SGS Director of Advancement

Seattle, Washington, 98144 Full-time

Director of Advancement Opportunity

The Seattle Girls’ School is seeking a passionate and talented fundraising leader to be our Director of Advancement. As a member of the senior leadership team at SGS, the Director of Advancement will be part of a diverse learning community dedicated to helping girls realize their strengths and grow their confidence and skills. We seek an inclusive team player and coach who will plan and oversee our fundraising efforts, and who can build strong relationships and deepen our culture of philanthropy. An exciting part of this work will be the opportunity to partner with our seasoned capital campaign team to help carry out an ambitious $12 million campaign to build an entirely new campus for the school. Our next Director of Advancement will have the opportunity to work with an inspiring and committed group of people, and to play a major role in shaping the direction and success of Seattle Girls’ School’s next chapter.

Posting Date: September 21, 2018

Applications will be given full consideration if received by October 19, 2018. Interviewing will begin in mid-October; early applications are strongly encouraged.

About the Seattle Girls’ School

At SGS, we believe that belonging to a community where it is safe to be oneself with all of the nuance, quirk, and growth that is part of adolescence is one of the most important gifts we can give our students. Our mission challenges us to help each girl discover her place as a leader and to support her as she develops and uses her voice to change our world.” –Brenda Leaks, SGS Head of School

Founded in 2000, Seattle Girls’ School, an independent middle school serving girls in Seattle’s Central District, continues to carry out its mission of inspiring and developing courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change. The school has played a unique role in the Seattle community, working to ensure that young women from all backgrounds, regardless of their family’s economic status, have an opportunity for an exceptional education. SGS actively combats the distressing trend of middle school girls losing confidence before gaining competence, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The project-based curriculum—grounded in real-world experiences—offers its students endless opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and problem solving. 

Today, SGS educates a diverse student body in grades 5-8; more than a third of students are awarded financial aid. The annual budget is over 3 million, and there are 25 staff and faculty as well as 19 committed board members. As it nears its 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary, SGS has embarked on a $12 million capital campaign to build a new facility to house this very special community of learners. This exciting new direction promises to be transformative for the school, and the campaign will be an opportunity for SGS families, alumni, and community supporters to embody the SGS values of “standing up, standing out, and standing together” to make this vision a reality. For further information about the Seattle Girls School, please visit us at

 About the Position

The Director of Advancement provides overall leadership to the Development and Communication departments. The Director is responsible for the creation, implementation and management of an annual strategic fundraising plan, which includes annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, grant writing, corporate and foundation partnerships, and event planning. The Director will lead the 3-person development team and will work with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and volunteers to raise over $500K in donated revenue annually (of which $300K comes from the signature spring fundraising luncheon with 800 attendees.) In addition, over the next 2 to 3 years the Director of Advancement will partner with outside campaign counsel and an established capital campaign team to help execute the campaign to fund construction of the new school campus, and to ensure that all of the school’s development and communication efforts are coordinated and in alignment. The Director of Advancement will report to the Head of School and serve on the SGS Leadership Team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all philanthropic efforts are carried out in keeping with SGS’s values and mission
  • Build relationships with donors and community stakeholders to advance the school’s mission and fundraising goals, and deepen stewardship with donors and partners at all levels
  • Oversee the cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • Lead a three-person development team, including supervising the Development Associate and the Communications & Events Associate
  • Partner with the SGS Board and with outside campaign counsel to lead the community through a multi-year capital campaign. Collaborate with leadership to personally solicit major gifts.
  • Serve as a staff liaison to the Board’s Advancement Committee
  • Develop a comprehensive alumni engagement program; partner with newly formed Alumni Council
  • Oversee the design, production and distribution of school-wide communication during this time of heightened school visibility
  • Partner with the Director of Enrollment Management to prepare and manage the annual advancement department budget

Ideal Candidate Profile

The Director of Advancement must be genuinely committed to and inspired by the mission and values of the Seattle Girls’ School. They must be eager to be a leader on a collaborative team, and excited to play a key role in an ambitious and transformative capital campaign. They will be prepared to be a coach and mentor to the development associates they supervise, as well as to the Head of School and Board of Trustees, who may at times need guidance in expertly and authentically stewarding and soliciting donors. The successful candidate will be both a big-picture thinker and will know how to successfully execute plans and get things done in a timely way. The Director of Advancement must have the ability to lead with an equity lens and be open to growth and development as a member of a diverse learning community.

The ideal candidate will bring significant development experience to their role:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years experience in a development role; independent school experience preferred
  • Demonstrated success leading fundraising campaigns
  • Experience successfully cultivating, soliciting and securing individual gifts
  • Strong staff management, team building and coaching skills
  • Experience partnering with a Board of Trustees and guiding their development efforts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong technology skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office and donor database software (experience with eTapestry preferred)

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Head of School and requiring occasional evening or weekend work for meetings or events. The salary range is $80,000 to $95,000, depending on experience.

SGS offers a generous benefits plan including 20 paid vacation days (typically used during the summer and school breaks when students are not at school.) There are also 10 paid non-vacation days for medical or family leave; at SGS, we communicate the importance of caring for self and family in an effort to be fully present at work to help care for our students and community. We offer medical, dental, and vision insurance, and make a 3% contribution to a retirement plan starting after 6 months of employment.

Seattle Girls’ School is located in the vibrant and diverse Central District of Seattle, convenient to transit. There is ample free parking near the building. SGS offers a collaborative work culture that holds the mission, program, and students at its center; staff all engage and connect with students and the program, even as they carry out the specific work they were hired for.




The search for this position is being facilitated by Clover Search Works, a search firm that provides a full range of search services to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Clover Search Works is honored to work with the Seattle Girls School and is working hard to recruit an Advancement Director that can provide leadership to realize its important mission.

Questions regarding this opportunity are welcomed and can be directed to Emily Anthony of Clover Search Works (

Email: Phone: 206.355.9132