Chief Development Officer
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA
Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an innovative and visionary fundraising leader to re-envision the future of philanthropy for this global leader in arts education, one of only three independent arts high schools in the U.S. As a key member of the Head of School’s cabinet, the Chief Development Officer serves as an influential strategist and tactician in advancing the school’s fundraising aspirations, constituent engagement, and institutional priorities. This is a once-in-a-career opportunity for an advancement professional to serve a highly-regarded, mission-driven day and boarding school that is developing some of the world’s most promising young artists.
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) serves as a key thought partner to the Head of School in strategically increasing philanthropic support to advance the School’s mission and vision for the future. As an important member of the senior leadership team, the CDO will work closely with the Board of Trustees, articulating a vision of philanthropy to current families, alumni, and current and future donors; playing a critical role advancing the School’s reputation and most importantly, actively cultivating, soliciting, and closing transformational gifts.
Positionally, the CDO, Head of School, and Board of Trustees will execute a “pathway to eminence” that will result in Walnut Hill attracting substantial philanthropic support by positioning itself as an arts entity worthy of support from arts benefactors and major foundations in major metropolitan markets. This is a very rare position for an independent school to occupy; essentially behaving as much like a symphony or ballet company as it does a school, which increases the potential to secure transformational gifts.
The full position description and additional information about this exciting opportunity can be found on the Walnut Hill School for the Arts online Career Center.