Thu, 06/20/2019
Berwick Academy
31 Academy St
South Berwick, ME 03908

Director of Advancement

Position Description: 


Burr and Burton Academy seeks to hire an inspired and inspiring Director of Advancement to follow in the footsteps of current Advancement Director Cynthia Gubb, who is retiring in spring 2019 after 13 years of unparalleled success.

Burr and Burton Academy: an Independent School that Serves the Public

Burr and Burton Academy is an independent school that serves the public. Founded in 1829, we serve as the public high school for twelve towns in southern Vermont, accept all students from those towns, and commit to providing an outstanding educational opportunity to each and every student. Each town pays our tuition of $17,040 per student, so families attend Burr and Burton at no personal cost. Each student and family has a choice of whether to attend Burr and Burton or a traditionally-structured public school, and it is worth noting that our market share exceeds 90% in virtually all of our sending towns.

Our student body is diverse socioeconomically, with roughly 25% of our students qualifying for free lunch. Our educational results are extraordinary when compared to other schools in Vermont, with highlights including:

  • Virtually 100% graduation rate
  • 80%-90% college matriculation rate
  • SAT scores 120 points higher than the national average
  • AP test-taking rate and results in the top 5% of all schools nationally

Although we serve as a public school to our sending towns, we operate independently, governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees. This structure provides enormous stability and enables us to follow through on visionary, long-term projects while maintaining focus on the essential processes of teaching and learning that are fundamental to our day-to-day purpose. We bring the best of independent school philosophy and expectations coupled with the democratic ideal of education for all.

Fundraising Overview

Burr and Burton Academy has experienced enonnous fundraising success over the course of its history. Founded in 1829 with a private donation of $10,000, that fundraising tradition has grown to the point where all of our buildings and infrastructure are funded privately. In the last decade, we raised over $50 million to support building projects, new programs, expansive technology, musical instruments, endowments, and annual fund. Our annual fund raises $1 million annually, and our endowment now exceeds $20 million.

Most recently, we received a $20 million donation to fund The Rowland Project, which encompasses a 25,000 square-foot, 21st-century classroom building, creation of a courtyard, establishment of an agricultural learning center, and the opportunity to reconfigure our entire campus.

Looking ahead, along with supporting daily operations through our annual fund, we envision major capital fundraising projects in support of our performing arts, athletics, and science-math-technology programs. Our bicentennial in 2029 provides a focal point for these efforts, with the goal of completing major projects in each of these areas prior to this celebration.

Advancement Director

We are seeking an individual who believes in the moral imperative of providing high-quality education for all. The right individual will embrace our mission and core values and will possess the interpersonal and organization skills, entrepreneurial thinking, and fundraising knowledge to provide leadership of our advancement efforts.

The Advancement Director reports to Mark Tashjian, Head of School. Key responsibilities include:

  • Work in close partnership with the head of school and key trustees to identify, nurture and cultivate relationships that can lead to major donations.
  • Provide strategic, collaborative leadership of the advancement team and its five highly motivated team members.
  • Connect with the life of a school community comprised of 750 students, 150 faculty and staff members, families, and our many supporters throughout the broader community.
  • Communicate and connect with all key constituencies within our community.
  • Oversee special events, publications, communications, data management analysis, and all other functions connected with the advancement office.

Life Considerations

Southern Vermont is an extraordinary place to live. Surrounded  by  mountains  and  natural  beauty,  Burr and Burton Academy  sits at the base of  Mount Equinox, the highest  mountain  in  the Taconic  range. Our air is pristine, our communities safe, and the quality of life superb. Many  residents have relocated  from urban areas; as one example, my family and I moved up here after 14 years in New York City, and it is the best move we have ever made.

Ski mountains are accessible, with Bromley and Stratton 12 and 20 minutes away, respectively, and each season has its own special beauty.

Take a tour with any real estate broker and you will find housing that ranges from the very affordable to extravagant, depending on your taste. We have terrific schools, well-established healthcare, accessibility to Amtrak and Albany International Airport, a surprising array of cultural institutions within easy reach, and a sense of community that must be experienced to be fully appreciated.

For the right person, this is a dream job in a dream school in a dream community.

If interested, please snbmit a cover letter, resume and statement offundraising philosophy by December 20 to:

Robin Urbanski, Assistant to the Headmaster Burr and Burton Academy

57 Seminary Avenue

Manchester, Vermont 05254


School Type: 
Town Academy
Grade Level: 
Burr and Burton Academy
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, 20 December 2018


Submit Applications to: 

If interested, please snbmit a cover letter, resume and statement offundraising philosophy by December 20 to:

Robin Urbanski, Assistant to the Headmaster Burr and Burton Academy

57 Seminary Avenue

Manchester, Vermont 05254