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Chief Advancement Officer

Milton Academy
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 8, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Milton Academy in the search for a Chief Advancement Officer.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Chief Advancement Officer will lead all development and alumni relations efforts of Milton Academy, while embodying the school's enduring motto, "Dare to be true." The Chief Advancement Officer will partner with the Head of School and Leadership Team to ensure cohesive messaging of institutional strategic goals and objectives across stakeholders. Guided by Milton's core values of self-confidence, shared exchange of ideas, and deep respect for diversity, the Chief Advancement Officer will provide leadership and clear feedback to a dedicated team of approximately 20 professionals, overseeing all aspects of fundraising, advancement services, alumni relations, and parent relations activities and events. The Chief Advancement Officer will manage capital campaigns, major gift activities, and work closely with the Board of Trustees, particularly the Financial Sustainability Committee, to enhance major gift fundraising strategies. The Chief Advancement Officer will define the strategic direction for annual giving and alumni relations programs, setting communications strategy, managing a portfolio of high-value prospects, expanding planned giving opportunities, and fostering relationships with all constituents through various programs and special events. By aligning development and alumni relations efforts with Milton's culture and commitment to preparing students to meet high expectations, the Chief Advancement Officer will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Milton Academy.

Dynamic, complex, and buzzing with intellectual excitement, Milton Academy encourages its K-12 students to explore their passions, discover new interests, and take risks in a supportive, academically rigorous environment. "Dare to be true," the independent school's treasured motto, is alive on Milton's vibrant campus—located just south of Boston—where diverse and talented students from across the U.S. and around the world are nurtured in the development of their identities and encouraged to be themselves. One of very few schools in the U.S. to offer a K-12 academic experience that includes a boarding and day program in its upper grades, Milton strives to engage students in ambitious preparation for college and for life in an environment that stimulates intellectual and personal growth. Evolving and enduring, the school maintains the academic standards throughout its three divisions that have earned Milton its national and global acclaim, while continually adapting teaching and learning practices to ready students for the modern world. In the Lower School, students master the foundations of education and learn through creative learning and exploration. In the Middle School, they grow in independence and responsibility. In the Upper School, a vibrant mix of international and domestic students enrolled in highly selective boarding and day programs become young adults who learn with zeal and advocate for their communities. Milton students at all levels are met with age-appropriate challenges from teachers who take a holistic approach to their development. The school encourages students to approach problems and projects with curiosity and creativity. A Milton education is experiential and immersive—one that encourages students to continue learning beyond the classroom and to grow as citizens of a global society. The school sits on 130 acres and its proximity to Boston's resources and cultural opportunities extends learning beyond Milton's campus.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred for this role as is at least 10 years of development experience in an independent school, a college, or a university with a mature advancement program. Milton Academy will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to Milton, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Milton Academy as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

Milton Academy is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Marianna DiVietro at An equal opportunity employer, Milton Academy embraces diversity and the pursuit of excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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