Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc. has been retained by Milton Academy, located in Milton, Massachusetts, to conduct a national search for a Director of Development.
Established in 1798, Milton Academy is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school, serving 1,000 students K–12, on a 125-acre campus eight miles south of Boston. K–8 at Milton Academy includes approximately 300 students; the Upper School (grades 9–12) includes approximately 700 students. Approximately 50 percent of Upper School students are boarding students and thirteen percent are international students. Students from 31 states and 25 countries attend the Upper School. Boarding students live in eight residential “houses” that are family-style and intimate. Milton Academy faculty, 140 in the Upper School and 43 in the Lower and Middle schools, work closely with students and support extraordinary personal growth. Milton provides a powerful academic experience in a warm, supportive environment. Students take advantage of top-tier athletic, music, visual and performing arts programs; they participate in community service and numerous clubs and organizations. Milton graduates credit Milton Academy with developing their abilities as critical and creative thinkers, as well as their confidence to lead lives guided by Milton‘s motto, “Dare to be true”. The value of Milton’s endowment was $325 million as of June 30, 2020. In fiscal year 2020 the Annual Fund raised $5.5 million. The financial aid budget for the current year is $12.1 million. The 2020-2021 operating budget is $69 million. On June 30, 2020 Milton successfully completed a $175 million campaign, raising $182.7 million. For more information about Milton Academy please visit www.milton.edu. This opportunity is available immediately and will be filled upon completion of a comprehensive national search and the candidate of choice is identified and selected.
Milton Academy cultivates in its students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Embracing diversity and the pursuit of excellence, we create a community in which individuals develop competence, confidence and character. Our active learning environment, in and out of the classroom, develops creative and critical thinkers, unafraid to express their ideas, prepared to seek meaningful lifetime success, and to live by our motto, “Dare to be true.”
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Milton Academy seeks an experienced, strategic, pro-active, flexible, results-oriented development professional to serve as Director of Development. The new hire will work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer, Leadership and Annual Giving Officers, Director of Planned Giving, the Head of School, high level volunteers including trustees, and other members of the development team. We seek an engaging and dynamic leader who will embrace the mission of the School, represent Milton‘s values to all constituencies and work closely and effectively with the Chief Advancement Officer in raising the resources required to achieve the School‘s goals, building on the strengths of the recent campaign and reinvigorating an aspirational program by playing a key role in our next set of strategic ambitions. The primary responsibilities of this high visibility hire include strategic planning support, disciplined organization and implementation of all initiatives that are part of a comprehensive leadership/annual and planned gifts program, front-line major gift fundraising with high-level solicitations, and effective leadership and management of staff. The new hire will be a true ‘player/coach’ who will be responsible for a select portfolio of 75 prospects with the potential to give gifts of $100,000 to $1,000,000 (or more) along with managing, leading and coaching a team of ten (10) professionals to include: three (3) Leadership Gift Officers, a Director of Planned Giving, a Director of the Milton Fund, three (3) Annual Giving Officers, an Annual Fund Engagement Officer, and a Development Coordinator. The Director of the Milton Fund has direct management responsibility for the three (3) Annual Giving Officers and the Annual Fund Engagement Officer.
The new hire must possess excellent judgment, knowledge about best advancement practices, exceptional fundraising and campaign skills particularly in leadership/planned giving and the design/implementation of effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies, demonstrated success with motivating and supporting staff and volunteers, and a deep understanding of impactful development communications. It is important that the Director of Development be able to make decisions quickly, decisively, with accountability, and delegate effectively.
The Academy‘s solicitation programs are strong and sophisticated. Milton recently completed a successful $175 million campaign. In 2019-2020 Milton raised $29 million in cash and documented pledges.
Theodorick (Todd) B. Bland
Mr. Theodorick (Todd) B. Bland is Milton Academy‘s twelfth head of school. Since his arrival on July 1, 2009, Mr. Bland has engaged the Milton community in celebration of the Academy‘s strengths and in planning for bold, inspiring educational leadership for the future.
Mr. Bland leads comprehensive strategic planning at Milton, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees and the insight of faculty, staff, and administration, and has reinvigorated the School‘s long-standing commitment to nurturing a diverse community where all members can thrive. He fosters teaching excellence and is immersed in the life of the School, connecting with students regularly across campus, in classrooms, and on playing fields and performance venues.
Each year, Mr. Bland teaches every grade in the school (K–12). In addition to being one of the most enjoyable parts of his role, this classroom time allows him the opportunity to build relationships with students as both an educator and the head of school.
Mr. Bland‘s career has been devoted to independent education—teaching, coaching, and serving in administrative leadership positions. He began at Belmont Hill School, teaching history and coaching. He taught Spanish and coached the following year at Beaver Country Day School, before returning to Belmont Hill where he assumed a number of different roles. For eight years, he taught history in grades 7–10, advised ninth grade students, and coached varsity lacrosse. As an administrator, he oversaw admissions, financial aid, and public relations.
In 2001, Mr. Bland moved on to The Seven Hills School, a K–12 school in Cincinnati, Ohio, to serve as assistant head of school. In 2002, he assumed the role of head of the upper school and later interim head of school.
Mr. Bland was born in Boston and grew up in Brunswick, Maine; Washington, DC; and San Francisco. He attended St. George‘s School where he was prefect, a three-sport varsity athlete, and lacrosse All-American. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a double major in history and Spanish and a minor in government and legal studies, and was a four-year letterman in lacrosse, captain, and MVP. He earned his master‘s degree in education with a focus on administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
His ties to Milton extend back decades: Mr. Bland‘s parents both graduated from Milton in 1958. His father, James, was a professor of colonial American history at Bowdoin; his mother, Sherrell, was a teacher of United States history in Massachusetts public schools. Mr. Bland‘s father died when he was a child, and is memorialized in Milton‘s Apthorp Chapel.
Outside of Milton, Mr. Bland serves as a board member for the Steppingstone Foundation, a program that prepares Boston students for education opportunities that lead to college success, and as head of the board for the National Network of Schools in Partnership, an organization that fosters collaboration across public and private schools. Mr. Bland was also elected into the Headmaster‘s Association in 2011, an organization that brings together heads of independent schools and public school superintendents across the United States.
Mr. Bland lives on campus with his wife, Nancy Frost Bland, who has been a teacher, advisor and coach (Lawrence Academy, Pingree School, and St. Xavier High School). The Blands have three children: Nick ‘13, Maggie ‘14 and Emily ‘14.
Milton Academy’s charter was established in 1798 under the Massachusetts land-grant policy. It bequeathed to the School a responsibility to ―open the way for all the people to a higher order of education than the common schools can supply‖ (Richard Hale, Milton Academy, 1948). Milton was established as a co-educational day school, and preparation for college was the primary goal of the School’s program. Just after the School‘s centennial, reacting to a marked increase in the interest of separate education for young women, the Academy was divided into separate schools. For many years, the Milton Academy Boys‘ School and Girls‘ School maintained separate faculties, facilities and student bodies. Today, Milton has returned to its co-educational roots.
Academic standards, facilities, endowment resources, curricular and extra-curricular offerings, the size of the faculty and student body, admission applications and annual giving—all facets of the Academy‘s activities—have strengthened and expanded during the School‘s second century. Milton has consciously nurtured and enhanced a vibrant campus life, and today both young people and adults at Milton cite the diversity of the School community as a crucial element of living and learning.
Students and faculty at Milton, as varied and exciting as they are, attract others who want to learn and to teach in a stimulating environment. One of Milton‘s strengths is maintaining a campus life that optimizes the benefits of a boarding school and a day school. The full involvement of both of these student populations in the life of the School enhances and broadens the experience of each of the respective groups. Both boarding students and day students lead and participate in all aspects of School life.
Milton Academy distinguishes itself by building a vital and effective community based on self-confidence and respect of individuals. The School fosters an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and responsibility and encourages initiative and the open exchange of ideas. Doing so demands considerable energy. Teaching and learning at Milton Academy are active processes, encouraged and supported by common respect for the intelligence, talents and potential of each member of the School. Milton‘s goal is to prepare our graduates to enjoy a love of learning throughout their lives; to recognize ―a purpose higher than ourselves,‖ and, in the language of our centuries-old motto, “Dare to be true.”
Milton Academy offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including medical and dental plans, retirement plan and paid vacation.
Milton Academy welcomes candidates who would add to the intellectual, racial, cultural, and gender diversity of the school community. Milton Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send your resume and letter of interest along with a list of references (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to: