Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement
ASHLEY HALL, 172 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29403
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Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2021, or until the position is filled.
Ashley Hall seeks an Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement to lead a high-performing and professional team of fundraising and communication professionals. Ashley Hall is a premier all-girls school enrolling students in pre-kindergarten to grade 12, and successful applicants will understand the value of the School’s mission and have a passion for single-gender education. The position reports directly to the Head of School and will need to maintain a high profile within Charleston and the surrounding communities as well as among alumnae, parents, and other major school constituencies. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a high level of performance in fundraising and communications and as a leader who has built collaborative internal and external relationships through creative and innovative practices and programs.
Ashley Hall is a jewel in the heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Since its founding in 1670, Charleston has become a major port on the Atlantic coast and draws tourists from around the world to experience its rich culture of art, history, architecture, and restaurants. It is one of the country’s top tourist locations and has an excellent selection of hotels, charming inns, and B&Bs, most within walking distance of the School. It is also a hub for the many features of the surrounding communities including beautiful beaches, golf courses, and historic homes. While it is a city with a rich heritage, it continues to experience an influx of new families to the area, many of whom are enrolling at Ashley Hall adding to the vibrancy of the School community.
It is not the historic buildings and oak-canopied grounds that makes our School so special. It’s the students, the exceptional programs, and faculty. Since its founding in 1909, Ashley Hall’s innovative curriculum and inclusive teaching philosophy have prepared young women to lead and thrive in an ever-changing world – more important today than ever before. As the only independent girls’ school in South Carolina, Ashley Hall provides an education where gifted teaching and individualized learning are combined in an environment that is uniquely excellent and nurturing. The programs are intentionally tailored to the way girls learn best – through collaboration, discussion, and individualized attention. Ashley Hall is a vibrant, learning community that challenges, celebrates, and supports young women at every stage of their education.
We are guided by our mission, “to produce educated women who are independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence.”
Our community is built on the strengths and talents of every student, teacher, parent, alumna, and staff member, and the belief that every individual in the Ashley Hall community has a special and valuable contribution to make to the collective pursuit of integrity and academic excellence. We believe that our differences contribute to a more purposeful campus discourse that honors and includes many perspectives and that an authentic sense of belonging depends on building a culture of agency, trust, and respect. Furthermore, we assert that diversity that is inclusive and woven into the fabric of our School is essential to achieving educational and academic excellence. Thus, we strive to cultivate a community that values and embodies inclusivity, equity, respect, belonging, and engagement.
Our mission is compelling, and it demands that we create the platform needed for the students of tomorrow. The programmatic focus is based upon our mission, knowing that meeting the next generation of challenges will require our students’ collaborative leadership, cultural understanding, civic engagement, and strong voices. To create and fund this platform, the Board of Trustees is proposing an ambitious multi-million-dollar capital campaign to grow its endowment in three key areas: affordability for families, professional development for faculty, and distinctive programs for students. The campaign is built upon a Board-driven strategic assessment completed in spring 2021. By building a more robust endowment, the School can strengthen financial sustainability, continue to develop innovative teaching and learning capabilities, and expand the culture of belonging and diversity.
The Student Experience
The student experience is built around its mission to produce educated, intelligent, and responsible women prepared to function in today’s world and in the unknown, changing world of tomorrow. The girls feel a sense of home and comfort while still being constantly challenged through a balance of tradition and critical thinking. They learn the importance and value of leadership and high standards both in and outside the classroom and develop additional skills through programs in the Charleston community and through overseas study programs. Their education is supported by experiential opportunities that continually test them as they develop both socially and emotionally. They use the skills they have developed to become better global citizens as well as gaining an appreciation for lifelong learning. The girls also build a bond that transpires time and distance as they stay connected to the School and each other through a dynamic alumnae program.
The Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement reports directly to the Head of School and serves on the Executive Leadership Team. The Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement will assume significant responsibility for working with the Board of Trustees, engaging alumnae, parents, and donors of all levels, and serving as a strategic partner in the planning related to growth of the School. The position oversees five direct reports with responsibilities for donor stewardship, major gifts, the Loyalty Fund, database management, and alumnae relations. Additional areas of responsibility include developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy and ensuring an effective communications plan, especially important as the School embarks on an ambitious multi-million endowment campaign. Equally important is growing the Loyalty Fund, which raises over a million dollars each year as well as continuing funding for restricted projects, as needed.
The Charleston community is seen as an excellent place to live and work and is experiencing substantial wealth moving into the area. Helping us strategize and capitalize on the wealth coming into the community as a new source of potential funding is an incredible professional opportunity for the candidate that can be creative and innovative with promoting institutional advancement.
The position will also focus on increasing the engagement and philanthropic support of the School by alumnae. Ashley Hall has a very strong, dedicated, and involved alumnae network, and the School sees this as an opportunity to build on the support and heritage of sisterhood that has come to define Ashley Hall.
Executive level skills are essential – being able to meet externally with donors while at the same time managing internally. Managing many different sectors is a balancing act, but the Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement will be well supported by a highly talented and experienced team along with sophisticated and well-established practices and processes. The team members have demonstrated that they are self-starters, effective and well-connected to the current alumnae and donor bases.
The Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement will need to become fully knowledgeable about the history of the School and community while at the same time providing the leadership and visibility required to develop new relationships within the growing Charleston community. The right candidate should have or be willing to build a strong network across the country to enlist innovative ideas and identify those practices that best fit Ashley Hall’s future growth.
By the Numbers
- Year Founded: 1909
- *2021-22 Enrollment: 683
- Living Alumnae: 2,700
- 2020-21 Loyalty Fund Giving: $1,045,998
- 2020-21 Major Giving: $1,207,302
- Alumnae Participation Rate: 18%
- Parent Participation Rate: 46%
- Promote Ashley Hall’s mission priorities to internal and external audiences, building support for the School among alumnae, parents, friends of the School, and Board members.
- Develop and lead a high-performing team of fundraising and communication professionals, providing vision, effective feedback to enhance performance, and professional development opportunities to ensure cutting-edge skills and up-to-date practices.
- Lead a team that is expected to raise $3 million in gifts annually and execute and manage a multi-million-dollar endowment campaign, while executing on strategic goals related to new institutional advancement initiatives.
- Evaluate the existing marketing, communication, and fundraising plans and strategies and revise/update the plans to support the new focus on fundraising.
- Build relationships with alumnae, donors, Board members and parents by being accessible and highly visible in the community.
- Emphasize the value of Ashley Hall to the Charleston community and the benefits of Charleston to many of the programs within the School.
- Promote an attitude of excellence, identifying challenging goals and holding everyone accountable for success.
Preferred Qualifications: 3 to 5 years of leadership experience; Master’s degree, and 8 to 10 years of proven fundraising success
Salary/Benefits: Ashley Hall is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a comprehensive package that includes a competitive salary for institutional advancement professionals working in independent schools and a generous employee benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, disability, 403b, tuition assistance, professional development, paid holidays, and vacation.
Ashley Hall is an Equal Opportunity Employer.