Pasadena, CA

Chief Advancement Officer, Polytechnic School

The Organization:Polytechnic School

Polytechnic School, an independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, California is currently seeking a Chief Advancement Officer to lead fundraising and engagement efforts. The first non-profit independent school in Southern California, offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12, Polytechnic School enrolls approximately 870 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds. Committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge, the mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others.

While tuition undergirds Poly’s strong financial standing, philanthropy provides a level of ambition and creativity that allows the school to realize the heights of its aspirations. In the last campaign, completed in 2013, the school successfully raised over $93M from 3,335 community members. Additionally, the Poly Fund raises more than $4 million annually from over 2,000 alumni, family members, and friends of the school. This tradition of philanthropy paired with strong levels of alumni and parent engagement, position Poly well for even greater success, as the new Chief Advancement Officer leads the community through a historic and comprehensive campaign.

Seeking a strong leader with a passion for fostering diversity, inclusion, and social justice, the Chief Advancement Officer will provide strategic vision, innovative and creative leadership, and clear direction for all advancement programs. Reporting to the Head of School and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, this role will lead all aspects of the Advancement Office including annual and individual giving programs; alumni and community relations; advancement services; and stewardship; and provide oversight and management of the office budget. They will launch systematic initiatives to identify and cultivate the next generation of donors to Poly while maintaining and strengthening ties to existing donors, seeking out with determination new philanthropic opportunities, and creating a strong and consistent message about Poly to its constituencies. This important opportunity is ideal for a highly knowledgeable and experienced fundraiser and manager with a demonstrated passion for K-12 education and the role philanthropy plays in supporting its mission.

How To Apply

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