Director of Advancement

DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES has been retained by Grace Church School, located in New York, New York, to conduct a national search for a Director of Advancement.
The Director of Advancement reports directly to Robbie Pennoyer, the Head of School. The new hire will have responsibility for leadership and oversight of all fundraising and alumni and parent relations, as well as alumni communications. The Director is a member of the School’s senior administrative team and is responsible for relationship management, administration, goal-setting, and budgeting for the Advancement Office, and for managing several staff. We seek an exceptional advancement professional who is knowledgeable and passionate about best practices of how to effectively work with parents, alumni, faculty, staff and Trustees of the School to advance the mission and purpose of the educational community. 
Grace Church School is a private school whose original building is located at 86 Fourth Avenue between East 10th and East 12th Streets in the East Village neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The school was founded in 1894 by the Grace Church as the first choir boarding school in New York City. The private day school, which much resembles the school today, began in 1934. Grace Church School's High School Division opened in 2012 and is located at 46 Cooper Square. In the 2015–2016 school year, the school opened for the first time as a Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade program.
In 1947 Grace became a co-educational school and was admitted to the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City. In the following decade the school began to expand its facilities to accommodate a growing student body. Grace has grown to its current enrollment of more than 796 students drawn from a wide variety of ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds.
While the school has continued its close relationship with Grace Church, since 1972 it has been governed by an independent Board of Trustees, and it is a fully accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. Grace Church School is also a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. In 2006, the School became a legal entity separate from the Church, and now owns the buildings at 84-96 Fourth Avenue.
The Grace Church School's high school building is located in Cooper Square. It was inaugurated in 2011. A rooftop addition by MBB Architects provided a 14,000 square foot gymnasium and athletic center.
The endowment as of January 2023 was $40 million. There are currently approximately 2,000 alumni/ae.
The opportunity is available in July 2023 and will be filled following a comprehensive search and once the candidate of choice is identified.
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Grace Church School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package. Grace Church School is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and seeks candidates who will add to the diversity of the school community.
Target Salary Range $250,000. - $280.000.
To explore this career opportunity on a confidential basis, please send your resume, a letter of interest and a list of 4 references (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to:  Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc. 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA  02482   Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email:
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Grace Church School is a co-educational independent school in downtown Manhattan, New York City providing instruction for nearly 800 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12.