Christchurch School seeks an experienced and dynamic independent school advancement professional to lead the dozen personnel in its admissions, communications, and development departments as part of a mission driven institution. This professional will oversee all three departments while serving as the school’s chief development officer.
This year-round position reports to the Head of School and is a member of the school’s senior leadership team. By directing unified advancement operations, the Associate Head for External Affairs is responsible for growing $7M in annual operating revenue and planning a capital campaign for the school’s upcoming centennial in 2020/21.
As a small rural coed boarding school with a day component, CCS has felt the pressure of the general decline in boarding enrollment in North America over the last decade. CCS is one of the charter members of the North American Boarding Initiative launched by The Association of Boarding Schools to stimulate interest in these schools. The Admissions Office is ably led by a new director; however, the Associate Head will need to understand the admissions market well so that he or she can direct marketing and admissions efforts that will sustain enrollment. Revamped marketing and admissions efforts over the last 24 months have led to enrollment gains. Sustaining this momentum is important.
CCS Fundraising efforts generally produce about $1.3M per year with about $800K of annual giving and $500K per year in capital gifts. There is potential to significantly grow totals in both areas. Within the last ten years, CCS culminated a successful $8M capital campaign and hopes a centennial campaign will be in the same range. The new Associate Head will be expected to devote most of his or her time to fundraising. He or she will develop campaign strategy in conjunction with the head of school and consultants and engage in the solicitation of major gifts.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a mid-career professional with experience in four areas, but two are a requirement: (1) small boarding school experience, (2) capital fundraising in an independent school, (3) independent school marketing/communications, preferably boarding and (4) independent school admissions, preferably boarding. Candidate should have strong communication skills, demonstrated track record in closing major gifts, and willingness to advocate for the advancement staff. Candidate should understand his or her work as part of a team devoted to fulfilling the school’s mission:
Christchurch inspires and guides each student’s unique journey to self-confidence, purpose, and identity. Within a caring, structured community, students discover their infinite value and develop the skills to become compassionate, successful, and engaged global citizens.
Compensation and benefits are consistent with similar VAIS boarding schools.
Interested persons should send letter of interest, resume, and advancement philosophy to Mr. John E. (Jeb) Byers at email@example.com no later than 1 March 2018.
Located along the banks of the scenic Rappahannock River an hour east of Richmond, Christchurch School has embraced its beautiful rural location in the Virginia tidewater since its founding in 1921. CCS is an Episcopal coed boarding and day school of over two-hundred students in grades 9 – 12 who hail from 15 states and 14 countries. CCS prides itself on its progressive curriculum which accesses the latest research to develop programs which embrace 21st century education. Academic leaders frequently present at conferences and graduates attend a wide range of institutions of higher education in the United States and abroad. In 2017, the school counts a football state championship and Atlantic coast championship in sailing among its accomplishments.
In the spirit of “bricks & mortar do not a school make,” Christchurch’s great strength is the tremendous passion the educators, students, parents, alumni, and friends have for the school. It is a wonderful school and community in which to work and a great opportunity for an administrator who wants to be a part of a school with vision.
Christchurch School: we combine tradition with innovation to deliver our mission of helping students to find their infinite value. Our traditions encompass being a coeducational Episcopal boarding and day school with an academically diverse student population of 200 college-bound students in grades 9 - 12. We believe strongly in being a mission-driven community. Our teachers know our mission and... believe in it, and try to live it everyday. Prospective faculty members should understand the mission, values and aspirations of our school, and want to live and work with students of many different kinds. Prospective teachers should also be committed to our progressive approach to education, which uses an integrated and place-based curriculum to build skill acquisition, make meaningful connections, and uses our location to build relevance. More details about our innovative curriculum--as well as our co-curricular programs, which include successful athletics and place-based outdoor immersion programs--are available on our website.
Situated on the banks of the Rappahannock River in rural Tidewater, Virginia, Christchurch is near to the village of Urbanna and the towns of Gloucester and Kilmarnock. We are forty-five minutes from Williamsburg (home of the College of William and Mary), and one hour from both Richmond and the Hampton Roads area. With a student population of 200 and a teaching faculty of 30, the atmosphere on campus is collegial, friendly, personal, and above all, community-oriented.
70% of faculty members and their families live on campus, where housing includes utilities. Faculty families are welcome for all regular meals when school is in session. Resident and non-resident members of the faculty participate in the full life of the school-from morning assembly and chapel to classroom and after-school activities, athletics, residential life oversight and weekend activities, as well as special events and awards ceremonies.
The standard load carried by faculty members is 4 classes, 2 co-curricular seasons, and rotating dorm duty. All positions include competitive salary commensurate with experience and education, as well as benefits (major medical insurance, dental, and vision, TIAA-CREF matching, disability insurance, life insurance, meals, and professional development) and may include housing and utilities.
One of six schools in the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, Christchurch is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. We are accredited by VAIS through the Virginia Council for Higher Education, the Commonwealth of Virginia's authorized accrediting agency for independent schools. We subscribe to the principles of good practice of these organizations.
Christchurch School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national origin, sexual orientation or age in the administration of its hiring procedures.
Check out our website and our mission, values, and aspirations: we believe in fostering the infinite value of each student, and we try to live that everyday. Great Journeys Begin at the River!