The Hotchkiss School, one of the country’s great boarding schools, is an independent school located in Lakeville, CT. Founded in 1891, the school provides an education of distinction in every way to 600 students, of whom 16% are international, 36% are U.S. students of color, and 33% receive financial aid, in grades 9 through 12 and to a small number of postgraduates. Students come to Hotchkiss from 6 continents, 35 countries, and 32 states, and graduates attend many of the most selective universities and colleges. Hotchkiss is guided by the School’s mission, values, and priorities, which were recently updated and appear here: https://www.hotchkiss.org/our-school/mission-statement
The Chief Advancement Officer will provide strategic vision, innovative leadership, and clear direction for all development and alumni relations programs. S/He will be an enthusiastic, thoughtful, and organized professional who leads by example and empowers the members of the Office of Alumni and Development.
Reporting to the Head of School and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, the CAO will lead all aspects of the development and alumni relations office including annual, major, principal, and planned giving programs; alumni and donor relations; advancement services; stewardship; events; and prospect research and provide oversight and management of the office budget. S/He will launch systematic initiatives to identify and cultivate the next generation of donors to Hotchkiss while maintaining and strengthening ties to existing donors, seek out with determination new philanthropic opportunities, and create a strong and consistent message about Hotchkiss to its constituencies.