Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc. has been retained by Trinity-Pawling School, located in Pawling, New York, to conduct a national search for a Director of Advancement.
The Pawling School was founded in 1907 by Dr. Frederick Gamage. In 1946, it was renamed Trinity-Pawling School in recognition of its ties with Trinity School of New York City. In 1978, Trinity-Pawling School became a separate educational and corporate entity. Trinity-Pawling’s Episcopal background is reflected in daily chapel services and course offerings in religion, ethics, and psychology. Students of various faiths attend services of their choice, as do members of the faculty at their discretion.
The School is located in scenic and historic Dutchess County, just 68 miles north of New York City along the Connecticut border. Regular train service is available from Pawling (population of 5,000) to Grand Central Station. The campus, set on 140 acres of rolling hills, is just over an hour’s drive from New York’s major airports.
Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is 248 Students. 180 boarding and 68 day students. Traditional enrollment is 300 Students. 225 boarding and 75 day students. 25 states and 15 foreign countries are represented. The Trinity-Pawling School is for grades 7 through 12/PG. There are 107 faculty/staff members. 94 full-time and 13 part-time. (44 female, 63 male) with 60 faculty living on campus. Approximately $4.6 million dollars was awarded this past year in financial aid. There are 20 A.P. courses currently offered.
The School is governed by a 25 member Board of Trustees comprised of alumni, past parents, and friends of the school. The School raises more than $1.3 million in Annual Giving, in part from more than 800 alumni. The School’s endowment exceeds $55 million, and its operating budget for 2020-2021 is approximately $21.6 million. For a comprehensive review of Trinity-Pawling School, please visit, www.trinitypawling.org.
The mission of Trinity-Pawling School is to educate and instill a value system that prepares young men to be contributing members of society amidst the challenges of an ever-changing world.
Trinity-Pawling School seeks a Director of Advancement to play a key leadership role in furthering the School’s Alumni and Advancement mission. The DOA will manage and lead a staff of six (6) Advancement professionals. The School recognizes the need for growth and expansion. It seeks an ambitious fundraising professional who will assess the School’s current operation and potential and will create a plan for the next level of alumni and development.
The Trustees recognize that an investment in people and the Advancement Office’s operation is necessary to meet our goals. The ideal candidate we seek is a thoughtful, articulate and experienced leader who demonstrates the ability to organize a dynamic constituency towards a common goal. This is a high-profile position that requires a strong ability to build consensus and “good-will” on behalf of the School and its loyal constituency. The Headmaster, to whom this new hire will report, values a strategically oriented person, knowledgeable about capital campaigns and communications, enthusiastic, genuine, an effective manager and leader of people, a team player, and one dedicated to the mission of an all-boys boarding school.
The Director of Advancement must develop strong relationships with School constituents and secure Annual, Capital, Endowed, and Planned Gifts that support the Trinity-Pawling School. The successful candidate should be willing and able to enjoy domestic and international travel. It is expected that the Director of Advancement will be an active partner in interactions with senior members of Trinity-Pawling School faculty and staff and with alumni, parents, Trustees and members of the Pawling community.
This opportunity is available immediately and will be filled following a comprehensive national search for the candidate of choice. A start date of July 1, 2021 is ideal.
A high level of integrity, warmth, confidence, a positive outlook, a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.
While the ethos and mission of Trinity-Pawling has remained consistent over the years, education is changing rapidly. There is a paradigm shift occurring in the world of education that is forcing changes in the ways that material is taught and learned. Students must learn critical information, yet more value is placed on how students will be able to apply and convey this information in creative, collaborative ways. Not only is it important for students to be prepared to know the answers to important questions, increasingly they must also learn how to ask probing questions that reveal new opportunities for meaning and insight.
The learning environment at Trinity-Pawling guides students toward greater self- awareness through the relational trust that characterizes this community. Here, there is room for boys to explore interests and pursue passions in a learning environment that encourages healthy risks and supports them in this process. Our faculty is focused on inquiry-based learning, rather than transmissive teaching — towards experiential education and teaching entrepreneurial skills. This community continues to search for those spaces where a boy can immerse himself in discovery.
I believe that Trinity-Pawling is distinctively and deliberately poised to prepare our students for leadership in an ever-changing world. It is an exciting time to be an educator and a student at Trinity-Pawling! We look forward to sharing this journey of learning with you. Onward!
Dr. Frederick Luther Gamage founded the Pawling School in 1907. He sought to create a new institution that embodied his own educational philosophy, grounded on the idea that effort across the board is the foundation on which all achievement ultimately rests. Three words permeate the ethos of Dr. Gamage: courage, love, and faith. He strove to instill these three traits in “his boys,” and every decision Dr. Gamage made revolved around one question: What is best for the boys?
The seven headmasters of Trinity-Pawling, from Dr. Gamage through William W. Taylor, have been guided by two principles: the ethos of effort and a commitment to help every boy discover his distinct gifts and develop new skills. In turn, the faculty provide engaging opportunities that spark a student’s curiosity and cultivate his mind, body, and spirit. Young men graduate from Trinity-Pawling with greater confidence in their academic, athletic, artistic, and leadership skills.
Aside from a brief period (1973-1985) when girls attended the School as day students, Trinity-Pawling has chosen to remain an all-boys institution dedicated to the education of young men. For more than a century, our faculty has hewed to best practices of helping boys grow into confident young men, as each student taps into his true potential.
Our School has a history of close faculty and student connections. No one falls through the cracks at Trinity-Pawling. Dr. Gamage viewed the school as a natural extension of his own family and that ethos persists today. Faculty and staff are invested in guiding young men. Generations of alumni speak of ‘the Brotherhood,’ the enduring bond forged from living and growing with 300 brothers that lasts a lifetime.
Trinity-Pawling has long cultivated a broad and diverse community, attracting students from around the world. Alumni often attest that their ability to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds or beliefs was nurtured in their Pawling years. Fostering respect for other cultures is fundamental to the Trinity-Pawling experience and integral for today’s global citizens.
Trinity-Pawling School: We Call Ourselves the Pride: https://youtu.be/_7qqv-zLnX0
Trinity-Pawling School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including a campus house, retirement plan, paid vacations, and medical insurance.
Trinity-Pawling School 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: