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Education: Higher Education

Vice President of Advancement

Needham, Massachusetts

Walker was founded by George Walker, a pioneer in dairy technology, in 1952 through a trust established “for the care of children.” From its beginnings as a convalescent home for children with long term illnesses, Walker has evolved to provide intensive services and multidisciplinary programs to children aged 5 to 13 that extend specialized therapeutic environments beyond the classrooms and into family homes, public schools and community settings. In 1995 Walker merged with Beacon High School, a co-educational, therapeutic alternative high school program for students aged 14 to 22 with mental health, social, and emotional challenges.

Walker is a special education and behavioral health organization that offers scholastic and clinical services for children in nearly 100 communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its mission is to transform the lives of children and youth who are facing complex emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges by partnering with these children and youth, their families, and communities to nurture hope, build fortitude, and develop lifelong skills. With the help of the dedicated professionals at Walker, children, adolescents, and those who love them are able to rediscover their strengths, learn new skills, and experience the joy of rejuvenating their lives.

The Opportunity

The Vice President of Advancement will play a key leadership role and work closely with the President, CEO and Board to fulfill aggressive financial goals. The Vice President will use his/her past experience in strategic planning and fundraising to build a major gifts and planned giving program from the identification of prospects to the cultivation of current and potential donors. This program will be sustainable, with an emphasis on the implementation of a donor recognition strategy. The successful candidate will also use his/her interpersonal, organizational and communication skills to manage the fundraising pipeline and ensure that the CEO is always prepared for donor meetings. Experience with an independent school and a thorough knowledge of key movers and shakers in the Boston philanthropic community will be vital to this important position, as will demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills that ensure a well-run, mission-driven, success-oriented advancement team.

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