Skills & Qualifications
- BA degree and advanced degree in related field preferred;
- Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial development office, experience in independent schools, colleges, and/or arts organizations a plus;
- Experience with identification, cultivation and solicitation of annual gifts;
- Ability to develop and cultivate strong relationships with a diverse range of individuals;
- Demonstrated knowledge of the full spectrum of development practices, principles and activities, including gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, working with volunteers, and the ability to apply this knowledge creatively to fundraising projects;
- Track record of meeting goals and objectives through effective program/project planning, organization, evaluation and execution;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, Trustees and high-level volunteers, students, donors and prospects;
- Outstanding written and verbal communications skills and polished presentation skills;
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team;
- Commitment to and strong understanding of cultural competency;
- Strong computer skills and demonstrated proficiency with Google applications, Microsoft Office Suite; experience with or knowledge of Veracross or other donor software; and
- Strong work ethic and demonstrated passion for independent education, the arts, and the mission of Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
Personal and Professional Characteristics:
- Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks;
- Good judgment and ability to work independently with limited supervision;
- Collaborative and a team player;
- Integrity, authenticity and credibility;
- Creative and mission-driven, with an appreciation for and/or experience working in the arts;
- Must be willing and able to travel off campus to visit with donors, largely in the New England area but also occasionally over-night out of state.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theatre, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.
Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice.
Physical demands include dexterity for science tools and equipment and office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy/fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter through the Walnut Hill School for the Arts online Career Center.
Note: All offers of employment are contingent upon enrollment and the successful completion of state and federal background checks. Walnut Hill does not provide visa sponsorship.