Chief Advancement Officer

Administrator / Full-Time

Newton Country Day School, Newton, MA

Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Chief Advancement Officer

Position Description

Position Summary:

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission of Newton Country Day School. The CAO will be a proven development professional energized by the opportunity to grow a strategic, creative, and entrepreneurial development program. They will lead a staff of five development professionals and serve as a member of the NCDS Leadership Team. Reporting to the Head of School, the CAO will lead the strategic direction and implementation of all advancement efforts, including broadening the school’s base of support, expanding alumnae and parent engagement, developing a robust planned giving program, directing capital campaigns, and supporting a culture of philanthropy.  Along with leading the Advancement Office, the CAO will personally manage a targeted portfolio of prominent donors and prospects.

Reports to: Head of School

Supervises: Advancement Team

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Fundraising Strategy and Execution:
  • Develop and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies to meet annual and long-term financial goals.
  • Cultivate relationships with major donors, foundations, and corporate partners to secure significant gifts and grants.
  • Experience working on or leading capital campaigns.
  • Experience in building and expanding an Advancement effort by making use of the database, move management, wealth screening, planned giving vehicles, and other development tools.
  • Experience with grant writing and reporting on grants received
  • Strong knowledge of industry best practices and substantial experience evaluating the strengths of existing fundraising programs and identifying opportunities for improvement.
  1. Alumni Relations:
  • Foster strong relationships with alumnae through targeted engagement programs and events.
  • Implement initiatives to increase alumnae participation in school activities, fundraising, and mentorship opportunities.
  • Manage alumnae databases and communication channels to keep alumnae informed and engaged.
  1. Marketing and Communications:
  • Coordinate with the communications team to produce compelling content for donor appeals and engagement.
  • Ensure consistent messaging and branding across all platforms and materials.
  1. Board and Volunteer Engagement:
  • Serves as a trusted partner to the Head of School and the Board
  • Collaborate with the Board of Trustees and volunteer committees to leverage their expertise and networks in support of fundraising and advocacy efforts.
  • Provide guidance and support to volunteers involved in fundraising events and campaigns.
  1. Budget Oversight and Reporting:
  • Manage the advancement budget, ensuring resources are allocated effectively to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Monitor and report on fundraising progress, providing regular updates to the Head of School and Board of Trustees.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in nonprofit management, business administration, or a related field.
  • Experience: Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, development, or advancement, preferably in an educational or nonprofit setting. Demonstrated success in major gift solicitation and capital campaigns. Possesses a track record of soliciting and closing five-figure gifts with experience in six-figure and seven-figure gifts a plus.
  • Leadership Skills: Proven ability to lead, motivate, and manage a team effectively. Experience in managing, evaluating, and mentoring staff in a collaborative environment to meet ambitious goals.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate the school’s mission and priorities to diverse internal and external audiences.
  • Strategic Thinking: Strong strategic planning and analytical skills, with the ability to set priorities, develop strategies, and implement effective solutions.
  • Relationship Building: Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with donors, alumnae, volunteers, and other stakeholders.


  • Passionate about the mission of Newton Country Day School as a private, Catholic, all-girls school and willing to engage and be a visible, active, and energetic member of the community.
  • Integrity, professionalism, and a strong work ethic.
  • Innovative thinker with a proactive and results-oriented approach.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities effectively.
  • Personable and enthusiastic – a relationship builder with a sense of humor and high energy who can lead and inspire others.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, and generous PTO.
  • Professional development opportunities to support ongoing growth and success.

Newton Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer.
MA law requires fingerprint-based and criminal offender record information (CORI) checks for all employees working in public and private schools.

Newton Country Day School

Newton, MA
Middle School, High School