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Director of Advancement & Communications

  • 06 Nov 2019 4:39 PM
    Message # 8095351

    Position Title: Director of Advancement & Communications

    Application Deadline: Open until filled

    Hours: Full time

    Location: The Oxbow School, Napa, CA

    Reports to: Head of School

    Salary: Commensurate with experience, competitive benefits package


    In 1998, arts philanthropists Ann Hatch and Robert and Margrit Mondavi sought to create a studio art environment where artists, faculty, and students would collaborate in the practice of intellectual investigation and artistic inquiry. As the nation’s only art-focused semester boarding program for high school students, Oxbow now stands out as a truly unique educational experience and pedagogic model, situated in a beautiful and immersive setting that is conducive to fostering deep critical thinking and student growth. Oxbow is centered on a belief in the exponentially positive impact that direct contact with artists can have on young minds. These experiences wed intellect with passion and help many students identify the direction they will take in college and the focus of their adult lives. Making art is a chance to reinvent the adolescent self in the step forward towards adult life.


    The Oxbow School seeks an experienced advancement and communications professional to oversee our outreach and fundraising initiatives and strategically position the school in the public eye as an innovative leader in the field of education. The successful candidate will design and implement a cohesive and comprehensive fundraising program while also overseeing strategic institutional communications. This includes: event planning, budgeting, and production as well as board relations, donor relations, alumni relations, media relations, foundation relations, and community relations. Working closely with the Head of School and Oxbow School Board of Trustees, this position will lead the school’s fundraising efforts and events, writing donor appeals and overseeing all special events in order to raise awareness of the school, cultivate relationships, increase alumni support, and raise funds. The Director of Advancement & Communications will work closely with the Oxbow Admissions team, who is primarily responsible for the production of social media, website, and other online communications, to favorably position the organization as an educational leader deserving of recognition and philanthropic support. The Director of Advancement and Communications reports to the Head of School­, and also provides support to the Board Resource Development Committee. 


    •  Planning, Strategy, and Fundraising: Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive resource development program for The Oxbow School that includes corporate and foundation giving, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, and scholarships
    •   Communications: Develop events, strategy, and plan for increasing The Oxbow School’s visibility that can generate community support and favorably position the Oxbow brand
    •   Development Operations: Prepare annual report, annual fundraising plans, fundraising projections, and regular progress reports aligned with organizational goals; Oversee the secure maintenance of donor records; Research grants, manage grant writing and submission of grants; Identify and engage independent contractors and outside vendors necessary for production of special events


    •   Demonstrated success as an advancement professional in fundraising for a non-profit organization
    •   Experience with board relations, media relations, and community relations
    •   Diverse fundraising track record (capital campaigns, annual appeals, endowment campaigns, major gift cultivation)
    •   Management of development database and various software programs (Google Docs, Excel spreadsheets, Greater Giving, MailChimp, and FileMaker Pro) to analyze data and generate reports
    •   Experience writing, editing, and designing fundraising appeals
    •   Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport with a range of stakeholders
    •   Understanding of social media, web, and print design
    •   Professional background or interest in art and education preferred

    How to Apply

    Please send letter of interest, resume, and appropriate writing sample to: More information about The Oxbow School can be found on our website:

    No telephone calls, please. The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. 

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