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Director of Institutional Advancement
Roessler-chadwick Foundation in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
Date Posted 11/30/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Director of Institutional Advancement

Chadwick School is eager to welcome an experienced, dynamic, and successful fundraiser and organizational leader to serve as its next Director of Institutional Advancement. Working in partnership with Interim Head of School Tom Sheppard, the Board of Trustees, the school leadership team, and the seasoned and capable Advancement team, the incoming Director will have the unique opportunity to assess Chadwick’s current advancement strategies and systems, set a bold vision for new goals and approaches, and develop a supportive and robust organizational framework that will set the stage for the next major capital campaign and future fundraising success.

Upon joining the Chadwick community, the next Director will find a school with great momentum as it works to build a vision for the future during a time of transition and exciting possibility. This is a critical role for Chadwick that will be supported by a foundation of strong resources, many untapped areas of growth, and a dedicated and connected community.

To be successful in this role, the next Director of Institutional Advancement must bring a deep record of building strong relationships within a school community, collaboratively fostering growth and development within a team, and successfully planning and executing a capital campaign on behalf of a mission-driven organization. Candidates should be eager to immerse in a close-knit school community and demonstrate the energy and drive to fully realize Chadwick’s potential, bringing creativity and fresh insight where needed and implementing best practices that will ensure future success for Chadwick’s philanthropic endeavors, both short- and long-term.


Reporting to the Interim Head of School, the Director of Institutional Advancement is responsible for providing executive leadership, guidance, and mentorship for the advancement team and will be charged with devising and implementing a structure for the advancement office and staff built on national best practices and the school’s mission and goals. The Director is also responsible for cultivating a culture of collaboration and empowerment that enables all members of the growing advancement team to thrive and develop. Additional hires and restructuring of the division will be an opportunity for the next

Director. Currently, the Director manages a team of four:

  • Director of Annual Fund
  • Director of Alumni Relations
  • Development Associate
  • Director of Development

A critical member of the school leadership team, the Director is also tasked with providing strategic insight and partnership to the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, and the senior leadership team on all things relating to fundraising and advancement strategy.

As the school works through this period of planning and strengthening under the leadership of its Interim Head of School, the Director of Institutional Advancement will play a critical role in providing steady, experienced, and forward-looking leadership during a time of transition and great momentum. This leadership will be grounded in relationships, supporting the transition to a new Head of School and leveraging Chadwick’s deep resources, including a strong financial position, a deep sense of community, an excellent academic reputation, a beautiful campus, and a loyal base with the capacity to provide generous philanthropic support.


The next Director of Institutional Advancement will join Chadwick during an exciting moment in the school’s history as the community works together to lean into its strengths and secure its vision for the future. The incoming Director will connect people, forging relationships internally while channeling the passion and dedication of alumni, parents, board members, and others to build continued support for the school.


The incoming Director of Institutional Advancement must be a collaborative, relationship-driven, proactive leader who is energized by the opportunity to build an organization and create lasting impact on an institution. A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree or higher within an education-related field is preferred.

Additionally, the next Director must be energetic and optimistic and should possess many of the following experiences and attributes:

  • A record of connecting authentically with individuals one-on-one and connecting diverse groups with one another;
  • Demonstrated success in managing a portfolio of donors and prospects and personally soliciting and stewarding gifts;
  • Ability to develop and execute an aspirational philanthropic vision and strategy with measurable goals and objectives;
  • Ability to lead through change with compassion and empathy;
  • Experience recruiting, developing, retaining, and inspiring members of a talented and diverse team;
  • Deep knowledge of best practices in fundraising and a track record around innovative ideas;
  • A record of visionary leadership and the ability to set a clear direction for the future of a team and organization;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to clearly articulate the school’s strengths and goals to audiences internally and externally;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at an institution;
  • Ability to inspire others toward action, both internally and externally;
  • A community-based, collaborative leadership style;
  • Exceptional energy and drive to engage regularly with people on behalf of an institution;
  • Demonstrated creativity and vision in previous roles, particularly around leveraging and optimizing existing assets and resources;
  • A record of team-building and cross-functional engagement;
  • The ability to engender trust among a diverse range of constituents; and,
  • Appreciation for the mission, philosophy, and values of Chadwick School.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director

Julia Patton, Senior Associate

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