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Reporting to Associate Director of Advancement

Asheville School seeks a full-time Advancement Coordinator to manage the administrative and tracking components of an active $25MM capital campaign. This position will report directly to the Associate Director of Advancement and serve in a dual capacity. Specific responsibilities and allocations as follows:

Campaign Coordination – 50%

  • Maintain annotated table of gifts, list of funded recognition opportunities, and available programmatic funding opportunities
  • Provide necessary campaign updates and numerical analysis to Campaign Steering Committee and Asheville School leadership
  • Prepare customized briefing and solicitation materials for volunteers and staff to use for meetings
  • In collaboration with Director of Advancement Services, perform prospect research; maintain an organized and detailed prospective donor pipeline
  • Assist with timely donor acknowledgements, including recognition opportunities and campaign thank you letters
  • Facilitate the production of brochures, newsletters, and other campaign-related communications materials, as needed

Gift Administration – 50%

  • Money handling for the Cody Fund (annual giving) and The Campaign for Asheville School (capital campaign); gift notes, gift entry, transmittals, acknowledgements (printing, scanning, mailing and filing), and troubleshooting
  • Database/CRM upkeep; adding notes and actions; processing queries and reports (in collaboration with Director of Advancement Services)

Job Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum three (3) years' experience in a non-profit, fundraising environment; capital campaign experience preferred
  • Experience with CRM/fundraising software (Raiser's Edge preferred)
  • Proficient in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent analytical, verbal and written communication skills
  • Hard working, self-motivated, flexible
  • Ability to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, and set priorities to meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Team player who can work cooperatively with all staff, faculty and volunteer leadership toward a common goal

Other Job Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver's license, excellent driving record, and reliable transportation
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed to support development events
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds

About Asheville School

Since its founding in 1900, Asheville School has been preparing high school students with an education for a lifetime. Every action undertaken by faculty and staff at Asheville School supports our mission: To prepare our students for college and for life and to provide an atmosphere in which all members of a diverse, engaged, and purposefully small school community appreciate and strive for excellence – an atmosphere that nurtures character and fosters the development of mind, body, and spirit.

Asheville School is a close-knit community set on a stunning 300-acre campus in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically, in one email, a cover letter and résumé to:

Dan Seiden
Assistant Head of School for Advancement

At this time, Asheville School seeks an Assistant Head of School for Operations (ASHO) who will report to Asheville's Head of School, Arch Montgomery, and serve on the senior administrative team. S/he will be a key partner with the Head of School and Board members, and will direct all financial and operational functions at Asheville School, including overseeing the work of the Controller, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Coordinator, the Director of Physical Plant, and the Director of Technology. Towards that end, the successful candidate will be a strategic and critical business thinker who can breed immediate trust and confidence among his or her colleagues, Board members, and current parents.

Opportunities and Challenges

The new Assistant Head of School for Operations (AHSO) will be joining a school whose enrollment is healthy, physical plant is in enviable shape, and whose fundraising apparatus is both capable and ambitious. The successful candidate will succeed Glenn Mayes, who is retiring after 24 years of service to the school. Glenn's stock in trade has been a high degree of institutional loyalty that has earned him the trust and respect of Board members, senior administrators, faculty and staff.

Aside from building solid relationships with the Head of School and key Board members, the new AHSO must also forge excellent partnerships with his or her direct reports, other senior administrators, and all faculty and staff at the school. Being a visible presence on campus must be a priority. Immediate key issues for the new AHSO will include working on the campus's parking situation; establishing firmer oversight over employee benefits programs, and then communicating in a timely and clear way with all constituents about important features and changes to those programs; and, establishing effective procedures for reviewing, evaluating and negotiating relationships with outside vendors that provide key School services, such as food and janitorial services. Additionally, there is an expectation, framed in the School's Strategic Plan, for the new AHSO to spearhead entrepreneurial activities that would result in new and increased revenue streams emanating from creative use of the School's campus and facilities, online educational initiatives, land usage possibilities, etc.

Further, the new AHSO must work closely with the Director of Advancement to ensure that the school's pending capital campaign to strengthen the endowment and raise capital dollars for a new facility is a success. This will require establishment of firm gift acceptance policies and minimum requirements for endowed funds, along with providing timely information about the endowment's performance to donors. Finally, the new AHSO must become a key sounding Board for the Head of School, willing and able to convey honest appraisals of available options to him, as well as effectively and confidently presenting those options to Board members.

In addition to embracing Asheville School's mission, supporting its Head and leadership, and representing the school at professional and public forums, the new Assistant Head of School for Operations has a number of primary responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development, administration, and reporting of the operating and long-term budget to the School's Board of Trustees; Finance Committee; auditors; federal, state, and local authorities; lenders; donors; and various School administrative offices.
  • Oversee the administration of the School's endowment; execute endowment and investment policy; implement investment decisions of the Investment Committee; and coordinate with the endowment consultants, investment managers and custodians, ensuring effective endowment allocations, performance, and reporting.
  • Oversee all School operations including personnel, maintenance, food service, campus security, health center, neighborhood relations, etc.
  • Building and/or maintaining the School's short- and long-term strategic financial models.
  • Serve as chief staff liaison to the Finance, Audit, Investment, and Buildings & Grounds committees of the Board of Trustees, working closely with Committee chairs and organizing agendas and meeting materials.
  • Collaborate with the School's counsel and insurance agents regarding all legal and risk management matters.
  • Ensure that the School is in compliance with all local, state and federal reporting requirements.
  • Oversee the physical plant, grounds, and construction functions with the Director of Facilities; help plan and direct all replacements and renewals of the physical plant.
  • Publically represent the School in a positive and proactive way, collaborating with other School administrators, neighbors, and Asheville officials.
  • Provide sound and consistent employment policies, adequate staffing levels, compensation, and appropriate benefits programs for all facets of school operations.
  • Help implement and administer all employee benefit programs including health insurance; retirement; worker's compensation; life insurance; and other related plans.
  • Collaborate with the Head of School and other senior administrators on providing leadership regarding employee hiring, termination, compensation and management.
  • Oversee the annual financial and 403b plan audits and filings of tax returns.
  • Serve as a member of the Financial Aid Committee.
  • Provide transparent financial reporting and planning that builds trust among administrators, faculty and staff, students and alumni, parents, and trustees.

Qualifications and Qualities

The school is most interested in candidates who demonstrate the following qualities and qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required; M.B.A. preferred
  • 10-plus years of financial and business leadership
  • Experience on senior administrative teams and working with nonprofit Boards
  • Experience in human resource management, employee benefits (including pension plans), and payroll procedures
  • Demonstrated experience in entrepreneurial activities, such as start-ups, product or program expansions and/or growth initiatives, resulting in new, significant revenue streams within a three- to five-year span
  • Demonstrated experience in measuring and improving organization-wide productivity
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of analysis for strategic decision-making, such as key cost drivers, competitive analysis, market analysis, organizational strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to take complex subjects, distill them and then communicate them to a varied audience

In addition, the school hopes to find candidates who embody the following personal qualities:

  • High energy – brings a sense of urgency to the organization
  • Strategic thinker who sees the larger picture
  • Ability to understand and embrace Asheville School's mission
  • Ability to balance and prioritize the needs of the School
  • Ability to manage and mentor staff
  • Process-oriented
  • Superb people skills
  • A strong, team player
  • Fair, but demanding; a willingness to say "no"
  • Committed to diversity and inclusion practices
  • Excellent communications skills

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically, in one email, the following materials to John Clark:

Cover letter expressing your fit with the specific values and needs of Asheville School

Current résumé

List of five references with name, phone number, and email address of each to:

John Clark


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Asheville School is an intentionally small, co-ed boarding school for students in grades 9 through 12. Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC, Asheville School maintains some of the finest high school athletic facilities in the Southeast and fields 25 interscholastic teams, including football.

We are currently seeking a part-time certified athletic trainer to assist with treatment, practice and game coverage. The assistant athletic trainer is needed Monday through Friday afternoons, with occasional Saturday game coverage. Must be CPR/AED certified and be licensed or eligible for licensure as an athletic trainer in North Carolina.

The position will be paid hourly, commensurate with experience. The employee will also be reimbursed for licensing fees, continuing education and professional memberships.

Interested applicants should submit a brief letter of interest and resume to:

Doug Harger
Head Athletic Trainer
Asheville School

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