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Chief Advancement Officer, Independent School

Mercersburg Academy
Pennsylvania, United States
$175,000.00 - $185,000.00
Closing date
Feb 25, 2022

Founded in 1893, Mercersburg Academy is a dynamic, forward-thinking, independent, coeducational secondary school with a strong tradition of devoting the necessary resources to attract and retain the best students and faculty, and to develop and maintain first-class facilities. Mercersburg is located in historic south-central Pennsylvania, approximately 90 miles northwest of Washington and Baltimore. The Academy enrolls 435 boarding and day students (85 percent boarding) in grades nine through twelve and a post-graduate year, hailing from 30 U.S. states and 40 nations.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is responsible for leading and managing the fundraising program and advancement staff at Mercersburg Academy. Serving as the school’s chief fundraising officer and member of the executive team, the CAO will lead capital development efforts and work closely with the Head of School to develop long-range strategic plans. The CAO also directly supports the Governance Committee of the Board of Regents.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible administrative and fundraising experience, preferably in an educational setting. The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraising strategist and relationship builder with a demonstrated record of accomplishment with major gift solicitations, donor relations, stewardship, and campaigns. Must have strong management skills, marked by a collaborative leadership style, a desire to innovate, and the ability to develop and mentor a staff. The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to interact effectively and appropriately engage with all the constituencies of the school community. Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. Willing and able to travel extensively and work extended hours, including frequent overnight trips.
For a complete position description, listing of qualifications and additional information on Mercersburg Academy, visit our website at

Qualified candidates may send resume to:
Cathy McGeever, Lambert & Associates

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