The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville), a premier coeducational boarding and day school serving students in grades nine through twelve, seeks an innovative and experienced chief advancement officer (CAO) to provide strategic vision, leadership, and direction for all fundraising and engagement activities. Consistently included among the most prestigious and superb secondary schools in the United States, Lawrenceville “challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose.” Its mission is simple yet profound: “Inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.” Critical to achieving this mission is a robust advancement enterprise which, through the power of philanthropy, helps secure and sustain Lawrenceville’s position as one of the nation’s finest secondary schools.
The CAO is presented with a unique opportunity to lead such a high-performing advancement operation during a time of exciting growth and celebration as the School recently marked the successful conclusion of its largest campaign to date. Emerge Transformed: The Campaign for Lawrenceville, which concluded on June 30, 2023, raised a monumental $475.7 million for institutional programs and priorities, making it the most successful campaign ever completed by an independent school. Launched publicly in the spring of 2021, Emerge Transformed far surpassed its original $350 million goal, which was subsequently raised to $425 million. This incredible final tally undoubtedly reaffirms the School’s strengths as it crafts a bold vision for the future.
Reporting to the head of school, Stephen S. Murray, and serving as a key member of his senior staff, the CAO provides astute leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of the School’s fundraising activities and constituent relations. In addition, the CAO serves as the liaison to the Board of Trustees and its Development and Trustees (nominating and governance, in partnership with the Board Secretary) Committees. This individual will establish priorities, objectives, and aspirations for a comprehensive alumni and development team across major, endowed, leadership, and planned giving; The Lawrenceville Fund, which includes The Lawrenceville Parents Fund; reunion and class campaigns; advancement services and operations; development communications; and alumni engagement. The CAO will build upon a culture of high achievement, accountability, and professionalism to ensure that the School’s more than 16,000 alumni, current and former parents, trustees, and friends are actively engaged in the life of the institution.
With a depth of knowledge in all key areas of advancement, the ideal candidate must possess a proven track record of success in creating highly efficient and effective advancement programs and experience leading an advancement operation to heightened levels of achievement. Further, the successful candidate will bring a demonstrated ability to plan, manage, and successfully close a comprehensive campaign of a comparable scale. The successful candidate must possess a deep appreciation for the mission, history, and values of Lawrenceville, along with a mutual conviction that equity, inclusion, and human dignity are at the heart of the community which Lawrenceville aspires to be. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
APPLICATIONS, INQUIRIES, AND NOMINATIONS
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.
The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law.