Sayre School seeks candidates for the position
of Director of Advancement. Reporting to the Head of School, the
Director of Advancement is a member of the Leadership Team, and is
responsible for all facets of fundraising, alumni and parent
relations, campaign planning and implementation, and foundation
relations. The Advancement Director partners with other
campus offices as well as the Board of Trustees, Alumni Council and
the Sayre Parent Association to foster and promote a culture of
philanthropy across a base of more than 425 current families and
over 2,500 alumni.
Founded in 1854 in Lexington, Kentucky, Sayre School is the
preeminent, independent college preparatory day school in the
Bluegrass, serving 610 students from Preschool through twelfth
grade. The next Director of Advancement will join an educational
community where joyful, articulate, and self-confident students are
guided and nurtured by dedicated and passionate faculty and staff
committed to the social, emotional and intellectual growth of each
child. Sayre School is committed to equity and justice, and aspires
to be a community in which every member feels engaged, heard, and
valued. We embrace the contributions of all members of our
community as we foster a culture of respect.
At the heart of our success lie the strong relationships between
faculty and staff, and students and their parents. We all share the
same goal of providing the best educational and social experience
for our students as we prepare them to thrive in life beyond Sayre.
This is a wonderful opportunity to join a community operating from
a position of strength and growth, and to partner with a dynamic
leadership team that values candor, commitment and humor.
- Creating strategies and programs to expand and strengthen the
School’s current base of philanthropic support, including an
anticipated capital campaign.
- Acting as a strategic partner with the Head of School in
identifying and cultivating relationships with high-capacity
potential donors through the implementation of a major gifts
- Manage the daily operations of the Advancement Office,
including the oversight and mentoring of a three-person team
responsible for fundraising, alumni affairs, event planning and the
- Supporting and guiding the Board of Trustees and volunteers in
outreach efforts and activities.
- Utilizing technology creatively and effectively to ensure that
administrative systems and procedures such as database management,
stewardship, and prospect research perform optimally.
- 3-5 years of experience as an Advancement or Development
Director at an educational institution or other non-profit
- A Bachelor’s Degree, excellent written and oral communication
skills, and an ability to speak compellingly on behalf of the
- Experience in all areas of a comprehensive fundraising
- A proven ability in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding
- A track record of working effectively with a variety of
constituencies, including trustees, administrators, faculty,
parents, and students.
- An understanding of the key principles of branding
- A willingness to maintain a visible presence in the daily life
of the school.
Interested candidates for this position available in January
2022, should send a cover letter expressing their interest and
qualifications for the position, a resume with supporting material
including a list of three references including contact information
(References will not be contacted without the candidate’s
knowledge). All material should be sent electronically to
Stephen Manella, Head of School, at email@example.com with
the subject line “Advancement Search”.
Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with
diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive
contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in
employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age,
disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic
protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and
complies with all applicable laws regarding