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Chief Development Officer

Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Job Title: Chief Development Officer
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June 1st, 2019
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Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks a passionate and mission-driven Chief Development Officer to design and lead a transformational fundraising program for this world-class, 125-year-old boarding and day school – the only independent arts high school on the East Coast.  https://www.walnuthillarts.org

Located 17 miles west of Boston, Walnut Hill School combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theatre, dance, music, visual art, and writing/film/media arts. The school’s expert faculty works with students in their respective majors to strengthen their talents, foster their creativity, and stimulate their intellectual curiosity.

Founded in 1893 by two Wellesley College graduates, Walnut Hill School was at the forefront of educating young women until the 1970s when the arts – always recognized as a vibrant aspect of school programming – became a strategic focus along with a co-educational mission. Alumni include world-renowned musicians and composers, symphony conductors, principal dancers, visual artists, Broadway performers, TV/film actors, producers, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Poet Laureate.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Head of School and managing a six-person department, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will bring strategic vision, leadership, and a best-practice orientation to bolster philanthropic support and engagement among the school’s diverse constituencies, including local, national and international alumni and families, as well as individual and corporate supporters of the arts. This is an exciting time to join the organization as it renews its NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation, a globally recognized standard of excellence that attests to the school’s high quality and integrity; and embarks on a new strategic plan.

As a member of the executive team, the CDO will play an integral role in the innovative leadership of the school, working closely with the Head and Board of Trustees to advance a culture of philanthropy that will support strategic imperatives. Most importantly, the CDO will design and define a fundraising plan that broadens the donor base and strengthens the pipeline that will fuel sustainable annual giving and future capital and endowment campaigns. Among the CDO’s first orders of business is to assess and align the fundraising program’s capabilities to support immediate and projected needs, and to build, lead, and empower a results-oriented team.

The position requires a BA/BS degree and 10+ years’ progressive development leadership experience with a track record of achievement developing and advancing fundraising strategy with measurable and reportable success; comprehensive knowledge of fundraising “best practice” earned in mission-driven, innovative, and highly-collaborative organizations; and a passion for and/or deep appreciation of the arts/arts education.


This is retained search of Exceptional Executive Search.
Contact: Nicole Gakidis at ngakidis@eesrecruit.com or Mary Ann Botelho at mabotelho@eesrecruit.com.

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