Gilman School seeks a dynamic leader to serve as its next Director of Development, effective July 1, 2019. A senior leader of the School, the Director of Development is directly responsible for establishing and implementing the strategic vision for supporting and advancing the School’s mission and operations through philanthropic giving. S/he will be expected to build on the tremendous success of an already-robust development operation that currently raises approximately $2.5 million in annual giving, plus additional capital gifts that bring recent annual totals to around $10 million. That success includes the near completion of the School’s First Things First endowment campaign, on track to raise $60 million by its conclusion on June 30, 2019, just before the new Director begins work.
The Director of Development will report directly to the Headmaster and will lead an office of development professionals. S/he will support the Headmaster in the leadership and operation of the entire school and will be a member of the Administrative Council, which is the School’s leadership team that ensures alignment between mission, program, and operation. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, s/he will also engage more broadly in work with trustees, alumni, and parents.
Responsibilities will include:
Creating the strategic vision for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of short- and long-term philanthropic giving to support the School’s mission and operation;
Accomplishing the fundraising and donor-relation goals associated with that vision;
Thinking creatively about the nature of effective development work in a competitive market and with an increasingly disperse donor base;
Overseeing a Development Office of more than a dozen members which includes annual giving, alumni relations, special and planned gifts, and prospect research and management;
Engaging trustees, alumni, and parents in development work;
Aligning fundraising targets with annual and long-term budget priorities and needs, as set by the Headmaster and Board of Trustees;
Ensuring the success of The Gilman Fund, the School’s annual giving effort;
Planning and leading periodic capital and endowment campaigns;
Upholding best-practice policies related to gift acceptance and stewardship;
Overseeing the administration and stewardship of the Board of Trustees;
Setting the agendas for the Trustees Committee on Development, in coordination with the committee chair;
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, in committee and as a full board;
Involving her/himself in the overall life of the School.
A qualified candidate will demonstrate:
Significant experience in and passion for development work;
Demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for Pre-K through 12 education;
Capacity to advance the community’s efforts to be diverse, inclusive, and equitable;
Ability to work closely and collaboratively with others;
Strong written and oral communication skills;
A sense of humor; and
Embodiment of the Gilman Five: Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, Excellence.
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Gilman School Mission
Gilman is a diverse community dedicated to educating boys in mind, body, and spirit through particular emphasis upon academic excellence, athletic participation and aesthetic appreciation. Gilman seeks to produce men of character and integrity who have the skills and ability to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.
Originally established in 1897 as “The Country Day School for Boys,” Gilman School is rooted in the belief that, in order to build character, school should provide every boy with strong academics and a full-day program that includes afternoon sports. Today, Gilman educates boys in kindergarten through Grade 12 through a rich, college-preparatory program of offerings in academics, athletics, and the arts. The school subscribes to the teacher-coach model and takes great pride in the fact that its teachers connect with the students through activities outside the classroom. Most Gilman teachers are involved in athletics and/or physical education. Teachers also help to cultivate students’ interests in music and performing arts through a variety of groups, bands, and productions.
Set on a 68-acre campus in the northern part of Baltimore City, the school serves roughly 1000 students in three divisions: Lower School (K-Grade 5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and Upper School (Grades 9-12). Facilities include separate buildings for each of the three divisions, an Upper School science building, an auditorium, and a shared dining hall. Athletic facilities include an arena and other gymnasiums, indoor pool, weight room, locker rooms, game and practice fields, tennis courts, and alpine tower. Gilman has a full-time faculty of nearly 140, and the average class size is 16 students. A strong coordinate program with two neighboring girls schools—Roland Park Country School and The Bryn Mawr School—provides students in the Upper School with a broad and comprehensive curriculum and with opportunities for coeducational classes on all three campuses.
Gilman School is an equal opportunity employer and educator who fully and actively supports equal access for all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.