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Education: K-12 / Independent Schools, Faith-Based

Director of Institutional Advancement

Friends Seminary
New York, New York

Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, adhering to the values of the Religious Society of Friends. They strive to build a diverse school where students exercise their curiosity and imagination as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes.

Friends Seminary, celebrating its 238th year, is New York City’s oldest continuously operating K-12 coeducational school, fostering a diverse community of over 800 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Rooted in Quaker values, the institution places a strong emphasis on integrity, equality, simplicity, community, service, and peaceful conflict resolution. The school’s educational approach, grounded in the Quaker belief in the Inner Light, guides students to engage with the world around them and work towards creating a better future.

With a rich legacy and an active commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, Friends Seminary provides a vibrant educational environment where students are encouraged to explore their curiosity and imagination, develop as scholars, artists, and athletes, and contribute to a world that reflects Quaker principles.

The Opportunity

Friends is currently seeking a Director of Institutional Advancement to play a pivotal role in advancing its unique mission and building upon its Quaker heritage and values. The ideal candidate is envisioned as a dedicated team-builder, coach, and community builder committed to diversity and inclusion. They will play a key role in an upcoming comprehensive campaign, guiding the Advancement team through donor engagement and outreach, and fostering a culture aligned with the school’s values.

This leadership position involves overseeing fundraising efforts crucial to strengthening the school’s ability to fulfill its mission. Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director of Institutional Advancement will lead a team of six, managing various aspects of philanthropy, including annual fund, major and planned giving, alumni engagement, capital, and endowment campaigns.

The role requires a minimum of 10 years of development experience, a proven track record in managing major gifts and annual giving, and expertise in planned giving and capital campaign planning. The Director should demonstrate a commitment to Quaker values, possess strong organizational and communication skills, and be familiar with digital communications tools. Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, reflecting these principles in all aspects of its programs and operations.

The salary range for this position is $275,000–$300,000.

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