Director of Advancement

Brooklyn Friends School - New York, NY
Brooklyn Friends School seeks a Director of Advancement to provide clear vision, leadership, management, and comprehensive strategic direction for all aspects of Brooklyn Friends School’s advancement program. This includes both short-term and long-term strategies for Annual Giving, the Alumni Program, Endowment, Capital Campaigns, community engagement, and strategic communications. Brooklyn Friends School is a preschool through 12th grade independent Quaker school located in the thriving downtown Brooklyn neighborhood. Most of the faculty at the college-preparatory school hold advanced degrees, and the Upper School offers the academically challenging and highly esteemed International Baccalaureate Diploma Program—one of only three independent New York City schools to do so. The school is proud of its active, supportive parent body, its enthusiastic teachers and dedicated staff, and its thoughtful and articulate students.

Founded in 1867 by the Religious Society of Friends as a co-educational grade school, Brooklyn Friends School had an initial student body of 17 studying in the landmarked Brooklyn Monthly Meetinghouse at 110 Schermerhorn Street. The school expanded to include a kindergarten in 1902 and a high school division in 1907. In the early 1970s, the school moved to larger, more-spacious quarters at 375 Pearl Street. The seven-story building dates to 1928 and previously housed the Brooklyn Law School. Today, 700 students ranging in age from 2 to 18 attend one of the four academic levels—Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. Brooklyn Friends School nurtures a lifelong love of learning and fosters strength of character, values, and the ability to think expansively in all students.

Brooklyn Friends School integrates a rich learning environment with a compelling history of value-driven education and a dedicated and diverse community. The Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship are the underpinnings of the school’s academic strength. They inform Brooklyn Friends' faithful commitment to academic excellence and opportunity as well as the warmth and respect students, parents, and staff impart and experience within the school. From an in-depth study of the solar system in Preschool to participation in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program in Upper School, study at Brooklyn Friends School provides students with the academic preparation sought by the most competitive colleges and universities.

Grounded in its Quaker values, diversity is a core value of Brooklyn Friends School. As articulated in its strategic plan, a diverse and inclusive school community creates the strongest and most effective learning environment through the exploration, understanding, and engagement of differences. It prepares students for living in an increasingly diverse and global society. Brooklyn Friends School is a robustly diverse community, including racially, ethnically, and socio-economically, and this has and will continue to be a steadfast mission-informed commitment.

"For more than 155 years, Brooklyn Friends School has existed in the Brooklyn landscape, constantly evolving within the cultural, socio-political, economic, and geographic dynamics of this vibrant borough. As we set out in our work to realize an ambitious and inspiring vision, we seek to reimagine and elevate our approach to Advancement so that we may strengthen our culture of giving and unlock our untapped philanthropic potential that will enable us to achieve the optimal best version of Brooklyn Friends School in the years ahead. I invite you to lead with me as we embark on this journey." — Crissy Cáceres, Head of School

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.