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Advancement Director
  • Advancement

Chestnut Hill School, Chestnut Hill, MA

Accredited by AISNE

Institutional Background

The Chestnut Hill School, founded in 1860 and located in Newton, Massachusetts, is a co-educational, independent school educating students from Beginners (age 3) through Grade 6. The School lives its commitment to  academic excellence, diversity and community, recognizing that these inextricable values are required to optimize learning, a sense of belonging, civility, and compassion. CHS graduates stand up for their beliefs, express their thoughts, and care about the rights and feelings of others. We welcome applications from  individuals who are willing to join a  warm, inclusive, and joyful school community and able to contribute to the fulfillment of our mission.

Position Summary

An integral member of the senior administrative team, The Director of Advancement provides leadership, vision and strategy for all philanthropy and engagement at CHS, including fundraising, alumni relations, marketing, communications, and board of trustees relations. They will serve as a lead community connector with various constituencies, including staff, families, alumni, board members and volunteers.  


The Director of Advancement will:

  • Oversee, design, and direct all aspects of philanthropy and engagement (annual fund, alumni giving, special projects, capital campaign, 6th grade gift, Grandparents and Special Friends Day).
  • Oversee and develop strategies to help ensure that there will be growth in giving and engagement of families and alumni.
  • Build ways to continue to educate CHS constituents about the importance of giving to an age 3 - 6th grade school. 
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, connect and steward major prospects/donors, and develop strategies and programs to expand the current base of philanthropic revenue sources for the school.
  • Develop and implement fundraising policies and procedures, including accurate accounting systems and methods to analyze the data to inform future thinking.
  • In partnership with the Director of Enrollment Management, help to plan and implement a comprehensive long-range marketing plan including outreach into the community and internal and external communications. This also includes overseeing the design, implementation and management of CHS’ visibility, media and marketing.
  • Supervise and collaborate with departmental staff, and provide guidance in the continued development and implementation of programs managed by these positions.
  • Build presence of the office amongst the CHS community, current and past.
  • Collaborate with the Family Association, acting as liaison with the School and collaborating should there be any fundraising needs.
  • With communications associate, oversee 6th grade graduation planning and events.
  • Work with the Head of School and the senior administrative team to implement the goals and vision for the school. In addition, as a member of the administrative team, help develop priorities and strategies for the school.

Requirements for the position:

  • Highly developed organizational skills
  • Exceptionally capable in both written and oral communicatio
  • Experience and comfort in individual outreach within and beyond a community; experience in outreach and broadening a donor
  • Experience in use of social media in outreach development and to reinforce school themes and priorities
  • Able to make thoughtful decisions, take initiative, and prioritize tasks
  • Comfort in the use of digital and social media to enhance messaging, build connection and reinforce school themes and priorities
  • Passionate about the mission and vision of the school
  • Experience in advancement data management, stewardship programs and constituent research programs
  • A firm support of the school’s values and the capacity to articulate the case for support of CHS.

Core competencies:

Equity and inclusion

Employee lives the stated mission of the school, and values and respects diversity in all facets of school life. Employee promotes equity and inclusion in work with students, families, and colleagues.


In keeping with Chestnut Hill School’s commitment to a strong community, employee exemplifies cooperation and collaboration, demonstrates leadership when necessary, is a supportive team member when needed, and assists others to ensure deadlines and goals are met.


Employee exercises clear, constructive, and appropriate communication with students, colleagues and administration in written and verbal communication.

Critical observation and problem-solving

Employee shows ability to not only gather information but to also interpret, analyze, and suggest next steps based upon data. Employee assesses problems and utilizes all available resources to resolve challenges through proper channels


Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents the following materials to by May 22, 2020:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in this particular position;
  • A current resumé;
  • A list of at least three professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission)