Director of Advancement Services

Reporting to the Director of Advancement, Director of Advancement Services provides strategic leadership to create and manage an effective infrastructure that supports all fundraising efforts, constituent engagement activities, and overall marketing and communications for Deerfield Academy.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Serve as adviser and consultant to the Chief Advancement Officer, Advancement departments heads, and other internal clients regarding best practices for data management, reporting, and analytics to align operations with the mission and priorities of the department;
  • Collaborate with Advancement leadership to develop departmental vision, goals, and strategy;
  • Hire, train, and manage the Advancement Services team, including gift recording, data management and event management, and ensure the alignment of advancement operations and administrative structure with the strategies, tactics, and resources of the department;
  • Direct the use and management of Advancement software and databases to ensure the integrity, security, and availability of advancement data assets, in compliance with IRS guidelines pertaining to charitable contributions and CASE Management and Reporting Standards;
  • Identify and implement or develop services and systems to ensure appropriateness, relevance and integration across the Office of Advancement, in support of development, alumni relations, prospect management and research, donor relations, and outreach and engagement;
  • Collaborate with Information Technology Services (ITS) to set priorities for the management and ongoing enhancement of department hardware and software, plan for software acquisitions, system upgrades, assist with database conversions and migrations, develop and implement testing plans, and to develop and deliver employee training;
  • Oversee the implementation, design, and creation of data dashboards and reports to provide metrics and analytics for use by the Advancement team, the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, and other constituencies;
  • Provide various statistics and analyses for the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Advancement Officer, and other Advancement senior team members and staff as requested
  • Coordinate the survey responses for the Advancement Office, including, NAIS, CASE,
  • Manage overall work performance of the Advancement Services Team.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced coursework in strategic planning, data analysis, or related field preferred
  • 5 – 7 years of experience in Advancement and information technology services or related field; experience in an independent school, college, university, or academic setting preferred
  • Knowledge of gift accounting standards, IRS guidelines pertaining to charitable contributions, and CASE Management and Reporting Standards
  • Excellent project management, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with the implementation and on-going support of large-scale software and database applications.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, Google Drive and integrated databases
  • An open and collaborative leadership style
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A proven track record as a successful manager
  • Ability to manage, and sensitivity to, highly confidential information
  • Superb written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to manage, and sensitivity to, highly confidential information
  • Strong initiative and the ability to be self-directed, resourceful and creative
  • Facility with and interest in the promotion of cooperation and teamwork with colleagues
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional technologies as needed
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community

**SIGN-ON BONUS**

The successful candidate will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus ($500 paid at time of hire and $500 paid at the end of 90 days of employment.

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Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in western Massachusetts with 650 students and 130 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.

Deerfield Academy is committed to equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, pregnancy, protected military veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.