Director of Advancement

Administrator / Full-Time

Lincoln School, Providence, RI

Lincoln School, located in Providence, Rhode Island seeks a Director of Advancement with a targeted start date of July 1, 2023.

Lincoln School, founded in 1884 and located in Providence, Rhode Island, is an independent Kindergarten–Grade 12 Quaker school for girls, with a co-ed Little School and Early Childhood program. As the nation’s only independent school for girls based on Quaker values, Lincoln operates at the intersection of tradition and innovation. At Lincoln, girls come first. Through its size and mission—with a dynamic, challenging and innovative academic program, the School prepares girls to build their confidence through successes, and through trial and error, through discovery, through laughter, and with joy. Girls practice speaking up and out, tapping into strengths even they may not know they had. This opportunity is a unique opportunity to further the school’s bold mission and to implement the recently released strategic framework, Uniquely Lincoln. There are currently 356 students in Grades N-12 and an additional 90 children in the Little School, 130 faculty and staff, and 3,500 alumnae. The current endowment is $15 million. Learn more about Lincoln School at

This 12-month, full-time role is an excellent opportunity for an innovative fundraiser who enjoys thinking strategically, working collaboratively, and is compelled by the mission to “educate girls to fearlessly embrace the opportunities and responsibilities of full citizenship in a complex world.” Reporting to the Head of School and serving as a member of the senior Administrative Council, the Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management of all areas of institutional advancement.  The Director will work closely with the Head of School and Board of Trustees to define annual and capital fundraising goals and priorities and will lead a team whose responsibilities include annual giving, major gifts, alumnae relationships, and donor stewardship.

The Director of Advancement will be critical in setting and implementing vision for the future through highly effective development and engagement strategies and initiatives.  They will build a framework and plan for Lincoln’s next capital campaign along with an energetic and collaborative Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees. The ideal candidate will be a dedicated leader and manager, one who excels with front-line advancement work, and who is collaborative, self-motivated and decisive. The Director of Advancement will be a creative and dynamic leader, a team player and will have a high energy level to match the dynamism of the Lincoln School environment. The candidate of choice will be organized, strategically oriented, a thoughtful communicator, and excel with strong relational skills.

A full search description of the duties, responsibilities, academic credentials, skill sets, and necessary work experiences may be viewed at

Lincoln School offers excellent benefits. Lincoln School is committed to building an equitable and inclusive educational community. Lincoln School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Members of groups historically underrepresented in independent schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, send your résumé and a letter of interest, along with a list of your top four (4) references (who will be contacted only 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:

Lincoln School

Providence, RI
Infant / Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Girls, All Gender