The Episcopal School of Los Angeles invites applications for the position of Director of Development. The School seeks an experienced and dynamic development professional with an entrepreneurial nature who embraces the School’s compelling mission and values of Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage. The successful candidate is passionate about collaborating with an engaged Board of Trustees in building a culture of philanthropy by focusing on growing major, annual, and planned giving programs and leading special fundraising campaigns for the School. With a successful record of leadership in advancement, the ideal candidate will inspire the Board of Trustees and the School faculty and staff to raise the necessary resources to help the School thrive.
Founded in 2012, and located in the heart of historic Hollywood, California, the Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA) is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Guided by its core virtues of Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage, ESLA is experiencing dramatic growth in its 8th year of operation with a growing enrollment of 220 students from over 50 zip codes, a graduation rate of 100%, a committed and engaged Board of Trustees who raise substantial operating and capital funds, and a fully-funded school building projected to be completed before the end of 2019.
ESLA’s unique mission is embodied in the diversity of its student body. Over half of ESLA students’ tuition expense is funded by donor scholarships, and ESLA consistently recruits and enrolls the brightest, most dedicated students from every socio-economic background. Now in its eighth year, ESLA is a dynamic, thriving community reflecting the vibrant cultural and economic diversity of Los Angeles. Its academic model is enhanced by the conviction that one of the most important educational tools for any young person is the interaction, collaboration, and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that cannot be gleaned from a textbook.
ESLA believes that a truly exceptional, transformative education requires a diverse and equitable learning environment that gives students access to entire worlds and worldviews they might never otherwise encounter. At ESLA, diversity and equity are not buzzwords or window dressing; they are irreplaceable pedagogical practices, and—moreover—ethical imperatives. The seeds of ESLA’s enterprise—broad access, spirited study, and the most forward-thinking pedagogical practices—germinate in the centuries-old tradition of Episcopal education, with its emphasis on community-building, social justice, and the highest academic standards.
ESLA has an energetic and mission-focused faculty that forges close relationships with students, teaches at the highest academic standards, and embraces and embodies the School’s culture. They instill intellectual curiosity in students and lead them through a process of reflection, discovery, and insight using diverse teaching methods that inspire students to reach their highest potential.
In 2018, ESLA was awarded a seven-year status of accreditation by the CAIS/WASC Visiting Committee. The report noted the School community’s commitment to the mission, the enterprising and resilient faculty, and the dynamic, kind, and intellectually vibrant student body. It commended the School for the powerful and positive relationships between adults and students that perpetuate the School values of joy, risk-taking, student leadership, and authenticity.
The mission of ESLA is to create and sustain a campus devoted to nurturing souls and minds in an intellectually rigorous and spiritually curious academic community.
The purpose of the School is to enable young people to thrive in an atmosphere of diversity, fostering ethical leaders in communities of faith, the nation, and the world. Buttressed by the Episcopal academic tradition of honor, respect, integrity, and joy, the School is a cohesive community at work, study, play, and service, all with a common goal: to manifest what it means to be a person who loves to learn and a person who lives their beliefs with their words, faith, and action.
“Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it. We come to be builders by building and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just, by doing self-controlled acts we come to be self-controlled, and by doing brave acts we come to be brave.” –Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
ESLA cultivates the following habits in the personal and common life of its students:
Generosity: We are generous with our time, intellect, money, and talents, trusting that our resources are not scarce and are meant to be shared with others.
Integrity: We uphold our beliefs in word and action and admit when we were wrong.
Curiosity: We seek to understand the world as it is so that we might shape the world to come.
Courage: We take healthy risks, ask difficult questions, and face the challenges that life gives us. We trust in each other’s support and God’s grace when we are in need.
Guided by these virtues, the School is dedicated to raising young people who understand the value of ethical self-reflection, rigorous inquiry, and generous civic engagement.
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is led by a dynamic and engaged Board of Trustees composed of nine leaders, entrepreneurs, parents, and philanthropists from diverse backgrounds and professions. Board members have made significant financial contributions to the School and contribute to the School’s governance in a variety of ways. They are engaged, mission-focused, and generous.
In 2019, the Board appointed Peter McCormack as Head of School. Mr. McCormack brings extensive experience in executive leadership of independent schools to ESLA, both as an administrator and as a teacher, having served for 25 years as Head of School for Rolling Hills Preparatory School in San Pedro, California.
ESLA is centrally located in Hollywood, within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles. Hollywood is the heart of the Entertainment Capital of the World and is home to the radio, television, music and film industry. It is a multicultural hub of innovation, commerce and community with a vibrant and diverse population that contributes to one of California’s largest and most compelling economic engines.
And yet, despite the sheen of sunshine and glamour, there is great need for the mission of the School. ESLA students are students of the city. The School stands in the heart of Hollywood for this very reason: to open its doors directly to the urban community—to participate in it, draw from it, contribute to it. Student service council members deliver lunch to the unhoused alongside the West Hollywood Food Coalition, participate in outreach programs and project-based learning, and engage those in need that surround them.
The campus is located on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Lillian Way, easily accessible via multiple forms of public transportation, which many students use to travel to and from school each day—and ESLA has access to the entire neighborhood for academics, arts, athletics, and service.
Student athletes practice and compete at the nearby Hollywood Recreation Center—the largest park in the neighborhood. Students take walking field trips to nearby art galleries and studios. Most importantly, ESLA’s curriculum includes yearlong courses on the history and literature of Los Angeles, helping students understand the deep, complex roots of the institutions that shape their place in society. Both inside and outside the schoolhouse, students feel connected to every aspect of the city they inhabit.
The ideal candidate for the Director of Development position will be an engaging and inspiring development professional who is deeply committed to ESLA’s mission of creating and sustaining a school devoted to nurturing souls and minds in an atmosphere of diversity, spiritual discovery and intellectual rigor. The candidate must have a warm, charismatic character and an entrepreneurial spirit that, when combined with a distinguished record of fundraising leadership and success, will inspire and create a true culture of philanthropy at the School.
The ideal candidate will have the necessary emotional intelligence to understand the art of fundraising, as well as the technical experience to practice the science of fundraising. S/he will be a visionary with demonstrated success in establishing a thriving major gifts program, growing annual giving, endowments, scholarships, planned giving, capital campaigns, and increasing alumni engagement. Having an unusual ability to build effective relationships with a diverse group of key internal and external constituents, the ideal candidate will understand the importance of also building relationships with the School leadership, the Head of School, and particularly the Board of Trustees.
For more information about this position and to read the full position description, please go to the following link: Director of Development
NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS
Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: Gonser Gerber Search, c/o Gonser Gerber LLP, 1776 Legacy Circle, Suite 100, Naperville, IL 60563; firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and five professional references. References will not be contacted until later in the search process. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
About The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Serving students in 6-12th grade, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is a city school founded in the heart of Hollywood. We are looking for bright, hardworking, creative teachers and staff members who are interested in being a part of a pioneering generation of educators. Technology and ethics play a central role in our culture. As an Episcopal School, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Unlike traditional independent schools, 75% of our students receive financial aid. As a result, we offer one of the most diverse communities in the independent school market.