Director of Advancement and External Relations

Administrator / Full-Time

Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME

Hebron Academy is a small, independent, boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades six through postgraduate. Founded in 1804, Hebron serves students from 25 countries and 18 states in a rigorous college-preparatory education. Students are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, individual attention, and a friendly, respectful atmosphere. Faculty and students live and work closely together on a 1,500 acre campus located on the eastern edge of Maine’s White Mountains. At Hebron, we welcome and support individuality, respect for differences, and the value of each person’s contribution. We work at instilling intellectual and moral discipline through structure and accountability to high standards. We honor and promote a unique awareness of tradition, place, and environment. The school enrolls 260 students, has an operating budget of $18 million, and an endowment of 30 million.

Ongoing support of Hebron Academy, in the form of gifts to operating, facility and endowment funds, is a proud tradition in the Hebron community. In the 2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020- June 30, 2021) donors contributed a record breaking amount in unrestricted gifts. A capital campaign is planned in 2023.

Director of Advancement

The Director of Advancement and External Relations will report directly to the new Head of School Patrick Phillips to advance the mission and work of Hebron and build upon the existing strong culture of philanthropy. The Director of Advancement and External Relations will lead a team that is responsible for annual giving, alumni relations, events and advancement operations.  They will support the Head of School in the leadership and operation of the entire school and will be a member of the Head’s Administrative Council, which is the School’s leadership team that ensures alignment between mission, program, and operation. In addition to serving on the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, they will also engage more broadly in work with trustees, alumni, and parents.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Create the strategic vision for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of short-and long-term philanthropic giving to support the School’s mission and operation;
  • Accomplish the fundraising and donor-relation goals associated with that vision;
  • Think creatively about the nature of the effective development work in a competitive market and with an increasingly diverse donor base;
  • Oversee an Advancement Office which includes annual giving, alumni and external relations, special and planned gifts, and prospect research and management, and capital campaigns;
  • Engage trustees, alumni, and parents in development work;
  • Align fundraising targets with annual and long-term budget priorities and needs, as set by the Head of School and Board of Trustees;
  • Ensure the success of the Annual Fund;
  • Plan and lead periodic capital and endowment campaigns;
  • Uphold best-practice policies related to gift acceptance and stewardship;
  • Oversee the administration and stewardship of the Board of Trustees;
  • Set the agendas for the Trustees Committee on Development in coordination with the committee chair;
  • Attend all board meetings;
  • Involve themselves in the overall life of the School; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred;
  • Significant experience in, and passion, for advancement work including the oversight of capital campaigns;
  • Successful fundraising experience with cultivating, engaging and expanding donor relationships with a wide variety of donors;
  • Ability to be a thought leader and team leader in advancement;
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with others in all school constituencies;
  • Ability and interest in managing, developing, motivating and mentoring staff;
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, strong managerial, leadership and supervisory skills;
  • Experience in creating and implementing strategic planning;
  • Openness to new ideas and their implementation;
  • Comfort with, and the skills to effectively use, a variety of programs and software, including database programs;
  • A thorough grasp of current and upcoming trends in development, alumni and external relations;
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends, as required;
  • Willingness to travel, as required;
  • A sense of humor

Hebron Academy

Hebron, ME
Middle School, High School, Post Graduate
Day, Boarding
All Gender