Battle Ground Academy seeks a proven Development Director to join its staff in 2022-2023. The Development Director is integral to the Advancement Office in managing the day to day operations of the office and advancing the mission of Battle Ground Academy. This professional will report to the Assistant Head of School for External Affairs and oversee the daily programs and initiatives of the Development Office aimed at growing support for Battle Ground Academy.
Founded in 1889, BGA is a K-12th grade college preparatory school located in Franklin, TN. Serving a diverse student population from the surrounding counties, the school embodies the core values of character, scholarship, and excellence in all facets of campus life.
BGA is the oldest school in Franklin, a remarkable city located just 20 miles south of Nashville. It has been referred to as “a small-town gem” by the New York Times. The downtown is filled with locally owned shops, restaurants, and Main Street is home to iconic venues such as the Franklin Theater. Franklin features an abundance of historical sites and parks appealing to those who enjoy history and/or the outdoors. Quaint and welcoming, Franklin is truly a wonderful place to call home.
Actively support and assist with achieving all goals set forth by the Office of Advancement.
With the Assistant Head of School develop overall short- and long-range plans for annual, capital, and planned giving, set goals and objectives in line with overall advancement goals, to include increasing income and constituency giving rates.
Manage a staff of six development professionals.
Collaborate with the Director of Communications to create a communication plan that positions and promotes the giving programs.
Manage a portfolio of annual donors (and major donors where appropriate), with responsibilities for cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and retention.
Personally solicit leadership gifts from key volunteers and selected prospects.
Provide reports and analysis of the effectiveness of the giving and constituency relations programs.
Collaborate with the Office of Advancement staff to organize, promote, and run fundraising and friendraising events.
Oversee volunteers needed to achieve various goals of the Office of Advancement.
Work evenings and weekends as warranted by meetings, events and other department needs.
Perform related duties consistent with the scope and intent of this position.
Ability to achieve goals, organize and establish priorities effectively and work collaboratively with a high level of motivation
Knowledge of current strategic advancement policies and best practices
Ability to think creatively and strategically and manage multiple areas of activity simultaneously
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge or comparable donor management database preferred.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining absolute confidentiality and professionalism in appearance, attitude and presentation
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in business, communications, marketing or a related field
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field
Minimum of three years’ experience in Advancement at independent schools preferred
Strong data management skills, including use of Blackbaud, word processing, and spreadsheets
Proficient in the use of computer applications (email, calendars, etc.) as required
Ability to work independently
The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities