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Director of Advancement, Crossroads School

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CARNEY SANDOE & ASSOCIATES has been retained by Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences located in Santa Monica, California, to conduct a national search for their next Director of Advancement.

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, a K-12 coed day school in Santa Monica, CA, believes in a progressive, developmental model of education. The School is as committed to the emotional and social well-being of every child as it is to strong academics. Further, Crossroads dedicates itself to helping young people become forces for positive social change. Crossroads continually strives to be on the cutting edge of education.



The Director of Advancement will lead the development, implementation, and fulfillment of Crossroads School’s strategic initiatives and philanthropic goals. Reporting to the Head of School and a member of the Head’s senior management team, the Director of Advancement oversees an accomplished 15-member operation which includes development, parent relations, alumni relations, and communications. The Director will serve as an active partner with the Head of School, Trustees, senior administration, faculty, staff, parents and guardians, alumni, and grandparents.

The Director of Advancement will provide senior level leadership to the Crossroads’ $110 million capital campaign, of which $87 million has been raised. The focus of the final phase of the Worlds Unimagined Campaign is to raise $33 million for the new Center for the Performing Arts: $6.4 million to reach a $54 million goal for the main theater building and $27 million for a studio classroom building. Earlier phases of the campaign funded a $20 million state-of-the-art science building; $5 million to establish the Equity & Justice Institute; and $15 million added to the financial aid endowment.

The Director of Advancement will attend and present at all Board of Trustees meetings and serve as the liaison to the Governance Committee and the Campaign Advisory Committee. They will oversee principal and major gift strategic planning, prepare and partner with the Head of School and key volunteers for solicitations and engagement and cultivation of donor prospects.  As well, the successful candidate will work to maintain and enhance Crossroads’ robust annual giving program, raising $5.5 million annually.

Finally, the Director of Advancement will also work closely with their communications team and the Head of School to ensure that all communications, including the website, are well-coordinated and in keeping with the school’s philosophy; oversee the coordination of alumni events, outreach, and giving, and in particular helping to increase alumni giving participation; and support their team in managing the scope and success of the myriad parent, faculty and/or community events.

As a strategic partner to the Head of School and member of the leadership team, the Director of Advancement plays a key role in balancing the need to be an inclusive community while also understanding the need to cultivate and honor major donors. 

For a complete position description, visit Carney Sandoe's website.

Interested candidates contact: Jonathan Ball, Managing Associate, Carney Sandoe & Associates at All inquiries and nominations are kept confidential.


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