Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc. has been retained by Kimball Union Academy, located in Meriden, New Hampshire, to conduct a national search for a Director of Institutional Advancement.
Kimball Union Academy (KUA) seeks an accomplished and talented Director of Institutional Advancement who embraces the Academy’s values of fairness, dependability, initiative, and empathy and who will be responsible for leading the Academy’s efforts in the areas of development, parent and alumni relations, and special events. The Director of Institutional Advancement provides visionary leadership, day-to-day management, and active execution for Kimball Union Academy’s comprehensive fundraising program. The new hire will lead all aspects of the Academy’s fundraising programming, including annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns and endowment initiatives, parent and alumni relations, prospect management, donor stewardship, and a variety of special events.
The Director of Institutional Advancement reports directly to the Head of School, and serves as the School’s chief external strategist in the formulation and execution of an orchestrated effort to project and engage KUA to its loyal alumni and dedicated parent constituencies. The Director of Institutional Advancement, supervises a staff of dedicated team members and is the chief advancement officer of the Academy. Additionally, this position works closely with the Admission and the Marketing & Communication teams and is an ex-officio member of several board committees. The Academy’s current endowment is $60 million and there are approximately 5,500 alumni. The Annual Fund currently raises $1.3 million dollars annually. In addition, capital giving, beyond the Annual Fund, brings in an average of $6 million dollars each year for the Academy.
Kimball Union Academy is an independent boarding and day high school that offers students in grades 9 through 12 or postgraduate year with a transformative college-preparatory education that places individual growth and development at its core. Founded in 1813 as one of the oldest boarding schools in the nation, KUA is rooted in history, creativity, responsibility, and leadership, yet unbound by tradition. Innovative in nature and forward-thinking in our approach, we stay true to our mission to inspire students for the challenges of tomorrow’s world by inspiring academic mastery, creativity, responsibility, and leadership. KUA is located in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley, a robust community of towns along the Connecticut River, which is also home to Dartmouth College. For more background on Kimball Union Academy, please visit www.kua.org
Leadership in Fundraising and Stewardship
The Director manages and contributes to a series of important advancement-related processes, while managing and coordinating a team of professionals.
Kimball Union seeks an individual who can balance a wide range of experiences in fundraising with a willingness to become an active member of our dynamic and unique community. The following are requirements for the position:
This is a full-time, year-round position requiring frequent travel and work outside of normal business hours.
Nothing reveals the character of a community more than adversity. As we have navigated the past year, laden with external challenges to education, difficult conversations around race and social justice, and a commitment to the health and wellbeing of ourselves and others, Kimball Union Academy stands proud when we look in the mirror. I have never been surrounded by as passionate a group of educators, committed to caring for one another, leaning in to difficult conversations, and always prioritizing the intellectual, social-emotional, and physical well-being of our students. It has been remarkable to see a storied, yet innovative academy grow through these challenges and truly emerge stronger by trusting guiding principles and living out our deep-rooted philosophy.
Good parental instincts lead us to many of the same conclusions that positive psychology research supports, including the understanding that if kids start from a foundation of respect, love, and support, they will do everything they try at a higher level. At KUA, we take the time to know and to appreciate every student. We invest in each individual by ensuring that their sense of belonging is unquestioned. Our thoughtfully designed academic approach, KUA Design, challenges every student where they are to redefine personal excellence in developing the knowledge, skills, and passion for lifelong learning.
Beyond academics, artists explore a wide range of mediums with integrated performances, student-athletes jump into the spectrum from learning new sports to competing for championships, and adventurers summit the top peaks of New England and get closer to the many offerings of our idyllic location. Here on The Hilltop, our students are developing a greater depth of understanding, refining skills, and developing passions through all their endeavors. I am certain that a deeper exploration of our community and of our unique educational approach will resonate with you in the same genuine and meaningful way that it has for me and for family. Hearing about guiding principles and educational philosophies can tell you only so much. I encourage you to visit us, dive deeper into our community, and discover a robust opportunity that awaits your student.
Kimball Union Academy offers an exciting and supportive work environment, a competitive salary and benefit package which includes medical plans, a defined contribution plan, tuition remission, basic life insurance and vacation. Kimball Union Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We employ talented, enthusiastic people who enjoy working in a vibrant community of lifelong learners. Each member of our community plays a critical role in shaping the student experience and upholding the mission of the Academy. We believe a diversity of backgrounds, voices, and perspectives strengthens the living and learning experience for all members of our community. KUA seeks to recruit, retain, and support talented faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of the student body and are committed to nurturing a learning environment based on dignity, equality, and justice where each member feels a deep sense of belonging.
This opportunity is available immediately following a comprehensive national search for the candidate of choice.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a confidential basis, please send your resume, letter of interest and a list of references (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to: