Open Position: Advancement Director for School Transformation

Job Description:  Advancement Director for School Transformation

Supervisor:  Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Institute for School Partnership

Position Details:

  • Anticipated Start Date: January 2023
  • Time Commitment: 40 hours per week. Flexible scheduling is integrated into this position
  • Salary: Minimum $75,000


Description of the Partnership:  This is a position of the St. Louis Community Foundation in partnership with Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership (ISP) to fulfill the funding goals of their joint initiative, the Transformation Leadership Initiative. ISP is the translational arm of Washington University aimed at transforming schools into equitable places where all students have learning opportunities; where educators are valued, working collaboratively and supported to create classroom communities where deeper learning and loving growth is possible.  Classrooms where all students are empowered to think critically, problem-solve creatively and engage with the world’s challenges and possibilities.

Part of the strategic plan is dedicated to diversifying funding resources and increasing support from individual donors and foundations.  This position is responsible for advancement, strategic planning, management, and oversight of fundraising efforts.



  • Design and implement individual donor stewardship plan
  • Launch new events, campaigns, initiatives and other donor programs
  • Work strategically to ensure key fundraising practices are followed and key performance benchmarks are achieved
  • Partner with the Assoc Dir of Strategic Initiatives to shares success and best practices among the broader ISP organization
  • Identify, recruit/renew, and cultivate/steward new and existing donors
  • Network with broader philanthropic community and engage in networking events and opportunities
  • Partner with St. Louis Community Foundation to record and track donor activity and information
  • Accurately forecast giving revenue and draft financial reports
  • Organize ideas, projects, people, time and resources necessary to enhance fundraising efforts
  • Communicate the vision, ideas, projects and process to key community leaders and philanthropic prospects


Education and Experience

  • Several years of advancement experience meeting annual fund goals
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proven track record in managing multiple large scale projects and priorities
  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to racial equity and continuous learning about bias, systemic racism, and the impact of oppression on the vitality of the region.


This position requires sitting at a desk and working on a computer for long periods of time.  Additionally, this position may require the ability to lift up to 15 pounds at times.


Equal Opportunity Employer
The St. Louis Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. Frequently cited statistics show that women, trans, and non-binary people, as well as other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.


Commitment to Equity
The St. Louis Community Foundation strives to achieve equity in our workplace.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  The Community Foundation conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations, valuing equity in the workplace and community. 


How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to Nikki Doughty, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University