Director of Advancement

The International School of Florence (ISF) seeks a dynamic and enterprising individual who will be inspired and guided by our ideals as they provide leadership for the school’s advancement initiatives. The ideal candidate will help present the strengths of our unique institution to the world and will continually seek meaningful ways for our external constituents to help the school fulfill its mission through their expertise, life experience, and philanthropy. The Office of Advancement plays a leading role in shaping, facilitating and communicating the development and implementation of our Strategic Plan.


The Director of Advancement will be a member of the school’s leadership team. They will hold primary responsibility for delivering on strategic fundraising goals for a variety of causes such as scholarships, curriculum development, campus renewal and sustainability. 



  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • At least 5+ years in advancement, fundraising, marketing, business development, public relations or philanthropy, preferably in significant not-for-profit organizations
  • Proven track record of leading high-performance teams
  • Understanding of international educational systems or readiness to engage with them
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, with the ability to work well in multicultural environments and with diverse constituencies
  • Excellent oral and public presentation skills. Strong written communication & research abilities
  • Strong aptitude for developing and managing budgets and preparing financial reports
  • Tech savviness and experience with advancement databases
  • Ability to be self-motivated, work well under pressure and be able to handle several projects at one time
  • Ability to travel frequently and sometimes at short notice


Please see the Search Associates website for a full position description and more about ISF: