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
Additional Salary Information: Please send letter of interest, resume, and appropriate writing sample to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about The Oxbow School can be found on our website: https://www.oxbowschool.org/
No telephone calls, please. The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
About The Oxbow School
The Oxbow School is a one-semester visual arts program for high school juniors and seniors from public and independent schools nationwide. The School offers forty-eight students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The sixteen-week program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and engage in mindful critical inquiry to become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community. Located at the oxbow of the Napa River in Napa, California, the pedagogical approach at Oxbow includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary connections