Grand Rapids Christian School – Chief Advancement Officer

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Meet Grand Rapids Christian Schools:

Grand Rapids Christian Schools provides high quality, faith-based education to students in preschool through 12th grade.  With five campuses located throughout Grand Rapids and Rockford, Grand Rapids Christian Schools educates nearly 2,300 students annually and nurtures the lives of a spiritually, culturally, and economically diverse student body.  We hold ourselves to the highest standards as we strive for excellence in education based on a solid foundation of faith, rich tradition of excellence, and a long legacy of success.

About the Chief Advancement Officer:

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is a full-time, full-year salaried position that is renewable annually and provides leadership in planning and ensuring the implementation of Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ development, admissions, and communications efforts. The CAO manages relationships with designated donors and charitable institutions in order to build and sustain their philanthropic support of Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

The Chief Advancement Officer Will: 

Administrative Leadership

  • Provide leadership and ensure the implementation of the Schools’ strategic development, admissions, and communication efforts.
  • Position the Schools to achieve necessary philanthropic resources to meet its financial objectives.
  • Develop, manage, and adhere to the advancement department budget, including accurate forecasting of needs.

Advancement Leadership

Create the annual advancement plan that:

    • provides a robust, comprehensive, and strategic relationship building plan with current and prospective donors;
    • develops relationships with donors and prospective donors in order to provide regular, annual, and long-term donations to the Schools; and
    • sets annual enrollment targets and works collaboratively with admissions team members to strategically achieve admissions goals.

Establish and oversee the annual constituent communications plan in order to foster sustained and increased philanthropic support of the Schools.

Manage identified key donor relationships in order to broaden awareness and education of the Schools’ needs, what charitable giving opportunities exist, and how they can support the Schools given their distinct charitable priorities.

Develop and maintain a stewardship plan to emphasize gratitude and gift impact to donors.

Market the annual fund with the goal of increasing outside involvement and support through publications and communication with the media.

Implement a comprehensive enrollment management plan which includes recruitment and marketing strategies that make the case for the value of attending a Chrisitian school.

Collaboratively determine how to deploy financial assistance resources strategically and thoughtfully.

Strategically communicate and represent the school’s vision and mission internally and the community at large.

Provide leadership to GRCS’s public communications and the school’s brand through well-developed internal communications, public relations, crisis communications, and marketing plan and strategy.

Advancement Staff Leadership

  • Create, encourage, and strengthen an environment that provides for strong relationships between and among the advancement staff, other departments, and school building leadership.
  • Mentor, coach, and lead the advancement staff to fulfill the duties of their respective roles and responsibilities, and achieve the objectives of their positions.

What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate degree required.
  • Prior experience in an advancement leadership position, or other commensurate field.
  • Possess an understanding of biblical generosity. Demonstrate a personal yet professional demeanor, especially on the phone and during in-person meetings. Ideally, the candidate would have a working knowledge of Christian education. Experience working in advancement with collaborative decision-making processes is highly desired.

Personal Characteristics

  • Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; member of a Christian church.
  • Exhibit a high degree of professionalism, creativity, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively oversee multiple projects.
  • Have the ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • A strong commitment to Christian education shown in own children attending a Christian school.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Possess the ability to formulate and articulate policies, procedures, expectations, and practices.
  • Exhibit strong analytical, problem solving, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to delegate and supervise tasks.
  • Have the ability to establish immediate rapport.
  • Be comfortable in speaking to small and large groups.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with others and with volunteers.
  • Possess excellent technology skills, including database and spreadsheets.

Grand Rapids Christian Schools provides high quality, faith-based education to students in preschool through 12th grade.  With five campuses located throughout Grand Rapids and Rockford, Grand Rapids Christian Schools educates nearly 2,300 students annually and nurtures the lives of a spiritually, culturally, and economically diverse student body.  We hold ourselves to the highest standards as we strive for excellence in education based on a solid foundation of faith, rich tradition of excellence, and a long legacy of success.

About the Chief Advancement Officer:

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is a full-time, full-year salaried position that is renewable annually and provides leadership in planning and ensuring the implementation of Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ development, admissions, and communications efforts. The CAO manages relationships with designated donors and charitable institutions in order to build and sustain their philanthropic support of Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

The Chief Advancement Officer Will:

Administrative Leadership

  • Provide leadership and ensure the implementation of the Schools’ strategic development, admissions, and communication efforts.
  • Position the Schools to achieve necessary philanthropic resources to meet its financial objectives.
  • Develop, manage, and adhere to the advancement department budget, including accurate forecasting of needs.

Advancement Leadership

Create the annual advancement plan that:

  • provides a robust, comprehensive, and strategic relationship building plan with current and prospective donors;
  • develops relationships with donors and prospective donors in order to
  • provide regular, annual, and long-term donations to the Schools; and
    sets annual enrollment targets and works collaboratively with admissions team members to strategically achieve admissions goals.
  • Establish and oversee the annual constituent communications plan in order to foster sustained and increased philanthropic support of the Schools.
  • Manage identified key donor relationships in order to broaden awareness and education of the Schools’ needs, what charitable giving opportunities exist, and how they can support the Schools given their distinct charitable priorities.
  • Develop and maintain a stewardship plan to emphasize gratitude and gift impact to donors.
  • Market the annual fund with the goal of increasing outside involvement and support through publications and communication with the media.
  • Implement a comprehensive enrollment management plan which includes recruitment and marketing strategies that make the case for the value of attending a Chrisitian school.
  • Collaboratively determine how to deploy financial assistance resources strategically and thoughtfully.
  • Strategically communicate and represent the school’s vision and mission internally and the community at large.
  • Provide leadership to GRCS’s public communications and the school’s brand through well-developed internal communications, public relations, crisis communications, and marketing plan and strategy.

Advancement Staff Leadership

  • Create, encourage, and strengthen an environment that provides for strong relationships between and among the advancement staff, other departments, and school building leadership.
  • Mentor, coach, and lead the advancement staff to fulfill the duties of their respective roles and responsibilities, and achieve the objectives of their positions.

What You Bring:

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate degree required.
  • Prior experience in an advancement leadership position, or other commensurate field.
  • Possess an understanding of biblical generosity. Demonstrate a personal yet professional demeanor, especially on the phone and during in-person meetings. Ideally, the candidate would have a working knowledge of Christian education. Experience working in advancement with collaborative decision-making processes is highly desired.

Personal Characteristics

  • Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; member of a Christian church.
  • Exhibit a high degree of professionalism, creativity, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively oversee multiple projects.
  • Have the ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • A strong commitment to Christian education shown in own children attending a Christian school.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Possess the ability to formulate and articulate policies, procedures, expectations, and practices.
  • Exhibit strong analytical, problem solving, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to delegate and supervise tasks.
  • Have the ability to establish immediate rapport.
  • Be comfortable in speaking to small and large groups.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with others and with volunteers.
  • Possess excellent technology skills, including database and spreadsheets.

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