold advanced degrees. There are approximately 3,500 alumni. The current endowment of the School is $40 million. The Annual Fund raised $1.8 million in 2018. The Director of Advancement opportunity is available beginning on July 1, 2019.  

The Advancement Office at The Browning School manages, oversees and enhances the School's relationship with its external constituencies, designs and implements the School's fundraising activities, coordinates communications programs, and secures philanthropic support for operations, endowment and capital projects.  It is the responsibility of the Director of Advancement to manage and lead the operation, including the staffing of the Advancement Office, conduct and run its front-line fundraising and friend-raising programs, and supervise the School's marketing and public relations initiatives. A full search description including the academic credentials and required work experiences may be viewed at: https://deerfieldassociates.com/the-browning-school/ 

The Browning School offers a community where boys discover and develop their best selves. It is an institution both rich in tradition and eager for growth, as boys are invited to consider the liberal arts through dynamic instruction, self-directed exploration and creative activity. As a college preparatory school, we present an academic program that challenges, supports and inspires its students.  John M. Botti started his tenure as the new and sixth Head of School for Browning on July 1, 2016.  Under his leadership, the School recently completed a strategic planning process, and is preparing to formulate its next capital campaign.

The Browning School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan, paid vacations, and medical insurance. The Browning School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

The Browning School has retained the executive search firm of DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES to conduct this high profile search. To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, please send your resume and letter of interest and references (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc. 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA  02482   Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email: jobs@deerfieldassociates.com


MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER

The Browning School is a K-12 boys school located on 62nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York. Founded by scholar and teacher John A. Browning, The Browning School has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of boys and young men since 1888. Serving roughly 400 students in kindergarten through grade 12, Browning strives to combine the best of a traditional prep school environment and curriculum with imaginative teaching and a strong value system – all in a single-sex setting – to foster growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world.

The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will develop and implement strategic plans aimed at cultivating individual gifts for Browning and its upcoming capital campaign. S/He will effectively identify and manage a robust portfolio of 125+ qualified prospects and will solicit and steward gifts of at least $50,000 – $1 million+. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the MGO will collaborate with the Head of School, Director of Advancement, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Director in the cultivation of top donors and also work closely with Board leadership. A bachelor’s degree and a proven track record of success in cultivating and soliciting gifts is required along with at least three to five years of frontline fundraising experience, preferably in an independent school or institution of higher learning. 

The successful candidate should embody the below-listed qualifications and abilities:

  • Experience in personally and consistently closing six-figure or larger philanthropic gifts from donors. Utilizes industry standard best practices and a donor-centric approach in managing a donor portfolio of 125+ individuals. Determines donor philanthropic interests related to specific fundraising goals. Ability and willingness to travel.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Exhibits behavioral and linguistic flexibility as well as strong intellectual and social curiosity. Experience synthesizing and prioritizing information from a wide array of sources while maintaining an attention to detail and effectively managing overall workflow.

  • Proven experience building and maintaining long-term donor relationships. An active listener with a successful track record of interacting with donors, volunteers, colleagues, faculty and administrators at the highest level. Leverages relationships to implement strategic solicitation of donors for gifts of their full philanthropic capacity.

  • Proactive, productive team contributor with a positive attitude and sense of humor. Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments and take personal responsibility for outcomes. Persistent, results oriented and driven to succeed personally, and is inspired by challenging individual and team fundraising goals.

  • Demonstrates initiative, drive and a resourceful and data-driven work ethic. Creative, innovative, flexible, with excellent organizational and analytical skills. The ability to work independently, manage multiple projects effectively and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality in a team-oriented, complex environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 125 individuals who have identified an interest in supporting and are capable of making a significant investment in Browning.

  • Develop, recommend and implement appropriate strategies for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding these individuals. Partner with school leadership, development colleagues, faculty, trustees and other volunteers as appropriate.

  • Conduct a minimum of 12 face-to-face meetings per month.

  • Contribute and support overall Advancement Office goals, including annual giving and alumni participation.

  • Identify and solicit 25-30 key prospects annually; prepare proposals for gift solicitations based on annual goals.

  • Contribute to the development of a strong prospect pipeline through qualification and cultivation efforts; identify partnering opportunities with planned giving and parent program officers.

  • Prepare written briefings and suggest solicitation strategies for senior leadership and faculty visits with prospective donors, as well as follow-up documentation and correspondence.

  • Work with advancement colleagues to engage and expand the pool of volunteers and prospective donors and in coordinate solicitation strategies and campaign activities.

  • Attend and support school and parent events.

  • Assume additional responsibilities as required.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, please send a C.V. and cover letter (no calls) to Director of Institutional Advancement James Simon (jsimon@browning.edu).


Director of Strategic Communications

The Browning School is a K-12 boys school located on 62nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York. Founded by scholar and teacher John A. Browning, The Browning School has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of boys and young men since 1888. Serving roughly 400 students in kindergarten through grade 12, Browning strives to combine the best of a traditional prep school environment and curriculum with imaginative teaching and a strong value system – all in a single-sex setting – to foster growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world

The Browning School seeks applicants for the position of Director of Strategic Communications. This person will oversee consistency for the School’s messaging and manage communications around mission, core values, strategic goals and longer term vision. The Director will oversee key marketing initiatives, targeted communications, brand management and the execution of special campaigns as it all relates to admission, fundraising, alumni relations and public relations to all external and internal constituencies (parents, students, faculty, etc.). The office focuses on competitive positioning of the School in the marketplace through coordinated brand management, increased visibility and awareness, and enhancements in image and reputation. The Director oversees the website and e-communications as well as the planning, design, content, production and distribution of all print and electronic materials and media as they support the marketing communication needs of the School. Support personnel will include one fulltime direct report as well as numerous freelancers. This position reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement and works closely with the Head of School and the senior administrative team.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Create and deliver strategic messaging by engaging and activating our community through multi-platform communications to bring those portions of the Browning story to life as they primarily relate to advancement, admission and enrollment management initiatives.

  • Oversee content, design, production and distribution of print and digital pieces as they relate to advancement (i.e.: annual giving, capital campaigns, major gift appeals, alumni relations) admission, the Parents Association, etc.

  • Create and oversee the execution of targeted capital campaign communications to support key fundraising goals and advancement/parents association/admissions events when needed. Ensure that the themed messaging is consistent and present throughout all media communications regarding any areas of school life.

  • Create and execute an annual operational plan with goals, strategies, tactics and key performance indicators. Identify growth opportunities to increase brand awareness and engagement for Browning’s work with relevant task forces and trustee-generated initiatives on branding and communications. Support the Head of School in his communications topics and their timing.

  • Work with faculty and staff to ensure their understanding of Browning’s marketing and strategic communications initiatives as well as ensuring that all-school communications reflect consistency with school messaging as well as editorial and stylistic quality control. 

  • Co-ordinate with various colleagues in the following areas:

    • Print and digital relating to all advancement, admission and parent messaging, including regular parent e-newsletters.

    • Update (annually and as needed) the website pages for all aspects of Browning life, in conjunction with and supported by relevant stakeholders

    • Work with the Alumni Director on profiles and stories for the School’s twice-a-year “Buzzer” magazine

    • Oversee all digital and social media communications (LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook in real time)

    • Manage the School’s graphic design needs (i.e.: photos, print, video, web). 

    • Oversee photography and video coverage for events, both on and off-site, and obtain coverage for events that can be used to help ‘tell the Browning story’ (i.e. publicize events and achievements/milestones externally and internally for better public relations with all constituents.) 

Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.

Experience:  5-10+ years of experience in marketing and communications. Advancement, admissions and/or independent school experience is preferred. Experience in graphic design is a plus but not required.

Specific Skills: Project management proofreading and organization. Strong writing and journalistic abilities including strong grasp of grammar, punctuation and adherence to style guide. Adept at thriving in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment as well as prioritizing projects. 

Special Requirements:  Required to attend school functions as needed, during the evening and/or on weekends. 

If interested in applying for this opportunity, please send a letter and C.V. (no calls) to jsimon@browning.edu.


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